JAMES ALLEN WEDDINGS MAGAZINE2

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WEDDINGS

by James Allen

WHAT’S INSIDE:

As time goes by:

YOUR WEDDING TIMELINE

8 Sanity Soothers

In bloom:

CORA FLORA STUDIOS

So engaging:

IS AN ENGAGEMENT

SESSION FOR YOU?

Client Spotlight:

ASHLEY AND TOM’S

WINTER WEDDING

Photo albums:

PRODUCING YOUR OWN

GREATEST HITS

2017 Shoot & Share Photo

Contest: RESULTS

Spring 2017

complimentary


PASS

I am a shoot and Share photographer!

What does that exacty mean? Well, my primary goal is to shoot

fabulous images for you. My secondary goal is for you to share

these wonderful images free of copyrights with whomever you

choose. That means no extra charge to get the pictures you

deserve!

This means you get to download all of your images in high resolution

directly to your computer. You can back up your images

any way you want. You can share your link via email or through

your favorite social media platform. Family and guests from

anywhere in the world can view your gallery and download

your wedding images too!

is the company I use to host your wedding gallery. Here are

some highlights:

1. Your Gallery is on-line for 10 years! That’s right, on your 10

year anniversay you can show your kiddos your wedding

pictures.

2. Personal mobile APP : Take your pictures on the go.

Eating out to dinner and wnat to show your pictures off to

your fiiends? No problem

3. Social media sharing You can share your favorite

photos through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterestdirectly

from the PASS platform. No need to download to

your computer first.

4. Favorites: You can select, organize, download and order

your favorites with a few clicks!

5. One Click Downloads: In just one click you can download

all your pictures at once!

THE SECRET TO AMAZING IMAGES IS AN AMAZING STORY. YOUR STORY IS ALREADY AMAZING, BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO

TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. I WILL SHOW YOU. IMAGE BY IMAGE, YOU’LL SEE HOW RADIANT YOUR LOVE TRULY IS.


MY STORY

letters from you

FOREVER AND A DAY

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A LIFETIME

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. My journey began after High

School when I decided to do volunteer humanitarian aid effort in

various parts of the world for 2 years. I experienced new cultures,

new people and a love for photography and documenting real

life. My photographic style was born from this experience.

Through years of college courses and life experiences, I always

held on to my passion for photography and my dreams to

capture more memorable moments for others ultimately led me

to pursue wedding photography. After all, what day tells a story

better than your wedding?

I moved to Phoenix after college and jumped into building up a

strong client base and shooting some amazing weddings.

Kim and John

James- Thank you so much for photographing our

wedding! We love ALL the pictures! Thank you so

much for being a part of our special day! People are

still talking about your awesome photos and how

you were everywhere getting pictures. You are a

part of our family now! Thank you for everything!

Heidi and Jason

James - Thank you so much for taking our pictures

for the engagement session and wedding! You did

a fantastic job and we loved working woth you!

Thank you for making it fun!

Shannon and Joel

James - What can we say, you’re a great, and a

cool cat! Thanks do smuch for flying out to shoot

our day! We are honored that you were the one

capturing our special day. Here’s to meeting you

and remaining life ling friends!

So you’re probably wondering, how did I end up moving

from Phoenix to Milwaukee? Well, my wife of course! We met

in Phoenix while she was there teaching. She was from the

Milwaukee area, we dated for 2 years and then said let’s get out

of the desert and move back to the Midwest. No brainer!

We got married and 5 years and 2 beautiful kids later, I’m proud

to call Milwaukee home.

To this day, My approach to wedding and lifestyle photography

is rooted in telling a story and documenting real life. I look

forward to creating unique, beautiful photography with you

which will act as a window back to your special moments for

years to come-- and all with a burning passion for photography,

art, and your love for one another.

Embrace the now moments forever.

My fiancé and I really want to have a nighttime wedding, but I’ve heard that will spell disaster for our pictures. What do you think we should do?

Go for it! While photographers generally prefer natural light to artificial light for the photographs, you should always do what makes you happy.

I come equipped to handle any lighting situation and have years of experience with many different venues and circumstances, including

nighttime weddings. Because you never have to worry about your images not coming out nicely, go ahead and have your dream wedding and

leave the details to me!

I know it’s best to take formal photographs before the wedding, but I guess you could say we are old-fashioned. Why do you think taking the

formals beforehand is so important?

I definitely pride myself in catering to the needs and desires of my clients. That said, I am a believer in taking the formal photographs before the

wedding, ensuring not only more time to get the best photographs but also getting the formals out of the way by the time you are ready to go to

your party. I find that stress levels with brides, grooms, family members and wedding parties is greatly reduced when the formals are taken care

of and they can focus on just having fun and being with their guests. Also, depending on the time of day, we may have better light and access

to better portrait locations before the ceremony.

We’d love to set aside some time for an engagement shoot. Is this something you do?

Yours,

James Allen

I sure do! I work with you to plan the engagement shoot of your dreams, including location selection and wardrobe recommendations.

Additionally, I can even help you design pieces for your wedding using your engagement shoot photos for sign-in boards, guest books, savethe-date

cards, thank you cards, table place settings, and much more. I offer many wonderful album options to help you remember your

engagement shoot forever. Be sure to check out page 8 of this issue for more information about scheduling your own engagement shoot for a

lifetime of special memories!

Have a question? I would love to hear from you and answer your question in a future issue of my studio magazine.

Please send your question to james@jamesallenweddings.com.

JAMES ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY / www.jamesallenweddings.com


CLIENT SPOTLIGHT

ASHLEY & TOM

I recently had the privilege of photographing Ashley & Tom’s beautiful winter wedding.

How can you be prepared for the biggest day of your life so far?

Here, Ashley & Tom share:

THE BEST ADVICE FOR A BRIDE.

My biggest advice to a soon-to-be bride would be to not stress about every little detail.

On the day of you won’t even get a chance to see half of those details, and chances

our your guests won’t notice them all either. However, I feel a bit guilty giving that

advice because I heard it a million times while planning and it just added to my stress.

So if you’re anything like me, then every time you do get stressed about the big day

remember why you’re planning it. You’re about to celebrate what is likely the biggest

commitment you’ve made to date- that’s what really matters. And trust me, it will be

the best day of your life.

THE BIGGEST SURPRISE ABOUT THEIR WEDDING DAY.

It flew by!!! In a blink of an eye the day was over. All the pictures you get will be so

treasured because they will remind you about all the little moments, the details, and

the love you were surrounded by. Take a moment to get away in a quiet corner with

your groom and just take it all in. All those people you see are there to support you

and celebrate your marriage. It’s wonderful!

THEIR FAVORITE PHOTO MOMENT.

In a lot of ways the engagement photo session was my favorite. Tom and I were

considering not even doing engagement pictures, and I’m so glad we didn’t skip that

time. Not only did we have a ton of beautiful pictures to incorporate into the wedding

day, but it was such a great reminder of what we were getting ready to celebrate!

WHAT THEY LOVED MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUR

STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY.

James is so much fun! He’s personable and funny. All the smiles and all the laughs on

our wedding day were so genuine. You don’t always think about how much time you’re

going to be spending with your photographer on your wedding day when you’re

getting ready to book. I can’t tell you how much better your pictures will turn out if

you’re enjoying taking them. And it wasn’t just that Tom and I were having a blast,

the whole wedding party was laughing and enjoying themselves. We got so many

compliments about James from family and friends who got to see him do his thing.

HOW TO TAME THOSE WEDDING DAY NERVES.

For me it was going for a run the morning of by myself. Running is my stress relief and

I made sure to take that time in the morning so I could soak it all in before the day’s

festivities started. Whatever helps you on a normal day, incorporate that in. A good

mimosa sure helps too! ;)

WHICH ONE MOMENT WILL LAST FOR THEM FOREVER.

This is such a heard question! I think the first dance was such a special time for Tom

and I to have a moment alone and listen to a song that is near and dear to us. But I

could go on and on about all the moments I treasure from our wedding day. Thank

god, I have so many great pictures to relive them!

GETTING MARRIED WITHOUT

BEING HARRIED

• Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least

a month before your wedding. This will give you

peace of mind to know exactly how you will look

and give you the opportunity to change things

in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring all

jewelry to the trial to see how makeup shades

work with the pieces.

• Have your florist deliver your flowers to where

you are getting ready, not the ceremony venue.

Since you never know when the mood will strike

for a great photo, you’ll want your flowers there

and ready to go.

• Find out what the rules for photographs are at

the ceremony location. All venues are different,

some restricting the location of photographs and

even the times in which they are permitted.

• If possible, arrange to have your formal

photographs taken before the ceremony. Getting

this step out of the way early in the day frees up

the rest of your time to spend with your guests.

You will be able to go straight to cocktail hour

and catch up with loved ones without stress. It’s

a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck

for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.

• Have food delivered to your getting ready

location. It may be hectic, but take the time to

have a bite before the wedding since it will be a

while before you have the opportunity to nourish

yourself during the reception.

• Prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail

polish, mints, a sewing kit, stain treater, Visine,

safety pins, bobby pins, pain reliever and mini

deodorant.

• Allowing 50% more time for hair and makeup

than you originally anticipated alleviates the

number one reason wedding schedules end up

running late. This will assure you have plenty of

time for all the portraits you want to take before

the wedding.

• Make sure you discuss a “rain plan” with your

venue just in case Mother Nature doesn’t see

sunshine in the cards.

JAMES ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY / www.jamesallenweddings.com


YOUR WEDDING

A WEDDING DAY PHOTO TIMELINE

A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. There’s little more important to a perfectly executed event than an organized timeline. If you

are looking to effectively plan out your wedding day with your wedding coordinator or fiance, here’s a look at a two typical wedding photo timelines from

my point of view. I am here to help assist you in planning out your day so that you don’t miss a beat.

THE NON-TRADITIONAL TIMELINE

3.5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

I arrive at the preparation site to capture the finishing touches of hair and

makeup and to document the bride getting into her wedding dress and

the groomsmen making their final preparations.

2.5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

I arrange for a “first Look” for the bride and groom where they see each

other before the ceremony. Immediately after this we begin formal

photographs with the entire wedding party and the bride and groom’s

immediate and extended families.

2 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

The bride and groom’s portraits begin. I work in a variety of locations and

capture a wide range of poses. About an hour before the ceremony we

stop to allow you to freshen up, collect your things, and make it to the

ceremony site on time.

30 MINUTES BEFORE THE CEREMONY

I take a last look around and find where the light is coming from to

best document the ceremony. At this time you should have a quick

refreshment and take 15 minutes of quiet time with just the two of you;

you’ll want to regroup before all the excitement begins!

30 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY

I arrive at the reception site and immediately begin photographing

candid shots of arriving guests and continue into cocktail reception. If

there are any additional formal photographs desired I will take this time

to finish them in plenty of time for the reception.

45 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY

I enter the dining room before the guests arrive to photograph the

cake and floral decor. I also take this time to set up lighting (if needed)

Right before the guests arrive I touch base with the catering manager or

wedding coordinator to see if there were any last minute changes to the

reception schedule.

1 HOUR AFTER THE CEREMONY

At this time I strictly document the reception candidly as it unfolds,

including the first dances, toasts, dancing, and cake cutting. But don’t

worry; I am always available for any photo request you may have

throughout the evening. Just ask!

4 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY

Before departure, I will check with you to make sure there aren’t any

further photos you would like or an overtime request. We may go outside

for a night “time exposure” photograph of the both of you to showcase

the beauty of your location at night.

THE TRADITIONAL TIMELINE

2 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

I arrive at the preparation site to shoot the bride getting ready. I usually

spend an hour shooting details, fun shots of the bridesmaids, candids and

the bride getting ready. I then move locations to the groom prepartion

site and spend about 30min shooting the guys. I then depart for the

Ceremony location.

30 MINUTES BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Here I shoot details of the cermony location, candids of your guests

arriving and find the where the light is coming from to best document

the ceremony.

30 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY

We will shoot the family portraits for approx. 30 minutes then

go photograph the bride and grrom and wedding party for 2 hours

before the cocktail hour/reception begins. at various locations.

3 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY

I immediately begin photographing candid shots of arriving

guests and continue into cocktail reception. Cocktail hour ends and we

move into the foraml reception.

4-6 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY

At this time I strictly document the reception candidly as it

unfolds, including the first dances, toasts, dancing, and cake cutting. But

don’t worry; I am always available for any photo request you may have

throughout the evening. Just ask!

JAMES ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY / www.jamesallenweddings.com


THE PROCESS

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

FROM SHOOT TO ALBUM

The weeks prior to and directly following your wedding planning are busy

times. I honor your harried moments with a special timeline which will help

you to understand how we are working our hardest to avoid any unnecessary

surprises:

Two weeks before your wedding: After chatting on the phone a little bit

about the day and discussing any last minute specifications, I send you a

wedding information form to fill out all the details most important to you for

capturing the best images possible.

Two days before your wedding: I give you a quick check-in call to confirm all

the details from the schedule and your wedding form.

The day of your wedding: I arrive at the scheduled time and quickly run

through the course of the day. Then I coordinate with your family and friends

regarding scheduled start times for formal portraits and what to expect.

A week after your wedding: I collect all of your wedding images which will

then be edited, retouched, archived and prepared for your online gallery or

proofs.

Two weeks after your wedding: I’m deep into editing your awesome images!.

Four to Six weeks after your wedding: I upload all your edited images to PASS

(your personal gallery site) as well as an album planning form to help prepare

you to choose your favorites for your album.

Eight weeks after your wedding: You should return your album planning

form to us no later than eight weeks after the wedding so I can begin the

album designing process.

Ten weeks after your wedding: I email you a PDF proof for your approval

as well as to pick out your favorite components for your album in terms of

materials, pages and style. We can also use this opportunity to take orders for

portraits, wedding party member gifts, parent albums, and any of the other

unique keepsakes we offer.

Fourteen weeks after your wedding: Your album is ready for pickup!

JAMES ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY / www.jamesallenweddings.com

James Allen

Photography

for Cora Flora.

Bouquet shot

on location

in Downtown

Milwaukee.

CORA FLORA STUDIOS

Hi, I’m Katrin Sticha, the owner and lead designer at Cora Flora Studio. We

“opened” for business in Fall 2014, so we are entering our third wedding

season. (I say “opened” because the studio is currently based out of my

home.)

I think one of the things that makes us unique is our attention to

detail when it comes to creating interesting and beautiful pieces for your

big day. From the second we pick product to when we leave the venue,

we’re looking over every stem and creation to make sure everything is just

right.

Advice to Brides

As a business owner and current bride-to-be myself, I think my advice

would be “You can’t do it all”. What I mean by that is no bride or groom

does it themselves. Gather a stellar team around you -- vendors, friends,

and family -- to bring this wedding-day dream to life.

Cora Flora Facts

I have two fun family-related facts. First: The business

was named after my grandmother, Cora Aileen. She loves

flowers, and some of my earliest memories are of walking

through her yard with her and my mom. We’d look at what

was blooming and what was just about done. Someone

would always clip some flowers as we went along, a simple

bouquet to place on the kitchen table.

Second: I work with my mom, Sandy. My first year in

business I quickly learned what wedding size I could tackle

alone -- and when I needed to bring in extra help. She’s

my go-to assistant and designs on almost every wedding

we do now. We work really well together and balance each

other nicely.

In season right now is, Greenery! Lots of flowing greenery.


FORMAL GROUP PORTRAITS

STRIKE A POSE

ALL ABOUT ALBUMS

I pride myself in capturing the most natural, candid portraiture

possible. This style showcases your day as it was, helping to bring

your personalities forward and documenting your day for a lifetime

of memories.

While I shoot the majority of my images this way, it’s also very

important to capture traditional formal portraits as well. These group

shots are best immediately when everyone is ready and fresh, right

before the ceremony; and since our most important goal is getting you

to your wedding on schedule, we allow 3-5 minutes for each desired

grouping to ensure maximum results with minimal time. (Make sure all

flowers and boutonnieres are delivered on time and affixed to family

members and to the wedding party in advance.)

Because we prefer to keep the number of groups to ten or less for

more intimate group shots, we always start with the largest group

and break it down after that to allow for mingling. As time permits, we

love to include a picture of the bride with each of her bridesmaids and

the groom with each of his groomsmen, since each person has been

invited due to close, personal ties with the couple.

If you have ideas for any ‘can’t-miss’ portrait groupings you would like

to see photographed during this time, make sure to note them on your

provided wedding information form. We’re happy to work with you to

capture all of your special moments!

A wedding album is a culmination of all the wonderful memories of the

day presented in a beautiful book that tells the story for a lifetime. Because

the wedding album process can be a little challenging for busy couples

,I provide full album services from image selection to design to cover

selection, and more. Choosing from our main album line of gorgeous

books constructed from only the best quality materials and workmanship,

I fashioned a professionally designed keepsake for decades of enjoyment.

Parent Albums

Albums aren’t just for couples anymore. Parent albums are the perfect gifts

to present to the parents of the couple after the wedding. Each parent

album can be a clone of the bride and groom’s book or custom-designed

to your liking. All cover and design options we offer for bride and groom

books are also available for parent albums.

Design Services

Never worry about design; I include full design services for each album

purchased. I will consult with you after the wedding to discuss your favorite

images and plan your special album.

Album Options

Albums come with 20, 30, and 40 pages, and are available as 10x10,12x12,

and 11x14 sizes. Parent albums are also available an 8.5 x 8.5 size. Covers

are available in gorgeous fabric covers with name and date embossing.

Cover Options

Our albums come in a variety of colors to perfectly match your wedding’s

theme. Below are a few of our most popular choices:

Olive

Coal

Black

Smoke

Merlot

Pacific Blue

Oatmeal


ENGAGEMENTS

Great engagement shoot ideas:

considering an

• At the place he proposed: After all, what better

way to capture an engagement than the place

it all started!

• At your favorite restaurant: Meaningful

memories happen with food, ambiance and

your special song playing in the background.

• Doing your favorite activity: You both enjoy

playing checkers. What better way to capture

your personality than in the heat of game

play, the agony of defeat, or the comedy of

contemplating your next move?

• Where you first met each other: Whether your

first meeting was a discussion at the library or

fumbling for the door at the local coffee shop,

going back to your beginnings is a marvelous

memory.

• Images with your pet: What better way to

capture your new family than by including a

beloved shared pet in your session?

• Your favorite skyline: Your city is beautiful at

any time of the year, and the skyline shares

where you live now, a beautiful location that

might change with time.

• A downtown urban session: Fun and

funky, pictures in alleyways or in otherwise

undiscovered locations of your area make for a

more intimate view of the city.

• An amusement park: Nothing says fun like the

Tilt-A-Whirl to go with your whirlwind romance.

• A romantic beach: In the morning, evening or

any time of day, the sea meets an endless sky for

a feeling of forever.

• Vintage-styled, with old furniture and funky

clothes: Bring out your nostalgic or avant garde

side with some dramatic, edgy modern shots

coupled with retro stylings.

• At your favorite, cute coffee shop: Quirky and

cozy, local mom and pop shops are a great way

to take a quick break to refuel and to catch some

local, architectural shots with you in the process.

• Seasonal: Catch the nuances of the seasons,

including everything from a winter wonderland,

to leaves of fall, to flowers in spring, to the lush,

green summers in nearby beautiful fields and

forests.

Engagements are so engaging. Romance is in the air and

the anticipation of a lifetime together comes to a crescendo

in the rush during the weeks leading up to your wedding,

causing you to wonder: Is an engagement shoot necessary?

After all, your wedding pictures share the beginning of your

life, right?

Shooting an engagement is important for several reasons.

First, this time allows you to get comfortable in front of the

camera with your photographer, figuring out how you work

best together before the wedding. Next, you can showcase

your personalities in a more casual setting, while creating

some fun captures for wall portraits, your wedding sign-in

book, sign-in board and Thank You cards (shot early enough,

we can also provide the images for your Save the Date cards

and invitations). Images also add another dimension to your

wedding album, chronicling the story from engagement to

your wedding day.

Best of all, you can remember this special time forever away

from the throngs of loved ones and friends. This is your time

together.

JAMES ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY / www.jamesallenweddings.com


2017

Shoot & Share Photo Contest

I was honored to be part of the only

free and fair photo contest in the

world for the second straight year.

Over 300,000 photos submitted in over

25 categories. Thanks to all my wonderful

clients for giving me the oppotunity

to capture their wonderful

memories. Here are my results from

this year. Looking forward to capturing

more great images this year for

the contest next year!


“WORKING WITH JAMES FOR OUR WEDDING DAY AND ENGAGEMENT SESSION WAS AMAZING.

HE GOES SO FAR ABOVE AND BEYOND. BOTH WITH THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION AND WEDDING

DAY I HAD VERY SPECIFIC PICTURES I WANTED, AND HE CAPTURED EACH MOMENT I HOPED TO

GET. WE HAVE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PICTURES FROM OUR WEDDING DAY, AND FOR THAT REASON

ALONE I WOULD RECOMMEND JAMES WITHOUT RESERVATION. BUT THE ADDED BONUS OF HAVING

JAMES AS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS HE IS FUN! HE WILL CAPTURE THE BEST SMILES BECAUSE YOU

WILL BE LAUGHING AND ENJOYING YOURSELF THE ENTIRE TIME. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY

COMPLIMENTS WE RECEIVED FROM FAMILY AND THE BRIDAL PARTY ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHER.

YOU ANTICIPATE COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR DRESS, THE WAY THE VENUE IS SET UP, THE FOOD, ETC. BUT

YOU DON’T ANTICIPATE SO MANY GUESTS TELLING YOU, “YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WAS AWESOME!”

ONE THING YOU MIGHT NOT THINK ABOUT WHEN PICKING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS YOU SPEND

A LOT OF TIME WITH THEM ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. SO I CAN’T STRESS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS

TO HAVE SOMEONE YOU LIKE TO BE AROUND THERE WHEN YOU’RE GETTING READY, SAYING YOUR

VOWS, AND CAPTURING PICTURES OF YOUR DAY!.”

- Ashley Skelton

JAMES ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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