What to Consider for Your Wedding Day: Special Picture Requests | Arden Photography

More often than not, couples depend on their photographer’s expertise when picture time comes around on their wedding day. Poses, who’s photographed with who, location, and time of day are a few of the many things photographers take into consideration when directing their photographs to make sure that the day goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

But what happens when you trust your photographer’s routine, yet you want to make sure they capture a specific moment during your special day? You ask, of course. Special picture requests are not uncommon, and they are also a way to give your wedding memories a unique and personable vibe.

Now you’re probably wondering, “What could be considered a special picture request?”

Well, as mentioned earlier, most photographers have a routine or timeline they follow for weddings. Getting ready photos; pre-ceremony photos that include the first look (if you’re into that), bridal party, groom’s party, and immediate family pictures; ceremony photos; post-ceremony photos if you didn’t do a first look (or just want more couple portraits) that can also include friend and family group shots; and, lastly, reception photos.

Photographers usually do the basics of formal posing of the bride and groom while incorporating family and friends to record who was a part of the celebration, as well as detail shots of the floral arrangements, invitations, food, jewelry… you know, the works.

If you have something in mind that doesn’t fall into the realm of the aforementioned categories, that's when you request for a special picture.

Examples of special picture requests are listed below to give you an idea of what might take your wedding photographs to the next level; and as said earlier, if it’s not mentioned… just ask. We want to make your day as special as you have always dreamed it to be.

  • A location that the photographer and you didn’t previously discuss

  • Personal trinkets

  • Family Memories, photos of grandparents

  • Specific poses

    • Silly, high-fashion, meaningful, etc.

  • Specific people

    • Those that might fall outside of immediate/close family and the bridal/groom’s party

  • A specific act

    • Usually asked when the act is outside of “normal” wedding routine

  • A specific setting

    • Sunsets, fireworks, snow, etc.

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Met Gala 2019 Recap | Best Dressed | Arden Photography

This year’s Met Gala “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was co-hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘camp’ it is defined as “an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.” This means more was more, and the eclectic style choices our favorite celebs made gave us mixed emotions of awe, wonder, and down-right shock. From Disney-inspired chic to the guests doing their own rendition of their celebrity aspirations to Las Vegas showgirl to the nth degree, I was not disappointed with the “lewks” that graced the 2019 Met Gala’s highly-esteemed red-carpet staircase. In no apparent order, here’s a few of my by-far faves that showed up and showed out at Monday’s event.

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (inspired by Priscilla Presley)

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (inspired by Priscilla Presley)

Candace Swanepoel in Atelier Prabal Gurung

Candace Swanepoel in Atelier Prabal Gurung

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Ciara in Peter Dundas (inspired by Diana Ross)

Ciara in Peter Dundas (inspired by Diana Ross)

Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas (inspired by Cher)

Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas (inspired by Cher)

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

Florence Welch in Gucci

Florence Welch in Gucci

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino (inspired by Barbie)

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino (inspired by Barbie)

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford wearing Forevermark jewelry

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford wearing Forevermark jewelry

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Easter Fashion 2019 | Arden Photography

Easter is quickly approaching and if you haven’t had the time to figure out what you will be clad in, don’t fret quite yet. Easter is typically viewed as a conservative holiday having most people attend church and family affairs. So, since it’s a day to celebrate, of course you want to look (and feel) your absolute best! Below are a few color and style options for a last-minute search to help you queue in what you’re looking for.

Easter Color Palette:

  • Pastels:

    • Blush

    • Lavender

    • Peach

Pastels are always a spring must. These soft colors compliment a wide variety of skin tones, while also bringing color to your wardrobe in a more subdued manner.

  • Brights:

    • Kelly Green

    • Yellow

Kelly Green has gotten extremely popular over the past couple of months, and it won’t stop now. Green is a strong, statement color, so it can be left simple with only the color to admire, or you can accessorize it in a way to subdue the color. Yellow can be a bit off-putting and it doesn’t suit everyone with the right confidence, anyone can pull it off with their own flattering, joy-inducing shade.

  • Neutrals:

    • Jade

    • Navy

If you want to go a little more under the radar these neutral shades have got your back (literally). Jade is a muted version of its brighter counterpart previously mentioned if you still want to add color to your ‘fit. Navy is a softer version of black, but is still just as flattering! It will also keep you from getting as hot if you were wearing black in this Alabama weather.

Easter Style Watch:

  • Wrap dresses

    • This SUPER flattering style of dress hits you right where it matters at your waist, brings it in, and hides anything underneath its overlay structure.

  • Maxi dresses

    • Chic and comfortable. What more could you ask for? Maxi dresses come in so many styles, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your personality to a ‘T.’

  • Jumpsuits/Rompers

    • Skip trying to find a two-part ensemble, and go straight to the rack filled with jumpsuits and rompers. Pants or shorts, you get to decide, but jumpsuits and rompers come in a variety of styles sure enough to fit what you’re going for this Easter holiday.

  • Coulettes

    • Remember the galcho? Well this is it’s hotter, older sister. Coulettes are usually cropped and flare at the ankle. A high-waisted version of this pant pared with a nice, blouse, and a clean heel, can bring a boss babe vibe to any get-together,