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I'm a hopeless romantic who finds great joy in creating and capturing connection and beauty wherever I go.

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I'm Andrea, and I'm so happy you're here. This blog is a journal about my life, travels, couples, and tips for your portrait session/wedding. Stay a while and say hello!

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Weddings

Wedding Traditions You Can Skip

Gone are the days of “But this is how it should be” or “This is what we always do” and can we just give an AMEN! While I extremely value tradition and the importance of a wedding ceremony’s staple pieces that make it just that – a wedding, there are so many “extras” that we […]

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Facts and Myths About Hiring a Wedding Photographer

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Facts and Myths About Hiring a Wedding Photographer

 

Facts and Myths About Hiring a Wedding Photographer

 

There are a lot of misconceptions about hiring a wedding photographer out there, but I’m here to debunk a few myths (and spew a few facts your way!) so you can have the best experience possible with the one that’s photographing your special wedding journey!

 

Your photographer should have already shot at your venue before

The answer: MYTH

Speaking for myself here, sometimes I do better if I’ve never photographed at your venue before.

I know, shocker, right?

I think it lets the creative juices flow so much easier, and I’m not stuck in what I did at a previous wedding, which adds for some unique photos! If your photographer hasn’t photographed at your venue space before, no worries. I guarantee they’re just as talented as you think, and will prove that to you during your wedding day! I’m a natural light specialist, which means I know how light works and how to get the best look in any scenario.

 

You’re in charge of whatever poses to do during your session/wedding day.

The answer: MYTH

Oh friends, this is 1110000% false. Your photographer, no matter who they are, is there to guide you every step of the way. They’re the professional, and no professional I know would leave everything to their clients who haven’t posed in front of the camera before. I always tell my couples if they have any ideas to throw them my way (whether that’s before or during your session) but nevertheless I have a great idea of what poses we need to do to make you and your partner extremely comfortable in front of the camera.

 

Professional photographers overcharge for their services

The answer: MYTH (as if you think I’d say any thing else…)

The truth is, wedding photographers aren’t just charging for the 8ish hours they’re with you on your wedding day. We spent a lot of time communicating with you (and your vendors!), creating your timeline, organizing/cleaning our gear, creating our styling kit, driving to and from your engagement session, driving to and from your wedding day, and then EDITING thousands upon thousands of photos. In addition, the fees for holding our gallery systems, client management systems, and general budgeting tools are costly.

 

My friend/family member can be my photographer

The answer: it depends!

Look, we’re about to have a pretty large heart-to-heart here, mmkkaayy?

After your wedding, the only tangible things that you’ll have is your partner, your dress/outfit, and the hundreds of wedding photos provided to you by your photographer. 

Please, for the love of your memories and future-frames, do not skimp on your wedding photographer.

I know it’s tempting to cut corners on things. Weddings are super expensive! But, do not hire an amateur with a camera that doesn’t know what they’re doing. You’ll thank me later.

It’s not only about the photos (although those are totally important, believe me) BUT a professional will also help with photo timeline creation or suggestions, as well as helping move things along day-of. I was once a part of a wedding where the couple hired a cheap, newer photographer that had never photographed a wedding before, and they ended up being upset with how the photographer acted day-of, and also afterwards when they received those photos back. My best advice: this is one of the best investments you can make for you, your partner, and your future home/family/albums. I promise it is worth it. 

However, I know A LOT of professional photographers, and sometimes they’ll gift wedding photography services to their friends and family! This, I believe, is obviously totally reasonable. If your friend/family member is an actual professional, has lots of weddings under their belt, and can ensure they get you beautiful images that last a lifetime.

 

Your Photographer’s main priority is to serve you and your guests

The answer: FACT

This is why I do what I do!! I actually receive so much genuine joy from serving my couples and their family during their wedding journey. Of course I want to make sure I capture beautiful photos for you all, and that consists of doing all I possibly can to serve you and your closest friends/family!

 

 

I know choosing your wedding photographer is a stressful process, but I hope these tips helped you realize that while we’re not actual superheroes, we exhibit some crazy traits on your wedding day that might convince you otherwise ? We’re here to serve YOU, friend! We’re professionals. You hired us for a reason, and you should trust your gut!

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Portraits

Questions to Ask Your Photographer (Before a Portrait Session!)

I get a lot of questions during the portrait session process. Although I try to cover all of the basics when explaining the portrait session process, I’ve rounded up some questions you may want to ask your future photographer! These questions can apply to any type of portraits (ie: maternity, seniors, family, and engagements are the […]

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Why Rain On Your Wedding Day is Okay

If you’re reading this, you’re probably curious as to what I have to say about how rain on your wedding day isn’t the worst thing. I’m a textbook optimist, glass half-full type of gal.  SO it only makes sense that I’m trying to think of all the positives as to why rain on your wedding is actually a good thing. 

1. Rainy days make for unique photos

Misty and soft-lit photos make your one-of-a-kind day look uniquely “you”! You and your photographer can get so creative with photos while also remaining true to traditional portraits. You can incorporate great props like clear umbrellas or cute bridal rain boots. Also, if you’re planning a wedding and rain is expected, ordering personalized umbrellas as wedding party gifts could be such a fun addition to the day!

2. Flowers last longer in the rain

Nothing seems worse than spending hundreds of dollars on your floral arrangements, only to arrive at your venue and see that the heat has wilted your floral beauties. Rain (and cooler temps) allows for your arrangements to last longer and not wilt in the heat – a TRUE benefit of a rainy wedding day.

3. Your guests (and you!) won’t overheat

Rain cools down a venue, it’s just a fact. You, your guests, and your wedding party won’t succumb to overheating and exhaustion from a hot and humid day. It’s one less thing to worry about!

4. Rain reduces airborne pollen and eliminates allergies

I suffer from seasonal allergies like no one’s business (so wedding season makes for a v sneezy time for me). Hot, sunny skies usually mean my allergies are kicked into high-gear. Usually during a rainy wedding day, my allergies are gone and I can finally breathe again. Your wedding party and guests will be thankful!

5. It means good luck!

I’m not a huge believer in superstitions, but I rememebr hearing that raining on a wedding day actually symbolizes good luck, and encourages fertility, prosperity, and a healthy marriage!

 

I know rainy days aren’t ideal for your once-in-a-lifetime day, but there are definitely positives. Keep thinking on the bright side – it’s still your day to celebrate your new marriage

 

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5 Tips for Nailing Your Engagement Session

Being able to meet before a couple’s wedding day is one of my favorite things, because it gives us a chance to connect long before your wedding day and begin building that relationship so we’re comfortable with each other! I know that engagement session preparations can seem overwhelming. I know that you and your partner […]

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The 2021 Bridal Guide

The For Bride’s Series:

  1. 5 Things You Need To Do RIGHT NOW During Engagement Season
  2. Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
  3. The Importance of 30 Minutes
  4. The 2021 Bridal Guide

 

I am SO excited to share a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Bridal Guides have been a part of the Andrea Cable Photography brand since about 2018 (view the old guide here!). After some restructuring of priorities, branding and really honing in on my editing style, I’ve completely redesigned this guide

After months of planning, photography decisions, heavy caffeine intake, late nights, and early mornings, the Andrea Cable Photography Bridal Guide is COMPLETE and ready for my 2021/2022 couples! If you’ve signed on with me within the last 2 months or so, this has already arrived in your mailbox and I hope it’s been useful to your planning process!

The ACP Bridal Guide was created to help guide couples through the wedding photography planning process. There is so much information out there on wedding photography, on top of everything else a wedding day has in store. Having one place where it’s all gathered is going to help my couples (and myself) immensely! A goal of mine is to be able to deliver a consistent experience to all of my couples, and this guide is going to do just that. It’s going to minimize emails back and forth, limit the questions couples have, and create a great client experience. A lot of my brides have used the bridal guide to completely use as a reference for their big day – meaning, they modeled their day around my suggested timeline (and ACP Brides that have used this, I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH).

The Bridal Guide covers everything from booking information to your engagement session & what to wear, timelines for your big day, family formal groupings, portrait times, and a timeline of when to expect your photos. There are so many useful resources in this guide and I can’t wait for my future couples to get one! 🙂

 

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Engagement Season Tips

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5 Things You Need to Do RIGHT NOW During Engagement Season

The For Couple’s Series: 5 Things You Need To Do RIGHT NOW During Engagement Season Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer The Importance of 30 Minutes The 2021 Bridal Guide 1. SET A BUDGET Do your research, look up prices for vendors in your desired market or venue area. Keep communication open between you and your partner. […]

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The Importance of 30 Minutes

Why Sunset Portraits Matter

Picture this: it’s your wedding day, you’ve been surrounded by amazing friends + family all day. That’s amazing, right?! OF COURSE IT IS. But maybe you’d like to make some time for just you and your *new* spouse, to really talk and be alone. To spend time together amongst the music and laughter you’re encompassed by.

The perfect time for these moments to be “alone” (just pretend I’m not there) is during your sunset portraits.

I cannot preach the importance of these 30 minutes. It gives you and your fiancé the chance to breathe during a day that goes by in a flash.

I know it’s difficult to think about scheduling a mere 30 minutes within an 8-10 hour day of pure joy + busy-ness, but I promise you, sunset portraits will be one of the best choices you make on your wedding day. Not only do you get an extra set of portraits of you and your new partner, but I cannot preach the importance of getting out of the hustle and chaos for only a little while.

Golden Hour

Another amazing reason is THE GOLDEN HOUR LIGHT. When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m hired for mostly senior portraits and engagement sessions, to which I always start them about 2 hours before sunset (when the light is at its peak; aka, GOLDEN HOUR).

I love educating my couples about the importance of these 30 minutes, because they get to stop and think that, “YES! we want more variety within our wedding photos while also getting a little break”, and that time can be scheduled  in during their wedding day, which is the best part. I, personally, will sit down with you and your fiancé to go over a timeline that suits your needs while also ensuring there’s more than enough time for portraits.

 

Timeline Disasters

This isn’t my first rodeo. I see timeline disasters happeingn from the bride being 2 hours late to her own ceremony to being 30 minutes early to a reception start. 

As your photographer, I’m here to guide you through the process while making room for mistakes/things that run-over. That way, you won’t even know if something is behind schedule. We’ll simply build in time, and assume, that things will run behind. I’m all for preparation, friend!

 

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Creatives

It’s that time of the year, friends!! Christmas is one of my favorite seasons because gift-giving is one of my highest love languages, and it’s always so special for me to give my loved ones things they’ll actually use. I’ve rounded up 10 of the things I use almost every day and think the creative in […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Do a First Look

It’s no secret that a first-look is a modern, intimate moment for you and your future partner to experience together. It seems like first-looks are 50/50 situations, in which half of my couples are ALL FOR seeing each other beforehand and the other half wants to continue the tradition of seeing each other for the first time at the aisle.

 

A first look is not for everyone, but if you want one of the most genuine, true-to-life reactions, you may want to think about one. It has PLENTY of benefits and offers such a non-traditional, intimate way to spend time with your significant other during your wedding day. Below are some of my favorite benefits that may help you consider why you should discuss having a first-look with your partner, and also your photographer 🙂

1. You can experience one of the most genuine, intimate parts of your wedding day privately

It’s one of the only moments you’ll get to be alone ALL DAY. I make it a priority that, after I capture the genuine first look, to give my couples 5-10 minutes of ACTUAL, 100% alone time together. After those precious moments of just taking each other in, then you can just have fun with your best friend while taking portraits before your wedding party and families joins us for group photos!

2. It takes so much pressure off

A first-look slows everything down to a cozy moment and gives you the chance to bask in the affection you both have before the frenzy of a wedding day. Most importantly, this quiet moment will allow for you to get out the jitters and nerves so you feel and look relaxed and comfortable for the rest of the photos.

 

3. Be present at your wedding

The statement “Your wedding day will go by so fast!” is NOT an understatement! It’ll feel like you blinked, and then the day is over. There are so many activities and things to accomplish on your wedding day that sometimes taking it all in just isn’t possible (as much as you want it to be). This is even more of a reason to have a photographer capture those unseen moments right before you! Try thinking like this when planning your wedding: Unless you have all the money in the world, let’s be realistic about your day but creatively plan so that you can have the best of both worlds.

 

4. It shifts your wedding day schedule to enhance your experience

You don’t have to spend 2 hours after the ceremony taking photos and go straight into your reception – if you do a first look, you get ALL of your photos out of the way (except for sunset portraits, of course 😉 ) and we can go STRAIGHT into your cocktail hour. So you can, ya know, actually talk  to your wonderful guests that have traveled to see you and your partner!

5. More more MORE PHOTOS!!

You’ll actually get 40% MORE PHOTOS if you have a first look – I think that’s reason enough to consider it. Scheduling time for photos before the ceremony with a first look and a bit after your ceremony, ideally during sunset, allows for more beautiful photo opportunities.  In addition, weddings are unpredictable and there are often delays. It would be a shame to reminisce about your wedding day and wish you had more photo time scheduled!  It is not ideal to rush pictures after your ceremony for reasons like the sun already setting or a ceremony running longer than expected.

 

 

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