Saturday, April 19, 2014

Why I'll Never Lose A Wedding... A Cautionary Tale



Hey everybody!


Y'all might remember this Riverside, CA wedding from a few weeks back...




What you don't know is that behind the scenes there was some discipline and dedication paying off. You see, after EVERY wedding I shoot, I don't go to bed until all the images are downloaded and backed up, even if that means staying up all night. When we're doing a destination wedding, as in this case, I don't rest until everything is backed up ONLINE as well, just in case (Heaven forbid...) the plane goes down or bags/gear gets stolen, etc.

In this case, I'm so glad I'm freakish about this rule because when we landed in Fayetteville that Monday we noticed that my backpack got through security with a Redbull in it (wtf, security?!) and it blew up on the flight, drenching my macbook pro to the point where it needed a new, well, everything. It came back as a new computer... all data on it... gone.

What could have been a devastating and terrible situation for me, but more importantly for our Bride who flew us out to California on top of spending thousands on a wedding photography package... has a really happy ending! She received her wedding images back the THURSDAY after her Saturday wedding (even though I just got my macbook back last week) and loved her wedding images (and how quickly she received them).

This is a true story. I tell it as a cautionary tale to warn photographers who don't have their systems in place to get their act together (I've heard stories that do NOT have happy endings!), and for those parents who shoot gazillions of images of their kiddos, please please please back your images up online! Your hard drives will fail, but you always hear "the internet is forever." You don't have to use my favorite online image backup company, Zenfolio, but I think they're the best. Use "dalesazenny" to get a discount. Again, even if you don't use them, use someone!

Especially if you travel with Redbull.

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Ceester Bunny" Portraits



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This kid. I can't get enough of her. Mere always has great ideas of what we should do for our next Cece-session, and Cece always goes right along with it. Our latest venture involved bunny ears and carrots. Pretty stinkin' cute. Agree?










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Dale

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Outdoor Fayetteville Engagement Portraits of Christine and Chris



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When it comes to blood and guts, I'm pretty tough. I'm one of those {annoying} men who won't go to the hospital if I'm sick or hurt, and if Christine and Chris didn't know that before our engagement they did after. You see, for some reason I took my shoes off when I helped put the boat into the lake, and later when I helped put Dixie (their sweet dog) into the boat I stepped off the dock and jabbed my foot on something (still don't know what), and it started gushing.  I mean GUSHING. But again, I'm not one to draw attention to myself so off we went to location number two, and then three. You know what? It was totally worth it! The weather and sky were beautiful, and we found amazing light. Anyway, enough of my blabbing, let's look at pretty pictures!























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Dale

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Portraits of Cece



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This kid keeps growing... no matter how hard I try to stop her. She remains as sweet as could be, and still thinks everything I do is hilarious, so I'll take it!

Anyway, now that Spring is here Mere and I thought we'd throw her into some darling clothes, find a cute location, and start snapping. Cece of course went along for the ride and had a great time.





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More St. Louis Portraits of Sarah-Marie and Jon



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Believe it or not, I saved my favorites for today! These two were obviously so easy to photograph... really natural in front of my camera, and I really can't get enough of Sarah-Marie's style! You can tell that her time in Paris has influenced her in a really great way (oh, hello Louboutins!); it really just put the entire shoot over the top! I love these...





























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Dale

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saint Louis Engagement Portraits of Sarah-Marie and Jon



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When we were in middle school, just past the point where girls were "gross," we ALL had a crush on sweet little Sarah-Marie. She's as adorable as they come, truly very sweet, and always wore the best clothes.  How I remember this, I don't know!

Time might have changed but Sarah-Marie has not! Sweet, adorable, fashionable, and now... she speaks fluent french.  C'mon.

I just met Jon at the engagement shoot in St. Louis, but I already knew he was smart (see above paragraphs). Turns out, he's as genuine as she is, is a foodie like her (and me), and has a brilliant business mind! Quite the guy!  Sarah-Marie told me he was really looking forward to having their pictures taken, which is a definite bonus!

So, I made the trip up to STL and wouldn't you know it... it started raining about 30 minutes before the session! Good thing we're good at hiding that sort of thing, and Sarah-Marie and Jon were the best sports! They made the session about the two of them (as it should be), and I was able to capture some really great images!
















Be ready... more coming tomorrow!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baller Grand Opening! (In Fayetteville!)



Hey everybody!

This Friday, 4/18, Baller Foodtruck is having its grand opening! :) We've been out and about for a few weeks now, but we never really celebrated! Come and celebrate with us at Maxine's on Block Street at 8pm! We really hope to see you there!




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kayla's Arkansas Bridal Portraits at the Capital Hotel



Hey everybody!

Kayla is just STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING!! We recently photographed her wedding in Louisianna, and I can't wait to show it to you! In the meantime, have a peek at her bridal portraits we shot at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock.











Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, April 11, 2014

Andrew and Andrea's Hot Springs Wedding Portraits



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We're winding down Andrea and Andrew's wedding week on the blog with these beautiful portraits we took at Garvan Gardens and around Hot Springs. This first image, taken at Garvan Gardens is my favorite of the day!! Perfection!












Andrea... Andrew... what a treat it has been to share this day with you! I treasure ya'll!!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Andrea and Andrew's Garvan Gardens Wedding



Hey everybody!

Andrea and Andrew's wedding in Hot Springs was filled with a lot of special moments that I've been really excited to share with y'all! We started EARLY (by my sleeping schedule's standards), but not as early as Bo (Bo's Hair/Makeup Facebook Page), who started hair and makeup on the Andrea's girls at 5:30am. Yeah... AM. Doesn't he do such a perfect job? Andrea of course looked STUNNING!



Fast forward to the wedding ceremony, how sweet are these two?



Remember yesterday when I talked about how they were chemical engineers? Instead of a unity candle, they did a unity "experiment" - see how it turned pink when they mixed the two clear liquids?  How AWESOME!


Oh, and THIS moment.


After the ceremony, Andrew and Andrea shared a really touching moment that Mere was there to capture. Maybe my favorite of the day!





Then it was portrait time (more on this tomorrow!)...


Cute first dance pics!











Andrea and I have become pretty close over the past couple years through email, so every shoot we did (and especially her wedding) it was as if we were just great friends! I love that!


Such a fun party!



Talk to you soon,
Dale

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