Beerman - Washington, Mo Family Photography

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Beerman - Washington, Mo Family Photography

Washington, Mo

Washington, Mo

What an amazing photographer ! Had an amazing time taking pictures with you today!! Can’t wait to see the photos, I know they will be truely amazing ! You guys are awesome !!!
— The Beerman Family
Washington, Mo

Washington, Mo

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Bass- St. Louis Engagement Photography

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Bass- St. Louis Engagement Photography

My experience with Rodrigo & Samantha was amazing. My fiancé and I had so much fun at our engagement shoot, I was talking about it a week later. To make things better our photos were PERFECT! I definitely recommend them for whatever the occasion is.
— Mickaela & Yondell
St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis Union Station

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5 Tips for a Wedding Dress Shop

5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Searching for a Wedding Dress Shop

1. Personal service: The bridal shop you choose should make you feel like a princess!! The bridal consultants should be warm and personable. You want them to take the time to get to know you personally, so that they can establish a good relationship. Your dress-shopping experience should leave you feeling happy and glowing! A good bridal shop will work with you on all aspects of finding your wedding dress---from picking out the best shape for your figure to financing to steaming your dress if it arrives wrinkled!

2. Atmosphere: A quality bridal shop will have an atmosphere that makes you comfortable. Smaller bridal shops may have less dresses, but that means that you may not feel so overwhelmed with choices! You may also want to consider personal decorating touches that make the pictures from your fitting(s) look more elegant and tasteful.

3. Referrals and Word of Mouth: Getting glowing referrals from other brides or members of the bridal party are an excellent way to weed out less-than-stellar bridal shops. Don't rely on fancy magazine ads or billboards---some bridal shops rely on personal referrals instead of print ads. Check out the shops' social media pages and see if their photographs show happy, smiling brides that add their own commentaries to the posts, too.

4. Knowledge: A bridal consultant that can answer your questions regarding all aspects of wedding dresses will make your shopping experience a breeze!! Not sure what a bustle is or how it affects your wedding day: ask your bridal consultant! Not sure if a dress can be altered from a zipper back to a corset: ask! While your consultant may not be able to answer your question right away, she should be willing to find out the answer and get back to you promptly. 

5. Respect: The right shop for you will show you the utmost respect. Never give your business to a store that displays rude behavior to you or any one else within its walls. YOU are the most important person in that room when you're looking for your dream dress!

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Secrets for Boudoir

Secrets and Tips for Your Boudoir Session

Rodrigo & Samantha Pineda, photographers with a Washington-based fashion-boudoir photography studio, has been doing boudoir sessions with women full-time for the past four years. This year they've added a little twist to the typical boudoir sessions by bringing in a touch of fashion to create Fashion-Boudoir. When a client books with them, Samantha shares secrets and tips, which helps prep the client for her upcoming session. Today we are sharing a few of these tips with you.

1. If you're taking boudoir photographs, you need to be excited. Maybe you're crossing an item off your bucket list, celebrating a milestone, or surprising a loved one. Whatever your reasons, you shouldn't be taking boudoir photos if someone else is making you do this. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the idea. 

2. Make sure you find a professional photographer who offers boudoir photography services on a full-time basis. They'll be experienced in working with different bodies and they'll understand how to light the shot or pose you so that you look your best. A flip of the hand one way can add 10 pounds, a flip the other way can take 10 pounds away, and you want someone who knows the difference.

3. Find a photographer who has an actual studio. Really know where you're going when you're heading to a boudoir session. Samantha and Rodrigo have heard stories of people showing up to a session at someone's basement or shed (which you might like — it's all based on your comfort level). Before you book with a photographer, Google the address and look around the area using the street view function. 

4. Check the photographer's website and social media presence. You want the photographer's style to match your taste. You also want to find an experienced photographer, so look at the number of models in the photographer's portfolio. A well-known photographer will be very present on social media and will be receptive to questions if you have them. 

5. There's a huge range in pricing, but boudoir photography sessions and packages together can cost anywhere from $1,000 to over $10,000. For example, Rodrigo Pineda Photography’s fashion-boudoir sessions start at $299, and their packages start around $300-$400. Be cautious of coupons and photographers that offer a session for less than $100. 

6. Ask the studio if they edit every picture for the client. You want to be choosing from fully edited photographs. You shouldn't expect the studio to do major Photoshopping, but you want the pictures to be softened.

7. Don't get stuck on inspiration images. Not every studio will have exactly what you want in terms of props or sets. You can look to inspiration images to get a general sense of what you want to accomplish, but it's probably not realistic to think that you'll be able to recreate your inspiration image exactly.

8. Try on the clothing you're thinking of wearing and look at yourself in the mirror. If you love the way it looks in the mirror at home, you'll like the way it looks in photos. If you don't like the way it looks in the mirror, you won't like the way it looks in the pictures.

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9. Don't buy something in a smaller size than you usually wear. You don't want lingerie to be pinching anywhere on your body. Stick to your usual sizing.

10. Do not consider wearing  just a bra and panty set unless you love your stomach. Photographers aren't going to be able to make your stomach disappear. You don't have to wear a bra and panty set — you can wear a dress, sheer shirt, a fur coat, or even a stylish vest. Just because it's boudoir doesn't mean it has to look a certain way.

11. Check all your clothes and accessories before your session. If you're bringing shoes, take the stickers off the soles and make sure they're not too scuffed. Make sure your nails are in pristine condition — you really don't want chewed or half-painted nails in your photos. Cut the tags off the backs of your clothes if they're going to show through. And the night before your shoot, make sure you're organized with everything you need in one place. It’s so easy to leave something behind.

12. Do not spray tan! It's a huge misconception that you should look tan for these photos. Tan skin actually counteracts the lighting for boudoir photos, so you should stay away from the tanner for at least five days before your shoot. 

13. Make sure you're groomed in all the right spots. If you're going to get a wax anywhere on your body or face, do it five to seven days before your shoot so that you don't have any bumps. 

14. Think of the word you'd want to use to describe the photos you're looking to get. Would you like to be sexy, sultry, gorgeous, glamorous? Boudoir photography is about celebrating you and how you look when you feel your best. 

15. Go into the session with a really open mind and a positive attitude. Even with a positive attitude, no one goes into a session saying, "I look good and I'm ready to do this!" No one feels natural about "looking sexy" at first. Everybody's a little nervous. Trust that the photographer you're working with will make you look the best they can make you look. You're being transformed into a supermodel for a day, so celebrate that moment. 

16. A session might take one hour, or it might take a few hours. Different photographers work at different speeds depending on their personal style and how much experience they have. A session with Rodrigo Pineda Photography usually lasts around two hours.

17. The shoot will probably change your life. It's going to be an experience, and it can be an amazing and uplifting one. Boudoir is meant to be empowering, and that’s how it should leave you feeling.

 

To book your own private consultation,
email samantha@rodrigopineda.com or call 636-266-9080.

Consultations are complimentary.
(Ask about our monthly specials.)

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Choosing an Artist

Selecting the right photographer for your wedding day is a huge decision. You want an artist who will be able to tell your story the way you want it to be told.

Check out our 8 tips to finding the right wedding photographer for your wedding day.

#1 photography style

One of the most important things to look at when hiring your wedding photographer is their style. When you see their work, you have to love it. Photography is an art, and each artist is going to see the world in a different way. You want a creative director that you can trust.

Look at the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, and the Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. They are both beautiful works of art, and they are also very different from each other. If you were to ask van Gogh to paint the Mona Lisa, it’ll look nothing like Leonardo’s original masterpiece.

In the end, your photographer’s style is going to be the artwork displayed on the walls of your home. It’s your wedding day. It should be displayed in way that you’re going to love it for many years to come.

 

#2 personality

When selecting a wedding photographer you are selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked or discounted in any way.

Your wedding photographer’s personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. Ultimately it can impact your wedding photography altogether. You will more than likely be working with your wedding photographer for a year, or longer in some cases, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and albums.

 

#3 price

Don't let price dictate who you hire. Find an artist who will tell your story the way you want it to be told, with the style you love. Even if they are a little over your budget, it'd be well worth the investment. If they are over your budget, still talk to them! You'll never know if they can help you, until you ask. When it’s all said and done, your wedding photography will be all you have to remember your wedding day.

 

#4 wedding albums

What will you do with all your images from your wedding photographer? Most people opt to place them in a beautifully designed wedding album that your wedding photographer should provide you with. Don’t underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day. This is your first family heirloom and your one keepsake you will have forever to remember your wedding.

When selecting a wedding photographer you should look for an album that best represents you and your new family. Wedding albums come in all shapes and sizes. Questions you should ask your wedding photographer are…
1) How many pages come in the wedding album?
2) How many images will be in the wedding album?
3) What options are available for me to customize my wedding album?

 

#5 coverage

Something often overlooked when selecting a wedding photographer is the number of hours that will be offered during the coverage of your wedding. Typically you will want your wedding photographer to be with you to document all the moments of your wedding day. After all, that’s what you are hiring them for. That being said, typical coverage requirements for your wedding day should be about 8-10 hours.

Be careful here. Some wedding photographers offer cut-rate prices by offering you less than adequate wedding coverage for your day. These become hidden costs and once you realize it, it’s often too late.

 

#6 number of photographers

How many photographers are you getting for your wedding day? This is important. Many events need two photographers, and this adds to the overall story telling of your day. While your main photographer is directing you and your wedding party, your second photographer will be capturing the moments behind the scenes. During the ceremony, you'll be able to get both photos of you coming down the aisle and your groom's face as he sees you for the first time. These are moments you don’t want to miss.

We find that by having two wedding photographers at your event, your wedding photography needs can best be met all while ensuring that nothing gets missed from your big day.

 

#7 engagement sessions

Don't skip the engagement session! It's a great way to work with your wedding photographer before your wedding day. Not only do you feel more relaxed around your photographer; your photographer will have a better understanding of the poses that flatter you the most. You'll feel and look fabulous on your wedding day, knowing your photographer already knows what you like.

 

#8 booking a photographer

Don't just hire the first John Smith with a camera. You don't want to just jump into a contract, only to regret the decision a few weeks later. Do a little research and window shopping for that perfect artist for your wedding day first. When you do find a photographer you love, make sure they have your date available. If they do, don’t wait too long to book them. No one wants to hear the words, “Sorry, we just booked your date.” 

 

For more information about us,
please email samantha@rodrigopineda.com or call 636.266.9080
for a complimentary consultation.

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WEDDING SHOW SURVIVAL GUIDE

 AS YOU BEGIN THE PLANNING PROCESS YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF FEELING OVERWHELMED WITH THE NUMBER OF OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU, AND THE CHOICES YOU NOW HAVE TO MAKE. NO WORRIES! TO MAKE THINGS A LITTLE EASIER FOR YOU, WE ARE ARMING YOU WITH OUR
WEDDING SHOW SURVIVAL GUIDE.
HOPE YOU HAVE PEN AND PAPER HANDY. YOU'RE GOING TO NEED THEM.

 

#1 -MAKE A PRIORITY LIST.

You want to make sure, before anything, that you write down everything you think you will need for your wedding. Now that you have a list, start numbering them in order from the most important things to the things you could do without if needed. For example, the venues, for both your ceremony and the reception, and the wedding photographer should be at the top of your priority list. 

Venues typically book at least 1-2 years in advance, so finding that perfect place needs to be first. Close your eyes and picture your dream wedding, then open your eyes and jot down some key features you are wanting for your wedding location. 

The next on your list should be the photographer. Wedding photographers are another vendor that usually book 1-2 years in advance. Make sure you find an artist whose work you love and personality you enjoy. You be spending a lot of time with your photographer, and the photos in your wedding album are your first family heirloom that will tell how your story together began.

 

#2 -SET A GAME PLAN.

Now that you have your priority list written, and ideas in hand, it’s time to create a game plan. Who do you want to take with you to the wedding shows? Pick a team of people that you trust, and that are going to support you and your decisions. Decide if you want to walk around together checking out each booth, or if you’d rather take the divide and conquer approach.

Make sure you stick to your list. It’s so easy to get distracted by delicious food and beautiful flowers while you’re walking around. Just make a mental note, or add it to the list, to go back and spend a little more time at the other booths later. Once you are able to knock a couple things off your list, you’ll feel better, and have more time for the fun details.

 

#3 TAKE YOUR TIME. 

Shows are usually 5-6 hours long, so there’s plenty of time to walk around and see everything. There’s also numerous vendors, so it’s easy to get over whelmed. Just time your time. It’s ok to step back for a few minutes, and take a breather. This is why having a good support team with you is handy. Let your mom or best friend do a little talking to vendors, and help you filter out the ones who don’t offer what you’re looking for.

 

#4 BE PREPARED.

There’s going to be a lot of opportunities to sign up for different giveaways and prizes. Try to have labels, stickers or a stamp ready, so you don’t end up with hand cramps or soreness later. Plus it makes it easier for the vendor to get the spelling correct on important details. Make sure to add your name, wedding date, email and even wedding city to your labels. These are typical details that vendors will ask you when you enter for a prize.

Other thing to be prepared for is show specials. Many times a vendor will have a special going on during the hours of the show only, so you’ll want to find out what those specials are. Sometimes they can be a discount or a free upgrade if you book that day. Make sure you find out what is required, and don’t be afraid to ask for details. 

 

#5 DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Now that the show is over, and you have a bag of goodies, spread you info packets and flyers out on the floor or a table. This will allow you to see everything, and sort flyers into piles or groups of vendors. As you are going through, set aside the vendors you connected with the most. These are the ones that you will want to look up online. Check for their reviews, their website, and their social media. Reach out to them, and set up a personal consultation to learn more about them and their services. 

 

#6 BOOK YOUR FAVORITES.

Once you have your heart set on a vendor, book them! Nothing makes a vendor happier than hearing you love them, and you want them to be a part of your special day. Plus that will be one thing you can mark off your list.

NOW GO HAVE FUN, AND ENJOY THE WEDDING SHOWS WITH CONFIDENCE!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR OWN COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION WITH US.

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