A Year in Review | TLM Productions | Somerdale, NJ

A Year in Review | TLM Productions | Somerdale, NJ

 

This year feels like it has gone by so fast, so many sessions and amazing new clients. Shall we take a look back on 2017 as it is coming to an end?

 

Kids Pictures

This year I got to spend some time with a handsome little guy during his first year, and of course we had to finish off his first year with a cake smash session!

Marlton 1st Birthday

Senior Portraits

Getting to work with so many creative seniors has been so much fun this year and I am looking forward to this coming year. First let’s throw it back to March when we got our final snow day of the 2016/2017 winter. Maddy came out and rocked her session in a knitted sweater and cream colored scarf, while it was freezing she braved the cold without her super cute army green knee length coat.

Senior Vintage Styled Shoot

Alexis looked gorgeous in her rust orange sweater and jeans for her fall. We caught the last few colors that were still hanging on. As we wandered the orange and yellow leafed covered trails, the setting sun created that magical golden light as it peaked through the trees.

Senior Portraits

We can’t forget about Tom’s early spring look, he pulled together a grayish blue button down and faded jeans as he kicked a soccer ball around on the field. I knew we were not going to get away without Tom kicking the ball around a little, before heading over the his high school for an outfit change and a few more pictures.

Senior Portraits in Blackwood, NJ

Weddings

The bells were ringing all year long, this was the first year that TLM did a handful of weddings and here are a few of our favorite dresses from this year.

 

Samantha’s ivory beaded, flowy straight line gown was gorgeous at her Mount Vernon, NJ beach wedding. Samantha’s dress billowed around her and Matthew as they said “I do,” as she headed down to walk along the water for their bridal portraits, her dress blew in the wind.

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Next up is Denise’s elegant mermaid wedding dress! The ruching and ivory lace design across the bodice and white lace trim were beautiful with the full tulle skirt.

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Last but not least is, Lauren’s a-line ivory lace skirt and silk top, everything was pulled together with a lovely silver beaded designed belt.

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Christmas Morning for Parents | Cherry Hill, NJ

Christmas Morning for Parents | Cherry Hill, NJ

 

We all want pictures of kids opening up their presents from Santa on Christmas morning, but it is hard to take pictures and enjoy the exciting moments. While I don’t have kids, yet, I have heard many parents talking about how they feel like they missed the morning, because they were too busy taking pictures; or they have no pictures because they were enjoying the moments. There is a way to compromise and get a few photos, while enjoying the moments.

 

  1. Have your kids by the door with their eyes covered, have your camera ready and on the count of three they move their hands. This will give you the chance to capture all the excitement of them seeing the presents for the first time.
  2. If you don’t do this already, do this for at least one picture. Hand one present to one kid and take pictures as they open that one present, do this for each kid and you will have beautiful pictures of each of them opening one present.
  3. After all the presents are open and the wrapping paper is all over the room, grab a few more pictures of the kids playing with their toys in the midst of all of the mess.

 

These are the memories that you probably have every year and now you will be able to hold on to them forever.

 

Holiday Pictures in Your Own Home | Blackwood, NJ

Holiday Pictures in Your Own Home | Blackwood, NJ

 

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Do you find it stressful going to a jam packed portrait studio? Kids screaming and crying, jumping around trying to get your little one to smile, and you got maybe one photo that you like. If you own a phone that has a timer you will be able to get some fun candid and posed photos. Yes, you can take a few pictures that will be holiday card ready. We all like holiday traditions, making cookies, decorating the house, putting up a tree, or lighting candles. No matter what your tradition is here are some ways you can get card worth photos without the stress.

 

I am going to use making cookies as my example. Taking the pictures and being in them will be the fun part, but first a few tips to creating your photo. If you don’t have great lighting in your kitchen open the blinds and curtains and turn on the lights. Have everyone on the same side of the table, corners are great because you can get everyone close without them being right next to each other. I like using a box to raise my phone with a book or two behind it to keep it up. Set the timer and jump in front of the camera. You’ll have to keep re-setting the timer, but let the kids keep mixing or dropping cookies onto the trays. While everyone is having fun, have everyone look at the camera for a few pictures.

 

You will have some fun pictures that you will be in with your kids. This works for many of your holiday traditions and you can use anything to get the height you are looking for.

 

Cape May, NJ Wedding at Mt. Vernon Beach | Samantha &Matthew

Cape May, NJ Wedding at Mt. Vernon Beach | Samantha & Matthew

 

Samantha’s dream wedding happened this past Memorial Day weekend! Her dream of a beach wedding happened in between the thunder and scattered showers. The gloomy day was not going to stop Sam and Matt saying “I do” in their simple yet beautiful beach ceremony.

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The guys copied the “Beatles famous picture” while crossing the street to get the trolley. The trolley arrived on the corner of the main strip in Cape May, to pick up the groom and guests and take them to Mount Vernon beach. It was a few minute drive but everyone seemed to enjoy getting to start the laughs and celebrating early.

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After a lovely ceremony we all jumped on the trolley and headed to the Victorian house that Sam and Matt rented for the reception. The backyard had a wonderful romantic beach theme for this cute intimate wedding.

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Congratulations Samantha and Matthew!

Love and Joy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
©2017 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

 

Wedding in Blackwood, NJ at the Palace | Denise & Brian

Blackwood, NJ Wedding at the Palace | Denise & Brian

 

When you love a holiday, how do you celebrate? With a wedding of course! Denise and Brian invited friends and family to their wedding Cinco de Mayo at the Palace in Blackwood, NJ. Brian and Denise are down to earth but love to party, and their wedding was the perfect place to do so. Although it was raining outside, you would never know inside with all the shining smiles. Denise and Brian chose Disney’s Aladdin’s “It’s A Whole New World” to walk out of their ceremony to.

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It stopped raining after the ceremony and we were able to slip outside for some bridal party and individual portraits.

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Of course you have to walk in with sombrero, if your wedding is on May 5th.

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After a night of dancing and a conga-line, they enjoyed their cake with a little icing on the nose.
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Congratulations Denise and Brian!

Love and Joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2017 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

 

Media, PA Wedding Celebrating Two Cultures | Vishal + Ajila

Media, PA Wedding Celebrating Two Cultures | Vishal + Ajila

An unusually warm fall day in late September, a sweet ceremony in a romantic stone walled church. Candles flickering and love floating through the air, as the flower girl lets the rose petals fall gently to the floor. Vishal and Ajila’s intimate wedding ceremony was the perfect start to their life filled with tradition. Ajila’s elegant white dress and chapel length veil paired with Vishal’s James Bond style black suit, a wonderful fit to their lovely personalities. The stone walls of the Kings Mills building help show off the bold red of the bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen’s ties as the group showed off how much fun they like to have. We think their favorite part of the bridal party pictures was when the groomsmen tried to carry Vishal off, but he was holding Ajila’s hand as she tried to give him a kiss.

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The fun didn’t end there, it’s time to change to outfit number two! Everyone went to change, because now it’s time to show off their party side and share in their Indian tradition. Ajila’s gorgeously stunning navy blue and gold saree looked amazing next to Vishal’s gold and maroon Sherwani, which he looked handsome in, by the way! We walked by, what we can only guess would be an outdoor ceremony space and did a few portraits there, before heading to an arch that just drew your eye to them, if your weren’t already just staring in amazement of how wonderful these two are together.

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Well, it’s time now to hit the dance floor and if you have not been to an Indian wedding before, you better bring your dancing shoes. Everyone was on the dance floor after the cake cutting and and I mean everyone!

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Congratulations to Vishal and Ajila!
Here’s to many years of happiness.

Wedding Planning for the Non-Wedding Planner

Wedding Planning for the Non-Wedding Planner

 

I am in no way a wedding professional, and today this is not a post about one of my sessions. It’s a personal blog that I wanted to share, well it will be part 1 of a few. If you are recently engaged or just love everything wedding, then you may enjoy a personal account of real life wedding planning for the non wedding planner. I got engaged this past winter! I was so excited, and I still am. I get to plan an amazing celebration with my best friend. Yes, I am having Matt help me in every piece of the wedding planning process, after all it is OUR day.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Probably the most important thing we’ve learned, you have to pick and choose your battles and just let somethings go. I am so happy that Matt and I took time for just the two of us to discuss what we really wanted and what was most important to both of us. For Matt, it was the caterer and then maybe the venue, for me it was the photographer and then the venue. With this in mind, we knew what we would want to fight for the most. Other than a little push back on the barn venue, there was not much arguing; but after explaining that the barn we picked had air conditioning and was not a barn for livestock anymore, everyone was on the same page.  Now we have all three of our wants booked for our July 2018 wedding, but it was not all easy sailing to get to this point.

In the days after our engagement, I learned real quick that everyone wanted to tell Matt and I what our wedding should be. No I don’t mean what they thought it should be, I mean what they wanted. No idea was held back; from the venue, to the dress, to pretty much anything you can think of. Some were serious “request/suggestions,” and others were joking around. My favorite joke one came from my cousins. The wedding my cousin’s planned was held in my grandparents’ backyard and included pizza, a keg, and a bouncy house. It wasn’t really my ideal wedding, but we all had a good laugh.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Matt and I still have a ways to go before we can say that we are done with the wedding planning, but we have learned that what is important for us IS worth standing our ground for. We now have our list of things that are negotiable, and we are learning what is important to our parents.

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Navigating the world of wedding planning is not an easy thing, and it’s pretty stressful at times. Not everyone likes the same thing or agrees on what something should look like. My suggestion is to sit down with all of your parents, talk about what they have envisioned your wedding would look like, and then start the planning. This way at least you have an idea before you start the planning, whether you take their vision into account or not, or just part of it. Don’t forget to have your list of non negotiables and negotiables, after all the wedding is about you, but it’s also for your parents.

Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Couple’s Sunset Brigantine, NJ Beach Portraits | Renae + Tom

Couple’s Sunset Brigantine, NJ Beach Portraits | Renae + Tom

Renae has been going to Brigantine, NJ since she was born, a few days to a week down the shore with her grandparents and family. For the last few years, Tom has joined Renae’s family and the last two years they have done portraits on the beach. When you both have a love of the sand, salt air, and waves, where better to take your couple’s pictures?! Renae loves the sunsets over the bay, but wanted to show off the place they spent every chance they could this summer.

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We started our session in the wet sand that was only kissed by the waves, walking along the blue water, a few in the lifeguard stand, before heading back up the beach to the dunes. Don’t worry we didn’t climb or disturb anything, we stayed at the bottom to get the long grasses in the background and the few that were on the beach in front of them. Tom and Renae love playing soccer and running around just having fun no matter what game they are playing. To capture this side of them, I had them run off the dunes and down to the water. That sunset was coming up on us fast, so we drove over the to docks. We got there just in time to see the sun come out from under the clouds, and get the gorgeous pinks and oranges.

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Until next year, I will be swooning over Tom and Renae’s sunset pictures.

A Philadelphia/King of Prussia, PA Wedding at Sheraton Valley Forge | Julianna and Vasken

A Philadelphia/King of Prussia, PA Wedding at Sheraton Valley Forge | Julianna and Vasken

 

Meeting a couple on the day of their wedding can make you a little nervous. Pulling up to where they groomsmen are getting ready and a few of them standing on the front step with swords, a little confusing. Yes, I said swords.  Vasken and his groomsmen are into cosplay. Once I was ready to start shooting, the guys were ready to their picture. Posing and making faces the whole time.

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After a handful of groomsmen photos, they were ready to head over to the church and what better way to take a fun group, than a school bus!

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St. Francis DeSales Church in Philadelphia was the perfect ceremony spot for Julianna and Vasken’s traditional wedding.

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It’s time for a little bit of fun and the bridal party photos at a beautiful hotel in King of Prussia.

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Congratulations Vasken and Julianna!

Here’s to many more amazing memories!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
©2016 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

A Blue Bell, PA Wedding at Normandy Farms | Lauren and Matthew

A Blue Bell, PA Wedding at Normandy Farms | Lauren and Matthew

 

Where do I even being about this wedding?! It was a rainy October day, but the smiles and laughter coming from the groomsmen when I arrived, showed a little bit of rain was not going to stop this couple’s special day. This was only my second time working with only the groomsmen and I was not sure how to do getting ready pictures, when they were already dressed. I had met the guys at the St. Matthias Catholic Church in Bala Cynwyd, PA, inside was beautiful just like out of the story books. I didn’t feel that this would tell their story as the groomsmen. We headed to the steps and the cloudy spitting skies to get some funny and serious pictures.

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When I told the guys to be themselves and do a “silly” picture, one of the groomsmen pulled out his keys and handed them to Matthew. I heard him say laughing, “This is your last chance to get out of this.” Don’t worry the groomsmen also gave Lauren the out if she wanted it too. 🙂

After a beautiful ceremony and pictures at the church, we headed to Normandy Farms. I was excited to see the venue as I had not been there before. The Silos Ballroom was decorated with white string lights, mason jars and pumpkins as the centerpieces with some of the tables having flowers that matched the bridesmaids bouquets. I loved the s’mores party favors with the tag that said,

“Sending you home with

S’More Love

Lauren & Matthew”

How cute is that? What an adorable favor for an elegant country vibe wedding!

They danced the night away with their family and friends, only stopping to do the bouquet and garter toss, and of course the cutting of a wonderful cake that featured their two fur babies.

Lauren and Matthew closed the night with a tribute slow dance for the people that meant so much to them but passed away. They had me tearing up as they entered the dance floor with Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” playing and everyone slowy joining them.

Congratulations Matthew and Lauren!

Here’s to many more amazing memories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2016 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.