Idaho Wedding Photographer

Chelan + Antonio // Lewiston, Idaho Wedding

Chelan + Antonio // Lewiston, Idaho Wedding

Antonio and Chelan were married in Lewiston, Idaho this May. Click inside to read more about their love story and see some highlights from their wedding.  

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McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer // Winter Editorial

McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer // Winter Editorial

McCall wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, photographed this snowy editorial in the winter in McCall.  This shoot was published in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.  

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How to breeze through family formals during the wedding day! Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

How can you breeze through the family formal images portion of your wedding day? 

I'm back again with another informational post to help everyone who is actively planning their wedding! This week I want to talk about one of the simplest, yet important ways to help ease wedding day stress.  Family formal images are some of the most important images from your wedding day!  They might not be the images you "ooo" and "awe" about, but you will treasure them in years to come.  For instance,  the image from my wedding that makes me so grateful for is one of my late grandmother with me and my family.  Having her at our wedding was one of the most important things to me, and having that image will always be a treasure. 

Image of my family by Bethany Small Photography 

Image of my family by Bethany Small Photography 

Family formals have a tendency to cause stress for both the bride and groom and the family.  I often describe it as "herding cats".  Typically what happens during the wedding day is that family gets the opportunity to see one another for what could be the first time in a long time.  Conversation flows, drinks flow, and attention spans are often very short.  Couple this with a semi-tight schedule for these particular images, and you can see why the stress adds up.  After 50+ weddings, I have learned how to handle this portion of the day quickly and efficiently, which is why I feel obligated to share some helpful advice! 

First things first, organization is key.  Like most things in life, the more organized you are, the less stress that will follow.  When my clients are one month out from the wedding I ask them to make me a list of all the family formal images they want. I have a template that they follow to make it easier on them.  Essentially, the template goes a little something like this:

Bride + Mom

Bride + Dad

Bride + Mom + Dad

Bride + Sister

Bride + Mom + Dad + Sister 

And so forth.... 

As you can imagine, the list adds up quickly.  I often warn my couples that it takes an average of 2 minutes per image.  Sometimes we can cut this down, but it helps to budget for more time rather than not enough.  

I have my couples prepare that list ahead of time so that I can print it and bring it with me.  I then have my assistant help me by reading off the list and crossing off what images we have done.  This helps us to A) get through the list quickly, and B) not forget anyone!  

 

My biggest word of advice that I can offer you is to truly consider what images are most important to you.  If you give me a five page list, I can make it happen, but we are going to have to compromise images in some other area.  A five page list will take about one hour to complete. I suggest that if you are fine with it, we take some group images during your reception of some family groups that might not be quite as important as your immediate family (cousins, uncles, aunts, etc.)  We often have some down time during dancing, and this is a great chance to grab some of those group images! 

My second biggest advice that I pass onto my couples is to warn family ahead of time that A) they are in the images, B) where they need to meet, and C) what time we are meeting.  I advise my couples to send a group message one day before the wedding with this information.  It should look something like this:

 "I'm so excited to see you all tomorrow at our wedding! I wanted to give you a heads up that I have included you in our family formal images.  We are meeting at the ceremony venue at the front door at 2pm.  Please arrive a little early, fully dressed, and ready for pictures at this time. My photographer will be running on a tight schedule to get all our images done before the wedding, so your timely arrival will help us greatly! I can't wait for tomorrow!" 

The more specific that you are on time and location will help make things easier on everyone! I have had some groups who have taken to heart all of my advice and the family formals have run quick and smooth and we had extra time to go take more images of just the two of them, which was so exciting!  

Lastly,  there's one more thing that can help make these images go as smoothly as possible.  Family members often like to take their own copies of the group images by using their phones, tablets, or cameras.  I absolutely understand why they want to capture these sweet moments and have no problem with it.  My only request is this: While I am taking the image, I need everyone's eyes on me and focused so that no one is looking away.  Imagine that your aunt is behind me and to the right and your mom thinks she is taking the picture, so she looks over at your aunt, while the rest of you are looking at me.  It can create more of a delay and be difficult for me to get everyone's attention on me.  I would also hate to deliver you an important group image that has someone looking off into the distance, while everyone else is smiling at the camera.  Allow me to take the image with everyone's fully undivided attention and then I will let whomever wants the image to step in my place and take their own.  This way everyone gets a great image and we can keep on chugging along! Don't forget to remind family that they can get a professional quality image from you in digital or print format after the wedding day, so they do not need to stress too much about getting one on their phones (picking up what I'm putting down?? ).  

I hope that this post sparked some ideas for you! As always, if you have any questions about my process as a wedding photographer, please just email me! If you are a current client of mine, we will be going over this in depth together as your wedding approaches! 

 

 

 

Why is light so important? Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

Why is light so important? Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

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!

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How To Get the Best Getting Ready Images! Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

How To Get the Best Getting Ready Images! Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

As a Boise wedding photographer I love to give my couples insider information on what creates the best images on their wedding day.  This blog specifically focuses on the getting ready images.  

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Zach + Kaylee // Lindsay Creek Vineyard Wedding // Boise Wedding Photographer

Zach + Kaylee // Lindsay Creek Vineyard Wedding // Boise Wedding Photographer

Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, traveled to Lewiston to photograph Zach and Kaylee's gorgeous Lindsay Creek Vineyard wedding. 

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Johnny + Jenny // Engagement // McCall Wedding Photographer

Johnny and Jenny; that just has a ring to it, does it not it? These two are seriously so adorable! I loved meeting with them in McCall to photograph their engagement images.  We started at one of my favorite river locations and then moved into my other favorite location, which is an Aspen grove.  These images demonstrate the sweet, gentle love that these two share.  We also included Johnny's Harley Davidson because it was one of their first dates!  I love when couples find a way to tell their love story in their images.   I absolutely cannot wait to photograph this wedding! These two have amazing style and their love is so genuine! 

 

Kyle + Kylee // Engagement // Boise Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share Kyle and Kylee's engagement images with you all! Kyle and Kylee live up in Lewiston, Idaho and I am honored to be their engagement and wedding photographer this upcoming summer.  

Kyle owns a box van because of his motocross business and now I'm convinced that I need one for sessions! They had a built in changing room and places to hang their outfits throughout the session and I kept telling them how badly I wanted a box van of my own! Maybe down the road, right?? 

It had rained all weekend, but the sun popped out just in time for their session.  It was everything I could ask for as a photographer! The sun kissed the wet grass and there were still some clouds high in the sky that provided great light! I was giddy the entire time! I cannot wait for next summer to get here so that I can get my camera on these two again, but for now I just get to look at these images and remember how much fun we had.  

Kyle + Kayla // Big Sky Montana Photographer

Kyle and Kayla were such a blast to photograph! I grew up with Kyle all the way from elementary school, so the amount of inside jokes and memories that we talked about were unbelievable! We went to a really small elementary school so we knew each other really well.  Small world, when Kyle left elementary school he started riding the bus to junior high and rode with my now husband! In fact, the two constantly fought over their rivalry as diehard Yankee and Red Sox fans.  Kyle left Idaho and went on to play college football, where he met his sweetheart, at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.  Kayla was a star athlete herself, playing basketball for Rocky Mountain! Needless to say, these two are super stars! 

We went for a weekend trip and stayed at their condo in Big Sky, Montana.  If you've never been to Big Sky, you have got to plan a trip! I had heard how gorgeous Montana is, but I was truly blown away when I got to see it myself! I am so excited to say that I will get to photograph their wedding in Montana next summer! It is going to be so gorgeous! 

Enjoy these gorgeous photographs!

Chris + Shanae //Still Water Hollow

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, Emmett Idaho

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.

Vendors: Venue-

Fourth Street Gardens

Photography-

Let It Shine Photography

Florals-

Lemon Blossom Designs

Wedding Coordination/Design-

Ira and Lucy

HMUA-

Behren's Artistry

Catering-

Open Table Catering 

Videography-

Blue Chip Media

Bridesmaids Hair- Kayla Hoff

DJ- Jeremy Wilson

Officiant- Bob Grove

Dress/Veil-

LaNeige Bridal

Bridesmaids Dress-

Jenny Yoo

Cake/Macarons-

Le Bisou Bakery

~Makayla

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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.