We shared some Oscar inspiration earlier this week but were inspired not just by the fashion, but by the people as well and Lupita Nyong’o specifically. While this would usually fall into a Monday post, we really loved this and her and wanted to share Lupita, the person as our find of the week. While I obviously don’t know her personally, what she says and how she acts gives me a good idea. So much of the time we are concerned with how we look not just physically, but our persona as well. It’s always important to remember that who we are on the inside is what matters, that beauty lies within. For a girl who has been thrust into the spotlight, I think she’s handled it with grace and while staying to true to herself. One thing she said at the awards show that stuck with me is that, “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” So, strive to be beautiful on the inside and dream away.
Mar 08, 2014 by Jamie Chang
Excited for a new Wedding Wednesdays Q&A? We can’t blame you because we’re excited too! So, let’s kick this party off with this week’s question about photography: I’ve been looking for a photographer for my wedding and I was having a hard time finding someone I like. I finally came across a photographer that I totally dig, but they aren’t available on my wedding day. They did mention that they have an associate photographer who is available. I’m a bit torn because I’m not sure how I feel about hiring an associate, but I also don’t know if I can find someone else. Are associate photographers just as good? How do I make this decision?
This is such a great question and one that doesn’t get discussed all that much, so I’m so glad you asked. First off, I empathize with you and having difficulty finding the right photographer. It can be a hard thing to find that right balance of style and personality all within the budget you are working with. On the upside, there are so many great wedding photographers out there, that I think everyone can find someone they like. Unfortunately, in your case you found someone, but they were booked. Now I know you wanted the main photographer, but the opportunity of working with an associate photographer instead is not a bad thing. The term associate does imply that they aren’t the chief photographer (because they aren’t), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good. Professional photographers who have associates won’t officially bring them on board to do a wedding on their own unless they feel that they are capable. The associate is representing the company, so a photographer wouldn’t use someone who would make them look bad. More importantly, a photographer wants their overall look to be consistent across their body of work which means that their associate will shoot in the same style and manner as the main photographer. So, rest assured that the associate will be trained not only on how to shoot a wedding, but how to do it so that it looks similar to everything you fell in love with in the first place.
With that being said, there are a couple of factors to consider before you make a decision to use a associate photographer. The first is to see if their specific body of work is something you like. You’ll want to take a look at the weddings they have shot (full real weddings) and make sure you are still digging the photos you see. Sometimes there can be a more sizable difference in the quality of work between the main photographer and the associate and other times the quality is just as good. While the style should be similar, it is still a different person and a different eye so it will never be exactly the same, which is why you’ll want to look at their work to make sure. The second is to meet with them and see if your personalities mesh. As with any photographer, it is important that you feel comfortable with them as they will be with you all day. If you feel good on both fronts, then I think it’s a safe bet that you’ll be happy with the associate. If you aren’t sure, then you might want to consider someone else. In the end, you want to be happy with your decision even if that means doing more research into other photographers. One last thing I want to mention is that one of the biggest perks of working with an associate photographer is that they are more affordable. Since they aren’t the main photographer, they are at a lower price point which always helps with the budget.
Was this helpful? We hope so! Please share with us any wedding planning questions you are struggling with and we’ll answer your question in an upcoming Q&A.
Mar 05, 2014 by Jamie Chang
It’s the biggie of the awards season, the Oscars! And with it a few of our favorite fashion picks to help inspire you for your upcoming wedding or event. There is so much to love from the red carpet, but we picked just a few standouts, so let’s get started!
First up is Angelina Jolie in a glittering Elie Saab. This dress reminds me of sparkling rain. The beautiful colors and design you can easily steal for your wedding. (Photo credit: Wire Image)
Next up is one of the winners of the night, Lupita Nyong’o in Prada! The sky blue color of this Grecian style dress is heavenly. Not only is the color great for your next event, but the softness as well. (Photo credit: AP)
I’m such a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He always looks good in my opinion and once again is looking dashing in Calvin Klein. Men, take note – this is how you do a tuxedo. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
And another big winner of the night, Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. It’s hard to see the detailing on this dress, but the sheer nude and silver with hanging droplets was gorgeous. I can see this easily inspiring a wedding gown or a table setting. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
And our last pick of the red carpet is Emma Watson in this sparkling Vera Wang. This one just might be our favorite of the night. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but the cut and fit was great and while super elegant was also fun too. This is a wonderful dress for your maids if you like a darker look or can be inspiration for your wedding colors. And don’t forget the the hair and makeup inspiration! (Photo credit: AP)
What was your favorite look from the red carpet? We’d love to know! Share it with us in a comment below.
Mar 04, 2014 by Jamie Chang