Janae & Joey’s New Braunfels Wedding

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Janae and Joey were a super sweet couple and so fun to photograph. I shot their wedding the first week that I moved to Austin, which in hindsight was a little crazy, but I wanted to jump right in and get started! I also got to shoot some engagement photos for them, which is always great because then you get to know the couple and their style before the wedding.

Their wedding was an outdoor ceremony at The Milestone in New Braunfels. It rained all day, and stopped just in time for the ceremony, thank goodness! I loved shooting their details and their day, and you can tell how excited they were in the photos.

You can check out all the photos below!

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Morgan and Daniel’s North Austin Wedding

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Let me start off by saying that I am so excited to blog the wedding that I photographed this weekend!! This is the second wedding I’ve photographed in Austin, and I have to say, I was impressed with how gorgeous One Chapel in Liberty Hill was. The lighting was perfect all day, the bride was the sweetest, AND they had a food truck. Talk about a dream client and dream wedding.

I started off shooting the chapel and the details, and then I photographed her jewelry. The sun was shining through a window and created a stunning shadow which I loved.

Then the bride and groom each prepared a gift for each other. It was such a sweet moment to capture, and they were both really excited for the gifts that they received.

Soon it was time for Morgan to get into her wedding dress, and her mom and sister helped her get ready.

We took some family photos at an awesome spot just a few miles away from the church right before the ceremony. The lighting was perfect and her flowers were beautiful!

Then it was time to get married! After the ceremony, I followed the couple outside and got some adorable candids of them just minutes after saying, “I do!” You can tell by their expressions that they were so excited.

We photographed the entire wedding party after the ceremony. The color scheme is #goals and exactly what I want for my wedding one day! After we shot the wedding party and family photos, I got a few minutes with Morgan and Daniel, and we did some quick photos of them before the reception. These are my favorite from the day!

The cake had gold flakes, and the details at the reception were surrounded by glittering lights everywhere. The sun was setting as the reception started and everyone made their entrances.

Next it was time for dinner (served by Waffle Love food truck, which offered a chicken and waffle dinner as well as a strawberry waffle for dessert!), then on to first dances, and cake cutting.

And to make the night even better, they had a grand exit with sparklers and their friends and family cheering them on. They were such a cute couple and I was really honored to photograph their wedding.

The bridesmaids bouquets were by @wildflowersbycamille and the rest of the florals were by Kim Swafford, and all photographs by me @gdeimzweddings.

Jenny & Mike’s Battery Park NYC Wedding

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This weekend, I flew to NYC to shoot a wedding that has been a long time in the making. I was initially supposed to photograph Mike and Jenny’s wedding back in May, and it got postponed due to Covid. They decided to hold a smaller wedding with 50 people to comply with NYC regulations, so I hopped on a plane and came back to the Big Apple to be there for their special day!

The day started off with some fun in Jenny’s hotel room, with the girls popping champagne and Jenny finishing writing her vows in her vow book. And let’s not forget the insane view they had from downtown NYC!

Then I started shooting her details, from her high heels to the flowers to the stunning dress. The lace work on her gown was so intricate that I wanted to make sure to get some details of it with my macro lens.

Next it was time for Jenny and her girls to get ready for the wedding, which included hair, makeup and getting their dresses on!

Here’s a detail of her flowers, which included something borrowed and something blue from her family:

We walked outside to take some family photos, and the lighting was so great! I love this candid shot I got of Jenny crossing the street.

Then I headed down the street to Mike’s apartment by Battery Park so I could shoot some images of the guys getting ready. They were having a good time hanging out.

We went to the roof to take a few pictures, and the view was insane. You could see the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey and uptown. It was stunning.

Soon it was time to head over to the venue and photograph all the details of the wedding and reception before the guests got there.

And just like that, it was time for them to get married! They read their own vows that they had written, and Mike mentioned how he’d protect Jenny from dinosaurs. It was adorable.

I also managed to run up to the roof to get a wide shot of the wedding. You can see the Staten Island Ferry on the river in the background, as well as the Statue of Liberty.

Around sunset, I took Mike and Jenny into the park for a few shots before the reception. The lighting was great all day, and the park was empty, so we got some stunning photos.

Then it was time for the reception, where there were some great toasts given and things got wild on the dance floor!

All in all, it was a stunning wedding and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. For more of my wedding photos, head over to my weddings page and my weddings Instagram.

Farm Bridal Styled Photoshoot

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I have been in a bit of a quarantine rut from lack of photoshoots, so I reached out to a friend in St. Louis to see if we could set up a bridal styled shoot, and of course she was hyped to have a modeling shoot too!

Let me start by saying that this might be my favorite bridal shoot I’ve done EVER, and by far my favorite from this year. I’ve been wanting to shoot with my parent’s horses on our farm for awhile now, so now seemed like a great time to get it together.

We shot at a few locations. The first place we started was the church at the Westminster University campus. It’s so cute with white marble, so we shot there for a bit, and then we drove back toward the farm and made a pit stop on an old gravel road. Those shots were so rad! We ran over to the highway and a field for a couple quick shots and then ended at my parent’s farm with their horses. I LOVE how these shots turned out.

Have a look below at my favorites, and make sure to check out Kirsten Paige’s wedding dress designs.

Grace and Colin’s Engagement Shoot

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I officially had my first social distancing photoshoot this weekend, and I have to say that it was so refreshing to finally be out shooting again! I hadn’t realized how much I missed my job until I was out in a field with Grace and Colin, lol!

I was also excited to try out some new presets I’ve been tweaking, and they turned out so fabulous with the nature-y backdrop (thanks Missouri!). Check out my favorite shots from the shoot here:

9 Poses in 9 Minutes

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If you never quite sure just how to pose with your partner for a great picture, or you’re a photographer looking for posing ideas, then this is the article for you! I’ve compiled a list of my go-to poses for couples, and I have a one-page freebie at the bottom for you to keep as a helpful guide! Big thanks to my favorite couple Jersey and Luis for being my models for this project (and standing in the freezing New York City winter weather to get these shots!) Now let’s dive into these poses.

Lean Toward Each Other

Position the couple so one person’s shoulder is leaning into the other person’s chest, and have the person behind wrap their arm around and lightly grab the right arm of the first person. It helps to mention to lean their heads toward each other and getting their noses close together. This cozy pose is great for a mid shot, or a close up.

Facing Each Other

This one is an easy one. Have the two look at each other while holding hands. Can be used for a wide shot or a close up, and you can play with how close they are standing to each other. One person can also wrap their hands around the other person’s neck and lean in close for a kiss (warning: it’s adorable!!)

Facing The Camera

The classic shot shows the couple fairly close together with one person wrapping their arm around the other. You can vary the hands–hands in pockets, hands straight down, or like in this shot, Jersey had her hand by her face, tucking her hair behind her ear. Do whatever feels most natural for you.

Half Looking at the Camera

This can be a great moment. Have one person look at their partner while the other person looks at the camera. This usually results in some natural smiles and laughs, because who doesn’t get excited when they spend a few seconds taking in how lovely their partner looks?! A great variation of this can be to alternate having both partners look at each other at the same time.

The Ear Whisper

Alright, now that you are warmed up and have the basic poses down, here are a few advanced level poses! This one is a great prompt I use with couples. When a couple is already fairly close to each other, I’ll tell one partner to lean in and whisper something into the other person’s ear. It’s great for capturing a candid moment, because generally one of them will say something silly, or sweet, and the other person will break out into a huge smile or laugh. If you’re not great with posed photos, I recommend a pose like this, which can help bring out your personality and feel really natural.

Arm Around The Shoulder

Have one or both partners wrap their arm around the shoulder or waist of the other person. A few variations are to have them both look at each other, at the camera, and one person looking down candidly. You can also alternate between serious expressions and smiles.

Touching Foreheads

I love this pose so much! Why? Because look at how cute it is! It’s pretty simple too: hold hands and touch foreheads. For a more intimate moment, you can have them get close and close their eyes, too. For a more playful and fun shot, tell them to smile and laugh. Leaning in for a kiss is also an easy pose to go to from this one!

Walking

This can be another great natural moment between the two. You can walk toward the camera, hold hands while walking away from the camera, and even start walking away and then turn around and look back at the camera. I usually tell my couples to walk in “slow motion” so they’re relaxed and not rushed. In terms of eye contact, they can look forward, at each other, down and around. I usually tell them not to look directly at the camera, so the shot comes out looking a little more like a candid moment.

The Finale: Kiss and Foot Pop!

This is a great shot to do toward the end of the shoot. Have the couple get really close to each other, put their hands on each other’s waist or around their neck, and smooch! Jersey did the foot pop with her right foot, which I love. An advanced level variation of this is to do the dip: dip your partner halfway and then have a dramatic kiss. This might not be the pose for everyone, but if you like a grand gesture (and I do) then this can be the perfect pose!

I’ll be honest, I wrote this in part because my partner hates posing and I wanted to have a quick page of ideas that I could glance at when we’re out and I want to get a cute shot. So, I made a one-page PDF with pictures of all the poses and I’m giving it to you, too! Click here to download the freebie couple posing guide!

And if you liked this, have a look at my website, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest! I hope this gave you some ideas to try out on your next photoshoot, and good luck to everyone with your posing! Tag me @gdeimz on social if you post any of the ideas you try out!

Natalie & Andrew’s Modern Brooklyn Wedding

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I was asked to shoot a wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY this fall and it was the most charming thing I’ve ever seen. There were fairy lights strung around the entire place and an outdoor patio with a bar for the cocktail hour. The ceremony space had exposed brick and the couple, Natalie and Andrew, were absolutely lovely. They enjoyed their special day to the fullest, and they made photographing the wedding an absolute blast!

Check out the photos below for a full recap of their wedding (including a delicious cake from Milk Bar and some awesome reception dance shots!) and if you know someone who is getting married soon, hit me up and let’s talk about how we can capture your incredible day together! 🙂

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Seattle Summer Farm Wedding

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Bonney and David are a fun couple from Tacoma. I was excited to use their wedding as an excuse to take a vacation to Seattle! I had fun exploring Mount Rainier and downtown, and I shot their wedding in Tacoma. Fun fact, it’s where 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed!

The morning started off really relaxed as she got ready in one of the rooms of the church, which was historic and absolutely stunning. I love this candid I captured of her putting on her jewelry before the dress, which was her mother’s wedding dress.

Once she had her dress on, it was time to do the first look! They decided to do it in between the columns of the church, which created such a timeless look. I love the layers of her dress and how cute they look together.

This was one of my favorite parts. The planner helped them go up the steps of the church to the balcony so I could snap a few shots. It reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, so elegant and timeless.

This is when the day started speeding up. We had to shoot the wedding party photos, the details, and then the ceremony! I loved the pop of color in her flowers and how adorable the flower girls looked.

The ceremony went seamlessly and then it was time to head to their friend’s farm for the stunning reception. They made their getaway in a vintage red car, which was super cute and added to the elegant theme of the wedding.

Growing up as a farm girl, I love when I get to shoot farm or outdoor weddings. This one was no exception, and I loved the rustic feel with flowers picked from the garden and wooden logs placed as decor.

My favorite part of the night is by far when we got to go into a field around sunset and do this balloon portrait shoot! Their fun loving personality really shone through during this part, and we had a blast taking photos with their dogs.

Her dogs! Too cute, right?

I pulled Bonney aside to snap a few solo shots of her, because her dress was too stunning not to. I especially loved the added touch of flowers in her hair. The lighting was absolutely perfect.

Fairy lights strung around added to the mood of the reception as the sun set. We did one last shoot of the two of them before I left them to enjoy dancing and drinks. They started a bonfire for everyone to circle around, and it made for the best silhouette shots. Overall it was a wonderful wedding in Seattle and I had a blast shooting it. I can’t wait until I get to go back and shoot another!

If you like these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Plaza Hotel NYC Engagement Photoshoot

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Jersey and Luis are the most adorable couple. They’re born and raised New Yorkers who run a wellness Instagram together where they coach others and help people on their fitness journey. They’re also foodies who love cooking elaborate dishes together in their Upper East Side Apartment.

I asked them if they’d want to do a quick couple shoot near The Plaza Hotel and Central Park, and it just so happened that the day we shot together was their four year wedding anniversary! It was meant to be. From the second we met, they were all laughs, high energy, and so sweet. You could tell from their infectious smiles that they’re best friends and have so much fun together.

I tried a variety of poses and angles with them on this shoot. Walking together, sitting, crossing the street, facing each other and holding hands are all great options for couple photos. In some shots, like with the walking and crossing the street, I like to add a bit of movement, so I had Jersey move her skirt so it flowed a little bit.

The Pulitzer Fountain and trees made a great backdrop and bokeh, and for some of the shots I also tried a technique where I laid on the ground and angled up so The Plaza was directly behind them. As always, we had the best time shooting and I can’t wait to collaborate more with them. We’re planning a fitness shoot for them soon, so keep an eye out for that.

What are your favorite poses for engagement shoots? Also, are there any places in NYC that I just have to shoot at?! Drop a comment below with your thoughts and tell me what you think! And check out my favorites from our shoot at The Plaza below:

If you like these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Sunset Shoot

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Just as I had written a post last week about my Brooklyn Bridge shoot, a couple contacted me wanting to do an engagement shoot of sorts on the bridge at sunset! They had lived in NYC for a few years but moved to Boston for medical school, and wanted to come back to do a shoot before they got married. I was super hyped to help them capture this moment, so I said of course!

I was excited to shoot again on the bridge, but this time I shot on the BK side, so the shots had a little bit different feel with the Manhattan skyline in the background. I’ve decided that either side works perfectly, and it just depends what time of day you’re shooting to which side you might want to shoot from.

Evening was the only time that worked for them, and I knew that would be a little tricky with all the people, but we managed to still get some adorable shots even with all the tourists walking the bridge! If you have the time (and don’t mind getting up at dawn) then I’d definitely say go for sunrise or early morning shots. The benefit to this is that hardly anyone will be on the bridge, so the background will look a little cleaner.

We ended up having a few breaks of people and I had enough time to snap some shots without anyone in the background, which was lucky because there were hundreds of people crossing the bridge! But sometimes you have to be crafty with your angles and just make it work.

The other tip I’d say is that Ela was wearing heels and I had forgotten that it’s a pretty long trek to get to the archway of the bridge (at least a 10-15 minute walk on the BK side) so definitely bring a change of shoes if you’re planning on wearing heels or something that’s not too comfortable for a mini hike. Besides that, the weather was perfect and we had a great time shooting!

You can check out my favorite photos from the shoot below:

If you like these, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂