Monday, March 23, 2009

Tip for Brides: Get Close

Lenses distort spatial relationships. The wide angle lens distorts the distance between people in group shots. It makes them look farther away from each other than they really are. So, when group shots are taken, expect to stand closer than normal to the person next to you. It may feel like you are crowding but it will look good in the pictures. Take a look at our website for other samples of how good we make people look in our wedding photographs!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tip for Brides: Permits or Jail

Permits are a way of photographic life in DC. Even for a few quick shots down by the monuments with a professional photographer, you must have a permit in hand. Without one you and your photographer will be promptly arrested.

The National Park Service issues permits for photography at the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. To obtain a Filming Permit for any of those locations please call: Ms. Robbin Owen, 202-619-7225. Or visit the National Park Service on 1100 Ohio Drive, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20242.

The Park Service has a variety of permits to select from, depending on where you would like your DC wedding photos. And there is a fee for each permit depending on which one you select, how many are in your wedding party entourage and how many photographers are in the crew. You'll have to fill out an application and wait a period of time for your application to be reviewed and the permit granted. Allow plenty of time for this as they do get busy in the spring and fall.

To schedule a photography session or see more samples of Attlee Weddings and Portraits please visit our web site

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tip for Brides: Hold It Down

Where's the right place to hold your bridal bouquet when you walk down the aisle? Below your waist. That way you won't cover up pretty dress detail or the slimming curves of your body. How to know the bouquet is in proper position? Use your hip bones as a measuring guide. Your bouquet is at the right level if your wrists are below your hip bones. For other tips on looking good in your wedding photos please contact Attlee Weddings and Portraits. We have over 20 years experience in making brides and their families look great from New York through the Jersey shore to Washington DC!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tip for Brides: Look Like You

Makeup on the wedding day is a good thing, provided the groom will recognize you! Whether you're doing it yourself or having a professional apply it for you, the key is make your wedding day makeup subtle. Also, pratice beforehand to avoid surprises on your wedding day.

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, make sure an expert has helped you select colors that match your flesh tones and your gown tones. Then practice the bridal makeup application several times at home. Have a friend take a picture so you can see how it looks. Avoid overemphasized individual features. Do add brightness to the eyes with liner and mascara. Finish your face with powder. As for lipstick, deep red or brown lipsticks photograph several shades darker--not recommended unless your wedding is on Halloween! Go for fresh, natural shades of lipstick.

If you have a pro apply it for you, by all means have a trial application sometime before your wedding and have someone take a few pictures and notes. That way you can repeat or tweak as needed on the wedding day without wasting time.

For further information on how to look your best on your wedding day please contact Attlee Weddings and Portraits. You'll be glad you did!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tip for Brides: Is it Advertising or Truth? Find out!

When Washingtonian magazine selected Attlee Weddings and Portraits this January as Best Wedding Photographers in the DC region for the third straight year we were delighted. Know why? This title is earned, not paid. The magazine collected votes from our peers, colleagues and yes, competitors, then made selections based on vote counts.

So many brides see photographers names in "featured listings" and don't realize the listing has more to do with fee paid than talent. The "featured listings" are too often nothing more than a collection of names of photographers who paid very steep fees to be there. What may look like a recommendation is really a title that is bought, not earned.

Thank you Washingtonian for making your contest fair. Your award is based on votes and talent. That's why we're so proud to open Bride & Groom and see our names!