Capturing memories one shot at a time
Wedding photography is Crystal Noelle’s passion and the heart of her business. Her photography captures the essence of a couples journey to marriage, the happiness at the wedding day and the hopes of a happy future.
Crystal Noelle understands that those being photographed are hoping to capture special moments and memories. She has a knack and skill in her ability to connect, on a personal level, with each moment and memory you would like to capture.
Crystal Noelle offers photo sessions year-round.
Dedication. Passion. Honesty.
Wedding photography is Crystal Noelle’s specialty and passion. Being a wife and mother, she understands the importance of choosing a wedding photographer that can connect with the bride, groom and all attendees.
Wedding styles are becoming more and more varied these days. Some couples want something edgy and out of the box while others simply want traditional poses. Crystal Noelle takes the time to consult with each bride and groom about their wedding pictures, bridals and engagement pictures to ensure they will be delighted with the results.
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Wedding Photography Preparation Tips
Your wedding day should be among one of the happiest days of your life. While the memories may stay in your heart, it is always a good idea to let film preserve the special moments of your big day. Still photos allow those wonderful memories to be passed on to future generations. That’s why choosing the right wedding photographer is just as big of a decision as choosing your dress, cake and guest list.
5 tips to guide you in deciding on a wedding photographer
Wedding photography is an art form, and just like any other type of artist, all photographers have a different style. The gamut ranges from classic, traditional photography to experimental work. Photographers approach moments, lighting and composition in their own, unique ways. The best way to determine if a photographer takes the kinds of photos you want is to view a portfolio. Any experienced wedding photographer will have a portfolio that showcases his best work and gives a solid overall picture of the artist’s style and the quality of his work.
You have the option of letting your cousin or your brother’s wife’s kid shoot your wedding for cheap, but odds are, you’ll only get what you pay for –which isn’t much. It takes more than a sharp eye to produce great wedding photography. Wedding photographers not only take great photos, but they understand what crucial moments need to be captured and have experience shooting in a multitude of locations and lighting conditions. Keep this in mind when considering who you let capture your big day.
Wedding photography can be one of the largest expenses at your wedding. Sometimes photography services cost more than the dress or the venue. That’s why you’ll want to begin looking for a photographer at the beginning of your planning process – you may end up adjusting your budget to reflect the cost of the photographer you want. There’s no standard for photography prices, but a solid, experienced wedding photographer will run you at least a couple thousand dollars. Some couples pay upward of $10,000 or more, but you can usually find a quality photographer starting around $1,500 – $3,000. This figure may not include prints, so make sure to ask.
4. Equipment and Staff
It’s important you know what any experienced wedding photographer knows: it’s nearly impossible to shoot a wedding, especially a large wedding, without a second photographer or at least an assistant and a little bit of back-up equipment. When you start interviewing photographers, ask how many shooters your get for your money and how your photographer handles equipment failures.
5. A Good Contract
Once you chose someone, it’s crucial to get a signed contract. Your photographer should have or be willing to create a contract that outlines every detail of your wedding. That contract should outline specific dates and times, specific locations, expectations of the bride and groom, the cancellation policy, the payment terms, and what will happen in the even you’re unhappy with your wedding photography services. If your photographer can’t or won’t give you this peace of mind, choose someone else.
5 Tips for Family Portrait Preparation
If you are preparing to have a family portrait taken, there are many things you should take into consideration before the day of your photo shoot. Little details such as hair, makeup, clothing selections, and having children or pets rested and ready to go are key factors in making your family portrait session run smoothly.Also, decide if you want to do a formal sitting, or a more casual sitting that may suit your family better.
Family Portraits and Children
Children are a huge part of the whole family portrait experience. Chances are, you’ll take home some memories from each family session, whether they be good ones or bad ones. Setting your appointment time to work around your child/children’s schedule is a must. Try to select a time that is not only convenient for each family member, but choose a time during the day when your children have been fed and are usually in a cooperative mood. If little Johnny’s nap time happens to be during the middle of your portrait session, this can make your life miserable and your portrait experience a chaotic one.
Family Portraits and Grooming
As far as grooming goes, try to have any haircuts or coloring jobs done a week or two before your scheduled family portraits. This will make everyone look more natural, as well as giving time for any little rough spots to grow out a bit and look better for the photographs. The night before your photo shoot is not the time to be thinking about trying a new hairstyle, as your results may not be to your liking and you have little to no time to fix the issue. For males, be sure to shave the morning of your scheduled portrait session, or trim your beard and mustache carefully to appear well groomed for the portraits.
Family Portraits and Outfits
Try to coordinate everyone’s outfits so that everything works together nicely. One or more family members may have to compromise and not be able to choose their favorite outfit if it happens to clash horribly with someone else’s outfit. You want to look back on these portraits with fond memories and happiness, not eye strain resulting from a dizzying array of stripes and polka dots mixed with plaids. Although you may have to choose your battles trying to get everyone ready for the family portrait, the color coordinated clothing issue is a must to ensure a balanced and beautiful portrait.
Family Portraits and Eye wear
If someone wears eyeglasses, you may wish to remove the lenses to eliminate reflective glares. Tinted lenses can present issues because they may darken, especially during outdoor shoots, and cannot be retouched to make their appearance lighter. Speak with your optometrist who may allow you to borrow a set of frames for your photo shoot.
Other Family Portraits Preparations
Have the entire family use the bathroom, change any diapers, and be done eating and drinking before you head out for your family portrait session. Be sure to bring a comb and brush with you for last minute touch ups. If bringing pets, be sure they can behave during the family portrait session, or you may want to bring your pet carrier along for in between photos.