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What does it mean when the photographer says they will include "preparation photos"?

Preparation photos are the images your photographer will capture when they first arrive for your wedding day.  Often, these images are used to "set the stage" for the day's events.  They give the viewer a sense of introduction, and set the tone for the style, colors, theme, and overall mood of the wedding.  

Fish eye image of wedding dressPreparation photos set the tone for the style and overall mood of the wedding.

Why do I want them?

While not vital to every wedding, whenever your photography schedule can accommodate it, it's nice to have those behind-the-scenes moments captured before the event begins.  There is beauty and emotion in those subtle nuances.  The bride in deep thought, biting her lower lip while she gets her veil put on.  The mother standing in the corner, looking on with that unmistakable look of admiration in her eyes.  The well-manicured fingers of the maid-of-honor prepping the latch on the back of the necklace.  Those subtle hints contribute bit impact on the overall story.

Tidying up the room before the photographer arrives will maximize the time ($) you have them there.Stay refreshed, but hide the bottles when you're done! :) Do I need to do anything special to get ready for these images?

If you want to maximize the photographer's time once she arrives, it can be helpful to have unsightly things out of view:

• empty water bottles and beer cans
• shopping bags and receipts
• dress tags and laundry
• and other similar "unmentionable" items stashed into a closet or designated corner. 

That's not to say that the room needs to be white-glove ready, but it generally makes for less fuss later, since a good photographer will take the time necessary to remove the soda can from your background as as your mother is putting on your bracelet. 

If the general flotsam and jetsam can't be corralled, a secondary suggestion would be:

• keep at least one area, preferably near the biggest window in the room, clear of "stuff"
• if nearby garbage cans and chairs can be removed, that helps too. 
• this will give you an area for window-lit portraits
• stunning "dress in the window" shots can be composed with minimal fuss.

Now...of course this can all be done by the photographer themselves, but because many packages are based on time, it's probable that the preparation photos get the smallest allotment of that schedule, so every moment taken to clean up the area is less time she can be actually taking pictures.

Discussing the wedding day scheduleGoing over the rundown for the day. What should I do when the photographer arrives?

When your photographer arrives, she'll generally want to greet you and your attendants and family.  She might give a general introduction to the room, or she might address each person to start learning names.  She'll likely give you a quick recap/rundown of what she'll be working on. 

Because preparation photos tend to be more candid, your photographer will usually work her way around the room, taking advantage of whatever little activities are unfolding.  It's not necessary to look at the camera every time you see it pointed at you.  Just carry on and pretend no one is watching.

Adjusting the bride's hair accessoryLet your attendants and family know that they are part of the day and don't need to hide from the camera.

Is there anything in particular that should be shared with the family and bridesmaids?

Yes!  It's very helpful if they understand that a photographer will be coming for preparations.  Often, they are caught off-guard, and worry that their pictures will be taken while they are not yet "camera-ready".  This is part of the process, and contributes to that very "behind the scenes" feel referred to earlier.  Some people, generally relatives who happen to be in the room, get an instant sense of being "in the way".  It's good to reassure them that they are part of the day, and they should be in the pictures.

Those who are more shy may worry that the photographer will be getting them in their undergarments.  While most professionals are sensitive to this and will reassure them of what they intend to shoot (or not), it's good to state your preference.  Some brides will drop-trou' without any hesitation.  Others are so conservative that they prefer to dress in another room.  Either way, just express your comfort level so everyone is on the same page.

Window-lit portraits are a beautiful and simple way to create great images before you get married.The window will be part of the preparation photos, so let folks sitting nearby that, at some point, they'll have to relocate to a new seat. Referring back to the clearing of an area...sometimes guests may be seated in an area that is the prime spot for pictures.  In a small room, it may be the only viable "scene".  No one likes to be kicked out of their comfortable chair, and if your photographer is human, they will feel bad asking.  But there is work to be done, so inevitably someone might have to be relocated to get the images needed.  With this in mind, it's good to just plant that bug ahead of time.  If the cleared window area is decided on beforehand, this helps anyone sitting in that vicinity know to expect they will eventually have to move.

How long should preparation photos take?

It depends on the size of the wedding, and how much is going on.  It also depends on whether your and your fiance's room are in the same building, or for that matter, in the same location.   But in general, about 20 minutes for the guys, 10 minutes of walking back and forth if you're both in the same location, 20 minutes allowance if driving between two locations, 30 minutes for the girls, and 10 minutes for bridal portraits before leaving the room, is reasonable. 

This, of course, assumes everything runs on time, which often doesn't happen.  A hair style may be uncooperative, an earring may break in two and have to be super-glued to your ear (yes...that has happened!), the flowers may have gone missing, a hem has unraveled, and a whole host of other "Murphy's Laws" should be accounted for.  In other words, if you can, it's good to buffer in a few more minutes juuuusst in case.  If you're planning on doing a First Look session as well, then throw in another 20 minutes for that as well (5 min walk down and setup, 10 min shooting, 5 min return to rooms).     

Groom adjusting his tuxedo before the ceremony.The groom may have less to do, but it's important to get his preparations also.

What are some of the types of images I can expect to see from the preparations?

• Full length and details of dress • Groom "primping", brushing hair, etc • Bride and mom  /  Groom with dad
• Arrangements of flowers, rings, garter • Getting boutonnieres pinned on • Bridal portraits / Portraits of groom
• Touching up makeup and hair • Groomsmen helping with jacket, cufflinks • Silly/fun bridal party images
• Putting on dress, jewelry, veil •  Casual guy moments, joking, roughhousing • Details of room, champagne, hotel motifs







While it's reasonable to expect that not every wedding will have every single type of image from this list (and frankly, you want a photographer who doesn't work off a "shot list" but has a general template from which they start, building onto it with additional creative images and original ideas), and not all will follow these exact steps, this hopefully gives you a sense of what it means to include preparation photos in your wedding day schedule.  


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How 4 hours of Coverage Can Fly By http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2014/1/how-four-hours-coverage-can-fly-by

You might be thinking "I'm just having a really small Key West destination wedding; I could never use up 4 hours of coverage".

Large wedding party enjoying photos after the ceremony.Planning a big wedding is easy. You know you're going to need lots of time to include everything. Small weddings, however, can take more time than you think, so watch out for "little things" that eat up the day, regardless of how big the wedding is.

It's true, four hours does seem to be that magic starting number of many wedding photographers.  If you're planning an event with a handful of guests, it might be tempting to look past photographers whose packages start at four hours. 

Couple eloping on the beach in Key West.Elopement ceremonies are about the only weddings that can easily make use of only 1 or 2 hours of photography. Having photographed tons of "small weddings" (which are "average" sized for us here in Key West!), I can attest to how many brides struggle with this.  Sure, there are some events that really only warrant an hour, maybe two, but they tend to be teeny tiny, ceremony-only type weddings where it's just the bride and groom, the photographer, and the officiant.  Every now and then we'll see a few friends in attendance, but that's it. 

Beyond that, most weddings, even self-described "tiny weddings" (again, often "average" in Key West) can easily make use of the standard four hours of coverage.  I'll get to the breakdown in a minute, but in a nutshell, the timing blocks out into four major areas:



In a very broad sense, each one of these makes up roughly an hour.  Now, before you scoff that there's no way you'll need "an hour" of getting ready shots, let me just say that I agree!  You don't need an hour.  But if you're going to have them, you will need about 30 minutes for the ladies and about 15 minutes for the groom.  And assuming you're not getting ready in the same room, you know that bipedal action it takes to get from one end of the hotel to the other...and back?  Yep...that's an easy 3 to 5 minutes each way. 

Okay, okay...so no, we aren't counting steps between rooms, but my point is that it is so easy to forget about all the little things that eat up the day.  Walking to and from, loading into the car, waiting for the elevator, and so on.  If 10 different activities each take "only five minutes", that's basically an entire hour right there.  And even if you are executing your wedding day with military precision, something will inevitably take longer than expected, so you have to account for some conservative "buffer time", just in case.


Cannon balls as part of your wedding portraits could be the next best thing.You chose a destination for a reason. Why not make use of it for your wedding photos? You can bet your best friend won't have cannon balls in her wedding album, now will she?

Here is one sample 4 Hour Wedding Schedule for a smaller event in which everything is taking place at a single location (assuming the couple are both staying at the venue where the ceremony will be held), assuming the bride and groom won't see each other beforehand, and aren't needing the photographer for a big reception.

20 min Check in, detail shots, makeup, flowers, and other "not-quite-yet-ready" preparation shots of the girls
  5 min Relocate to the guys' room.
15 min Preparations (guys)
  5 min Head back to the girls' room.
15 min Getting into dress / portraits of bride alone
10 min Walk down and line up for ceremony
20 min Ceremony
10 min Well wishes / Photographer sets up for groups
20 min Family groups / Formal bridal party
10 min Bride and Groom around hotel
10 min Drive to First Location
15 min Shoot at First Location
10 min Drive to Second Location
15 min Shoot at Second Location  *(times are estimated conservatively...often there is time for a 3rd stop, traffic and route permitting)
10 min Drive back to hotel, head back in to reconvene with guests
15 min Introductions, Toasts
15 min Mingling, Candids
10 min Details, food, place settings, rings
10 min Cake, Informal groups and couples, final shot of bride and groom
As you can see, no one single element takes very long by itself to cover, but when lots of important little details are combined, it makes it very easy to use up a 4 Hour Wedding Package without hardly breaking a sweat.   Good luck in your wedding planning!
Article by Karrie Porter Bond
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Yes, You're Getting a Wedding Album http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2013/11/yes-you-are-getting-a-wedding-album  



Is this what you want to keep you warm at night?THIS?Digital images alone do not constitute a well-delivered product from a photographer. OR? This is more like it.Or THIS?A professionally designed wedding album becomes a keepsake that stays with your family forever.
"I Don't Need A Wedding Album"
I hear this from couples a lot.  Conditioned by our digitally-connected world that is always on, always accessible, and oh-so-full of gizmo goodness, who wouldn't think that "the digital files" were all a girl would ever need to be happy?   But I'm here to tell you otherwise.
We love our gadgets.  iPads, Smart Phones, Apps, Social Networks... 
If it's in the Cloud, we love it.  I love you smart phoneIf it's in the Cloud, we love it.Conditioned by our always-on world, brides can't help but think that digital gizmo-goodness is all they need to be happy. (Image: 'The Suit Up' 3D printed iPhone case)
So, it's no wonder that many couples have a half-hearted perception of a wedding album.  ("You mean I have to exert 3 calories of physical energy to lift and view my photos with my hands!?"...enter visual of period-drama actor fainting on a chaise lounge...)
Let me tell you why I propose against (propose being my very gentle way of saying "strongly dislike and discourage") axing the wedding album. 
For a long time, we did albums, because "that's what you did".  Then with the digital revolution, we got 'hip', and moved to just providing the digital image files. 
I did that for about 5 or 6 years, because that's what brides started asking for, and I wasn't clear enough on the consequences of my acquiescence.  I rationalized that with all the technology available, all the options clients had for creating their own products, that it was no longer necessary for me to provide them. 
But you know what happened?  Of all the brides during that time who did not opt for any products, no album, no prints, just the digital files, only ONE ended up doing anything with them.  One!  The rest were too busy with careers, marriage, babies, hardships, and just life in general, to ever have the hours and hours it takes to successfully plan, lay out, design, edit, and order, a nice album. 
A Source of PrideBooks from our Italian Graphistudio line.
Talk about fainting on a chaise lounge!  I began feeling heartbroken for all of my couples who'd invested a good amount of money, energy, and time out of their wedding day, to have me create these amazing photographs for them, only to find out that I'd done them a complete disservice. 
Sure I'd given them what they "wanted", but as a result, the images had sat cold and unloved on a silver disc, stuck in a drawer in the computer desk.  I had abandoned my pride in my work for an "Easy Yes".
Hands working on a photo albumAlbum craft in progressThe work of talented artists and skilled craftsmen goes into each album.
After all....
  • A commissioned artist doesn't create the initial sketch, then hand over the rough draft because he patron didn't realize he'd get a full painting.
  • An architect doesn't draw up a blueprint, send it off in a tube-mailer to the client, and never follow through on the build-out. 
  • The composer doesn't note the measures of an original score, simply to give to the concert benefactor to hum pleasantly to himself. 

But this is what was essentially happening with weddings.

OK...OK...Enough with the self-deprecation.
Let's also talk about the real danger this "digital only" phenomenon is taking us...
Album compileCare and Closure First of all, when you think of the rapidly-changing digital environment, there is no way to guarantee the long-term viability of a digital image.  If you have parents who've been married a long time, you may have well pulled out the album and gone back through the day with them.  Once the images exist in print, they are real, they have life, and they will last practically forever (with certain limitations of course). 
I appreciate a digital and sharable file as much as the next person in our tech-savvy generation, but I've also watched floppies turn to laser discs, get shrunk down to CD's, and further still into Thumb Drives.  Some laptop manufacturers don't even incorporate CD drives anymore because it is a fading technology.  We still have hard drives and flash storage, but they crash, USB's lose the electrical charge that stores their information, and file formats become incompatible as programs upgrade and operating system change.
Floating on clouds?  Cloud-based storage is indeed a very useful thing.  But the technology is new, and untested.  We live in a very connected world where somewhere, in a land far-far-away, there is an IT guy fixing whatever glitch is currently plaguing a system that we benefit from.  But what about a global virus?  I'm not one of those "Doomsday Preppers", but can you imagine how devastated you would be if you relied solely on cloud-storage for everything that made up your digital life...Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picasa, Google Drive, DropBox...and one day it was all wiped out? 
Album bindingLongevityOnce your wedding images exist in print, they take on new life. They are real, and will last practically forever.
So, I decided to go back to the "right way" of doing things, and that is providing the service, start to finish, and delivering something beautiful and tangible, that you can pick up with your two hands, flip through fondly, and display proudly.  While I pretty-much-almost-never will say the ugly two-letter word ('no') to my brides, this is something I feel responsible to save you from mis-guided advice. 
Engagement bookDelivered with a kiss(figuratively speaking)...The feeling of fulfillment returns every time you look through it.
Couples will ask, but my answer will always be the same.  A lonely existence as a sequence of 0's and 1's is not what I want for your wedding photos.  Let me give you an amazing day, beautiful images, and a fun time.  And when it's done, let me post your images to your gallery, share them with you on Facebook, send them to you on a disc and in a proof book, AND THEN, deliver you a nicely wrapped, beautifully crafted, custom designed, wedding album.
It marks the final stage of our long journey together.  It is the final note of the symphony, the last brush stroke on painted canvas, and the remaining corner stone in an architectural masterpiece.



Article by Karrie Porter Bond





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Plan a Long Weekend Engagement Getaway http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2013/11/plan-a-long-weekend-engagement-getaway Scheduling a long weekend in your destination wedding location is one of the best things you can do leading up to the big day.

Engaged couple near mosaic wall in downtown Key West RECONNECT

It's easy to get caught up in the details and planning of the wedding.  Instead of seeing your fiance as your future partner in life, they begin to take on more of a role of co-organizer, co-pilot, and at times, co-conspirator!  There is so much work that goes into planning any event, but a destination wedding adds unique stress in that you have less control. 

Having a few days of fun helps remind you of why you're together and why you chose the destination you did.  Having perspective of what's important helps you not sweat the small stuff.


Bride tries on a hat during a fun engagement portrait session on the beach at Fort Zach REVIEW

You've likely perused tons of photos of the venue, flowers, ceremony site, video samples, photography examples, and seen beautiful displays on stunning websites from all of your favorite vendors, but there's a lot to be said about seeing those products and people in person. 

It's often easier to make a decision when you have something tangible to see, touch, and experience.  Even if you have narrowed down your remaining vendor choices to a single florist or photographer, decisions will need to be made on styles, sizes, quantities, and other details that wrap up the order and finalize the booking.

A couple shows off their engagement rings while enjoying a sweet moment together in Key West.


In addition to booking your remaining vendors, having a few days to visit with those professionals you've already hired can resolve any remaining concerns you might have, gives you some valuable face-time with the people who will have an integral part of the success of your wedding, and gives you an opportunity to make any changes if needed. 

It's a good idea to pre-schedule these meetings, and if possible, get it all done in one day.  You don't, after all, want the trip to be all work and no play!


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WHY VIDEO SHOULD NEVER BE “ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR” http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2013/8/why-video-should-never-be-on-the-cutting-room-floor Wedding video shouldn Yeah, the economy can be tough sometimes, but that doesn’t mean your wedding memories should take a back-seat.  There are so many ways to remain cost-conscious for your wedding, but too often we hear that a wedding video is considered a “luxury” that most couples forego.

Many couples see the photographer as a necessity, and the video as something they would like, but can ultimately live without.  Really?  Let’s see….budget…budget…where to spend the budget?....on one hand, upgrade to some exotic flower that no one – aside from maybe the florist – has ever heard of…or, relive one of the biggest days of your life in vivid detail for years to come?

A professionally produced wedding video is not the same as Uncle George carrying around his camcorder. A professional video will showcase moments of the wedding from perspectives not shown in the photography, and in ways that (het hem…Uncle George) don’t intrude on the photographer’s shots.  In addition to the emotion and subtleties of a moving image, the video will also share the sounds of the day…a faint sniffle during the ceremony, the cheers and excitement during the pronouncement, and the best man giving his speech. Professionals who use wireless microphones will produce a video with the best sound quality.


  • Choose a videographer whose style fits your personality.  Like the photographer, he or she will be intimately involved in every event throughout the day.
  • Consider whether you want a videographer that is more one-on-one, offering direction and setting up shots as the photographer would, interacting with guests for impromptu interviews and inviting on-camera feedback, or one who will work more in the background, capturing moments as they unfold.
  • The videographer and photographer often work hand-in-hand, coordinating shots and conversing about lighting. Some photographers have a videographer on staff, so it’s wise to check with them first to see if video is something you can add to your package.  But if you have already found a videographer you love, it is okay to book them separately as well. 
  • Just because your photographer’s camera can also shoot video these days, that doesn’t mean you should task your photographer with this additional responsibility.  If you want a wedding video, plan to have someone dedicated to the job.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with moments captured as stills that you wished were video, and video clips that you later wish you could put in your album as still images.  The photographer can’t do both (at least, not well!).

Discuss your style preferences with your videographer

Although we live in an increasingly digital world where people capture photos and videos on their smartphones, a wedding video captured on professional equipment and expertly edited into a story of the day becomes a unique keepsake.  The best wedding videos incorporate short, bite-sized clips of the day, highlighting the most interesting and memorable features in a way that keeps the viewer excited and interested.  So, no long drawn-out shots of every bridesmaid’s walk down the aisle…just the wait at the end of the aisle of one girl, a few strides of the next, a bashful smile of another, and the arrival to the altar of the last.  In other words, you want something with an upbeat tempo that doesn’t have you turn around to a room full of viewers who are half asleep three minutes into watching. 

A few other benefits to consider:

There are some moments during the event that are even better on video

  • When else is it possible to get all the most important people in your life together in one place (and looking their best!)?
  • Although no one wants to think of it, some of the older friends and family who attend your wedding will eventually pass on to a better place, and the wedding video often becomes a very cherished way of seeing them smile, dance, laugh, and hug you one more time.
  • There are many things happening outside your immediate surroundings that will come as a great delight later on, such as the gasps of wonder upon guests walking into the reception room, or the tears on the face of an aunt who was sitting too far back in the church pews. This is where a wedding video can prove invaluable.

When discussing your video options, state your preferences on how you like to look, and even fears about being filmed, and the videographer can no doubt find solutions that will accommodate your needs.

Modern videographers offer high-resolution, edited movies that can be watched both online and shared digitally with friends wherever they are, but also on a hard-copy DVD or Blu-Ray, so you can enjoy it on your home TV. 

Although there will always be things that have to get cut from the budget, the longevity and value offered by a beautiful wedding video should be something that are carefully considered before ruling it out completely.

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Beach Wedding Tips from the Knot http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/11/beach-wedding-tips-from-the-knot couple gets married in Key West with photographer Karrie Porter When I was getting married, I was constantly glued to my Knot.com account.  Now that I'm on the other end, I often find myself answering questions that I once had myself, and I still rummage through the pages of the Knot to see what's happening. 

I came across this article they wrote about tips when planning a beach wedding.  Since we service so many beach weddings, I thought I'd share!

The main points you'll learn more about relate to scouting locations and arriving early, ways to guide your guests to otherwise hard-to-find areas once they reach the location, staying flexible, and working with local experts, such as your wedding photographer or coordinator who is familiar with the Key West area.

We hope you find the information useful!  Read on!  http://beach.weddings.com/articles/beach-wedding-planning-basics.aspx


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Top Ten Timing Tips http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/11/top-ten-wedding-timing-tips Bride getting ready for the big dayHow can you know how much time you need with your photographer if you've never planned a wedding before? While some of your schedule will be dictated by how long you have access to the reception venue, what times of day your church allows ceremonies to be held, religious preferences that determine how long your ceremony will be, and (especially in Key West) the timing of natural elements such as the sunset and the tide, there are ways you can maximize your timing so that you get the most of your photographer's time.

So, to take in my Top Ten Wedding Timing Tips, continue reading...

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What will my photographer wear to my wedding? http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/11/what-will-my-photographer-wear-to-my-wedding What a wedding photographer wears to a casual outdoor Key West eventIf you're getting married in Key West, you might be curious how the overall laid-back atmosphere translates to photographer dress code. While it is true that Key West is more laid back, and our dress code is, in general, less formal than most places you'll visit, a wedding is still an important event and your photographer should dress with respect to the level of formality of the wedding.

Since the majority of the weddings we shoot down here in Key West tend to be smaller, more casual, typically outdoors, typically with very few guests, and often on the beach, our dress code is understandably less stuffy than you'd find at a black-tie event in a big city ballroom.

I wanted to have some fun, so for the "official-unofficial" attire you can expect at a typical Key West wedding, continue reading.....

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Black and White in a Colorful World http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/11/black-and-white-in-a-colorful-world Sunlit bride in historic Key West home before her weddingDo photographers still shoot black and white wedding photos? As you’re planning your wedding, the question of “color versus black-and-white” may come up at some point, and it’s a good question to ask. While most modern brides are hip to the idea that their wedding images will be captured on a digital camera, it’s often uncertain as to how that affects your ability to have some of the photos “taken” in black-and-white.

To read about ways of incorporating black and white photography into your wedding, continue reading....

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Unique Wedding Ideas http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/8/unique-wedding-ideas I love it when I find creative stuff!  Here are a few cool ideas I stumbled across....

fingerprint wedding bands

Fingerprint wedding bands from Brent and Jess.  Check out their store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/fabuluster.  


paper lanterns to adorn beach weddingPaper lanterns that make great (and affordable) decorations for an outdoor beach or resort wedding here in Key West!  You can order them from www.jadetime.com . 


souvenier shot glasses as Key West wedding favorI was perusing the Off Beat Bride blog and came across this cool idea...especially down here in Key West where...het hem..."consumption" is....mmm hmmm....a little bit of a pasttime.  :)  You can check out more at http://offbeatbride.com/2012/08/literal-save-the-date-montage


chic lace veil for destination weddingAnd finally, if you're wanting a little tradition but a lot of flair, check out these stunning fashionable lace veils from Ruche!  It makes me want to have another wedding!  (to the same guy, of course! lol).  http://shopruche.com/bridal.html?utm_source=homepage&utm_content=bridal&utm_campaign=mainnav

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A Key West Honeymoon with Ivan and Lina http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/4/A-Key-West-Honeymoon-with-Ivan-and-Lina I love watching two people in love, so when I met Ivan and Lina for the first time, I knew we were going to have a great time on our shoot.  They live in South Carolina, and wanted a weeklong getaway in paradise, so naturally they ended up in Key West!  Originally from the Ukraine, Ivan and Lina told me they’d known each other much of their lives.  It was sweet the way they shyly told me of how their friendship had blossomed into romance, and now they had made the committment to one another for the rest of their lives.

We spent about 2 hours shooting along the south end of the island, visiting first a long dirt road typically used by city service vehicles, but was a great starting point since the sun was still a little higher than ideal.  The road is lined with palm trees, so we made use of those for some nice images I typically refer to as “warm up images”.  There is always that threshold of comfort I have to cross when first working with a new client.  Down here in Key West, we so often don’t get to meet with our clients beforehand, so taking a few minutes to chat, start with some basic poses and simple directions, often helps the client feel more at ease, and gives me as the photographer a chance to get a sense of how they move and interact with each other. 

Some clients are more playful and silly, some are more laid back and chill, some are very formal….it’s important for me to shoot images that draw out the best aspects of someone’s personality and not be too far outside their comfort zone with what I ask them to do.  For example, Ivan and Lina were very sweet and affectionate, but not overly boistrous, so I found a happy medium and got them running down the beach together and standing up on top of some rough rocks for some dramatic “sky background” photos.


The couple were great to work with, and were very open to suggestions and ideas.  For the most part, there wasn’t anything that they weren’t up for.  Lina bravely battled the wind in her hair, which was whipping up a lot more than usual!  It did make for some great veil shots!  Her dress was very pretty, with rouching in certain places that gave it some nice texture, with a nice fit over her slender frame, with conservative touches that fit her personality perfectly.   It was a nice break from the strapless A frame we’ve seen so commonly in the past few years, regardless of its suitability!  ;)

One nice thing about this shoot was that the couple had already gotten married two days before, so Lina was not worried if her dress got a little smudged from the sand, or a little wet from the waves.  One of my biggest fears when shooting is asking a client to do something that ends up with them getting dirty or injured, so I am always mentally walking a fine line between getting unique shots without pushing the envelope too far.

Our session finished out further down the beach, utilizing a cool stone building, some bent palm trees, the seawall, and the local beach greenery.  Check out these and more in their gallery at www.kporterphotography.com/ivanlina!

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Not seeing each other – the least useful of the wedding traditions. http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2012/2/Not-seeing-each-other---the-least-useful-of-the-wedding-traditions- History Once upon a time, in a land far away, a girl’s family toiled for months trying to find a suitable husband for their not-so-attractive daughter.  Having no luck with the local boys’ families, who felt for sure the homely-looking girl would produce homely-looking children, the girl’s family decided to seek a suitor from villages farther away.  They heard of an eligible young bachelor, contacted his family, and the deal was done.  The boy, curious as he was, however, decided to take a trip to the girl’s village and upon arriving, caught a glimpse of her, returning home and refusing to go forward with the marriage. 

In another time and place, a father watched in frustration as his beautiful daughters ruined their chances of marriage with respectable men by cavorting with the first male specimen that they laid eyes on.  They were very beautiful indeed, and enjoyed making light of teasing the boys, which of course tempted lascivious thoughts and actions! 

So, in the interest of preventing the flight of suitable bachelors from their marriages with plain-faced girls, and preventing the unwanted coupling of unsuitable bachelors with the fair and pure – but naive – maidens, the great minds of those bygone eras decided it would be quite reasonable to instill policies that prevented potential mates from ever seeing each other.  And that is how the rule of the bride and groom not seeing each other before the wedding was born.

Ok, history lesson over.  You’re thinking “Wow, how crazy!,” or “I would never get married to someone I’d never met!”, or “Marriage is about love and respect, not looks!”  But, this is the way it was back then.  Fast forward a few hundred years.  Now, we meet our future spouse usually in college, at work, or in some other mutual social circle.  We meet, we date, sometimes we “take a break” and then get back together, we have mutual friends, common interests, and often know more than any other person about our significant other.  For some it is even more serious….we move in together, get a dog together, and live together for several years, effectively (if not consciously) “testing the waters” to see if we can really be with this person for the rest of our lives.  And while religious or spiritual beliefs keep a good number out of the pre-nuptial bedroom, it’s pretty obvious that many couples do not, and some even have – either by accident or by choice – children before deciding to marry someone. 


Traditions such as memorable keepsakes and a young male family member bearing the rings, add something special to the ceremony. We do all of this in today’s society, yet still, somehow, for some reason, when it comes to our wedding day, we hang desperately onto this “tradition” of not seeing each other before the wedding.  Why?  I’ve been very patient in trying to understand it, and after 10 years of shooting weddings, and seeing firsthand the difference it makes to the wedding day – not just in the photography, but in the whole demeanor of the people and the nature of the event – I can’t say I’ve come much closer to a good reason.  Now, I’m not saying I’m not a fan of traditions.  I LOVE them, and am even a tad superstitious and will knock on wood if the need arises.  For weddings, there are SO many awesome traditions that are based on some true and still-meaningful reason.  The rings, the old-new-borrowed-blue stuff, cans behind the limo, throwing rice and petals, circling the fire, the chuppah, the henna, the drums, jumping the broom….and on and on and on.  So, why do I have beef with the tradition of not seeing other before the wedding?  Probably because of all of them, it’s this one that causes more harm than good!  The other traditions contribute to the festivity, the meaning, or the sacredness of the event.  And for me as a photographer, they also contribute some great photo opp’s.   But the practice of not seeing each other before the wedding seems to have no other positive contribution toward the wedding other than being able to say “We had a traditional wedding and didn’t see each other before.”  Big woopidee doo. 

On the flip side, let me share from experience what happens when the OPPOSITE practice is followed, and the couple DOES see each other beforehand.  First, all the planning and anticipation has turned you into one big bundle of nerves come the morning of the big day.  Even the smallest ceremony with just the two of you eloping on the beach will generate feelings of jitters and nervousness, and for a grand affair hosting hundreds of people, you can multiply that by ten.  Even if you’re “calm”, your subconscious is still running wild.  So what happens first when you see each other?  You’re instantly reminded of why you’re there and who this is all about.  And when that happens, you gain perspective, all the little details fade into the background, and you can finally focus on just being there.  I’ve watched it time and time again as brides go from answering three cell phones all morning, stressing over every little nuance, asking a million question about what’s not yet done, who’s not yet arrived, which thing is still left to deal with….and suddenly, she sees her fiance, spends some time with him, and while she may still go back to check on other matters, she’s like a whole new person, much more relaxed, calm, and happy. 

The modern bride and groom should have no hesitations about seeing each other before their wedding.

Second, when you see each other before the wedding, you open up a whole new spectrum of logistics that otherwise are not possible.  Maybe you thought taking a trolley ride around town with all your bridal party would be a fun activity, but the trolley only runs until a certain time of day.  Maybe you had originally wanted to get married in one location, but for whatever reason – be it budget, availability, amenities, size, or whatever - it made more sense to go with the venue you ultimately chose.  So instead of getting married at the quaint little garden that wouldn’t fit your 100 guests, you take a morning stroll there instead.  Or, instead of dealing with the weather concerns of getting married on the beach, you ask your photographer to make a 20 minute stop at a romantic beach nearby.  The other logistical problem it solves is timing for the photography.  You’ve just spent months planning, thousands of dollars making it happen, and hired the best person you could find to capture it all.  Why limit yourself to the rushed, cookie-cutter, boring family group shots and a much shorter wham-bam session of the two of you together afterwards?  Of all the money you’ll spend on your wedding, the fee you pay to the photographer is the only one that keeps giving back for years and decades later.  If you see each other before the wedding, you allow your photographer more time to get creative, take you to some fantastic hidden gems in the city or at least make use of multiple locations on the property, and give you a huge variety of images using their utmost in artistic talent.  It also allows you the ability to concentrate on having fun, looking good, taking your time, fixing your hair and makeup ten times if needed, including your bridal party in some fun shots, and all without the mental stress that exists when you know you have people waiting on you.  EVEN when I shoot weddings where the bride has allotted an hour or even two hours between the ceremony and reception, I still ALWAYS get those nervous sidelong glances at the clock in between the amazing smiles and laughs you see in the final proofs.  Sure, we’re on a schedule even if we shoot before the wedding too, but even that includes a 30 to 45 minute buffer to still allow time for final primping before the big moment, and the subconscious effect that has is huge.

During a "first look" session, a bride stands atop a stairwell calling down to her love "Romeo and Juliet style", cracking up in the process.

Finally, seeing each other before the wedding benefits your guests.  For many of the same reasons I discussed above, the end-effect to all of this is a happier bride, a more relaxed groom, a much more opened up schedule, a day that is running smoothly and on time, and photos that aren’t rushed.  So, after the ceremony, if necessary, we can be done with family groups in ten minutes and the couple can be on their way to their reception.  What does this do?  It delights the guests that they actually get to spend time with you at your wedding.  That time you would have otherwise have been spending taking pictures can now be used for mingling at the cocktail hour, having a receiving line or going around and hugging every single person who spent the time, money and energy to be with you on this day.  Even you choose to skip those things, the least you can do is get the reception started quickly so your hungry guests can eat!  Having also been a guest at a wedding, it’s easy to admit there’s nothing more frustrating than having gone out of your way to be at someone’s event, only to be staving off hunger with party mints and club crackers for longer than should be reasonable.  So even if you don’t care about beautiful pictures or being calm or creating a smoother timeline, at least do it out of love and respect for your guests. 


Remember, people back in the day had good reasons for invoking this practice of not seeing each other before the wedding, but the modern couple has yet to prove to me any equally good uses for this “tradition”.  Do yourself, your wedding photos, and your guests, a favor and plan to see each other before the wedding.

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Eleven, Eleven, Eleven – Victoria and Michael - a Key Largo destination event http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2011/12/Eleven--Eleven--Eleven---Victoria-and-Michael Victoria and Michael at their Key Largo wedding in November

 Key Largo wedding photography at this gorgeous private residence.  

As do most triple-digit days, 11/11/11 gave couples around the country a reason to celebrate – their wedding that is!  Rob and I were excited to be involved in one such wedding, that of our clients Victoria and Michael.Panorama photo from the balcony of the Oceanside Drive residence where we photographed Victoria and Michael

Leaving our newest little photographer (our newborn 9 week old daughter!), for the first time, we traveled up to Key Largo for their wedding, arriving mid-afternoon to a beautiful private residence with a fun “Miami Vice” kind of flair.

Bride in Nieman Marcus for Key Largo wedding The property was amazing, featuring a lush hidden driveway leading back to a grand home on its own private peninsula jutting out into the ocean.

The bride wore a fun feathery skirted A-line strapless dress with a fun black sash.  The guys were handsome yet casual in their tan suits, and the girls looked amazing in their shimmery tropical green knee-length bridesmaids dresses.

Despite some unexpected delays, we managed to make the most of the long walk to the ceremony site by stopping en route several times to capture shots of the bride and her bridesmaids, integrating the beautiful furniture and architecture of the home.

Since the ceremony was taking place right at sunset, it was dark immediately after, so Rob and I did some fancy footwork capturing timed-exposure images of the bridal party with the water in the background, using a remote flash to fill in each person in the frame.

The reception was a lot of fun and gave us great opportunities to get some photography of the girls making a grand entrance dance, the bride doing her famous backbends, and the newly wed couple schmoozing in the glow of a flood light.

Finally, the night ended with sending up “wish balloons”.  This miniature hot-air balloons are completely biodegradable and environmentally safe, are made of a thin paper-like material over a thin frame to provide support, and when the base is lit, it fills the space up with warmed air….and….LIFTOFF!  Sure there were some duds that ended up skidding to a stop in the top of the mangroves, but those that went airborne made a beautiful site floating away over the Atlantic ocean, carrying the dreams and hopes for this new couple on the wind!

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RentGoPros.com (aka BFS Rentals) of Key West is now available on Lazy Way Lane at AER Photography

Lazy Way Lane near Key West Bight, where the Fury, Sebago, and several other charters leave from every day. Come by and rent a GoPro underwater camera for the day! (Image courtesy of www.conchscooter.blogspot.com) We are located in the fine art gallery for our friend Alicia of AER Photography.

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to rent a GoPro HD camera!  Down at the Key West Bight near Schooner Wharf Bar is a little road affectionately referred to by the locals as Lazy Way Lane, and there you’ll find things like jewelry stores, an amazing pretzel place (ask for our good friends Jan and Dave), and our friend Alicia of AER Photography.  We are helping her with her shop while she’s out of town (shooting in Mexico…lucky dog), so we will be operating the GoPro rentals from there for the time being.  If you would like to rent an underwater camera, call us up (305-517-3051) to reserve one, and then stop by before your snorkel trip, scuba diving trip, fishing or spearfishing charter, to pick it up.  These are high definition cameras that do underwater photo and video.  The cameras are compact and easy to use, and prevent you from risking your own expensive camera to the salt air and moisture. 

For more information on how to rent an underwater camera for your day in Key West, go to www.rentgopros.com, or email us at rent@bondfirestudio.com.

We are also booking photography tours on the island of Key West from this location.  If you are interested in exploring the island with a professional guide and photography instructor who can help you get the best shots, show the best locations, and answer any technical photography questions, call us at 305-809-8500, go to www.keywestphototours.com, or email us at tours@bondfirestudio.com.


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Key West Underwater Camera Rentals – GoPro HD Hero http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2011/6/Key-West-Underwater-Camera-Rentals---GoPro-HD-Hero Did you know? If you are visiting Key West and will be partaking in any kind of water-related activity (that covers just about everyone right?), check out our affiliate site, www.rentgopros.com, for information on renting a

www.rentgopros.com Waterproof Camera Rental in Key West waterproof and underwater camera, the highly popular GoPro HD Hero, for your trip. You can rent one for the day, several days, or an entire week. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a GoPro, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you and want to demo the camera first and try it out before you buy, we offer that luxury as well. Brand new, the GoPro set goes for about $300 and can be purchased downtown at Diver’s Direct at the corner of Greene and Simonton. But if you just want to use it for the day to capture your dive trips, snorkeling adventures, jet ski rides, kayak tour, or kiteboarding lesson, this is a great option. The basic rental starts at just under 30 bucks if you have your own SD card and don’t want the insurance waiver. With a 16GB SD card (more than enough space to capture everything you could possibly want to do), a chest, head, or wrist mount, a lanyard, and the damage waiver, you’re looking at about 20 dollars more.

We will gladly deliver and pick up to your hotel, charter boat, or other location of your choice. Go to www.rentgopros.com for more info and booking.

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Karrie Porter Photography featured in Bridal Magazine http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2011/2/Karrie-Porter-Photography-featured-in-Bridal-Magazine Check out the most recent edition of the Key West Citizen’s 2011 Bridal Magazine , a publication dedicated to the Key West wedding market, for an article about “How to Add Life to Wedding Photographs” by Key West photographer Karrie Porter Bond, and images from previous weddings sprinkled throughout the publication.  Your image just might be in there!

Karrie Porter Photography featured in 2011 edition of Key West Citizen Bridal Magazine

See page 15 for "Add Life to Photographs" article in 2011 Key West Citizen Bridal Magazine by Karrie Porter Bond

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Scrub n Grub Beach Cleanup Shoot http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2011/2/Scrub-n-Grub-Beach-Cleanup-Shoot Diver

Rob Bond and Chris Dacy heading up the Scrub n Grub beach cleanup sponsored by Divers Direct Key West.

A few weekends ago we took part in the Diver’s Direct Key West beach cleanup, called the “Scrub n Grub.” 

 This event was headed up by our very own Rob Bond, and to help with promotion of the event and to provide a good cause with some photos to commemorate it, Karrie spent the morning shooting candids on Smathers Beach while the crew

Volunteer Kate from the Mote Marine research lab in the Florida Keys came down to help out.

Pulling up old rope from the beach during the Divers Direct cleanup.

of volunteers picked up random articles of trash, clothing, bottles, cans, bags, and even a sleeping bag, some aluminum trim, and other objects harmful to the wildlife and the environment on the island.  A special thanks to Diver’s Direct for their efforts in picking up over 300 pounds of garbage from the beaches of Key West, another thanks to all the sponsors for their donations of prizes for the top cleaner-uppers, and a thanks to Karrie Porter Photography for their beach photography services.

Loading the truck with the over-300-pounds of garbage pulled from Smathers Beach and the surrounding mangroves.


Group photo of the first annual Scrub n Grub beach cleanup crew. (missing about 5 people who had already left before the bags were totaled and the photo taken...we appreciate your efforts as well!)

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Key West http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2010/4/Key-West I am a horrible blogger, I know.  A fair-weather-friend if you will.  But when your studio is scattered along 1200 miles from the Southernmost point in Key West, Florida, up through Nashville where our main office is, and here and there even in Knoxville and Ohio, most days its more about making sure everything gets done than taking time out to write in one’s blog.  So forgive me. 

Fury Catamarans sails across the sunset in Key West, Florida.  Bond Fire Studio.

Fury Catamarans sails across the sunset in Key West, Florida.

In a nutshell…here’s what we’ve been up to.  Our other division of our company, Bond Fire Studio, is the official on-board photography company for The Fury Catamarans in Key West, Florida.  Rob, myself, and our associate Megan have been shooting snorkeling and water adventure excursions for them, which go out several times per day.  We are very excited to be involved in this, and are really enjoying our relationships with the people in Key West.  Don’t worry Nashville clients…I am currently in Music City attending to some teaching, horse shows, and weddings we have on the books, and will be here until the middle of June.  Rob and Megan are back and forth between here and KW as bookings demand. 

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Fury Catamarans is the largest snorkeling and water adventure charter in Key West.

Here is one slideshow from one of the galleries from our website.   The Fury has at least one, and sometimes two, of these “Ultimate Adventure” trips that go out daily.  Shots are mainly candid: getting guests as they enjoy the many activities, including snorkeling with them and getting underwater photography of their time at the reef.  So many more where this came from: www.bondfirestudio.com.  But enjoy!

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February’s “First Friday” music event at Billups Art – Nashville http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2010/2/February-s--First-Friday--music-event-at-Billups-Art---Nashville Billups Art in east Nashville hosted their first “First Friday” music event, a tradition that we hope to see continue in accordance with their expectations.

On stage at Billups Art in Nashville

Several songwriters share their talents and stories at Billups Art in East Nashville.

To be held, as the name implies, the first friday of each month, it is a gathering of local artists and songwriters for an intimate evening sharing their work with the well-turned-out audience that was in attendance.

……………………….. The talent this past Friday consisted of Stephen Salyers, Mattina Scarpino, Mason Douglas, Tyler McCollum, Lance Kotara, Tyler Flowers, Leigh Brandon Houison, and Danny Salazar.


I was impressed by the variety and talent, as well as the quality of the show. The cozy venue was comfortable with a variety of standard and high-top tables, as well as a comfy sectional sofa in one corner, and during the intermission one has the pleasure of taking in the artwork that adorns the walls of what is technically an art gallery by day. 

Stephen Salyers, who helped coordinate the event along with Clint and Anthony, performs one of his songs.

The bar was well stocked and well staffed, and there were light hors d’ouvres available as well. For more information about this and other events at Billups Art, contact them at 615-489-5100. They are located at 1008-C Woodland St in Nashville, just past 10th Avenue, and only about a five minute drive from our studio on Third. 

To see the rest of the images from this gig, go to their web gallery.

Keep in mind, we are available to photograph events such as this throughout Nashville.  If you have a venue and have an event coming up, let us know!  Call Rob or Karrie at 615-829-8304 or email info@bondfirestudio.com.

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Hand Drawn Photograph http://kporterphotography.com/blog/2010/2/Hand-Drawn-Photograph Anyone that knows me knows that I am a creative type.  I always have to have some sort of project or artistic endeavor that I’m working on, or I start to go a little crazy.  You know like those meat-head workout guys that can’t do anything until they’ve hit the gym for 2 hours?  Kinda like that.  Maybe not that crazy.  But if you are an artsy kind of person, you know the feeling.  No amount of reasoning in the world about what you “should” be doing at the moment will sway you.  You have a clear vision in your head.  You can feel the movements coming out of your hands or feet, or whatever it is that gets your thought on the medium of choice.  You might be an otherwise rational and responsible person not normally given to insane impulses, but when the notion to create something gets into your head, you will stop at nothing to get it out.  I am no different; susceptible as the next person to be transported somwhere else as I get my hands busy making whatever it is.  In today’s case, I needed to draw.  It is insanely therapeutic, and to boot I get something cool to look at when its done.  Much better than some of the addictions the human body is capable of these days.  Because I love technology, but was trained as a traditional artist as well, I love merging the two.  So with my handy Wacom pen and tablet, I created a digital sketch of one of my brides twirling her dress about.  Save for having to tweak her arm a bit to suit my liking more, it is pretty much a drawn rendition of the original photograph. 

Drawing of bride created digitally from original photograph

Drawing of bride created digitally from original photograph

 Some might scoff at this method of creating artwork (and I say to each his own opinion – I am rather disinclined to admire Matisse even though he is technically considered an artistic master), either because they are fanatical purists or because they are not artistic themselves and think everything that comes from a computer is “automated.”  Not the case.  Every line you see here was put down by hand, using a lower-opacity layer of the bride’s image as the background layer for reference.  I used a combination of about four different brushes, altering my brush pressure and opacity as I worked.  Then I smudged some of the shades together.  So you see, no different than if I had swapped my 3H for a stick of wax pencil and then a piece of graphite.  The only difference is the tactile sensation the viewer will get when they see it on paper, but technically you shouldn’t go around touching people’s artwork anyway, so that doesn’t bother me so much. 

Original photograph before drawing

Original photograph before drawing

 Not saying this first go is perfect (but do keep in mind it is not intended to be representational ; I rather prefer the somewhat abstract lines)….I am accustomed to doing digital paintings by now, but this is my first gander at a digital sketch.  Critique welcomed.  Once I get the technique down, I may offer this as an extra service to my clients.  If anyone is up for being a guinea pig for now, let me know!

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