You've probably heard me, or another photographer, mention how important that light is for images. George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, once said, "Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." I have always used this quote as a guide for how I approach wedding photography. It is important for me to be able to know how to create great images regardless if it is sunny, raining, extremely bright, or hardly any light. I have taken courses upon courses just on light so that I know how to handle every possible situation. However, it should be noted that I do favor certain light over other light and that is why I am writing this blog post!Read More
As a Boise wedding photographer, I love where I live! However, I also love to travel! This January I got the opportunity to photograph a wedding in Maui for an Idaho couple who wanted a destination wedding. I can't wait to share images from that wedding soon! Destination weddings might just be my new favorite thing ever! We all got to escape this never-ending Idaho winter for a week and get some sun in Maui.Read More
Chris + Shanae// Still Water Hollow Wedding// Boise Wedding Photographer
Chris and Shanae were the type of couple that reminded me why I am as passionate about my job as I am. The entire day was full of nothing but love and respect for every person that attended the wedding. In fact, during their consultation before the wedding they talked strongly about how excited they were to see all their guests and expressed their stress about how much they wanted them to have fun...and fun they had! In fact, after we all choked back tears from their ceremony and toasts, we all spent the day laughing and smiling ear-to-ear.
Some details you should look for in this wedding: Shanae hand stitched Chris his hankie, Chris got a little emotional when his gorgeous bride came down the aisle, and the guest book for the wedding was vintage post cards collected by Shanae's grandparent's during their life's travels. This day was full of little details that made an amazing overall wedding. I was so honored to be a part of Chris and Shanae's wedding!
Venue: Still Water Hollow
Flowers: Antique Vase
Makeup: Kristi W. of Kristi's Couture Style
Hair: Kristy G of TraK's Hair Salon
Dress: Margene's Bridal
Wedding Day Coordinator: Megan Worden
Catering: Kurt Wallin
Officiant: Scott Shaw
Mike + Makayla //Fourth Street Gardens in Emmett Idaho //Boise Wedding Photographer
When I met Makayla I instantly knew that her wedding was going to be amazing. Her clothing style, verbal description of the wedding plans, and her personality were all exactly what I expect the perfect wedding to have!
I had the privilege of photographing Makayla a couple of times before the wedding and her and I just clicked perfectly. With Makayla being a photographer she understands my direction and posing and knows how to just react naturally in front of the camera. She also trusts my lead and knows that if I ask her to do something random that it's for a good reason.
Makayla also chose the perfect vendors for her wedding, which makes a huge difference on the total picture of the wedding! Her styling and coordination were on point, as Heidi from Ira and Lucy always does! Seriously check out Ira and Lucy to see her design and coordination for your own wedding! Her florals were to die for..I mean, peonies galore! Lemon Blossom Designs does an absolute amazing job in the Boise area!
Here is what Makayla had to say about her wedding:
As a bride who is also a professional photographer, I had seen hundreds of these "picture perfect" weddings by the time I was engaged. When the day came to start planning, I knew for the most part what I wanted in my dream wedding, I just needed to find the right people to make that dream come true! (And don't worry, my fiance was not forgotten- his only request was to get married to me, haha!)
My first tip for brides in the midst of planning right now:
Get a wedding coordinator.
Even though I had a bit of a head start in the planning process due to the fact that I knew lots of local wedding vendors and people in the industry, I could never have imagined how truly overwhelming it can all be! Just a couple months in, I realized that I there was no way that I wanted to do this alone (nor could I!) My fiance and I met with Heidi the owner of Ira and Lucy Wedding Planning and Design upon recommendation from our florist, and I am so thankful that we did. When we met her, she had this calming presence that I knew someone like me would need on our day. Being very type A and wanting to plan everything myself, I knew instantly that Heidi was probably the only other person in the world I would trust my whole wedding day to.
On the day of our wedding, I woke up knowing that everything was being taken care of. Not by myself, not by my family, but by a professional design/coordination team!
I literally cannot put into words how perfect our day was. How beautiful it looked, how it felt to see all that you had pictured come to life. Our photographer and her second shooter showed up early and were getting all the little details. Our videographer was seriously EVERYwhere, not missing a moment. The team at Ira and Lucy was setting up bright and early and making sure everything was running on schedule throughout the entire evening. Our DJ knew all the songs we wanted and did such an amazing job at keeping our guests entertained and the dance floor alive. And I was hanging out with my friends, family, and husband, not stressing, taking in every detail and not missing a single moment.
I think my favorite detail of the day was definitely our altar. I knew it would be incredible based on the sketches, but when I saw what Heidi and Laura had done with it I couldn't believe it. Blush draping on the sides with these amazing peony/vine floral pieces, and right in the middle was a wooden cross my fiance had put built and stained. A couple days before our wedding I was scurrying around trying to find something to drape over the cross, and at rehearsal Heidi told me not to worry about it. When I saw the beautiful greenery she and Laura had used to drape over it, that was really something that stood out to me. It seems silly, but that little detail just reminded me of how helpful having a coordinator was. it was just a weight off my shoulders to not have to worry about those little details and to see something that had been in my head come to life so perfectly.
All in all, my husband and I had the best night of our lives on our wedding day. Because we hired professionals to help us out, we were actually able to enjoy our big day and throw our friends and family basically just a huge awesome party. People couldn't stop raving about how gorgeous and fun it was, and really we couldn't take much credit! While it was inspired by my fiance and I, it only came to life because of our vendors.
After the wedding I honestly had post wedding blues. It was the best day of our life, and it was over! Then while my husband and I were on our honeymoon, we got a facebook notification that our wedding highlight video was up.
My second tip to brides-
Hire a videographer.
I know that not everyone can have a big budget for a wedding. I know that there are certain things that seem unnecessary. But let me tell you- watching our highlight video brought my husband and I to tears. It brought a flood of emotions from our big day. It was like watching a movie! There were moments that I couldn't believe our videographer had gotten because he was everywhere yet remained invisible all day! And when the time came for our wedding video to be released, our family and friends were all dumbfounded at how spectacular it was. As a photographer, I know that a picture speaks a thousand words. But there is something so special that a wedding video can bring you that a photograph never can. The sound of your husband's voice cracking as he reads his vows to you. The joyful laughter of your guests as the toasts are given. The crazy jam packed dance floor as your friends dance like idiots. I'm speaking up for the videographers now because I feel like they are always overlooked but please- seriously consider getting one and making it a priority!
Thank you to everyone who was apart of making Mike and I's day so perfect. Thank you to our families who helped us out to make our dream come true. Thank you to our vendors who took such great care of us. We weren't just another summer wedding to you guys- we were Mike and Makayla and it showed ! The love and care that went into making sure everything ran smoothly is something we will forever be grateful for.
Bridesmaids Hair- Kayla Hoff
DJ- Jeremy Wilson
Officiant- Bob Grove
Brie Thomason Photography is Boise wedding photographer who travels the world photographing gorgeous couples and perfect moments. If you are looking for a Boise wedding photographer please contact me here.
Hillcrest Country Club //Boise Wedding Photographer
Tom and Haley were one of those couples that photographers dream of! They were kind, organized, thought of every detail, and also ridiculously good looking! We met about a year in advance when I got the chance to take their fall engagement photographs. I fell in love with them during that session as we laughed together and explored a Kathryn Albertson Park in Boise, Idaho. I knew after taking their engagement photos that their wedding was going to be extremely special!
The weather that Saturday was literally perfect, the sun warmed our skin, but there were a few clouds to give us a break from the summer's early heat. The girls got ready at the gorgeous Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, which gave me the perfect setting for taking the getting ready shots- some of my favorite images to take during the day! However, I have to share a funny memory from the day! I had no idea that a comic convention was going on downtown, so I was extremely confused why there were so many people dressed up costumes running around- we're talking thousands of people! When I walked into the hotel, the lobby was literally PACKED full of Comic-Con characters and people looked at me like I was the strangest thing they've ever seen! I rode the elevator with a man in a full spandex body suit, Mario, and several other very interesting characters that I wish I knew the name for! Haley got a picture with Captain Hook, who was right outside our suite window! The memories are priceless!
The rest of the day went just as planned- peaceful, love filled, and tons of fun! The dancing at their wedding was some of the most fun I've ever witness as a photographer! I laughed and danced and joined in on the dance floor with them, capturing every crazy moment I saw happening! Tom and Haley both attended the University of Idaho, so there were several U of I fight song chants happening throughout the night! Overall, the wedding was a blast and every guest who attended left with full hearts and massive smiles on their faces!
Join the fun and follow along with Tom and Haley's gorgeous Boise wedding.
Photographer: Brie Thomason Photography
Second Photographer: Elizabeth Gleese
Venue: Hillcrest Country Club
Makeup: Kryssa Gough
Dress: Margene's Bridal
Flowers: Boise At It's Best
Brie Thomason Photography is a Boise wedding photographer based out of Mountain Home, Idaho. She serves the Treasure Valley, McCall, and Lewiston, Idaho, but is willing to travel anywhere a gorgeous wedding is happening! Message her today to set up an appointment.
Hug Point Bridal Session // Brie Thomason Photography
A look into our spectacular styled Hug Point bridal session collaboration.
Cecily's bridal session took place on the beach in the Oregon Coast at Hug Point. Hug Point offers oceanside cliffs, soft sand beaches, and scattered rocks. The day started in sunshine, but ended in a complete downpour. For those familiar with the Oregon Coast, rain should always be planned for! In early April the rain was quite chilly, but it provided the perfect mood and skies for this shoot.
Floral: Sophisticated Floral
Gown: Holly Stalder
Hair + Makeup: Hannah Fielzien
Styling: Rose & Stone
Film Scans: The Find Lab
Brie Thomason Photography // McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer Let's talk about major goosebumps here for a second! Brennan and Jess live in Canada and came up to McCall, Idaho for the Fourth of July. Brennan contacted me several months ago about him going to propose to Jess and he wanted to find a local photographer who could capture the moment! I felt so honored and so stoked to be that photographer! Because they weren't very familiar with the area, I suggested that Brennan take her up to Osprey Point inside of Payette National Park in McCall, Idaho. I sent him a few photos of the area and he thought that it would be perfect! What we didn't talk about would be the exact spot that he would drop down on one knee, but can we all agree that he nailed it? Yes, Brennan, you boss!
So how exactly did we pull this off? My husband and I pretended to be tourists. We took selfies, pictures of each other, snapchat videos, you name it. We were trying to hard to act normal, but keep watching them out of our peripherals. Thank goodness I brought my partner in crime because I wouldn't have been able to pretend as well as I did having him there! Having him there was also fun because he was able to snap chat and save the entire process so that I could share it with everyone and also send them the video too! So fun!
Guys, if you are considering hiring a photographer to photograph your proposal, do it! Don't even think twice. It is so fun to have these photographs forever and always be able to go back and see how it all went down. I would love to help you get something set up so please contact me if you would like to set something up!
Zach & MacKenzie met at the age of 13 in Susanville, California and continued to fall deeper and deeper in love until they pronounced their devotion as husband and wife at the Fourth Street Gardens in Emmett, Idaho! Zach and MacKenzie were one of those couples who were always destined to get married. In fact, several people at the wedding uttered the words, "I always knew you two would get married!" Zach wrote the sweetest message about his wife MacKenzie and I felt like the only way to accurately describe the love that these two share is to show you all what he wrote. He said:
"The funny thing about being in love is that no matter how long you've had time to grow, how much you've changed as a person, or how long it's been since you've seen each other, you still melt at the sight of the person you love. It's like the flip of a switch and suddenly I'm thirteen years old again, head over heels for MacKenzie. It's a feeling that I'm blessed to have to because I get to fall in love with MacKenzie more and more every single day for the rest of my life. MacKenzie is truly something special to me. Gosh, she is beautiful. It may have taken me years to grow up understand how much this woman means to me, but here we are. Crazy for each other and ready to spend the rest of our lives devoted to each other."
On their wedding day it was cold and rainy, but Zach and MacKenzie never let it bother them! They smiled and laughed and shrugged it off like it was no big deal at all! Little did they know, but having rainy skies is actually my dream as a photographer! The light is literally a dream when it is overcast and I was so excited!
I hope you all enjoy seeing the story of Zach and MacKenzie and you can follow along with our fun day of dancing in the rain!
Venue: Fourth Street Gardens
Deejay: Sound Wave Events
Hair: Ashley Harbart
Makeup: Divas & Dolls
Florals: Just So. Event Floral
Photographer: Brie Thomason Photography
Videography: Blue Chip Media
Brie Thomason Photography | Boise Wedding Photographer
This past weekend I got the chance to go to Portland, Oregon and mentor under one of my favorite photographers, Bethany Small Photography. She was the photographer that I hired to shoot my wedding last August and she did a seriously amazing job! We have very similar styles, so it was really fun to see how she shoots in comparison to me and learn from one another. She is definitely someone that I look up to as a Boise wedding photographer.
Bethany’s sister and brother-in-law came and modeled for us and seriously rocked it! They are absolutely gorgeous and so outgoing and fun to be around, so photographing them was a dream! When they smiled and laughed the entire group started to smile and laugh. As a photographer I love to be able to make the experience fun for everyone and not an awkward or miserable. That is part of the reason that I love to shoot couples! When you are with your best friend it is so much easier to be yourself and relax, rather than being alone in front of the camera.
We started the session at Barista coffee in downtown Portland. Of course I had to start with a coffee- that is a necessity in my life. There was gorgeous lighting coming through the window, so we photographed them through the front window before going outside. The houses around NW 23rd Ave in downtown Portland are seriously amazing! You will see some staircases and some vine walls that were just down the street from Barista. I love exploring with my couples and getting a variation in the location and even outfit variations to change up the look of the session! We didn’t have to go very far at all to get several very different looks.
I want to extend a huge thank you to Bethany Small for spending the morning with me and answering all of my crazy questions about her journey in photography. Photography is a never-ending learning process and I eat it up! I love to spend my free time trying to grow and become the best that I can be for my clients.
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Yesterday I spent my evening with some amazing photographers from the Boise, Idaho area and we talked about our adventures as an Idaho wedding photographer. I have spoke about it in the past, but meeting with other wedding photographers is always something that feeds my creative soul and helps me to grow as a photographer. We started our evening by getting coffee at Java in Hyde Park in Boise. I got a Bowl of Soul, which is their signature drink, and it was exactly what I needed! After we laughed about all of our adventures as photographers we piled into my jeep and headed up to Table Rock in Boise. Table Rock is very special to me because that is where I got engaged! It is always so fun to go up there and stand on the rock where my husband popped the big question! These photos might be a bit deceiving because it was freezing up in the wind on top of the hill! I wore a wrap dress that I got at Bohme, and it was flying everywhere! It was fun for movement shots, but as soon as I was finished being the model I ran to my car and put on pants as quickly as possible! I am a wimp!
I hope you love these behind the scenes photos of these amazing girls! They are all so special to me. I fall in love with my art every time I am around them, and there is nothing that can replace that! They inspire me to be better than I am, and their support is unwavering. They will always shoot it straight and help me to be the best that I can be for my clients. I love asking them for advice when I am stuck on an edit, or looking for posing ideas. Like I mentioned, they are seriously the best!
Bre and Arich ventured out to the Bruneau Sand Dunes with me and we spent a couple of hours under the stormy skies of Idaho! As a Boise Idaho engagement photographer I love getting to capture the real moments that a couple shares during these intimate sessions. Engagement sessions are such a great way for a couple to get comfortable together in front of a camera before their wedding day! I love getting to spend a little time with my couples so that they can see how I direct and pose and they can be prepared for their wedding photos. Engagement sessions are so fun! They are so laid back and relaxed. We get to just go adventure together and capture all the love in between. Couples who are recently engaged have an energy that is unmatched and I love capturing it! I spend time capturing poses of the couple, detail shots of your bright new shiny ring, and also some individual shots.
Daniel and Yesii's Boise, Idaho wedding was one for the books! They had all my favorite things as a Boise Idaho wedding photographer: great location, great lighting, and wicked great emotion. Every photo seems to tell a story, and those are my favorite photographs as a wedding photographer! I love to tell stories and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this wedding has millions! Have fun reading...I mean looking...same thing ,right? I was so blessed to get to shoot this wedding as second shooter under Kaye Murphy from Oh Kaye Love Photography. She is an amazing girl and she taught me so much during our wedding together! Daniel and Yessi's wedding was full of emotion and that is honestly one of my favorite things about being a Boise Idaho wedding photographer! Emotion captured in camera is so gorgeous! It is memories that will be cherished forever!
Brie Thomason Photography is a McCall, Lewiston, Treasure Valley, Sun Valley and Boise Idaho wedding photographer. She specializes in the big and little moments that happen during a wedding day, but focuses on the emotion and real candid moments. She shoots both film and digital and uses the two mediums to bring your wedding day to life! She is very interactive and will help with anything she can to make sure that your wedding photographs are everything you've ever wanted. Brie's couples are typically adventurous and outgoing, they are full of emotion and most importantly full of love! Does this sound like you? Contact Brie here.