This years Laramie Fall Bridal Expo was amazing. We got to meet so many enthusiastic and beautiful couples. Mountain Valley Bridal once again showed us all why they are the regions top Bridal Shop. With both modern and classical dress styles the fashion show was stunning. We also want give a huge Shout Out to the lady’s of Fresh Flower Fantasy for making the Bridal Expo smell so Incredible. Your Floral Designs are beautiful and it is easy to see that a lot of heart goes into your bouquets. And of course we want to thank Kati Hime for all of her hard work and making the Laramie & Cheyenne Bridal expos a tun of FUN! Heres to 2015 and all the goods times that lie ahead! Ludwig Photography | Serving Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming.
I LOVE spring in Wyoming, the blue sky and clouds that look like cotton balls, so white and fluffy you can almost reach out and touch them. And an hour later the wind can bring in an incredibly dramatic and brooding sky. That was definitely the case during Marissa’s senior portrait session.
I was really looking forward to being out in the country with Marissa because I knew how much she loves the outdoors. So when she flashed me a contagious and slightly mischievous smile, I knew she was happy the weather was working so well with our plan.
Marissa is an incredibly kind spirited and beautiful Wyoming girl who’s warm smile and easy presence makes you feel comfortable and at ease. After spending the morning out on our adventure with both Marissa and her mother, Jen, we decided that Historic Downtown Laramie would be a lot of fun. There was one building in particular that Marissa fell in love with. As a mother of two daughters myself, I can’t tell you how much joy I felt capturing Marissa’s warmth and her sense of adventure. I caught myself looking over my shoulder from time to time to see the smile that was also across her mother’s face.
You can turn off the sun, but Marissa is still shining BRIGHT and so is her future. Marissa we celebrate all your accomplishments and all those to come.
There are those moments I find myself smiling; I’m so lucky to do what I do. Living the incredible life of a portrait photographer here in Wyoming is such a joy. Even pinching myself doesn’t usher in the reality of how blessed I feel to wake up every morning for over two decades now and capture the inner and outer beauty of amazing people……Amelia is definitely such a person.
Years ago, I met Amelia as a talented and passionate young dancer at the Laramie Dance Center. She was so beautiful to watch, her warmth and energy were captivating. And then just last year I had the honor of creating an amazing family portrait for her wonderful mother.
Amelia has always loved beautiful photography and over the years she has told me how important it is to her to have a beautiful portrait created by me after seeing the portrait I created of her brothers and sister. As I have watched her grow from a girl to an amazing young woman I have looked forward to creating her senior portraits.
Amelia is such a beautiful person on the inside as well as the out. She has taken her love and expression of dance and taught it to others giving graciously of her time. Over the years I have found Amelia baking cupcakes and bringing them to the dance studio for a young dancer’s birthday, picking up and taking home young dancers from dance because their mother was too busy, volunteering for Special Olympics and the list goes on. Recently this caring, compassionate, and talented young lady was elected as senior class president.
In Wyoming we are blessed with an ever changing landscape of incredible beauty. That was definitely the case the day we headed out to create Rhiannon’s senior portraits. The warmth of the sun was a welcome break from the dramatic spring weather that we’ve been exposed to. The whole family joined in on our shoot as we ascended on Vedawoo. Every Location was such a blast and all-in-all we have to say, that it was a perfect day.
Celebrating Rhiannon’s accomplishments and getting to know her wonderful personality has been such a joy for us. Rhiannon’s beauty arises from her spirit and her SMILE is soooo contagious. We wish you all the luck in your SENIOR year.
Hello, my name is Anne Brande and I have been passionately photographing weddings for over 28 years. My family studio started in 1904. You might think I’m an old timer but I assure you—I’m not! I am an energetic EMOTIONAL STORY TELLING photographer and mother of three young children. I live in a wonderfully fun college town, Laramie, home of the University of Wyoming.
I absolutely LOVE photographing weddings. Every bride wants to have the most incredibly romantic day imaginable! Most importantly, she wants to have fun and share this amazing time with her family and friends. With every wedding I photograph I feel the same excitement as I did on my wedding day. When I meet that bride for the first time I get goose bumps. It’s as if she were my very own daughter and I really want to go the extra mile to assure that she has the WEDDING OF HER DREAMS.
I felt this way immediately when I met Hannah. She strolled by my studio one afternoon and we started chatting. It wasn’t long before we both knew I was the photographer for her. So she wasted no time and scheduled to come in with Matt, her fiancé. It was during this time that Hanna confided in me that she didn’t want to make the same mistakes her sister had made only a year before, in selecting the wedding photographer for her wedding.
Having a downtown Laramie portrait gallery and studio known throughout the state of Wyoming for high quality lifetime guaranteed Story Book Wedding Volumes and wall portraits, many young couples walk into my studio (some of them years after their wedding) seeking my advice. Therefore, I have decided to highlight some mistakes I have heard through the years, and thereby hope to spare new couples some of the same heartaches. I also want to share some special moments from Hannah and Matt’s amazing day.
MISTAKE #1 Absolutely the MOST Important
Google is great, however, please realize that ANYONE can have a professional-looking website and blog. There are companies that cater to photographers providing design and content. True craftsmanship is hard to find. Many new photographers without formal training or a professional skill set would have you believe they are tops in the field. Natural light photography is a fancy title often used by those who have no formal training in great portrait lighting. Good lighting can make the subject radiant and beautiful. Bad lighting – well – I don’t know of many brides that want deep circles under their eyes or shadows under their noses. Always ask if retouching is included in the investment, or even provided at all? The images may be skillfully captured, but who wants blemishes, food between their teeth or a bad sunburn?
MISTAKE #2 Not Meeting with Your Photographer in Person Before You Hire Him/Her
Call your favorite photographers and schedule a time to VISIT their studio to chat IN PERSON. Pick a photographer that is geographically familiar with where your wedding and reception are taking place. Be leery of photographers that do not mention where they are from or say that they are “destination photographers.” You don’t want to be sacrificing your wedding day freedom to accommodate his or her travel schedule or fatigue. And you don’t want a photographer who isn’t familiar with your ceremony and reception location. (They won’t know the inside scoop on all the great beauty and texture of your location, and more importantly. They may not have the time to really get to know you as a couple and why you are so incredibly right for one another.) If you have questions or concerns after your wedding day, geographical distance can distance your photographers from you. You can’t simply walk into their studio during business hours and speak with them in person. Many of the couples I have spoken to over the years have told horror stories of emails and phone calls going unanswered indefinitely.
When talking with the photographer you, of course, want to be blown away by the quality and emotion of their images displayed in the studio. You want to touch and feel what it is their clients receive. Don’t hire someone whom you don’t really like on a personal level! Remember that your photographer is going to be a very substantial participant in your wedding day, not only capturing your memories, but becoming a big part of them! If you find your photographer irritating or abrasive, or if you think his/her jokes are cheesy; keep looking. You REALLY don’t want to look at your wedding photos and think, “Oh wow, remember the incredibly inappropriate joke the photographer told right before he or she created this?” or “That guy got on my nerves—I remember feeling irritated with him as this photo was being taken.” Your day is about your happiness, first and foremost.
MISTAKE #3 The “Silent Killer” of Reliving All the Emotion of Your Wedding
If your photographer wants to meet at a coffee shop or at his/her home (or even yours) to show you only a few samples and a slide show, you should be questioning his/her legitimacy as a photographer. Professional photographers with great reputations have a studio and gallery where you may see, touch, and feel what it is they do for couples just like you every day.
When Hannah and Matt started looking at various Story Book albums I had created, Hannah hugged Matt and said, “Finally I have found a photographer like my parents had.” She explained that she had grown up looking at the story of her parents’ wedding day and the INCREDIBLE impact it had had on her. “My parents’ photographs to this day look beautiful and timeless.” She went on to say that her sister’s photographs were such a dissapointment. “It’s been a year since the wedding and none of my sister’s photographs have been printed. It’s because she doesn’t like them and it is overwhelming for her to try to put together a book. It’s as if she is embarrassed to still want her wedding memories. Can you imagine…and yet my parents’ album has been on their coffee table all these years.” My heart breaks when I hear this. Your generation is truly becoming the generation without real photographs to hold and cherish. So many couples come by my studio asking about recovery software because their hard drive has crashed. Or even worse, they bring in a faulty USB or scratched CD we can’t even open. They will never have their wedding photographs printed. They may be only hidden on a photographer’s blog or facebook post buried under the more recent happenings of their lives.
YOUR WEDDING DAY SHOULD BE ABOUT JOY, LOVE, ROMANCE, FUN, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
It is timeless and represents something beautiful. Your love for each other— it should never be buried under the news stream. My joy as a wedding photographer is, of course, capturing all the magic of a couple’s wedding; but an even greater joy is the designing and printing of all these moments as real photographs in leather-bound story book volumes with a life-time guarantee.
Mistake #4 Of Enormous Importance! Don’t Miss This One! This mistake has ruined so many weddings. It’s the mistake of not choosing a wedding photographer who GUARANTEES that you will be thrilled with your photographs, and who will give you all your money back if you aren’t.
The guarantee our studio has offered ever since I was assisting my father at weddings is this: “If yo’re not THRILLED with your photographs–If they don’t cause you to cry tears of joy when you first see them–then we will give you all your money back. If you’re not thrilled, we don’t deserve to keep your money.”
You have to feel confident that your photographer is on board with your wedding and your love for each other. He or she has to do the homework to get it right, and that requires more than a quick sales chat and then showing up on your wedding day. When that trust and friendship occurs, the day is magical and the memories priceless. It was so very special for me to sit across from Hannah and Matt on the sofa in my gallery and see them pouring over their wedding story page-by-page with tears in their eyes. Yes, I knew they were reliving each and every moment of their AMAZING DAY.