My name is Anneliese and I am a family portrait photographer specializing in natural light sessions. My journey as a professional photographer is ever expanding, with years of shooting experience in front of the camera as a model, as well as behind it.
So, you’ve started a new business- whether it’s a photography business, a fashion blog, or you’re trying to break into the world of social media influencers. Other than hoping your favorite store re-posts your awesome photo, there’s a few easier ways to create a follow-worthy Insta. Check out some easy peasy tips below! You can thank me later (I’m on a huge Drake kick, sorry for all the references on my website and insta).
Where’s the content, yo? Nobody likes a naked insta
If you are starting a new Instagram, fill those first nine tiles ASAP. Even if you don’t have any content to post, share images that embrace your brand and show followers what to expect of your blog, store, or small biz. Share inspiration from other artists (credit the OG poster!) to create a mood board and introduce your brand to potential clients.
Here’s an awesome example of sharing inspiration when starting a new company- @shopseadwellers
Mass appeal – pick a color palette
Just like your brand, your social media content needs to be consistent. Pick a color palette, and sprinkle those colors in every post! Carly at Frederick Dean Blog does an amazing job of sprinkling a lil bit of black into her modern + minimal photos @carlym.miller
Some ways to incorporate your brand are:
Photograph your images at the same time of day – if every image has moody golden light, that will keep your feed consistent without being obvious.
Choose the same backdrop for detail shots. A simple marble slab or whitewash hardwood will tie detail shots together around your day-to-day content.
Subliminal branding is always a good t’ing- I may have made that term up, but a bouquet of on-brand flowers or a colorful donut or shopping bag can tie in your branding colors to keep that feed eye-catching and scroll-worthy.
My girl Charly with @charlyjunee nails this aesthetic with shades of blue in every shot.
Share your fave deets!
Your outfits, office space, or storefront might not always be on point one hundred percent of the time- share some faceless photos: favorite products, flat lays of your workspace, a new recipe you’re working on. If you’re a maker + artist, share BTS photos of what you’re working on! Lauren at A Fabulous Fete shares her recent projects in an aesthetically pleasing way, while mixing personal moments that her clients can relate to. @Afabulousfete
Even if you’re not an influencer, think like an influencer.
GIVE MORE THAN YOU RECEIVE. People want to know what works for your skin, your fave organization tips, and how you’ve been handling your small biz. One thing that can set you apart from other businesses, is being genuine and honest with your audience. Having a rough business week, share how you overcame it! Followers follow you, to learn about you! Be real, and people will fall in love with you and your business.
Embracing the give more movement, Tonie with Tonie Christine Photography is so great at mixing biz with helpful tips for other photographers and clients. Create a PDF of your fave poses during an engagement sesh, share your top wedding exits in a blog post, or what gear you use. Being helpful will always benefit your biz in the long run.
Hire a professional for a follow-worthy Insta (aka ME )
Let’s be real, the number one way to keep that feed poppin, is to hire a profesh to curate your content. Sure, a lot of content-creators promise consistent posts, but if they aren’t using the right equipment, your social media may not look as professional as you imagined- which can lead to a lack of trust from potential clients, and the appearance of a lack of expertise in your craft.
Working with a professional photographer to take photos of your store, products, professional headshots, lookbooks, and lifestyle shots enhances the experience for your followers and clients. Looking like a boss, means you are a boss! A great feed will lead to an audience that relates to your content, and clients what you want to work with.
If you want super dope content like Miss Twenty Something, investing in your content is necessary. An hour sesh with me will create enough content for a month of blog and social media posts. I help bloggers style looks, flat lays, location scout, and pose.
Interested in working with me? Fill out this lil form for a complimentary social media evaluation + I’ll send you some thoughts on your content and share which photo session package would work best for your brand!
When you book your wedding photographer, one of the first questions we go over is whether or not you want to schedule a first look with your boo. Pinterest makes a first look on your wedding day seem like the trendiest thing to do on your day. But is this non-tradish moment worth it- from your photographer’s perspective? In this article, I’ll break down some pros and cons about having a first look, and share a few tips on how to make your first look magical.
SCHEDULING YOUR FIRST LOOK If you decide you want to have a first look, I recommend scheduling your first look two hours before the ceremony. This way, you will have an hour to have your first look, take a few portraits right after, squeeze in some formals before the ceremony, and still have time to hide away before guests arrive. Scheduling your first look two hours before the ceremony also allows for wiggle room in the timeline if getting ready runs behind. I’m type A with timelines, so whether or not we work together to create it, or your coordinator creates one for you, we are sticking to it as best we can!
WHERE TO HAVE YOUR FIRST LOOK MOMENT First looks are usually early in the day. A typical wedding day timeline looks like this: Ceremony two hours before sunset, portraits to follow for an hour, reception to follow- with some daylight still available (in case your reception is outdoors- major dance moments will still be lit beautifully around dusk).
Scheduling your first look two hours before the ceremony means the sun will be HIGH up in the sky! You can avoid harsh lighting by having this moment in a shaded area, or somewhere with indirect natural light:
In the hotel lobby
In your reception space
On a pretty patio or deck
In a shaded garden
In full sun- on the beach, or overlooking an epic view.
The first look you see here is a little different – instead of having a walking down the aisle moment, they had their first look before their elopement ceremony started. That’s why the lighting is delishhhhh. Check out this whole El Matador Beach Elopement here.
I REALLY WANT A FIRST LOOK. IS THE TIME OF DAY A MAJOR PROBLEM Short answer- no. I got you girl. If you wanna have your first look at noon in full sun, it’s still gonna be beautiful. Your photographer will scout out the perfect location that will be beautifully lit, keep you two comfortable, and create some incredible photos!
I DON’T REALLY WANT A FIRST LOOK, BUT MY PHOTOGRAPHER IS ADAMANT ABOUT HAVING ONE Girl, I hate to tell you, but if your photographer is trying to persuade you into having a first look, it’s for one of two reasons:
1. They aren’t comfortable getting enough photos after the ceremony- whether it’s not confident photographing in certain lighting situations or the tight schedule to get family formals and bride and groom portraits before the sun sets.
2. You haven’t booked your photographer for the right amount of time to get the coverage you are dreaming of.
Always ask your photographer for full wedding day galleries, to ensure you are hiring someone who is knowledgeable in different lighting situations, wedding venues, and timelines. Trust your photographer if they suggest you need more wedding day coverage. We recommend a certain amount of hours, because we know how wedding days go! We know what moments we can fit into a tight timeline, and we do the best we can with the amount of coverage you decide on. We are here to serve you, and you hired a professional to make this day run super smooth. Trust our recommendations.
FIRST LOOK PROS You two can calm your nerves before the ceremony, and have an intimate moment together before celebrating with friends and family. You’ll be done with formals faster, so you can move on to the party!
FIRST LOOK CONS A lot of brides think this is a con- but from what I’ve seen, the walking-down-the-aisle moment is just as special as it would have been without a first look. There’s still tears from your boo The lighting during your first look may not be ideal, but hiring the right photographer can make any lighting situation work!
#WORTHIT? It was a huuuuge Pinterest trend a few years ago, and many brides are choosing to keep this part of their day traditional, so there is no pressure on my end for you to choose to have a first look on your wedding day. Every day is unique, and it will be documented in that way. First look or not, the moment your boo sees you is gonna be magical, and it will be in your wedding gallery!
You guys know I loooove incorporating activities you two love to do together in your engagement sessions. My last blog was all about how to have a good time while eating food during your engagement sesh- take a peek at that here. So when Shelby + Hunter volunteered to laugh and splash around during their Inlet Beach couples session, I was so excited to share this engagement session activity idea with you!
So, stripping into a swimsuit- or pressing ya bodies up on each other at a public beach access can be kinda uncomfortable- but it makes you laugh uncontrollably which makes for super fun photos! A session with me is filled way more with goofing around than posed moments- and I am soooo into it! Let go of any stress strategizing poses for your sesh and let me third wheel on your cute date. I love taking the time to really get to know you guys while we are hanging out taking photos. We will absolutely get the posed images you need to share with friends and family, but those little in-between moments where your boo’s face is nuzzled into your neck are so special.
Shelby’s cute swimmies are from Ophelia Swimwear + Kay and Elle. Having fun in a casual outfit enhances your sesh because you aren’t focused on what you’re wearing- you’ll be so into cuddling and kissing, you won’t have to worry about wrinkling your dress or button down. Shelbs and Hunter splashed around in the ocean even after they changed back into normal clothes. I am all about spontaneous romance! Guys, don’t shy away from being your usual cuddly self. Your boo wants these memories on film! Scroll through and get some outfit and posing inspo from these lovers. If you’re feeling this, don’t forget to enter my engagement session giveaway!
Engagement session spots in Pensacola usually consist of one of two elements – trendy downtown views, or romantic moments on the beach. Both are awesome, I photograph couples hanging in those places all the time! But including a stop at your favorite bar or restaurant breaks the ice- pun intended – between you and your photographer! Check out these fun sessions filled with tips and inspo for your next sesh!
Liquid courage – grab a drink! Starting your session off at your boo’s favorite bar is a great way to warm up. Relaxing with a brew will make them feel comfortable. I know I feel way more outgoing once I’ve had a drink in me! So check out some of our local breweries. One of my favorites, that is new and aesthetically pleasing, is Perfect Plain Brewing Co.
What do I do with my hands? If you’re worried about having a Ricky Bobby moment and getting stuck while posing in front of the camera, try holding something in your hands! You can hold your boo’s face, hand, waist, or some ice cream! This lil shop popped open earlier this year downtown and it’s filled with cute sitting areas, murals, and fun neon.
Share a cup of joe. Cuddling with a cup of joe is always super cute. Shake things up a bit by sitting on your babe’s lap- it makes a romantic moment fun and flirty! Check out Erin + Matt’s entire coffee sesh here.
Try a new place. Macey and Chris trusted me to drive them to this old vineyard in a neighboring state and although the place was more of a history tour with non-alcoholic grape juice (apparently its illegal to distill wine in AL?), we still found adorable places to photograph! Traveling somewhere new can give your engagement session an adventurous feel!
Some weddings I book years in advance and know every detail on what to expect from my couple, some weddings I book them right around the corner and am surprised with every thoughtful detail they created to make the day even more special! Tomi and Kyle’s wedding day was filled with sweet deets and a whole lot of love from everyone in attendance. From the arbor that Kyle’s dad helped construct that was draped with fabric from Kyle’s step mom’s wedding gown, to the surprise performance from a family friend to the same track that Kyle’s parents danced to at their wedding.
On top of the sentimental surprises, we were all surprised by the wild wind that we had all weekend. Tomi was a lil worried about the weather conditions, but I knew this wind would bring a sense of adventure to their wedding photos. It’s totally understandable to worry about the direction and strength of the wind. No one wants their hair messed up for their wedding day! But hiring the right photographer can ensure your photos go from hot mess to hot damn, was this in our hometown?!
Barefoot beach weddings are all about the organic textures, simple bohemian bouquets, citrus centerpieces, and personal touches. Tomi and Kyle were so excited to get married, they planned their wedding in four months! That meant ordering a gown would be tough. Tomi’s incredible Melissa Sweet gown from David’s Bridal was an absolute dream for a beach wedding. Subtle shades of blush throughout the lace tied together her color palette of champagne, blush, white and grey. Take a peek at their beach house wedding with an adventurous vibe below! Epic wind with intimate and thoughtful moments, all made possible by the people who love them!
Recently any time someone asks for recommendations on couples session ideas, I always suggest we go grab a bite to eat or a drink! It’s probably because I want to snack while we’re hanging out, but it’s also because we get to goof around in a quaint little shop and explore some pretty dope small bizzznesses (Tom Hatherford voice) around pensacola. Seriously, I’m always considering traveling hours out of town for Insta-worthy photo locations, but we have so many cool places locally!
I got to hang out with Erin + Matt, a husband and wife photography and videography duo with Lother Co. at Constant Coffee + Tea in Pensacola. They are the most fun, wholesome, couple and you should absolutely hire them to film your wedding day- ’cause they will bring the party! It’s always fun photographing other photographers, cause they bring their own ideas to posing during a session. I literally said two awkward statements to make them laugh a couple times and the rest was allllll their connection and energy!
Getting married is such an exciting time, and your engagement photos should reflect that! Sprinkle in your own personality by choosing a fun, sentimental location, and just be in the moment with your boo. Whether it’s shooting cookies into each other’s mouths, or cuddling in a public-ish place, having me document those laughs and gentle touches is no where near as awkward as it sounds- LOL. Lucky for you, I let you know what to expect and provide you with outfit ideas and posing tips before our sesh to make you two feel comfortable as you make out in front of me- haha.
Take a peek at Erin + Matt being super cute below, and make sure to check out their beautiful wedding films on their site. Together, we would make the most awesome Photo + Video team for your day!
Let me tell you, wedding planning is stressful AF. Sticking to a budget, making sure the timeline runs smoothly, and scheduling a moment to sip some champagne between entertaining all your out-of-town guests can make your wedding day feel more like mom planning a party rather than feeling like the birthday girl!
I knew I had to write this article after I witnessed some wedding-day drama. PICTURE THIS – Waking up early on your wedding day to set up your outdoor reception space: steaming table linens, arranging wildflowers in mason jars, and struggling to toss your fabric arch up into the most incredible oak tree to frame you and your boo tying the knot. Florida summer weather is unpredictable, and BOOM- thunderstorm happens. All of your Pinterest-worthy decor swept away with the wind and rain! While your hair is still in curlers, you run out and set everything back up with your relatives and friends who may have arrived early. Can you imagine the stress this bride was going through?! After that, I knew I would recommend this vendor to every wedding couple I worked with!
Let me introduce you to the QUEEN of wedding day coordination, Chloe Sexton – with Supposey Co., a floral design, rental studio, and event planning and coordination studio here on the Emerald Coast. I had the chance to ask her some v important q’s about wedding coordination and why every wedding couple should have one!
How did you get into wedding planning and coordination?
I began working in the Wedding Industry in high school, and fell in love with weddings from the first one I worked. After starting my own company at 19, I quickly outgrew the category of just a florist, and expanded into wedding rentals and Coordination + Planning services.
As a florist, I had worked with many planners and coordinators and understood the need for an easier and more effective method for couples. Supposey simplifies the planning process, and our unique approach to offering all 3 crucial aesthetic and execution services under one roof, allows couples a totally streamlined process. They work with one contact from conception to completion, and this minimizes the “telephone effect.” Having one vendor to fill 3 crucial main roles, creates a straightforward and more relaxed version of the normally stressful job of selecting various vendors and hoping they mesh well together.
What is the difference between a wedding planner and a coordinator?
This is crucial to understanding prior to hiring an execution vendor. A Wedding Planner is going to take a brides vision and plan and execute it fully. A Wedding Coordinator is going to guide the bride through her planning, and then take over to execute the day of. It is also important to note that these descriptions vary, depending on the company you are interested in. My advice to any couple looking into a Planner or Coordinator is to read reviews. Get on site like Wedding Wire, The Knot, Google and read as many reviews as possible! These are words straight from prior client’s mouths, and are like gold! Really, read reviews before booking any vendor. You will have a better grasp for the vendor as a whole, verse just what is displayed on a website.
Why do you think couples should hire a wedding planner or coordinator?
I think it is more a question of do they want one.. You see, this vendor category is offering a professional service. Much like having your oil changed, calling a plumber, or filing your taxes, you may want a little professional help for something you don’t do everyday! So, I think it is important to consider that, and think to yourself…. “Do I really want to be worrying about things on the big day? Do I want my mom, family member, or friend stressing about things I could have delegated elsewhere? Do I know everything about events, and what I will need for my wedding?” Having been married myself, and working in the industry for 10 years, I know just how important it is to enjoy your big day, and also have your loved ones get to enjoy it too! Not to mention, the disasters I have seen caused by the “DIY Bride.” My advice: If you love DIY, pick a few small projects to do that will be fun, and leave the rest to a professional to do the worrying, planning, re-arranging, stressing, and coordinating.
What is something unique you offer or something you do differently than other planners in our area?
Supposey is the only company in Pensacola that offers Flowers, Rentals, and Execution services all in one company. This differentiates us from our fellow vendors in the area, and gives local and destination couples another option when looking for these 3 services.
What should couples look for in a wedding planner and coordinator?
The main thing to consider, when hiring any vendor, especially your event leader, is if you connect with them. You should get a warm-fuzzy feeling knowing this person has your back, and can laugh with you, but also buckle down and get things done. Couples should hire a vendor they know is professional (accolades and reviews!), but also that they create a connection with. If you have an off feeling from the start, trust your gut! Go with the choice that meets your vision and budget. Be clear about budget up front, and you will find vendor selection is much more simplified.
What are some ways a wedding coordinator can help throughout the wedding planning process?
This list would be endless if I could honestly list EVERYTHING that wedding planners and coordinators do.
Coordinators and Planners typically:
-Plan Checklists + Schedules
-Create Timelines + Draft Layouts
-Connect and Refer Vendors
-Assist with Budgeting
-Guide Wedding Design and Aesthetic
-Remind clients of TO-DO’s
-Coordinate your ceremony and reception order
-Setup your personal items
-Handle wedding Emergencies
-Bustle your dress, wipe your tears, make the hard decisions, speak for the couple, fill in where another vendor lacks, run to get the item you forgot, make you laugh, give you peace of mind, and give you professional guidance.
A lot of couples turn to their photographers for wedding day timeline needs. I believe photographers and coordinators can work together to ensure the timeline stays on schedule. Some ways a coordinator can work with photographers, are by keeping getting ready details (dress, rings, invites) organized the morning of, and helping coordinate the family portraits (calling out names for photo groups). Do you think this sort of teamwork should be industry standard?
When we begin working on Timeline, the first vendor I reach out to is the couple’s photographer! This is crucial to creating a Timeline that will allow the necessary time a photographer needs to achieve the couple’s photo shot list, and also have creative time with the couple. This style teamwork should 100% be standard in the wedding industry, as should the desire for all vendors to want to “play for the same team!” ….. TEAM BRIDE! We as vendors all need to work together to make a wedding day the best it can be. That often means lending a helping hand to another vendor in need, or just being flexible to a Coordinator or Planner directions or changes short notice. A Photographer is really calling the shots, and needs to be considered when creating any Timeline for a wedding day.
If a bride chooses to plan and set up her wedding on her own, what is one piece of advice you would provide her to make her day run smoothly?
Delegate, delegate, delegate! If you plan and do everything yourself, at least on the day of, put someone else in charge. Your focus should be on your marriage in the end, not your wedding and all it’s details, stress, and hiccups. On the big day, focus on your new spouse to be! Let the little things (and big things) go, and enjoy your wedding day! Once it’s here, it’s here and you might as well create happy memories, no matter what the day holds. The Bride’s attitude is going to reflect in her bridal party, family, and vendors. You set the tone for the day, so smile and be beautiful! Prepare your heart ahead of time for the new chapter of life you are entering, and let the celebration happen along the way.
Hiring the right photographer can also ease the wedding planning process. Once you have secured your wedding date with me, Love, Anneliese Photography, I will send you a packet of helpful information containing my preferred vendors, what to expect, and more- along with periodic e-mails sharing wedding planning or photo session tips, like this one!
Although your photographer is not your coordinator, I totally will collaborate with all of your awesome vendors to ensure we have enough time to photograph those incredible wedding day moments and still be present during your magical day <3
If you are ready to book, or if you have more questions about what it’s like to work with me- please reach out using the form below! Super stoked to share this vendor insight with you and I can’t wait to hear about your wedding day dreams!
OKAY let’s talk sunrise sessions for a minute. They seem like a pain in the ass, right? Ya gotta get up hella early to do your makeup and hair, drive out to the beach before dawn, and probably miss your morning coffee. But sunrise engagement sessions are so right for so many reasons! The temps are low, the beach is deserted- maybe a fisherman here or there, and you get to witness the most incredible sunrise views with your boo along the Emerald Coast!
Mariana + Greyson were scheduled to photograph their engagement session in Georgia, but the rain forecast was making their one day for engagement photos look like a bust. So we shot them here! Locally. Along Pensacola Beach’s Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Greyson, man, let me tell you. This session is now the session I send to all my couple’s to motivate guys to GET CUDDLY! All of these sweet moments were unprompted. He is infatuated with his bride and it shows <3 After getting to know each other during our session, I learned that Greyson and my fiancé work together! Small world! I’m seriously considering sending this gallery to all the spouses in the squadron so they can share with their guys- haha! But seriously, I can’t deal with the nose kisses and belly laughs Greyson gave Mariana throughout their sesh. SO cute.
We got to explore a ton of cool spots along Gulf Islands National Seashore. If you and your boo are up for it, consider making your engagement session an adventure! Explore somewhere you haven’t been before! Bring a few outfit changes- something to walk around in and something to twirl around in, and soak up some salty air! And you guys know me, I’m always down for getting in the water with ya!
See more of these two and their sunrise engagement session below.