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Leigh Skaggs Wedding Photographer Virginia Beach Va.  The wedding day is  very hectic.  The Bride has so many things to think about.  She is juggling all the last-minute details.   Her mind is racing and she is trying to make sure that all of things she has been working on for the past year are going to run smoothly.  One thing she is NOT thinking about is eating.   On the wedding day, it is crucial that the Bride does not forget to eat.   This is where the Bridesmaids must step in.    Don’t just offer her something.  Physically, give her something to eat.  It doesn’t have to be a full five course meal, I know she wants her dress to fit perfectly, some fresh fruit, a cup of yogurt, even a small salad, are all good choices.   Helping the Bride to remember to eat will help her in many ways.   Having some food in her system will ensure that she is able to think about all those little details with a clear head, she won’t be so likely to sweat the small stuff, and it will keep her mood upbeat and excited.  When Bride’s don’t eat on the big day, they have more trouble focusing and this causes them stress.    And one thing that none of us want on the big day is a stressed out Bride.  So Bridesmaids, I am counting on you!  It may seem like a small insignificant detail, but I promise it will make all the difference in the world.   Feed your Bride!  And don’t forget to give her some water, too!  🙂                                                                                                                           Norfolk, Va Wedding Photography

Dont forget to feed the Bride!  Bon appetit!  Wedding Photographer Virginia Beach Va

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When I met with Michelle in November of 2010, I remember she told me she was not photogenic.  I could not believe that the beautiful young Woman sitting in front of me was not going to take a good picture.  So when I met with her and her Fiance Ryan in April, I was expecting to have to give a lot of coaching and assisting.  Well, let me tell you, not only is Michelle a closet model, but Ryan is too, and they are both gorgeous!   I had a great time on our shoot starting at the Zen garden in Virginia Beach, and ending at the beach.  The only thing that I would have changed, is that we soaked Ryan’s awesome Chuck Taylor’s, when a rogue wave hit us.  🙂  Sorry about that Ryan! 

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  • valerie demo - the one of them walking down the road… is PERFECT! good job, lady!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I love that you don’t ask your couples to dress up in something that is not them for their pictures. You take such beautiful photos because you accept people for who they are…that’s what makes you a great!ReplyCancel

    • Leigh - I feel that in engagement photos you will be more relaxed if you dress like yourselves. The wedding day is a day to dress up. Engagements sessions shouldn’t be quite as serious. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Adam is 7 Months old!! And such a Cutie!! » Leigh Skaggs Photography - […] was so excited to meet Adam!  I was lucky enough to photograph his Mom and Dad’s engagement and wedding, so when Michelle’s Aunt contacted me about getting her a session for a gift, I […]ReplyCancel

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I am truly honored that www.dailyconcepts.com chose two of my photographs from the PSD experience to showcase on their website.  I learned so much at the workshop, and to be recognized alongside the other photographer’s that were teaching and attending is an enormous compliment.   They have chosen to showcase one of my photographs today and again on May 7th.  Thanks again Daily Concepts.  I appreciate the praise, and the pairing with the E.E. Cummings quote, Priceless!!

Thank you Daily Concepts for recognizing my photos on your website!

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Do you really need an engagement session?? Do you really need an engagement session??      I am often asked at wedding client meetings whether or not I think it is important to do an engagement session.  The answer is always the same.  YES!!  There are several reasons that I find the engagement session so critical to ensuring the wedding day goes smoothly, and none of them are the photographs themselves.   The engagement (E) session gives me face time alone with the Bride and Groom where they will learn my shooting style, gives them practice with some of the poses they may see at the wedding, let’s me get an idea what the Bride and Groom like and dislike about themselves in photographs, and above all, lays the groundwork that gives us a shared experience that helps us to be comfortable with one another on the big day .   

I can always tell when the E session is a success because the Groom says “that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.”  I take this as high praise because I know the Groom is my tough sell at an E session.  Let’s face it, Groom’s generally do not want to be bothered with an E session.  I know how torturous it sounds to have to get dressed nicely and go hang out with a photographer on a Friday evening.  It is NOT high on their list of priorities.  But as we are told throughout life, practice makes perfect.  When you book an engagement session it helps the photographer teach you things that you can do on the wedding day to make your photographs top notch.  It can be as easy as where to put your hands, but having the experience before the big day will make a difference.  Also, you get to see the photographer’s shooting style.   Personally, I  have a lot of energy.  I am standing up on my tip toes, laying on the ground, leaning over to the point of almost falling on my face, all to make sure I am getting the perfect angle and shot.   By seeing this at the engagement session, you won’t be surprised by it on the wedding day. 

Personally, I find my Couple’s to be beautiful people inside and out and I don’t see the “flaws”.  But we are our own worst critics, and realistically I know that everyone has something they don’t love about themselves.  When we do an E session, I am able to find out what it is that you may not be ecstatic about and help you learn ways to pose to make you feel better about these things.  Also, by seeing which photographs you pick, helps me to better decide how to pose you on the big day. 

Lastly, by having a day just for the three of us, we share an experience that takes the pressure off of the wedding day.  You already know me.  We had fun together, we laughed, I was totally goofy.  You both know we are going to have fun at the wedding, because we are already friends.  You trust me to take beautiful photographs of you, and that reflects in how relaxed you are in front of the camera.  Plus, the Groom said “that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be”.   🙂

Do you really need an engagement session??Do you really need an engagement session??

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