April, Head Shots and Portraits

My roommate April is graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois this semester, so I was happy to take a few portraits so she could post an updated photo on her social media sites. She is a great godly woman and it’s been a pleasure to live with her this semester. Good luck April! I’ll be rooting for you from California.

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

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Photo Ministry in Washington D.C.

While studying in D.C., it was one of my goals to serve the community with my gifts. I volunteered at the local crisis pregnancy center, which gave me the idea to offer free photo sessions to families who usually can’t afford to pay for nice, professional portraits. A few of my friends tagged along and the day turned out better than I ever could have imagined. I couldn’t stop laughing behind the camera! [Yes, my friends did make fun of me … ] I became aware of the blessings I take for granted — even the simple fact that I can go out and take nice photos with my friends. So, enjoy these images! I am so happy to share them with you.

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

And here’s a bit of a look behind the scenes (for those of you who don’t know, that’s me in the striped dress):

*Behind-the-scenes photos taken by my friend Jacob Bechtol

10 tips for the wedding couple to connect with their photographer!

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Photo by Lanie Louise Photography

This helpful blog post by Southern Weddings offers advice to brides and grooms about wedding day photo bliss. Here’s a short synopsis:

1. Book an engagement session as a “test run” in front of the camera for your wedding day. This will help you and your spouse-to-be to get comfortable with your photographer!

2. If you ask for photos of you and your bridal party while you’re getting ready, keep the space clean and choose a room that looks good in photos (natural lighting, neutral colors, calm atmosphere, etc.).

3. Invite close family and friends to be there while you’re getting ready for your day! And ask these special people to get ready early.

4. Allow your photographer as much time as possible for photos — “create a generous timeline.”

5. DO a first look. The Southern Weddings blog says “consider” it, but I say do it! There are so many reasons why: hair and makeup is fresh; you’re not making your guests wait for you; you’re calm for your ceremony because you see your significant other first; you have more time for photos … need I say more?

6. Trust your photographer to get the right photographs. You can’t predict special moments: “Dad whispering last minute advice to groom” is one of the specific [and somewhat ridiculous] requests SW lists on their blog. We do the best we can — you chose us, right?

7. BUT create a shot list for group photos, like family shots. Who do you want in the photos? When? What variations of grouping? Get this together for us photographers.

8. Once it’s ready, distribute it to everyone who will be in them. This will save time [and possibly prevent hair loss].

9. If the small details are important to you [from the wedding favors to the table settings], get it all ready early! Your photographer will want to take photos of the reception area BEFORE everyone arrives. Make it as easy and clean as possible for your photographer to capture every part of your special day.

10. Ask your photographer questions! Anything from “how can I help you do your job” to “what else do you need to know” helps us ensure everything will be captured in our images.

And this, friends, is a wonderful list to remember. Use it! 🙂

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

Rachel and Eddie — Married!

Last December, I photographed Rachel and Eddie’s wedding at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif. It was such a blessedly beautiful wedding planned by their wonderful aunt Sarah. The couple didn’t have time to choose anything, so their aunt made everything come together and it turned out just the way Rachel and Eddie wanted it to be. I met the couple and their family through a word-of-mouth recommendation (which I am SO thankful for) and now I know I will be in contact with them forever — we became such good friends. Enjoy this small photo synopsis of the day!

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

Dave and Carissa — Engaged!

Dave and Carissa are friends of my parents. I was able to take their engagement photos when I was home last month for Easter. They’re such a fun, happy couple — I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this summer (located in Livermore, my hometown)!

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

Sara and Casey — Engaged!

This engagement session was so fun — I spent the afternoon driving around with these two and taking photos all over D.C.! Sara is one of my roommates; her and Casey got engaged at the tail end of last year. They’re both from Kentucky but I might be able to fly out from California to capture their wedding in the summer of 2014. Love these two!

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

Rose and Douglas are expecting!

Rose happens to be one of my professors at the Washington Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. So, like Abigail, I felt so blessed when she asked me to do a maternity session with her and her husband Douglas. This was my first maternity session (and theirs, too!), so it will be memorable, of course!

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com

Abigail and Ryan − Engaged!

Abigail is one of the administrators for the abroad program where I am currently studying. I was so thrilled when she asked me to take her engagement photos! Both her and her fiancé Ryan worked in the Capitol Building at some point, so the location was special to them. Although I won’t be photographing their wedding, I felt honored to capture this special moment in their lives. Wishing them a happy marriage!

>>Lanie

lanielouisephotography@yahoo.com