How To Make A SnapChat Geofilter For Your Wedding, Bridal Shower, Or Bachelorette Party | Temecula Wedding Photographer
If you're like most couples planning their wedding, you've got a lot on your plate. Between working and wedding planning you've basically got two full time jobs. You want to stay up on all the newest wedding tenders too but that also means staying up to date with all the ever so changing trends in the wedding industry as well as the social media world.
With that said, Lets Talk SnapChat Geofilters!
Our amazing friends from THE KNOT want to help our couples get the latest in amazing and beautifully created Geofilters for SnapChat. Once you have created your wedding website with The Knot, they will help you make your own totally customized geofilter.
In other words .....
All of your wedding tech will be in one place. Convenient, right?
You don't even have to have designed a website yet—you can create personalized filters for any (or all) of your special events. Design different gorgeous templates for your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding day and day-after brunch—or use a similar filter for each event for a stylish and cohesive theme throughout.
Choose from a variety of pretty templates and thousands of graphics and fonts, then make it your own by adding fun emojis, your names, hashtag, wedding date or location. The choices are endless!
Ready to make some geofilter magic? Get started here
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2017 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Winners Announced | Temecula Professional Birth Photographer & Member
I'd like to first start off by saying, thank you for taking an interest in Birth Photography. I was extremely grateful to have so many beautiful births this year and to be able to participate in the annual International Association of Professional Birth Photographers.
This marks my second year entering the contest, I am humbled to say I have not yet won but you know what, that's not why I enter my images. Truly, a win would be amazing but at this point I'm humbled to be among some of the most beautiful and creative souls in the industry.
My “why” to enter the competition is much deeper. Birth photography has my heart and has for many many years. I started photographing births of military families I was close with on Camp Pendleton. Just being there to capture the beautiful birth of a newborn baby while their daddy was overseas was validation enough for me about 4 years ago.
If it wasn't for IAPBP, I doubt I would have even thought being a professional birth photographer was going to be something I could successfully achieve, I couldn't have done it alone. It’s incredible honor to call myself a member. A member of one of the finest group of professionals you’ll meeting. It's an honor to share in the excitement with so many amazing professional birth photographers through the year. They bring their best work to the table each and everytime. I've not only watched myself grow, but those Birth Photographers I've become dear friends with. We are a tight knit community, always supporting and always helping each other grow in our craft. Through our closed group, we share, inspire and support each other. I joined IAPBP back in 2013, I would not be the birth photographer I am now without the encouraging and supportive nature of the professional Birth Photographers I've met within this community.
CLICK HERE TO SEE MY IMAGES
Please join me in celebrating the incredible beauty of birth in this extensive gallery of birth photographs. Join me in celebrating my fellow birth photographers who are living their dream, documenting the beauty of birth and reaping the rewards of their hard work. Celebrate the families who have welcomed these new lives and have chose to let the world view the raw emotion, the love and beauty of their most special days!
Go see for yourself the winners!!!
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WINNERS
Don’t stop there, keep scrolling to see all 600-ish entires! Afterwards, share with your friends and family. Let’s keep sharing with the world the beauty of birth, after all, it’s how we all arrived in this thing called life!
Congratulations to Jaydene Freund, Katie Mathis, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Natasha Hanse, Kourtnie Scholz for the incredible wins! And congratulations to all of the honorable mentions, especially Neely Ker-Fox, Elise Hurst and Eliana Gilbert!
TO INQUIRE ABOUT HAVING YOUR BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHED PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I WILL BE IN TOUCH VERY SHORTLY!
Did you just get engaged?
Have you started planning the wedding of your dreams and are hunting for a wedding venues and other wedding professionals to help you with your big day?
Are you having a hard time finding the perfect venue for your special wedding day?
If you've said yes to any of the questions above, I've got a few pointers as a professional wedding photographer, that just may help save you some serious time and prevent possible headaches while planning for upcoming wedding! Here are a few things you should avoid and think about at all cost when picking your perfect wedding venue and your other wedding professionals.
I can't stress this enough ... have a back-up plan!
As you may already know and if not I hope you never have to find out the hard way, but not all vendors are created equal no can you predict the future.
Anything can happen, weather could cause you to move your wedding inside instead of the picturesque outdoor reception location. Your vendors could face a problem or have a family emergency. Make sure there's a back up for them and that they are able to stick to the contract if an emergency occurs. Also, make sure your vendors are professionals, which means they should all be professionally insured! Don't take their word for it either, ask for a copy of the professional liability insurance prior to signing a contract and giving a deposit/retainer for service.
I can't stress this enough ...
Get your own wedding insurance policy!!
The brides of Alfred Angelo's Bridal store will most likely never be able to receive their wedding gowns, and worse never receive a refund on the money already paid out for their gowns which is tragic. I'm honestly praying that they had their own wedding insurance policy! Let this be a lesson to us all, it pays to have insurance.
It most likely will cost you less than your wedding cake and could potentially save you thousands of dollars and safeguard all of your wedding-related investments if things happen to go wrong. Disasters can happen to anyone. Consider protecting your investment with wedding insurance from places like WedSafe, so you can have some peace of mind, too. They have two insurance packages that can help you:
Happy Wedding Planning!
Heather J. Keys
Blossom and Bloom Photography - Temecula's Top 21 Engagment and Wedding Photographer
If there's one thing you may already know about me, or maybe you're just learning about me is that I love to capture the real, organic, and raw moments my beautiful and amazing clients have with their loved ones.
Forget those overly posed engagement and wedding photos, where her hand is on his chest and they look into each other's eyes, with a blank stare ... as if someone just said "ok that's great now, look into each other's eyes!" Well ... it happens and I frankly think it's downright boring.
I want my couples to feel alive! Grab each other by the hands, give a dip, laugh and play together. Non of that posing stuff here, because let's face it I'm here to capture who you truly are.
Snuggle up real close with each other, make each other blush when you share your most intimate and loving moments with each other. I want your man or woman to get that tingling feeling he or she gets up the spin when you nuzzle up to them and kiss their neck.
On your wedding day, don't be afraid to twirl your partner on the dance floor, sing to each other, take a shot with your groomsman, or a selfie with your bestie! Heck, that cake that's smashed on your new brides face ... don't let it go to waste, don't worry I love cake that much too!
I'll be there to capture each of those awesome moments much like I have for my previous clients.
I want your engagement and wedding photos to represent you, your love for each other, and most of all your special day with each other and your loved ones. Remember, your wedding should represent you just like the photos being taken should.
I'm not here to make the cover of a magazine with your special moments, I'm not concerned about your wedding looking absolutely perfect for a blog feature on a wedding website. You want to cry as your bride walks down the isle, let the tear flow my man. It's all good, enjoy that moment and soak it in and live it!!!
I want the photos I take of you to be special and just for you! That way when you look back on your photographs in years to come, you'll smile and laugh remembering all those amazing moments.
As a local Temecula, Ca Wedding + Portrait photographer located in the heart of wine country, I'd love to meet you at a local winery, enjoy a glass of wine together and discuss your upcoming wedding with you.
Much love and many blessings,
Heather J. Keys
As a local Temecula Wedding + Portrait Photographer, watching the ever so changing trends of photography is often rather interesting. SLR Lounge really nailed the 2017 Photography Trends in their most recent article.
Check it out below, are you loving or hating the trends?
I personally love them! Most of the trends, I've been doing for a little over a year with my own photography style. It's kind of cool to see that others are thinking outside of the box and embracing the shadows and direct light.
Below are a few recent headshot portraits taken for Wildomar hair salon, Tribe. The client wanted a dramatic and artistry headshot for their staff members. Here I used one light source, with a black backdrop and reflector for fill light.
Many photographers and creatives often struggle with watermarking the images on their website, social media, etc. The question often goes something lie this, "Should I watermark my images?" and it tends to pop up on Facebook groups, during networking meetings, and photography workshops.
Today, I'd like to share a few of my thoughts about watermarking and why I feel that it's really not necessary to watermark photos anymore. Don't worry I was down right shocked myself, when I came to the realization!!!
As a wedding photographer, I had been watermarking my images for YEARS! I've been enjoying the change and cleaner look.
Watermarking photos looks more professional.
When I first started photographing clients, I attempted to watermarked my photos because I thought it made me appear to be professional. You know, because if I had a logo on my images I must be seasoned, right!? Let's go ahead and seriously face it, right now, together ... The TRUTH is, watermarked or not people will take you serious IF your professionalism shows through, not your watermark.
Just go look around at some of those blogs you love, you'll quickly notice there are no watermarks on images. Why because it's distracting. They do however site the photographer if they are a reputable blog.
Watermarking photos protects them from being stolen, edited, and shared without your permission.
The truth is, your photos aren’t safe. Im guess that stung a little. It's ok, it almost made me want to stop putting my images online too. Let's go ahead and get real with each other, if your images do get stolen, do you have the energy or bandwidth to police the internet? This isn't the late 90's and early 2000's where finding duplicated images on the World Wide Web was easier. A majority of the images I've actually had stolen had my logo on it, they edited it out or cropped it out. That easy.
My clients invest a good portion of money into their one of a kind portrait story session. I want them to love and share their photos, for many years to come. My business exists to serve them, not my ego and a watermarks just distract from their memories. Plus, it actually takes extra time to watermark my images, which in turn is money I feel is wasted.
But let’s get back to the real-world application for a second, because my professional photos have actually been used without my permission, it's happened about 1,000+ times.
I have to ask myself these three questions ...
Do I have the time to search for the publishers, blogs, writers, etc that have taken my images?
Are they going to remove the image if asked?
Most likely not.
How much time would I waste if I had to police all my images?
Far too much.
If I wanted to get them to take down the photos they have stolen and shared without my permission, I would’ve had to go through an entire legal process — which isn't worth my time and probably isn’t worth yours either. Unless you think the money you lost (or they made) from stealing your photos is worth more than the legal fees you’ll most likely incur to fight them.
I'm not saying it makes it right, I am not condoning those that steal images without permission. However, as a small business owners I have to make sure my TIME has a higher value than it being wasted.
Take the five seconds to report them to Instagram/Facebook and move on with our day. Our time is too valuable to do more than that.
Some will say that watermarking photos is good marketing, you never know if someone will see the watermark and contact me for business.
I actually think it's good marketing for clients to actually upload the picture, shares it on his/her page where all of their friends can see it. They either thank you, their photographer in the caption (likely) or says nothing (still fine!)
LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW.
Whats your take on Watermarked Images?
If you're a photographer, do you wanted mark your images?
If you're a client do you prefer unmarked images?
I have had the true pleasure of working directly with Kelly of Nomad Nuptials not only at events and weddings for others but my own wedding as well.
Kelly's work has been featured in many wedding magazines, blogs, and featured on Instagram posts as well as Facebook. Her attention to the smallest details is why you want Kelly Winter on your side during a wedding or an event. She is the best of the best within the Temecula Valley region and delivers top quality work each and everytime.
"Remember tonight for it will be the beginning of forever" - Kelly Winter
I'll share my personal experience with you, as Kelly was our wedding coordinator! She took Jeromy and I under her wing as she helped us plan our extremely quick, yet very detailed boho wedding. We had about 4 months to plan our wedding, because I was hoping to have my father be able to walk me down the aisle. Kelly took on the challenge, she looked me straight in the eyes and told me not to worry about a thing and that she could make our wedding everything we had always wanted it to be.
Let me tell you, she wasn't lying! She did just that. We went over so many little details with her and we were so pleasantly surprised to see she hadn't missed any detail and the beautiful details she added as surprises for us, literally made us tear up! Our bohemian wedding dreams couldn't have been in better hands. Kelly and her team were amazing during the entire process and the day of was no exception! Let me tell you, having Kelly by my side literally during the entire wedding planning process was a blessing!
As a wedding photographer myself, I thought I knew how much went into planning a wedding. NOPE, I had no idea of all the details. She really knows what she is doing and will blow you away with her creative ideas that you are sure to love. Her style really shows through and it did on our wedding day. She made it unique, bold, beautiful and romantic. Our wedding day was simply perfect in every way!
Our wedding was held at Tres Lagos in Murrieta, if you happen to book this gem of a wedding venue be sure to talk with Kelly. She knows that property and honestly transformed it into our Boho Dreams!
By the way, our wedding was also featured! That's right, another wedding of hers was featured. This time her worked graced the Wedding Chicks blog, which is seen my millions!
Get in touch with Kelly Winter of Nomad Nuptials
Blossom and Bloom Photography Receives 2016 Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award
Wildomar, CA, February 19, 2017
Blossom and Bloom Photography has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award in the Photographers category by the Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that Blossom and Bloom Photography has been selected for this award.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Wildomar, CA area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program
The Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Wildomar, CA area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Best Businesses of Wildomar, CA Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
Picking the perfect wedding invitation for your upcoming nuptials (or party!) can sometimes be a little overwhelming. If you are like most of my couples (as well as myself) finding the right invitation really does help set the theme for your wedding day.
I'm proud to give this months Wedding Vendor Feature to, Basic Invite, LLC. An invitation company that is owned and operated by an amazing and creative artist Katie Janota. With many years of experience, Katie and her team offer you beautifully crafted wedding invitations that are sure to wow your recipients.
Are you looking for unique bridal shower invitations, look no further because Basic Invites has you covered. Not to mention you'll find so many cheap save the dates and a wide variety of classic wedding invitations for those looking for a touch of elegance mixed with tradition.
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Here is what sets Basic Invite, LLC apart from the rest.
Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it - down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.
Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
Over 200 Wedding Invitation Sets - Each of our wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards!
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New Leather and Fabric Photo Albums With Embossed Lettering Available For Wedding and Birth Clients | Temecula Wedding Photographer
Blossom and Bloom Photography is proud to be able to offer all of our wedding and birth clients the opportunity to order custom designed leather and/or fabric albums. We encourage all of our clients to order custom designed albums of their wedding or birth. Don't let your beautiful images sit on a USB thumb drive forever, display the gorgeous images of your special day in a hand crafted custom photo album.
We design your album spread with high end software that will allow you to view and comment on your album design before we go to print. Meaning, you have the final say over every single photo that goes into your album. All album designs will require final approval prior to being sent to our album printer.
Also, be sure to ask us about our custom crystal USB drives, display/presentation boxes as well as custom prints we make available for all of our clients.
Cherishing memories as grande as an Estate
Creating a grand & timeless heirloom has never looked so sophisticated with our new high quality flushmount Estate albums. With thicker covers and white mounts, our Estate albums have reinvented the wedding album and has given you a chance to share priceless memories with your loved ones to cherish. When you choose one of our amazing Estate Albums it gives you the freedom to choose from uniquely beautiful leathers for a more traditional album or other minimal cover options that give you a wide variety of colors for a more modern album.
Album Sizes: 10×10, 12×12, 11×14, 14×11
Cover Thickness: 1/8″-1/4″ (thickness will vary depending on material used for cover, leather covers are thicker than non leather covers)
Page Thickness: 1/16″ (pages are mounted to white mount board)
Min – Max Pages: 16-50 pages
1 full spread = 2 pages/sides (left and right)
Example: 16 pages = 8 full spreads OR 2 single pages/sides and 7 full spreads
Lays Flat: Each one of our fabulous Estate albums is mounted so as to lay flat once opened while viewing your beautiful images. This is one of the amazing features of our albums as it makes for easier viewing every time you open your album.
Split Binding: Super slim 1mm gap (cut) is used in the binding, making the album strong and durable.
4 Paper Types:
• Fine Art Watercolor Paper (Uncoated Felt) – A beautiful watercolor texture with delicate feel. The deep grain texture compliments soft, romantic and natural light photography.
• Fine Art Velvet Matte Paper (Uncoated Smooth) – An exceptionally smooth and matte surface for timeless appeal.
• Photo Luster Paper (Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper with UV Coating) – A subtle texture with a slight gloss but anti-glare and fingerprint resistance. One beautiful finish with the combination of the best qualities from glossy and matte.
• Photo Metallic Paper (Kodak Metallic Endura Premier Paper with UV Coating) – Distinctive, glossy finish and metallic eye catching look with linen texture, coated on a patented multi-laminate base that provides durable, tear-resistant prints.
*If you would like to see samples of each paper type before ordering you may email us to order test prints.
Covers: 15 Leather cover choices and 16 non leather cover choices.
*Please note that each hide of the leather has a personality of its own – grain pattern, markings, colorations and imperfections may vary with each album.
Are you ready for us to create your timeless album? Be sure to email or call us so we can get started on your custom album today.
Heather J. Keys
Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar Photographer specializing in YOUR story.