This week Ben and I took a little trip to Las Vegas for WPPI 2015! This was our first time at the conference and Ben’s first time in Vegas so it was just a blast! We met the amazing folks that we use for our website, saw our friends from Virginia and Vancouver and listened to them ROCK their talks. I was moved to tears and just do thankful to be a small part of such an awesome group of photographers! A couple of weeks before we left I put some feelers out on the Showiteer Facebook group because I was itching to shoot in the beautiful Nevada desert! Jason Toevs, an amazing design partner and half of 2 Blokes Design graciously obliged! After some weather woes and day mix ups because I’m a dummy we all packed in our rental car and headed into the wild blue yonder(aka The Valley of Fire) I was so glad it was a bit of a drive so we had a chance to get to know Jason and Shelbie! By the time we arrived they felt like old friends and I couldn’t wait to get started. They were the best models and I’m beyond pumped with how the images came out! I mean, y’all. Look at these amazing red rocks. Texas is gorgeous but this? We don’t get to see this ever. Jason, Shelbie, thanks for braving the rain and for being awesome! We can’t wait to see you at UNITED in October! Be sure to head on over to Jason’s website to check out his crazy awesome design work. This guy…genius. Enjoy!
One of my favorite things to do at a wedding is shooting all of the bridal details. Everything from the invitation to the rings to her fabulous shoes just tells a whole new side of the story and I LOVE to shoot them. It’s a great warm up for me and helps me get in “game mode” for the whole day. I’ve had a few photographers as me questions about how we approach our detail shooting so I thought I’d post 5 tips for shooting bridal details! If anyone has any other questions please feel free to contact us! We’d love to help….or if you found this helpful we’d love to know!
-Find available natural light
We educate our brides on why it’s so important to have at least one window at their getting ready venue. Not only does this help us create beautiful images of her getting into her gown but it also allows us a great light resource to shoot her details. I shoot all of her blingy details(rings, jewelry, hair piece) with my light source 45 degrees. That way I don’t lose the detail and also have a well lit airy image.
-Shoot the details close to the preparation happenings
Even though it is VITAL to shoot gorgeous detail images it is of equal importance to be close to the action so you are sure not to miss anything as the girls prep and have fun together. Ben helps me setup a small corner in the room or suite and gathers any and all elements I may use throughout so once again I can be efficient and not miss a beat.
-Educate your bride on what to gather
When I first started shooting weddings I left things to chance a lot. I just expected my brides to know exactly what I needed from them and if and when they didn’t I would just shoot whatever they brought. Not only is that a disservice to them but it also didn’t allow me to develop my portfolio with images that I loved. Over time I realized it’s MY job to make sure our brides know exactly what we need them to bring so we can shoot their details thoughtfully and creatively and moreso deliver the images they deserve. Here’s the list we always request.
1) All 3 rings
2) All bridal jewelry
3) A non plastic hanger for their dress. (nothing worse than a gorgeous dress hanging on plastic amiright?!)
4) Any heirloom pieces and old new borrowed and blue items
5) An invitation suite and any other paper goods
7) Veil and/or hair piece
This little system has helped us serve our brides so much better and helped our detail shooting be fast, efficient and beautiful.
– Shoot with your blog in mind
This may sound a bit odd but stick with me. When you’re shooting her details make sure that you are thinking about her wedding and all the details of the day. Tying all of those in not only makes your images flow beautifully together it helps aide in seamless album design and eye catching blog posts. Some ideas of elements to pull in are a bridesmaids dress as a background, her bouquet, coasters or other small elements, a hankie or even natural elements that can be found around the venue
-Use a macro lens
I shoot the rings, the jewelry, and small details with a Canon 100 2.8. This is a non negotiable for me. I love the way I can make the smallest pieces life-size in the frame and also can control the focus to make a tact sharp image. I shoot the shoes, dress bouquets and any other larger images with my 50 mm 1.2. The bokeh this lens creates always blows my mind and I loe the editorial look it gives but moreover how it transforms the details with a bright airy feel which we LOVE so much.
Hope you all have a Happy Wednesday! We are back from Vegas and preparing for a gorgeous Friday wedding this week! Cannot wait! Also, y’all, we shot the amazing Jason Toevs of Two Blokes Designs and his super sweet wife, Shelbie in the Valley of Fire yesterday. Game changer. Can’t wait to share! Also remember if you have any tech questions don’t hesitate to email us
Megan and Jacob were supposed to get married on a rainy and cold day in February. God had other plans. It turned out to be such an amazing day! I just love when it turns out that wayMegan and I have been friends before we even met…literally. She called us about her wedding and we were booked which is the WORST when you love someone instantly. I pouted all day then I got another phone call and they had found a new venue…and a new date…and we were OPEN! I played it cool on the phone but totally did my excited dance as soon as we hung up. When we met Jacob and Megan at their engagement session it was instantly like we were old friends and ever since we’ve been dying for their wedding day to get here! We were greeted with Texas sized hugs and all day long got to shoot the sweetest and most fun moments ever. Swavels, we love you! We are so blessed to have been there with y’all on this awesome journey!
Megan is my kind of girl. She’s super sweet, crazy funny and just all around awesome so shooting her bridals was a BLAST obviously. There’s something about winter in east Texas that just scream soft and sweet to me and that dress? That dress was out of bounds amazing! The photo of the swing is a hands down favorite. Her late grandpa built it and would swing her on it when she was young and all of that just makes my heart warm and my eyes sting…because once again I’m a baby and cry all the time.
Be sure to check back next week for their beautiful wedding on the blog! There was gorgeous sun, champagne bridesmaids gowns, and a crazy cool vintage car. Trust me, don’t miss it! We are packing up for a beautiful snowy wedding tomorrow and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t PUMPED about it! It’s going to be gorgeous so if everyone could pray for safe travels for us and their family that would be fantastic. Then! Then we are heading to Las Vegas for WPPI. We’ve never been so adventures and photography talks await.
Well friends, it’s been a LONG two months but today we are so proud and excited to finally launch our new brand, website and blog! We have had so much support from all of you, our family and friends, peers and people we look up to most. I don’t know if it’s the late hours or that I’m just a big baby, but sharing this with you all just brings tears to my eyes.
From the beginning this business was about so much more than the images, so much more than the pretty, so much more than a job to me. I’ve always had a heart for people and I knew way before I even knew how to pick up a camera that when that whatever I did with my life I wanted to love people, care for people, and bring joy. I never knew that wedding photography would be that for me but when I sat in my car after the first wedding I shot it quickly became evident to me that this was it. This is what God made me to do and after the first two years Ben came along and made my life…literally. The fact that we get to do this together is just the biggest blessing and I’m eternally grateful that I get to share the joy of this business with my sweet husband and we get to take on the trials, the ups, the downs, the highest highs and the lowest lows together. I couldn’t do it without him. Which brings me to the biggest change in our new brand!
Tucker Images became Tucker Images because Tim Tucker touched my life the way I wanted to touch others. He was a joy, a light, and he made everyone feel welcome and important. After he died and when I was just starting this journey I knew that I wanted to honor him and for my business to be a joy and light for others. I know he’d be proud of Ben and I. I know he’d be excited for us and I know he’d laugh at my mom because she’s probably crying reading this.
Ben and I are ready to start our own legacy and as proud as I am of the business we’ve built over the years, of the amazing couples God has blessed us with and of what Tucker Images has done for our life I’m MOST proud to be a Tarno. So here we are…The Tarnos, a husband and wife team. Britney and Ben. The tall wise guy and the girl that talks too much. This is us and we are so excited for our business to be just that.
I wanted to take a second to thank everyone that had a part in this for us! Katelyn and Michael, it was such an honor to learn from you! Thanks so much for your support, encouragement and for pushing us to be better. Rocky, we cannot thank you enough for your honesty and candidness with us. Your knowledge and experience has helped us SO much. Noel, thanks for reading my 32 emails and for the most beautiful logo that we LOVE. Thanks to all my sweet vendor friends for showing us so much love and support through this process! We LOVE you and we are so thankful to know you! Mom, Gina, Emma, thanks for proofreading. I’m the worst typer in America, you guys saved me. And last thanks to all of you! Thank you for your continuous readership, love and support!
Ok I’m done now…I told you. I talk WAY too much. Head on over to the new website, y’all! We’d love to hear what you think!