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Hey Guys,

I’m really excited to share photos from my last wedding.  Meghan & Tim are the fun spirited laid back couple that I think most photographers really look forward to.  They definately made my job fun and I am looking forward to them having a long and happy marriage.  I hope you love the pictures.  I can’t wait to work on the rest of them!

Cheers,

Shawn

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Dreams Rivera Cancun Destination Wedding Photos

Hey Guys,

After I write a long email response to a question I get often I can feel like I ate up a lot of my time that I’ll have to do again if I don’t make a post answering it for people to see.

I get asked how many hours my packages include quite often because my flyer says “Wedding Day Coverage” or something along those lines.  So I think our gut wants us to ask “How long is that?”

When I invest my time in a couple to cover their wedding I’m hoping to be there long enough to tell their entire wedding day story.  How long does that take?  It depends.
The short answer to the question about how many hours my service covers is I don’t run a clock.  I trust my clients to have a timeline and I give them some information, consultation, and bridal guides that help them have a timeline that gives them amazing sunset portraits on their wedding day if their timeline allows it.
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My thought process on not having a strict timeline is that at this point in the planning process is that most brides aren’t exactly sure how much time they will need and I don’t want them to worry that they might have to pay overages if they underestimate nor do I want them to feel like they might be buying more than they need.  There is enough pressure that comes naturally from planning a wedding my hope is that I can ease some of that pressure.  So I don’t run a strict clock by any means.
Detail pictures are usually first while the bride is getting ready, then take getting ready pictures mostly after they’ve gotten hair and makeup on and just capture candid photos during that time.  Every timeline is different, some people tie the knot at 1:00 and some do it at 7:00.  I am there to cover the couples needs all day including ceremony, location photos, party bus, first looks, you name it.  I stay all day through the major reception events.  When I think I’ve covered everything to tell the story usually a couple of hours into the reception, I’ll tell the bride and groom I think I covered everything and ask if there is anything else they would like covered before I go and if they say no then it’s time to go home and backup the files:)
So far no one has abused that policy and I find it serves my clients very well.
All my best,
Shawn

Hey guys,

I so wanted to have this posted Thursday evening the day after the wedding but the hotel room connection wouldn’t let me put any pictures online.  Aleigh and Steven’s wedding really speaks for itself.  The wedding was held in Cancun, Mexico at the Dreams Rivera Resort right by the beach with a Gorgeous Sunset!  My job was easy.  These two make such a cute couple and I just loved every minute of covering their wedding and celebrating with them.  Here are the photos I’ve been dying to share for 3 days!

Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment below.

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For Shutterbugs

For you shutterbugs out there, always know the most important thing to make a photo is behind the camera not the camera itself.  Traveling often means using smaller equipment and I think my newer smaller cameras actually outperform my bigger DSLRs with the end results.  The smaller mirrorless cameras aren’t as distracting and they allow me to get much more candid photos which are my personal favorites.  I shot most of the wedding with my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 using a Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 which is probably the best lens I’ve ever used.  I also used my x-100t as a backup camera and a 16mm f/1.4 for any wide angle shots.  Most of the Bonfire shots were taken with a Mitakon Zyonghi 35mm f/0.95 which is a manual focus lens and absolutely one of my favorite lenses.

Lastly, I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to completely rely on such a new system so I brought my Canon 5d Mark III with a 50mm f/1.4 Sigma Art Lens and my Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens.  The 50mm I used mostly for the ceremony processional and the Macro is actually the largest lens I took and it was was only used for two photos on this blog.   The Fuji cameras performed so well for me that I think it’s time to find my 5d3 a new home.  :)

 

Vendors

The bride Aleigh is actually a very talented Wedding Event Coordinator and manages a 700 seat Event Venue called distillery 244 in Old Town Wichita.  I’ll be sure to link that soon.

Dreams Rivera Provided the Destination Wedding Venue, Day of Coordinator, DJ, Flowers, and a number of other services (I promise to update with specific information)

Videography – Button Up Videography

Makeup – Backstage Hair & Makeup

Emily Hart Bridal – Emily Hart Bridal

Jewelry – Helena Noelle

 

A good nights rest does wonders.  I eoke up on my own to catch the end of a really beautiful sunrise.  

Day 2 was a great day to put the camera down and kick back at the pool and get to hang out with family members.

Then room service.😍


I am going to bed early to catch the sunrise tomorrow.  Catch you tomorrow!

I did catch this guy hanging out by the restaurant we had luch at!