I can honestly say that I waited for this wedding to come for five years. I first met Emily, the bride, when her and I got jobs together at a local coffee shop. She was a junior in high school and was seeing a boy named Andrew. Emily always had crazy colored hair; that's actually one of my fondest memories of first meeting her. The other found memory was watching Emily and Andrew grow closer and closer as the years passed. Everyone who saw those two together knew that more likely than not we'd be seeing them standing at the alter together one day- and we were all right!Read More
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This session is absolutely one of my favorites! We photographed first in Ponderosa State Park where I made them balance on stumps and then moved to a private beach to the dock shots. I am DYING over these dock shots!Read More
As I wrap up Kyle and Kylee's wedding album, I couldn't help but jump on here and share a couple highlights from their wedding day! They were married in the gorgeous St. Stanislaus church in Lewiston, Idaho. We were able to sneak away for a few quiet moments to capture their portraits and then they partied the night away with their closest family and friends.Read More
Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason was the photographer for The Forage Workshop. See the gorgeous arrangements and behind the scenes images from the workshop.Read More
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.Read More
McCall wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, photographed this snowy editorial in the winter in McCall. This shoot was published in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.Read More
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.
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!
Often times when I tell people I shoot film they think that I am referring to video. However, I am actually referring to the act of still image film photography; think rolls of film, developing in dark rooms, prints, etc. The process has changed a little since the 90's when people would drop their film off at the 1 hour processing centers at Walgreens. Now days, there are labs that do developing and then use computerized scanners to scan the developed film and turn it into digital files. I use a lab in Utah called The Find Lab. I absolutely love these guys! They know my work, my style, and my preferences and they always make sure that my film scans (that's what we call the digital files) come back perfect every time.
So now that you know the "what" let's dig into the "why". When I started photography, I surrounded myself with inspiration from several well known photographers. I saw all types of styles- dark and moody, light and airy, flash vs. natural light, studio vs. on location, and many more! Photography is an art, and like all types of art there are rules and those rules are often meant to be broken. Every photographer that picks up a camera seems to follow the same steps. We have to try everything to find our niche and then use all that built up knowledge to develop our own brand. A brand is built of many attributes like our personality, our taste, our draw of inspiration, and ultimately that all creates our style. The goal is to find clients who are drawn to that style, thus creating a successful business.
So how did this all lead to film? I knew what style I was immediately drawn to, and I knew what I wanted my final images to look like. The problem was getting my images to look like those of the photographers I admired so much. I tried every Photoshop trick I possibly could. I spent hundreds of dollars on presets for my editing software that promised me I'd have images that looked like film, but ultimately it never got there. So I took a leap and purchased a 1980's full manual film camera off of Craigslist. I went to Walmart and purchased some film and I just started playing. I took a film course in high school, so I knew the basics of film photography. My images came out horrible. Yep, horrible. However, this didn't stop me one bit! I started doing more research, which lead to classes and classes lead to more studying. Education is such a powerful tool and when I am passionate about something, I love to do as much research as I can. I learned that the film you buy at Walmart is not professional grade film and does not have consistent colors or tones. I also learned that while my camera was really cool and vintage, there are a lot better solutions for cameras available on the market. I also learned that film is a respected art and only photographers who are truly confident in their skills are successful at. Knowing all of this, I took a second stab at it and purchased a Nikon F100 35mm film camera and some Portra 400 (professional grade) film and tried again. I was confident in my skills of knowing how to work a fully manual camera, so my second roll of film turned out much better. In fact, so much better that I kept shooting and that's where my love affair began. I have since purchased a medium format film camera and several lenses. The images in this thread are my medium format film camera.
You might still be wondering, "Still, why? I still don't understand why you would use film when there are so many digital cameras on the market." I want you to read a quote from one of the most famous film photographers, Erich McVey.
Most of us would all agree that when we look at an amazing film image, there's just something special about it. Film possesses an indescribable something that cannot be quantified. You can't always put your finger on it, but you know it when you see it. It's the grain in those black & white images that has so much heart and character. It's the perfect skin tones that seem to make every subject look flawlessly beautiful. It's the focus that seems to be simultaneously sharp and soft in all the right places. It's the otherworldly colors that you can't quite replicate with digital images. I love film. I love it because it helps me capture reality in the most beautiful way possible. It's not a fad. It's not a trend. It is timeless, and will never go out of style. For me, film portrays the most classic, honest, and beautiful depiction of a moment in time.
I want to show you some examples so that you can truly see why I am so drawn to film. The next two images show you a comparison of two images that are very similar, one taken on my film camera and the other taken on digital. In these images, no editing has been done. These are both straight from the camera, or as us photographers call it SOOC (straight out of camera). Digital is on the left and film is on the right.
So now let's talk about my process as a hybrid photographer. I am hybrid because I actually always shoot film & digital at my sessions. Think of it like an insurance. Film is always my first choice, and I almost always prefer my film images over digital. Just look at the images above if you want to see why! However, when I shoot film I cannot look at the back of the camera and see how the image turned out instantaneously while shooting. I have to send the film to Utah and then have them develop, scan, and send it back to see how they turned out. Therefore, I carry both digital and film and capture on both mediums. Film also has its limitations. Without going into too much photography jargon, certain rolls of film can only be photographed in certain lighting situations. I cannot shoot my normal film stock in a dark reception that is only candle lit. In these situations I go fully digital for color and black and white film. Then, once I get the film back from the lab, I pull the images up side-by-side and I match the film as closely as possible to the digital file to provide a seamless final gallery. In the end, I have found this is the best possible way to give gorgeous film images, while not compromising any moments on the wedding day!
In the end, my ultimate goal is to provide beautiful images to my clients. The medium that I use to achieve that is part of who I am and part of the Brie Thomason Photography brand. Those who identify with my brand will appreciate the art of film.
If you have any questions on this please let me know in the comments and I will be in touch! I love to help others understand my art and educating others on film.
Portraits of me by photographed on film by Liza James Photography
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 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.Read More
Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, traveled to Lewiston to photograph Zach and Kaylee's gorgeous Lindsay Creek Vineyard wedding.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
This beautiful shoot took place in a very small town outside of Mountain Home, Idaho called Pine. I had fallen in love with the location when my husband and I were up exploring the mountains one day. I felt so inspired by the river, that I knew someday I was going to do a photoshoot there. As a Boise Wedding Photographer, I am always watching the surroundings for what could be a great location for a shoot. I love to have many options for my clients to choose from for locations.
This shoot was such a fun project for me. I had a vision in my head and an inspiration mood board, but I was still extremely challenged about how I was going to make it all come to life. I met Kimi and Gabe, my models for the shoot, at a coffee shop in Boise. I was the creep who gave them a business card and asked them if they'd ever want to do a photo shoot with me. I saw their chemistry while getting coffee and knew that they would be so fun to photograph- and they were! These two were so madly in love, they made my job ridiculously easy!
We were racing the rain, which is never fun! We knew it was supposed to be a rainy day, according to the forecast, but we saw that a little bit of a break was coming in the morning and we wanted to take advantage of it! It stayed dry until I was finishing up my very last roll! Granted, I probably would have kept photographing them forever. They were just too fun to capture!
A great team of local Boise wedding vendors came together for this shoot! Please check out their information and websites below:
Gown: Wedding Gowns by Daci
Florals: Just so. Event Floral
Hair: Meagan Caudelle
Makeup: Ashlynn Cseh
Calligraphy: Inkling Calligraphy
Cake: Flour Child Boise
Aloha! I'm sure it seems silly to be reading that if you are in Idaho and freezing right now. I am actually in Maui for the next couple of days. I was hired to come out and shoot a gorgeous oceanside elopement! The wedding was stunning and I will share images with you as soon as I get them back from my film lab.
As a Boise wedding photographer I get the opportunity to photograph gorgeous Idaho weddings and a few weddings in neighboring states. It has been such a treat to get to visit Hawaii and also get to photograph here.
Enough about Hawaii, let's talk about Austin and Whitney! Gorgeous is an understatement with these two and their fall engagement session. They told me they wanted fall colors and a cool location and I knew just the spot to take them! Fall is actually my favorite season, so engagement sessions in the fall just make my heart happy! It was such a treat getting to photograph these two.
I hope you enjoy!
I'm sitting in my house literally snowed in right now! I always wondered what this would be like and now that it's actually happening I can report that it is very strange! All morning I didn't have internet and my phone was having to be used as an emergency hotspot at our coffee shop, so I spent all morning technology free AND snowed in at the same time! It shouldn't have been a big deal, but I cleaned the house and then felt a little lost.
I'm happy to report that the internet is back and my phone is back in hand, so my life can resume like normal! Sad, so sad, but so true. While I cuddle up in my blanket and watch cartoons with my nephew I figured it would be good time to share one of my favorite engagement sessions from this last summer!
I think it goes without saying that Suzannah and Kelly are one stunning couple! I was instantly excited and inspired when they stepped out of their car dressed in the outfits that they chose! Suzannah's dress is exactly what I would dream that my clients would choose for an outfit for an engagement session. The color was perfect for the location and her skin tone as well! I've had several clients ask where they can find a similar dress and I have found a similar one here.
I am so excited to photograph their Boise wedding this summer! We are going to have so much fun together!
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 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 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.