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Flowers and RingsLike your wedding dress, flowers are an essential part of every wedding. From the bouquet – to the altar – to the isle – to the reception hall, their vibrant colors and natural aroma seem to give weddings a personal touch. However, choosing the best flowers can be a nerve-racking experience due to the multitude of varieties available. So what is a bride to do, you ask?

Get Help from a Professional Florist

If there is one piece of floral advice that we would give it is this: Hire the one person who knows every kind of wedding flower imaginable, an experienced florist. Trying to do all the research on your own can be very daunting task. It would be more convenient and stress free to hire the expertise of a florist. They will work with you and give you their insights on the various types and arrangements that are perfect for your wedding theme and decor, all the while setting your mind at ease knowing your wedding day will look beautiful! Hiring a person to do everything related to flowers would be a great time-saver to give you more time to deal with the other elements of your wedding.

DIY:

However, if you would want to take on the challenge of handling all your decorations, but have little flower knowledge, you can simply get instructions from a florist. Obtain the necessary guidance in flower selection and arrangement and then do the rest on your own. (This is what we did when we got married) You can also use your flowers at both the Wedding and Reception if you can find someone to transport them to the reception. We have seen many brides have this done by friends.

Pick up your flowers the day before your Wedding:

Have the flowers ready and delivered at least a day before your wedding, two days would be better. If anything goes wrong, you will not have time to get things fixed. Don’t worry, there are preservation techniques that the florists use so your arrangements remain fresh days after they are picked up.

Choose flowers that are in season

Choosing the flower varieties that are in season not only assures a lot of them but it is also a good way to cut your costs because in season flowers are sold at a lower prices. Having a summer wedding will provide you with the more varieties to choose from. Some of the most popular flowers used in wedding decorations are Chrysanthemums, Carnations, Jasmine, Lilies, Daisies and of course Roses.

Consider Using Artificial Flowers

New artificial flowers are so lifelike that many times they are impossible to tell they are not real, even to the touch. These flowers are a good alternative to use for table displays and aisle runners that may be bumped or picked at by little fingers. Although real flowers can be preserved to last to up to a week, it would be less expensive to use them only on the wedding bouquets and boutonnieres.

Here is a sample list of Evansville area florists: (This is not a endoresment of any single florist and is not meant to exclude any florist/shop not listed)

www.zeidlers.com

www.cottagefloristandgifts.com

www.snodgrassfloral.com

barbarasbloomers.com

evansvilletheflowershop.com

flowersandmorein.com

karensflowersandgifts.com

robinsnestflowers.com

tpflowersandgifts.com

 

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Debi Wolfe Photography Are you ready for this? Are you really ready for this groundbreaking, life-changing news? Here we go, be sure to stay seated and keep your hands and feet in the ride at all times, Oh wait that’s for something else. Anyway, here are our tips for you:

Find a photographer who makes you feel comfortable.This is the most important! There are a bunch of senior portrait photographers out there, and most of them take really great photos…so you’ve got to find the photographer that you feel a connection with – the Studio who will make you feel absolutely gorgeous (or handsome!) while you’re with them. You want to have fun during your portrait session so make sure that you can laugh with them. Real laughter translates to real smiles and that’s what you want in your portraits. It goes without saying that you want portraits that will be the envy of all your friends, so be sure to choose the photographer that you know will make you feel and look great! Once you find that photographer, make sure you book your session early! Your year book photos are usually due around October of your senior year and photographer’s book up early.

Have your hair and makeup professionally done. For the ladies…in our experience, sometimes spending a little bit of extra time getting pampered by a professional hair and makeup artist gives you the confidence that you need to really get out there and rock your senior portraits! It takes special knowledge and skills to apply makeup that will photograph perfectly, so it’s really important that you use a pro. (Ask us for a list of stylists we recommend) Plus, these are the photos that will IMG_3473forever represent your high school days, so you want to look your absolute best! And speaking of looking your absolute best – if you aren’t the type of person who normally wears a lot of makeup, make sure you let your hair/makeup artist know so they can give you a more natural look. Take some time to do some research and think about the looks that you want for your portraits and then share them with the artist so they can bring your vision to life! If you look your best, you feel your best, and when you feel your best, you act more confidently. Go the extra mile to walk into your senior session feeling confident, attractive, prepared, and inspired.

HuskiesHelp choose your locations. It can be hard to pick the perfect locations, that’s why we like to give our suggestions and get your ideas as well. Once we’re on location we’ll look for spots with great lighting, not necessarily the best scenery (Something ugly might have the right color and fade away when blurred). When choosing your locations, we always try to pick spots that mean something to you. If you love spending time on the river or at a lake, maybe you want to get a few shots at your school – where ever, as long as we can legally be there. But when it comes down to it, don’t stress too much about locations, just tell us your ideas prior to your session so we can work out the details.

Pick great outfits. So you don’t know what to wear? You can do a quick Google search or look on Pinterest boards for what’s in style. Once you have an idea go through your own wardrobe, and put some great outfits together that make you feel comfortable. But remember, what ever you pick out make sure the items are YOU, not someone on-line!  It’s usually a good idea to have at least 2-3 outfits, one that’s formal, another that’s a little casual and at least one FUN – YOU outfit. Go on – get creative, but be real and don’t forget that the outfits you choose should represent YOUR life in high school, no one else’s! See here for a tip from before.

Call us and get ready for some fun. It’s totally normal to be nervous before having your portraits taken, just be sure you’re ready to have a great time, because you will! Once we get the session rolling you’ll start feeling more comfortable and, Spoiler Alert, you’ll start to have fun. By the end of the session, you will walk away feeling confident with a huge smile on your face. When you’re with us, it’s all about you, and that’s always fun!

Laura

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Debi Wolfe Photography

When it comes to wedding photography, many Brides have a hard time knowing where to start.  After all, there is a lot to consider when deciding how to document your wedding day.  Do you want full or partial coverage?  What style of photography are you looking for?   Do you want just prints, digital images or a wedding album from your wedding day?

Our job as photographers is to answer all of the questions that you may have and then explain everything we can offer you and finally make everything as easy as possible for you to understand and to make informed decisions about.

To help you get started, we developed a list of a few things to help you with “Choosing your Wedding Photographer”.    I hope that this helps take a little of the stress out of your decision making!

 

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  1. When meeting with your prospective wedding photographer, ask to view their portfolio not just the online stuff ask to see some albums.
  2. I suggest meeting with your photographer at least twice before your wedding day.  First at an initial consultation to see who they are, what they have to offer, pricing/packages and answer any other questions that you may have.  You will be able to tell right away if this person will be a good fit for you and your family and if you’re comfortable working and talking with them.  The second meeting should be an engagement session.  This everyone gets more familiar with one another and you will an idea of how they work and they will get an idea of how to make you comfortable.  As a Bride and Groom on your wedding day, you will be more relaxed in front of the camera if you both know what the other is expecting to happen.
  3. Does the photographer’s style match the vision of how you would like your wedding portraits to look?
  4. Do not compromise when it comes to your wedding photography.  You work so hard, spend so much time and effort to make your wedding look and feel exactly the way you want it.  It’s not worth it to go cheap on photography, remember there are no do over’s!

Now look over our portfolio and decide if we may be a good fit to set up a consultation so we can chat about your wedding day. If you think so, give us a call at 812-626-1186.

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So you think only bad things happen on Friday the 13th? Well, we’re here to prove that wrong.

debi wolfe photography

To all previous customers re-order any print from your session TODAY only for only $6.13 each! That’s over 75% savings per print!

This includes 8 wallets or a 5×7 or an 8×10 sized print.

Yes, you can order any number of prints from any previous session (Wedding, Senior, Family, Boudoir, etc…) that you have already ordered from.

 

So if there was a print that you really wish you had ordered or one that someone mentioned that you would like to give as a gift now is your chance to take advantage of this limited time offer!

Give us a call today at 812-626-1186 or PM us on Facebook to place your order but remember the order must be placed by midnight tonight to take advantage of this offer!

Oh and watch out for those black cats, ladders, mirrors, and any guy wearing a Hocky mask & carrying a machete!

wedding mosaic by debi wolfe photography   Debi Wolfe Photography Back to school sessions  Child portrait by debi wolfe photography Family portrait by debi wolfe photography HS senior portrait by debi wolfe photography

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 Are you stumped as to what to wear for your Family Portraits this year? 

Here is our advice:

1) Decide if you want the portrait to be dressy, casual or somewhere in-between.

2) We will work with you in deciding on a location. Choosing clothes that go with the location is a must.

3) Stick with two to three main colors to work with like red, black and gray or turquoise and brown, anything that coordinates well together. The thing to keep in mind is to find coordinating colors for the whole family, not necessarily the same matching colors.  Start with the person who is the hardest to choose clothes for. You may want to do this before picking colors if they have a limited color palette. Then then use the colors in their choice to determine the rest of the clothing. Layers work great in pictures. You can easily accessorize with scarves or vests or layer your clothing for the family picture! We discourage “Matching” clothing items, even for multiples, but you have the final say.

4) Avoid any items of clothing with writing or logos as these really date an image! If the clothing is noticeable in a portrait, it will become a distraction. Clothing that does not attract attention to itself should be your goal. Ladies should avoid really short sleeves, try to wear mid-length or long-sleeves. Men look best in a dress shirt and sports jacket or polo shirt or sweater.

5) Now go to every one’s closets and pull out any options in the color scheme you chose. Bring all the clothes to one room and start laying out the options. Think of who will be next to whom in the portrait as well while laying them out. Keep changing your options until you get something that you like. Keep in mind that you are looking at the group as a whole, not individual pieces. Try not to have any one item stick out too much (unless it is intentional!) You may have to go buy an item or two but by trying a bunch of different combinations, you can usually find something that works without buying a lot. We recommend you take a picture of each grouping because it is easier to see and if it stands out now it will show even more in your portrait. Clients have sometimes sent us the images of what they have in mind and we’ve given them our input.

6) Look on the web for ideas. A lot of clothing websites will have outfit ideas for you as well if you are really stuck.

7) Most importantly, don’t get worried about finding the perfect outfit for each person after all the portrait is still about the people in the clothes not the clothes themselves. Just relax and have fun.

Don’t forget to sign up for our limited (12 sessions) $60 Summer Kickoff Mini-sessions on June 28th, 2014. You’ll get 10 images available through digital download so you can print them anywhere. Call us at 812-626-1186 to get signed up, they are going to go fast!

 

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Are you still taking blurry pics?  If so here are a few tips on how to fix that!

  1. Read your owners manual: This is probably the most important thing that you can do to take good photos. You should know what each sitting does and what each button controls on your camera. This will not only help you understand your camera but how & where to make changes to any maunal controls you have quickly and easily.
  2. Check your shutter speed: LOTS of blurry photos are the result of a slowshutter speed.  If you don’t know and don’t want to know what shutter speed is, you can use the Sports Mode of your camera. basicly the the slower the shutter speed the longer your camera takes to capture the image. and the longer that the shutter is open the more shake(blur) it will add to the image if you are moving at all.
  3. Focus on the subject: This is another thing that seems simple enough to know, but is another big reason why your shots might be out of focus. Most DSLRs will have multiple focus points to choose from, you should know how to change them quickly(see owners manual). If you have a point and shoot, you may not have any control over where the camera is focusing. If your camera chooses the subject to be something other than what YOU think it should be, your photo will turn out blurry.  Remember to check your owners manual to see if you have any manual control of focus points.
  4. Hold still: I know that this should be evident but you would be surprised how many time we forget to do the simple things in life.  When you are taking your photos, make sure you are holding steady.  If you are standing, lock your elbow tight to your body. If you are having a hard time keeping yourself steady, use a wall, a table, anything the is going to support you and help keep you still.
  5. Get a pod: wether it’s a Tri or Mono. If you are wanting to be mobile then look at a Mono-pod for ease of use with good stabilization. If you don’t need to move quickly or at all then look into getting a Tri-pod to help ensure a stable camera.
  6. Be gentle: Be sure you are slowly squeezing your shutter smoothly, thinking like a  “Sharp Shooter” applies to a camera as well. If you stab at it or press it hard you will be adding a lot of unnecessary shaking to the camer which will translate to the image. Stop breathing when you snap the shutter, just like a sharp shooter does when he squeezes the trigger. (Then remember to start breathing again! 🙂

Now remember, lock your elbow, breath out, squeeze the trigger and get the shot. What are you waiting for, get out there and see what photos you can capture.

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So today’s post has some tips for getting better shots when you need to take photos indoors. As much as you may love taking portraits with beautiful sunshine during warm summer months, it isn’t always possible to photograph outside in the sunshine. Whether it’s too hot in the summer or cold in the winter, it could be too windy or your subject may just not want to go outside when you want them to (insert your own childern here).

Tip 1 – Use as much natural light as possible.

Having natural window light always helps when photographing indoors. Any window can be used depending on the time of day as long as there is no direct sunlight coming through. For instance, an east-facing window will be flooded with direct sunlight early in the morning. However, that same window will be perfect in the afternoon due to a much softer light. The opposite would be true of a west-facing window. The light your windows receive will also vary with the time of year. Look for great little pockets of light around your house and use them.

Tip 2 – Adjust your ISO for available light.

Don’t be afraid to increase your ISO! Most cameras, even today’s point & shoot styles, can adjust the ISO. They also have the ability to handle ISO speeds from 100 to 2000 depending on how much light is available. Remember, there may be some graining at higher ISO speeds.  Play around and see how your camera handles higher ISO speeds.  This is one area where newer cameras are much better than older ones!

 

If there are any “tips” you would like to see, post a comment below and we’ll do our best to answer them in another post. Thanks!

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