I first and foremost have to thank Josh, a business partner and professional, for not only the inspiration for this blog post, but as well the favor he asked of me.
Now, before I get started, most of you may think that this will come across as very rudimentary for a photographer of nearly 10 years, however, I want to make very clear that my first mentor Jonathan Betz told me, “ always try to take photos as clean as possible out the camera so that you have very little edits to do at your desk, unless you like that sort of thing.” For me, personally, editing photographs is my LEAST favorite part of the whole process!
I know, I know, for some of you who love to drop backgrounds in, snow, smoke, and new heads, may be thinking how unbelievably fascinating that may be, but I assure you, I truly have no desire! So, when I was asked to do something like remove a background from an image, I have to admit that I cringed a little bit in my seat as I had never done it.
To be quite honest, I procrastinated on it just a bit as I let the thought of it build up in mind. First, I would have to sit down and learn something new, which meant research time. I would have to look at multiple videos and sit and experiment for some time. Being ADHD, let me just tell you, it just doesn’t work for me! I don’t mind doing edits that I have done on regular basis, twenty four seven, especially since those edits now only take me one to two minutes per photo. But not this, this means I would have to sit and learn a new technique. Hindsight 20/20 I spent more time procrating and thinking of all the reasons I could'nt do it then what it took to actually edit the damn picture.
So I began the dreaded research. I began to get out of the normalcy of my day and stretch myself a little bit. I began my research in YouTube, the God of all learning experiences!
I first somehow started up in videos that demonstrated how to make chili rejenos.
I then got side tracked at the cute bulldog video that came up.
I checked my email in-between and then remembered why I had sat down on a Saturday afternoon when I should be somewhere like getting my nails done!
Oh yes, (sigh) taking a background out of a picture for dummies!
I was so proud that I did it! I was so proud that now I could add just another thing under my belt that I had done in the editing world. But most importantly, I started to realize very quick that I was more proud that I pushed myself out of my comfortable place. The place that feels safe and easy. The place where I can’t grow. The place that will keep me stagnant and unmoving. What a small yet powerful message I had received that afternoon.
I made things seem so much bigger in my head, I allowed myself to talk myself out of doing things that were actually not as hard as I thought. I allowed procrastination to kick in, the killer of all goals and dreams. Yet, just a little movement and action, a little push inside me, took me to the next step and the next and the next, until I was done.
I felt good with a sense of accomplishment as well for just finishing!
I then decided to push myself to the next dreaded thing I know I have been procrastinating on, my blog!
With December and January being one of the most popular times to get in engaged, we at Lea Flores Photography first want to say congratulations to our newly engaged couples! So, you are probably asking yourself now what? Where do we start, how do we go about everything? Well, we have a few words of wisdom and tips to give you two lovebirds on your upcoming journey! The first thing we always recommend to any couple when starting to plan their wedding, is to look for the venue first! If you can lock your venue down first, half of the stress of planning will be done. First and foremost, with the flux of new proposals that have just happened, many couples will begin getting on the phone asap. Secondly, most couple from the prior year have already started planning their wedding, which means for you two, that many of the local venues may be booked.
Determine, what style and theme you have in mind for your wedding and then specifically look into venues that cater to your design. For instance, if the bride to be, knows that she wants a rustic barn wedding, you wouldn't necessarily want to start with your hotel venues. Get on Facebook, look and ask questions in your local wedding groups. Didn't know they existed? You will be surprised at just how much information is at your fingertips in some of these forums! Not only is there a plethora of other information, you can ask your local neighbors about venues that they have seen and know of! Make of list of venues that you want to check out and get on the ball to get a tour done with them! Also if you are in Colorado Springs, take a look at Expertise.com as they compile a list every year of the most talked about and coveted photographers.
The next piece of information that we give our soon to be brides and grooms, is that there are three things you don't cut corners on, that is, the ring, the dress and your photography. All of these items should out live you and become a part of your legacy. Cut corners on everything else! You already have the ring, so next stop is your dress and photographer. As far as your photographer is concerned, DO NOT go with who is the cheapest photographer. Photographers offer services just like tattoo artist and you get what you pay for. You will have these images for the rest of your life. Go with someone whose work you admire. Check out their portfolio in detail and see if they have your specific style of photography that you desire! Set up a consult with them, sit down with them and make sure that you are a good match for each other. You will be spending a lot of time with your chosen photographer, not only on your wedding day, but possibly doing an engagement session and ordering save the date cards. Not to mention, some photographers like Lea Flores Photography offer full, customizable collections, that include boudoir before the wedding as well!
Now for the one of the most favorite parts of "her" planning, is to choose the dress. We definitely recommend trying on dresses as soon as possible. So look up some reputable bridal stores that, grab the girlfriends and be on your way! Allow time to first find the dress that you fall in love with, almost as much as him, try it on along with about 10 others as well and try to make your choice! You may have a goal in your mind of losing weight and once you try on the dress, you may know what your target point is. There may be alterations that have to take place, and these things take time, so make sure you have some! As you go along, your bridal dress design team will have you in for multiple fittings to see where you are at and also if some of the alternations that needed to be done regardless are looking amazing!
Now, while all the planning is going to be key in having the most amazing wedding, the most important part will be your love and the moments. The moments that this day will bring on. The moments that will represent your beginning to the rest of your lives.
So make sure you enjoy it. Make sure you stop and take a breather and truly enjoy every moment you put into this day, every detail that you both scrutinized over. Make sure that you look into eachothers eyes over and over and just appreciate the moment!