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Junebug Favorites: Top Pics of the Week 7/31/2015

July 31, 2015 | carrie

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From photos incorporating fantastical murals to send offs with lanterns and confetti, our Junebug member photographers proved yet again why hiring a top photographer is one of the best decisions you can make when planning your wedding. Today we’re highlighting our favorites from Gabe McClintockFer JuaristiDaniele Vertelli PhotographerBradford Martens PhotographyDixie PixelEvan Rich PhotographyLmfotoShaun Menary PhotographyJennifer Armstrong PhotographyDT studioStudio Photoframe. Enjoy!

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings Photo by Dixie Pixel

Elegant-Industrial-Wedding-Hickory-Street-Annex-Bradford-Martens (9 of 36) Photo by Bradford Martens Photography

Minimalist-Destination-Wedding-TeiTiare-Estate-Gabe-McClintock-Fer-Juaristi (6 of 30) Photo by Fer Juaristi & Gabe McClintock

Traditional-Wedding-in-Brazil (4 of 20) Photo by Studio Photoframe

Classic-Vintage-Wedding-Truman-Little-White-House-Evan-Rich-Photography (10 of 29) Photo by Evan Rich Photography

Bohemian-Garden-Wedding-Monteverdi-Tuscany-Daniele-Vertelli (5 of 33) Photo by Daniele Vertelli Photographer

Minimalist-Destination-Wedding-TeiTiare-Estate-Gabe-McClintock-Fer-Juaristi (21 of 30) Photo by Fer Juaristi & Gabe McClintock

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings Photo by Dixie Pixel

Elegant-Industrial-Wedding-Hickory-Street-Annex-Bradford-Martens (23 of 36) Photo by Bradford Martens Photography

Golden-Post-Wedding-Shoot-in-the-Bieszczady-Mountains-Lmfoto (4 of 34) Photo by Lmfoto

Chic-Wythe-Hotel-Wedding-Brooklyn-Shaun-Menary-Photography (9 of 44) Photo by Shaun Menary Photography

Rustic-Canadian-Wedding-Van-Loon-Farms-Jennifer-Armstrong-Photography (16 of 24) Photo by Jennifer Armstrong Photography

Minimalist-Destination-Wedding-TeiTiare-Estate-Gabe-McClintock-Fer-Juaristi (22 of 30) Photo by Fer Juaristi & Gabe McClintock

DT-Studio-Couple-Portraiture-Croatia-Junebug-Weddings-13 Photo by DT studio

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Minimalist-Destination-Wedding-TeiTiare-Estate-Gabe-McClintock-Fer-Juaristi (28 of 30) Photo by Fer Juaristi & Gabe McClintock

Loving our Top Pics of the Week? Then you will adore our Photographer Spotlight series. Learn more about Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel in this week’s Photographer Spotlight.

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xoxoCarrie5

Stunning Couple Portraiture from DT studio – Croatia Wedding Photographers

July 30, 2015 | carrie

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Weddings go by fast, which is why making the most out of the short amount of time you have with your couple before and/or after the ceremony is pivotal. It’s during these photo sessions that photographers have the ability to test themselves creatively and capture unique and intimate images that will live with their couples for years to come. We have DT studio here today to inspire us all with some stunning couple portraiture and words of wisdom. Enjoy!

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How do you get your couples comfortable in front of the camera? 

My passion is to create the beautiful, spontaneous and romantic images that showcase true emotions, so it’s important for me to make a personal connection with each individual couple. Once I have the couple’s confidence they can be relaxed and comfortable because they see me as a friend.

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How do you push yourself creatively when shooting couple portraiture? 

I am devoted to capturing the moments and feelings that can be felt and relived for years to come. I tend to have a fresh approach, while keeping the shooting fun and effortless. When I used to study classical music composition, I learned how to have a creative, artistic approach while respecting technique. This is similar to my approach to photography. I try to create something new rather than create something I’ve done before, but I also use my photography knowledge and experience to make sure that I have the best background and conditions for shooting by choosing the right locations and lighting to create stunning portraits that embody the joy and beauty of the moment and the location. Sometimes the location is the key inspiration for shooting and improvising with something new!

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What equipment do you use most often for couple portraits? 

For couple portraits on special location I like to use various lenses; 14mm f/2.8 to capture wide angle shots with backgrounds, ‘normal’ 50mm f/1.2 with beautiful bokeh, and I also use 200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens which gives me the ability to capture couple’s moments, while leaving some intimate space in between us. I choose to shoot digital with Canon full frame cameras because it gives me the ability to capture precious moments without many limits of classical cameras, while also taking advantage of today’s cameras advanced technology like sensor resolution, low light ability, and dynamic range.

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Thanks so much to Dijana from DT studio for sharing her thoughts on couple portraiture! For more tips on photographing, check out Photographing Beach Weddings with Villetto Photography.

xoxoCarrie5

Photographer Spotlight Interview with Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel – Knoxville, Tennessee

July 28, 2015 | carrie

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings All Photos ©Dixie Pixel

Inspired by love and light, Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel has captivated us all with her sense of humor and insanely creative approach to wedding photography. While her last name may be hard to pronounce, it’s easy to fall in love with Tara’s aesthetic. Interested to learn more about what makes this Nebraska native tic, we decided to sit her down for an interview. No, she didn’t ease up on the jokes, and yes, you will love every second of your time reading about her thoughts on life, photography, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Nope, we’re not kidding about that last bit!

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I was desperate for a job in college, so my roommate got me a job at Abercrombie & Fitch. I wasn’t used to the loud music, and I ended up puking all over a pile of overpriced sweaters on my first day. I reluctantly made it a few more weeks before I found another job.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

What gets you up in the morning, literally and/or figuratively?

The urge to pee usually does it.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

What are looking forward to most right now?

Oh, I will be so happy when my current house sells and I can move into one with a 2nd bathroom.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Do you offer albums? What kind? What do you feel is important about wedding photo albums?

I include an album in every package. I guess I’m old-fashioned, but isn’t the wedding album the sacred family heirloom that everyone wants to look at? It is for me anyway. I love looking at my family’s albums, even more so now that time has passed and taken some people away. Photographs are the best way to remember, as well as honor, those who’ve left us.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Where do you want to shoot next?

I love adventuring. It’s a big world, and I’ll go to any place where my photography is wanted.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

How do you know you’ve done a great job for your wedding clients?

I’m still taking their photos years after their weddings! Being asked back to document their families is such an honor. I’m going to do a total girl thing and pull a quote that I found on Pinterest: “The reward for good work is the opportunity to do more.” There’s so much truth in those words. The fact that I continue to have work is such a blessing. It’s a tough industry and I’m so thankful for my clients who believe in me and my work.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

What is your creative vision? What do you desire to express with your photos?

I hope to make people stop and look at my images. I hope there’s an urge to linger on them, rather than click through or scroll down.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Besides weddings, what/who/where would you love to be able to photograph?

I really just love photographing people and making them happy, whether I’m at a wedding or not.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

What changes/improvements have you observed within your photography over the years?

So much. Maturity kicked in somewhere during the past 10 years. I’m so much better with the business side of things. I used to overdraw my account every January and wonder what I was doing wrong. Now, I run a kick-ass budget and have the ability to exercise restraint with money. I also quit trying to copy my heroes. I’ve always said once I started shooting like Tara Kneiser, I became such a better photographer.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Any advice for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?

What is on the photographer’s website is an accurate example what your wedding photos will look like. NEVER ask them to copy another photographer’s photos. If you’re in love with a specific photo, find the photographer who took it and hire them! Don’t put wings on a pig and be disappointed when he doesn’t fly.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Any advice for couples on how to look amazing and feel comfortable in their photographs?

Your attitude is EVERYTHING. If you have a poor attitude towards anyone or anything on your wedding day, it makes you ugly. Gracious people are the most beautiful and it honestly shows in photographs. Remember the reason you are having the wedding: not for the flowers, or the dress, or to show off for friends, but for the opportunity to spend the rest of your life with the person you love. That’s pretty incredible.

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Best advice you’ve ever received about being a business person?

“You’re either known for being cheap, or you’re known for being good.” -Monte Romohr (a family friend and all around really smart dude.)

Dixie Pixel Photographer Spotlight Interview - Junebug Weddings

Thank you, Tara! We love how you do what you do and can’t wait to see what’s next for you and Dixie Pixel, including getting that second bathroom. If you love Tara’s work as much as we do, be sure to check out her member portfolio!

xoxoCarrie5

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