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Bridal Bouquet Photographs by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Being a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the honor to photograph many weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions.  One of the key photographs for any wedding or bridal portrait is the bridal bouquet.  Brides take much time, effort, and energy in picking out the perfect bouquet that will complement their wedding.  Colors and flower types are key but they can also depend on the time of the year and the availability of those particular flowers.

The history of the bridal bouquet is an interesting one.  Brides have been carrying a bouquet since ancient times, but it did not start out as flowers.  Many time brides and grooms carried aromatic herbs, spices, or garlic to help to ward off evil spirits.  As far back as ancient Greece and Rome the brides would wear a garland that was meant to symbolize new life, hope, and fertility for the couple.  At this time the garlands were not yet made of flowers but instead they were comprised of herbs and spices or local vegetation.  The stronger the smell the better it was believed that the garland would ward off of evil spirits.  As is true with many other wedding traditions, the modern tradition of having flowers at a wedding and carrying a flower bouquet came from Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840.  The bouquet of flowers was carried by the bride and this bouquet included edible flowers like marigolds and dill weed which was eaten by the bride, the groom, and the wedding attendees during the reception.  The consuming of dill was thought to increase sexual desire.  I could see why you would want the bride and groom to consume this but I am not sure that I would want the wedding guests consuming this too.

It was also during Victorian times that flowers took on meanings and were seen as secret messages between lovers.  This is know as florigraphy, or the language of flowers.  At the time many beautiful flowers were given underserved meanings.  Today, brides choose their flowers based more on color and a fondness for the look and smell of the flowers, rather than their assigned meanings.

This is just one of the many fascinating wedding traditions.  I am really interested in these rituals and their origins, so look for future posts on that subject.  You can read about other wedding traditions in my post “Wedding Ceremony Photography” and “Wedding Cake Photography.”

 

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

Gary Miller
San Antonio Wedding Photographer
Austin Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer
Austin Fine Art Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
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www.redphotophotography.com

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Kasi and Griffin’s Hill Country Wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

I recently photographed Kasi and Griffin’s wedding in the beautiful hill country of Texas.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the chance to not only photograph weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portraits in San Antonio, but also all over Texas and the rest of the country, include the Austin Hill Country area.  I really like to work at the various venues in the Hill Country because they have that beautiful pastural look to them.  Kasi and Griffin were married and had their wedding reception at the Stonehhouse Villa in Driftwood, Texas, about 25 miles Southwest of Austin.  At this wedding I was actually a second photographer and I had the chance to work with my friend Stephanie Brown, a great wedding photographer in Dallas.  I do not often have the chance to be a second photographer at a wedding, but when I do I really enjoy it because I can indulge my fine art wedding photographer style more.

Kasi and Griffin are a great couple to work with.  They were so laid back and genuine and that is always nice to see in a bride and groom.  I had not met them prior to the wedding so it was a pleasant surprise when I showed up and they were warm and accommodating.  I think that they chose the perfect venue for their wedding.  They were just as tranquil as the rolling hills of the country side.  People may be wondering what is the difference between being the primary photographer or the secondary photographer at a wedding.  It really depends on the two photographers and how they have set things up.  With my own business, Red Photo, I am the primary photographer all of the time.  This means that I will stay with the bride most of day, especially while she is getting ready.  The second photographer is normally assigned to photograph the groom and his groomsmen as they are getting ready.  So at this wedding I was hanging out with the guys.  On the rare occasion that I work a wedding by myself I have to photograph both the bride and the groom getting ready.  This is hard because they are usually separated and I end up running back and forth between the two.

I always offers a second photographer to all of my wedding clients and I strongly recommend that they let me use one.  Unlike other wedding photographers out there I always use a very highly skilled second photographer and someone who has a style that matches mine well.  I produce high quality wedding albums for most of my clients so it is important to me that the images from both photographers match well.

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

You can read about other weddings that I have photographed in the posts cited below;

 

Gary Miller
San Antonio Wedding Photographer
Austin Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer
Austin Fine Art Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
Austin Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
www.redphotophotography.com

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5 Wedding Portrait Photography Posing Tips from San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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As a San Antonio wedding photographer I am asked very often about portrait photography posing tips.  Photographing a wedding encompasses many types of images including both portraits, action photographs, event photographs, details, and others.  Within portrait photography you have the formal portraits and candid portraits.  There are also what I like to call casual formals, or unposed posed images. In both of these situations there is much less of a hands on approach.  This is in keeping with my photojournalistic wedding photography approach.   I will be talking more about these in an upcoming post. When I am taking formal portraits, bridal portraits, engagement portraits, or any other type of set up, controlled portrait photographs, I like to give my subjects these posing tips to help to get the best portrait photographs possible.

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1.  Face about 45 degrees to the camera.

People will look better in most situations when they are facing anywhere from 45 degrees to 90 degrees to the camera.  The camera flattens out a three dimensional world, so when you face straight on to the camera it is going to make everyone look heavier.  Turning away from the camera will be more flattering.

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2. Weight on your back foot.

Now that you are not facing straight on to the camera you should shift you weight slightly to your back leg.  This will give a more pleasing hip angle to both men and women.  I find that men can get away with facing straight on to the camera, but women will also look better and accentuate their curves more when they are angled to the camera with their weight on their back leg.

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3.  Keep your arms bent and away from your body.

You should always bend your arms and legs to give them a more relaxed look.  Even if your arm is extended it should be bent slightly.  You do not want to be putting your weight on an arm when you are leaning on something or using it for support.  Keeping your arms away from your body will again create a better line and be more flattering.

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4.  Tilt you head slightly.

It does not matter what direction, but you should tilt you head slightly to one side or the other.  Just make it slight and towards one shoulder or the other.  This will break up the horizontal eye line and give a more interesting and attractive look

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5.  Relax and be yourself.

Remember that this portrait photography session is supposed to be fun.  Keeping a fun attitude will show through in your portrait images with genuine smiles and a better connection to the viewer.  If you utilize the about basic posing tips you will not have to worry about looking your best.  Then you can relax and enjoy the process. There are so many things going on during your wedding day, so keeping these little portrait photography posing tips in mind will make your images really shine.  These tips can even be utilized by people when your are in a more photojournalistic wedding photography mode. You can find more posing tips in the article, “7 Posing Technique for Non-Models.”

Gary Miller
San Antonio Wedding Photographer
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www.redphotophotography.com

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Groom Portraits by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Being a wedding photographer in San Antonio I have the opportunity to photograph many weddings, bridal portrait sessions, and engagement portrait sessions. All of these weddings are unique experiences for me. I photograph in a fine art photojournalistic style with very few posed images. I really enjoy the challenging of capturing great emotional moments to preserve them for my clients. Many times at a wedding, since I am the primary photographer, I will spend most of time with the bride as she is preparing for the day. This is a strategy employed by many photographers and I think that is why you see so many great bride preparation photographs and brides in their wedding dress photographers. I always like to make sure that I also take portraits of the groom. When I am working with a second photographer, and that is usually the case, they are mostly responsible for hanging out with the groom and taking images of him and the groomsmen. But even when I am working with a second photographer I will take some time out to work with and photograph the groom.

I always take a groom portrait. Looking back over my wedding photography for the past years I realized that very often my groom portraits were taken in a strictly unposed, documentary style. I really like the purity of these images. I have also found that even though I am one of the premiere San Antonio wedding photographers, grooms, and guys in general, usually do not like to have their photographs taken. To help put them at ease, and to make the process quick and easy, I have gone to using a pure photojournalistic wedding photography style for the groom’s portraits. I often will convert these images to black and white to enhance that journalistic, documentary look. There are a few occasions where I will photograph grooms in more of an editorial photography style, where I move them and pose them a little, but even then I like to give them a few moments to just go back to being themselves.

I have gathered this collection of groom portraits to honor the often forgotten guys at the wedding. The documentary photographer in me seems draw to the challenge of photographing a scene without interfering and getting the photograph quickly and in a non-invasive way.

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Groom portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

Gary Miller
San Antonio Wedding Photographer
Austin Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer
Austin Fine Art Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
Austin Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
www.redphotophotography.com

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston Wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

It was wonderful to work with Janna and Alfonso recently on their Houston wedding.  The preparations began at the beautiful and historic Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Houston.  Photographing the bride and the groom preparing for a wedding is one of my favorite parts of the day.  I love the excitement in the air.  It creates great moments that are best captured using my photojournalistic wedding style.  I think that using a documentary style to photographs weddings is the best way to go. Reactions are very natural and you can really get great, honest photographs that record those special moments and preserve them.  The wedding ceremony was at the St. Anne Catholic Church in Houston.  This is a grand style church with magnificent architecture.  The couple had their wedding reception in an intimate setting at the BRC GastroPub.  This small venue gave people a real change to socialize and to congratulate the newlywed couple.  There was some surprise entertainment at the reception by a full Mariachi band.  There was lots of great food and everyone had fun.  Sometimes, I really prefer these smaller wedding groups to the larger ones.  With a smaller group it gives me time to really get to know the bride and groom and their families.

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

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Janna and Alfonso’s Houston wedding

Gary Miller
San Antonio Wedding Photographer
Austin Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer
Austin Fine Art Wedding Photographer
San Antonio Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
Austin Photojournalism Wedding Photographer
www.redphotophotography.com

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