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Hottest Trends - 2013

What's in store for 2013 Wedding Trends?  It is going to be an amazing year to get married and a great time to be in love!  Check out more Wedding Trends you should say "I DO" to in 2013: 

Prints will be huge this year.  Geometric shapes and striped fabrics will be seen in bridesmaids dresses, wedding invitations, wedding cakes and linens.  It is a fresh and vibrant look, one which will really make your wedding unique.  The key to using prints for your wedding is to remember not to go too overboard. Colors should compliment each other rather than match completely.

Open Backed Dresses
Dramatic open backs will be seen from virtually every designer this year.  Dresses boasting lacy keyholes, sexy crisscrossed straps and flowing ribbons were all showcased in New York at the Fall 2013 Bridal Market.

Flower of the Year: Peony
Peonies reign as the most popular flower, even with their short window of availability.  Soft, lush, romantic blooms are in.  But with the bloom only available for two months out to the year, a back up option is the garden rose, which has the same delicate petal feeling but is much more readily available.  Garden roses in peach and pinks and layers of blush create a ombre effect.  The feel is modern with a charming and nostalgic edge.

Neutral Color Palettes & Communal Tables
Taupes, tans and grays never go out of style and look especially lovely when paired with metallics and pastels - think rose gold paired with desert tan.
Long rectangular communal tables are becoming more prominent at weddings.  Some couples are even foregoing the traditional formal head table and opting to sit with their guests.  It is a great way to put yourself in the heart of the party!

Foil Invitations
Dreaming of a glamorous look for your invitations?  Glints of metallic gold, silver and bronzes stamped directly on the invitation will add the perfect touch of sophistication.  Metallic flare on wedding invitations has been a wedding trend for a while now.  It looks like wedding trends for 2013 will be no exception.  Invitation experts expect brides to remain mad about metallics this year.  If you are not wild about having foil stamped on your invitation, another option is foil edging.  It is a great way to bring in another color and add a little bit of shimmer.  Think fuchsia shine on the edge of a classic black and white invitation for a fun, modern touch

Going Green
Being environmentally conscious is thankfully nothing new - but after Pantone announced Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year, it's a great time to honor the enchanting hue.  Pair this beautiful color with black and white graphics for a modern twist. The color mint will also be a huge hit this year for spring.

Davina Arceneaux
Director of Catering / Wedding Specialist

Types of Engagement Portraits

Today's post is an excerpt from the book Engagement Portraiture, by Tracy Dorr. It is available from Amazon.com and other fine retailers.

When planning an engagement session, you will have many stylistic options available to you. Those will be explored further in the next chapter. No matter what style you choose, however, you will have two main avenues for executing it: a formal approach or an informal approach. Although the formal session is usually shot in a more traditional studio setting, I suggest that you try to think more broadly of “formal” as your approach to dealing with the customers. The same goes for the “informal” approach.

The classic, traditional engagement photo is a formal portrait. In the 1800s, portraits were necessarily serious and formal due to the extremely long exposure times that were required by the photographic technologies of the day. As higher film speeds became available, portraits took on a somewhat happier vibe; the subjects were smiling and more comfortable, but still formal and looking directly into the camera. Since the digital revolution, photojournalism has deeply impacted the style of portraits clients desire, but there is still a large market for a more formal approach to an engagement portrait.

If your clients are interested in a more formal approach, or if you are more comfortable shooting that way, you will need to decide if the session will be done in a studio setting with multiple backdrops or props, or if you will go on location. Formal shoots are typically created in a studio sitting, but if you do choose to go on location, think about more formal locations—like a church or museum, as opposed to a beach or heavily urban setting that will define your shoot before you even begin. The location you choose will directly impact the formal mood of your photos. 

Choose your location wisely. Formal shoots often take place in a studio setting with lights and backdrops. Pose the couple carefully, and pay attention to every detail—from hand posing to hairstyling. You have total control in these situations, so take advantage of that. Photo by Nicole Knauber.

When posing your couple, make sure to look for every flattering nuance and try out several different poses. They should generally be looking into the camera and their body language should be less relaxed. Think of an upright posture, folded hands, turned-in bodies, and seated or standing shots. Their bodies and faces should be angled toward the camera, not straight-on like a mug shot. 

Formal sessions are not limited to a studio setting. Creativity may lead you to an unusual location that suits the couple's personality. Scout out the location to make sure it will enhance the mood, not detract from it. Photo by Evan Laettner.

Even though you don’t need as many exposures for formal portraits as you would for a more candid session, you still have the opportunity to use the digital media to your advantage. Keep shooting. Feel free to experiment with as many different poses and combinations as you like. You can always choose only the best one or completely delete anything that didn’t work. Ultimately, you are ensuring that the couple will have more selection in the end. Clients looking for a formal sitting will be more detail-oriented and will be looking for perfection. You don’t have the same kind of creative liberty to make artistic “errors” as you do in photojournalistic portraits.

An informally styled engagement session can either be posed in a relaxed manner or it could take place as a totally photojournalistic shoot. You can also develop a combination of the two if you are skilled at directing and interacting with your clients. If your studio’s shooting area is limited in size, these types of sessions may work better on location. Additionally, the more relaxed atmosphere of an outdoor setting alleviates the stiffness of a traditional studio setting, something that is integral to a more informal approach. 

A session that is still traditionally posed but executed in a more relaxed, informal manner is the most widely accepted type of session today. In this type of session, the clients may still be rather traditionally posed, but you will develop the poses as you go. You should give the clients direction and talk them through each pose, but allow them to be comfortable and to be themselves. This contrasts with a purely photojournalistic type of session, in which you provide little or no posing direction but concentrate, instead, on capturing your clients as they really are. 

During your initial meeting with the clients, educate them about informal and photojournalistic approaches. See which one they are truly looking for. They may be confused as to the difference. 

Informally posed sessions are a popular choice. They allow you to modernize an old concept and flatter any couple or location. Photo by Evan Laettner.

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