6 Ways to Use Branding Photos

6 Ways to Use Branding Photos

branding photosBranding photos are an integral part of your business strategy. Let’s not mince words about this, they are so important because people buy things moreso because of their emotions than being practical. I mean, let’s discuss my latest Amazon purchase! When I get into my Internet rabbit hole and I am convinced to purchase something, you bet your butt photography played a part in convincing me to buy something! In fact, the last two online purchases I made were because a sponsored post came up on Instagram that resonated with me and I decided to buy it! The images used to lure me in were clean, crisp, showed off exactly what the item could do for me and their site felt professional. All this to say that imagery for your business and brand plays a huge part in that buying emotion!! Thus branding photos for your business can have a huge impact on your income.

So you have all these pictures and you’re almost overwhelmed at what to do with them all. Yes, a good chunk are perfect for social media but how else can you use them? Let’s dig into it!

Social Media

I just talked about this–social media is the bestest place for these amazing photos! Let us count the places: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter are a start!! And depending on your ideal client and where they hang out, your strategy for posting these images and their frequency will play a factor. In fact, posts that include an image receive 120% – 180% more eyes on it and people engage with the post more. That’s HUGE!! Further to the point, Facebook posts with images have close to 40% more interaction. And when you think about how much the algorithm tries to stifle your posts so you will pay for advertising, this number resonates even more.branding photo (more…)

Galveston Engagement Photographer | Cheyenne + Isaiah

Galveston Engagement Photographer | Cheyenne + Isaiah

I love that I live so close to Galveston! It means we get to do engagement sessions there frequently, and then I get to spend the rest of the day there, or go early and prowl around before the session. My favorite spot? The historical strand area, there are so many gorgeous doors and architecture!

Cheyenne + Isaiah

These two are so in love. They have been together since high school and have a connection that can’t be faked. As you can image, they have been through their ups and downs since they have been together for so long. When we were discussing possible locations for their session, it was instantaneous–Galveston! Cheyenne and Isaiah are having a destination wedding so having a beach feel to their engagements kept everything consistent. We also got a few pictures in the historic downtown and snuck their adorable pup into some pictures!

I love their outfits too, it’s put together without trying too hard!! Plus, they have a slight nautical feel the outfits, which is perfect!!

Enjoy the photos!

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Christine Wright Swish + Click PhotographyLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@swishnclick.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!

Rainbow Magic | Houston Wedding Photographer

Rainbow Magic | Houston Wedding Photographer

Who here loves a colorful wedding? My heart sings when I walk into a wedding and the couple has embraced color, so this wedding inspiration comes from this feeling. It’s kind of like when you hold up an item of clothing and ask yourself whether it brings you joy, colorful weddings give me the same joy!

The Rainbow Details

When Brandi, from Laced with Grace, and I discussed the inspiration for this shoot, we wanted it to bright, and light and colorful. We dreamed of tables with a different color at each setting, with a bridal bouquet that was a cascade of color. Of course we wanted the boutonniere had to be super colorful too, and Flower Vibes created a magical assortment! We wanted it at a modern space, and Hughes Manor was the perfect space to show off all the color!

We wanted to have some fun drinks, and Palace Party made the most colorful blended beauties, that also tasted amazing! And of course we wanted to have treats for days!! Wink by Erica made the most delightful donuts and cookies, all of the emanating glitter. Paired with all of these, is the cake made by Cake Fairy by Monica. It’s geode loveliness, and we surrounded it with flowers to show off its rainbow effect.

Of course all the details couldn’t be carried out without a stunning bride and groom. Sarah and Kyle, whose wedding I helped capture a few years ago, were so so fun bring to this shoot! They are effortlessly in love, and it shows. Fun fact, since this shoot they have had a handsome baby boy!!

Published!

Today this wedding inspiration was published at Belle the Magazine!! We are so excited to share these gorgeous images finally, and we hope you love these images as much as we do! The following are the amazing businesses who contributed to the shoot:

Photography: Moi!

Planner: Laced with Grace

Venue: Hughes Manor

Flowers: Flower Vibes

Linens: EB Inc

Napkins: Linens and Events

Goblets: Revisionist Events

Drinks: Palace Party

Cake: Cake Fairy by Monica

Donuts/Cookies: Wink by Erica

Invitations: Alaan Studios

Hair and Makeup: Sunny Hair and Makeup

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Is It Ever too Early to Book a Wedding Photographer?

Is It Ever too Early to Book a Wedding Photographer?

Let’s get real, planning a wedding can be overwhelming! (The good kind, most of the time). It starts with inspiration from Pinterest/Instagram, but then you get 20 tabs deep into local vendors and your mind starts to melt a little. Add onto this that for most of us, it’s unfamiliar territory! Knowing how early to book your venue, photographer, flowers, dress can be a little overwhelming. What really sucks? Finding that perfect place or vendor and then not being able to book them because they were booked earlier by someone else.
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Should You Have an Unplugged Wedding? | Texas Wedding Photographer

Should You Have an Unplugged Wedding? | Texas Wedding Photographer

Why an unplugged wedding?

Imagine this, you are walking down the aisle {or are standing at the front of the aisle} and you cannot see your fiancee. With all your guests standing as you walk down the aisle, that is expected. What isn’t expected? Uncle Bob* has an iPad and is taking pictures of you, so you can’t see your sweetheart, but you do see them straining to see you. Then you notice one of your close friends not looking at you, but at their cell phone, as you walk down the aisle. All in all it wasn’t the moment you thought it would be–people seemed more interested in taking pictures than being present in the moment with you.

I get this concern a lot as a photographer–how do I get my family and friends to understand I want to have them not breaking out their cameras and cell phones during the ceremony? Let’s be honest, posting a sign or making an announcement on their own doesn’t necessarily work. So what can you truly do?

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Tell them Early

When sending out wedding invitations and creating your wedding site, communicate about the expectation upfront. For your invitations, there is typically an insert with instructions, directions to the location, etc. You can include the request for the ceremony to be camera-free in there. I also recommend putting it at the beginning, as a psychological trick. Most people remember the first and last things they read and gloss over items in the middle. You can easily replicate this on your wedding site as well. I would use graphics as well to illustrate your point.

Use Your Parents

Not everyone reads all the portions of your wedding invitation. Which is sad, because that invitation is gorgeous! So they might miss the request of not using their camera or cell phone during the ceremony. They also might not go to your wedding website. In this case, it is a great idea to enlist your parents and get them to communicate to the possible future offenders and let them know about the ceremony rule. I don’t know about you, but my grandparents and aunts were more compliant when a directive came from my mother than from myself. Even though I was a grown ass woman. Sometimes you just need that authority figure to be your ambassador.

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Be Repetitive

On the day of your wedding you can do two things in writing to help–the first I mentioned earlier: have a sign as people enter the ceremony space that asks the guests to put their cameras and phones away and turned off. Then, in case they missed it {it happens}, I would include said verbiage in your program. With a nice graphic, to convey your message, incase they were glossing over the program. I know I am guilty of this!

Final Step

The last and final thing you can do is the announcement. I highly recommend it being done by a family member/authority figure to help give weight to the message. I also saw at a wedding where, after the announcement, the family member looked out into the crowd to ensure people were turning off their phones and putting away their cameras.

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At the end of the day, I realize that it is impossible to get everyone to comply. But if you follow these steps I bet you will be pleasantly pleased to see how many people put down their cell phone and truly enjoy your wedding ceremony with you.

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Christine Wright Swish + Click PhotographyLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@swishnclick.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!