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wedding books:

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how about these two for an, oh i donno, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS couple?? am i right? yes, i’m right. and sweeter people you will not find. =) a couple weeks ago the amazing folks with (Jon Phelps/David Gwaltney and Ryan Verhegge, too!) recorded me talking and making pictures for an upcoming promo video they’re creating for me. (who happens to be a fantastic photographer herself) & Christopher were kind enough to be my models for the evening. words cannot describe my gratitude. the ultra fab worked magic and did an incredible job on my makeup and jazzing up my hair for the shoot. one of the best MUA ever. check her out. i basically blame my new found love affair with false eyelashes on her. OBSESSED.

this whole adventure filled my heart with such love. what a joy to experience life and share the day with these creative, generous and beautiful souls.

here are a couple behind the scenes photos for your viewing pleasure. can’t wait to share the final product with you guys!! xo!
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Grön utsökta broderier brudtärna klänning har blivit ett bröllop göra färskt och vackert landskap, i detaljerna belyser designerns superb teknik. Den övre halvan är personlig design,

update: Nov 29, 2011

i put everyones name in a list and numbered each name. then entered the numbers in a random number generator. it gave me #6.

CONGRATS, CAITLIN COLEMAN!!!!

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!

and a GIANT THANK YOU to EVERYONE for entering and for all the precious bday wishes!!!! xoxo!

 

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blessed doesn’t say the half of it. i was so excited this morning to wake up and have another chance at living this crazy, beautiful life. so to celebrate the wonderful things in my world, i’m giving away a few things that make me super, super happy!

– $25 gift card to The Container Store. my obsession with containers is a bit ridiculous to most people. i love to stash things (and then promptly forget where the “safe place” that I stashed them is. But that’s besides the point).

– $20 gift card to Panera. i refer to this amazing place as My 2nd Office. you can often find me sitting next to the fire place drinking my 978th cup of Hazelnut coffee just about every other day. i try not to like that place so much, but i just can’t help it. and there are no signs of breaking this bad habit anytime soon.

– OPI Glitter Nail Polish “Spark-tacular.” I don’t think this requires a description of why i love it. For real, people. it’s glitter and it’s OPI. It automatically equals loads of fun. obviously.

 

Soooo… here’s all ya gotta do to WIN my FAVORITE THINGS!

1) simply click here to “like” Anna Hedges Photography on Facebook.

2) update your Facebook status with: “I want to win Anna Hedges Photography‘s Birthday Giveaway! You can enter, too! www.blog.annahedges.com.” In order to get credit for the entry, be sure to mention (using the @ symbol) Anna Hedges Photography so that it links to my page and I can see it!

3) bonus cool points if you comment on this post and tell me why you want to win!

 

you have until Tuesday, November 29, 2012 to enter. i will choose a winner that evening and announce it on the blog!

yayayayay!!! good luck and thanks for entering! happy day! xo!

 

 

 

 

wedding shooting clothes

 

wedding shooting clothes by annahedges

D G sheer silk blouse, $421
GAP slim crop pants, $50
Me Too patent leather flat, $59
Silver chandelier earrings, $22
Timex silver watch, $60
Ray-Ban glasses

so HOW IN THE PLANET did i not know about Polyvore until TONIGHT?!?!?!?! apparently, i live under a rock.

thought it might be fun to share what i’ve found to work well while shooting weddings! this isn’t to say that my way is the best, it’s simply what works for me. if you have found an awesome clothing item or shoe that’s great to wear while photographing a wedding, i’d love to hear about it!

i discovered the Slim Crop pants at Gap this Spring and let me tell you, these are the PERFECT wedding shooting pants. i like a skinny leg, but what i don’t like is a skinny dress pant that just ends up looking like leggings. eww. the Slim Cropped pants are a great fit with a great length. nice, thick material. not too low (no one wants to see booty crack). and they’re stretchy!! in my opinion, they’re perfection.

the shoes. i scored a pair of these Me Too leather flats and they are incredibly comfy. the peep-toe looks cuter than a typical, plain flat. i’ve also had luck with a few Libby Edelman styles.

my Timex watch. just a classic piece. and for whatever reason i like the black face. a little different. i am dyyyyying to get a leopard band to go with it though. can you say, AHHMAAAAAAAZZZZING?

depending on my mood i sometimes wear my glasses. i have two different styles of RayBans. love them. at my last eye exam, my Doc asked if i had been wearing my glasses on a regular basis. i said, umm, yeah. well, when they match my outfit. ha! despite my best efforts to be funny while still telling the truth, Doc didn’t seem amused.

i usually just wear some sort of chandelier style earrings. i have a little collection of different kinds. usually i wear whatever i grab first.

this may come as a surprise to some of you, but i actually don’t own the $421 D&G blouse. i wish i did though! i couldn’t find the exact sleeveless tops I wear, but this one was close to one that i have. i rotate between 3-4 different black, sleeveless tops. all of them have ruffles. adds texture. in cooler weather, i layer up with a cardigan.

there are debates on whether or not wedding photographers should wear all black or dress is colors and more like a guest. i vote for all black basically because i sweat like a dog. tmi? maybe. but it’s the truth. i take photographing weddings very seriously and if that means i have to stand in the pouring rain, or lay down in mud to get the shot, i will. wearing black and wearing pants (instead of a dress/skirt) is all about function for me.

what do you think? dress like I normally do to show personality/blend in with guests OR go with the traditional black? if you’re a photographer, what works for you?

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there are many huge benefits to having two photographers at a wedding and i always love when i get to work with one of my photographer friends. lucky for me, i had the ultra fabulous alex bee with me for this Maple Lane Farm wedding last weekend. seriously, Kenna (the bride – who also happens to be an awesome photographer herself) is one of the sweetest people ever and when she asked if we could take a few pictures of her in front of the barn, of course I said, yes. After a couple snaps, I squealed with excitement and showed her the above right image on the back of my camera.

she made this face:   (captured perfectly by alex!)

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i sure do love happy brides AND crazyawesomeamazing 2nd shooters!