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Quick Tips for Beginning Your Wedding Planning by Michael Henson

How do I start!?!?

That's possibly the most common question in the entire wedding industry. It seems simple, but it's overwhelming once you start looking at all the moving pieces you must put together. To shed a little bit of light on the question, I asked a couple local St. Louis wedding professionals to weigh in with their experience and expertise.

Some quick tips from Inspired Design Wedding Events, a 14 year veteran in the industry, include:

  1. Budget // How much do you want to spend? Who is contributing?
  2. Goals // What are your goals for the event? If it's just to "get hitched" you could do that at a courthouse! What do you want to get out of the event itself? Photos, memories, time with family? 
  3. Important Elements // What is most important to each member in the couple? Don't just assume that you both care about the same things!

I also had a couple questions that I sent over to VSM Event Creations and Vanessa gave me some great feedback as well. Budget topped the list and she mentioned some incredible resources for those struggling with budgeting - The Knot & WeddingWire are great starting sources. In addition, she mentioned:

  1. Venue // The next step when getting into the "nitty-gritty" is to look at your ceremony and reception venues and get them booked. She suggests making a list of the top 3 places you'd like to check out and to start communicating with them as soon as possible.
  2. Wedding Planner // Hiring a wedding planner is an investment in your sanity. They can certainly help in choosing high quality vendors and really help out with the tiny details that make your wedding everything you want it to be!

Hopefully, this is beneficial and gives you a bit of direction as you start planning your St. Louis wedding! If you have other topics you'd like to chat about, shoot me a message or drop me a comment. Also, check out our bridal resource group on Facebook and join up!

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Glamour, Fashion & a Wall | [re]Fresh Model of the Month | March by Michael Henson

For the most part, I'm a pessimist. I spend about 75% of a photo shoot second guessing myself, knowing that I got the shot, but wondering if I GOT THE SHOT that I envisioned in my head. Much like a musician being able to hear a great lick in their heads but struggling to translate it to instrument, I like to fight myself.

This was not the case at our latest photo session at [re]Fresh Boutique. Abby, the model absolutely KILLED it! She was easy to work with, easy to pose, and completely comfortable in front of the camera. 

I'll let the images speak for themselves...

If you'd like to schedule a session with me or have a project for your store, business, or brand that you would like to collaborate on, just shoot me a message! I love meeting new people and working on fun projects!

PSA: It's Time to Get a New Headshot!!! | St. Louis Headshot Photographer by Michael Henson

Photography is a cyclical business. When most of your time is invested outdoors, you fall prey to the whims of seasons, weather, and the nasty combinations they can create. The result of winter's arrival in St. Louis is a short window of daylight for shooting during the day and the pesky effects of wind, rain, snow, sleet, and all the other little surprises Mother Nature throws our way.

As a result, I've spent most of my time the past couple months working with people updated their headshots for professional usage, company websites, and various social media platforms. If you haven't updated your headshots recently, I'd suggest you get on the ball! Personal branding and marketing is the name of the game these days. Whether you are looking for images for personal usage, or needing to ensure your LinkedIn profile rocks the way you want it to, an updated headshot will certainly help get the job done!

I'd love to help and can come to you! Just shine the Bat Symbol in the sky (aka: shoot me an email!), and I'll come running (on our scheduled date at the appointed time)!

Hope to hear from you soon!