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Hello there!

It is Novemeber, and the days are getting shorter. Daylight savings time is now in effect as well and as photographers we all know the optimum time for shooting ends much earlier than we would like for outdoor portrait sessions! Because of this, I have decided to move our PUG Meeting to Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 a.m.

Because this meeting will be held at a private residence, PLEASE message me for directions and an address. It is in East Layton, Utah.

Topics we will be covering:

New Pictage Products and Services (There are a BUNCH! YAY!)
How to obtain a correct white balance in the snow
How to coreectly espose subjects properly with snow
and How to photograph moving subjects.

We have the FABULOUS opportunity to photograph two hourses, a model in a red cape with white fur trim and hopefully we will have oodles of snow as well!

If you are in town after Turkey Day and need some inspiration, please join us and bring a friend!

Andrea

10. JUN, 2011

Photo by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Finding the perfect headpiece can be a bit of a challenge for many brides.  If you want something specific or custom Modest Couture by Elizabeth is just what you need.  They have a variety of looks, colors & designs.   The best part is that she can design a custom headpiece just for you.  Here is a sample of what they have to offer.

Bridal Headpieces

Written By~Modest Couture by Elizabeth

I love creating custom bridal headpieces! It is such a pleasure to personally work with each bride to create all of the veils, hats, birdcage veils, and fascinators.  It is so much fun to brainstorm with each of you to come up with the perfect piece for your big day!

Some of my different headpiece types include:  Birdcage veils, blushers, long traditional veils, pillbox hats, fabric flower fascinators, feather fascinators, headbands and the new “Kate Middleton” hat.

Photo by~Magnifique Photography

Feather fascinators have really come into their own as of late.  A feather fascinator is a great way to top off your outfit perfectly for your big day or for any special occasion.  Feather fascinators can be made from a variety of feathers including marabou or ostrich.  They can be put on a comb or a clip.  Because all my fascinators are completely custom made for each bride or bridesmaid, you can choose the size, colors, types of feathers and the adornments included.  They can be worn individually or with a birdcage veil depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Photo by~Creativ Productions

Pill box hats are one of my specialties.  These are a classic look from the 1960’s that many brides are opting for because they are so unique.  There are very few who actually make pillbox hats anymore.  I love them!  They can be done in a variety of ways to customize them to complement your wedding gown.

Photo by~Modest Couture by Elizabeth

One of my newer hats is the “Kate Middleton” style of hat.  It is a small tear-drop shaped hat worn high on the head, usually adorned with lace, Russian veiling and a few strategically placed feathers, and sometimes a piece of bling.  Kate Middleton and other London socialites wear these frequently.  They are such a fun way to add romance and fun to a wedding.

Headbands can be any width you choose, from very narrow to wide.  They can include veiling, flowers, beads, bling or anything you or I can imagine.  These look especially great on brides with ultra-short hair!  Flower girls love them too!

Photo by~Jon Woodbury Photography

Birdcage veils can be made in almost any length, shape and size.  I like to make them separately so they can be used with hats, flowers, feathers or headbands!  They are such a fun accessory!

Photo by~Andrea Hanks Photography

 

Photo by~Jon Woodbury Photography

Photo by~ Andrea Hanks Photography

Photo by~ Jon Woodbury Photography

Photo by~ Creativ Productions

Be sure to visit Modest Couture by Elizabeth’s website here & you if you have questions you may contact her by email at: inquiry@modestcouturebyelizabeth.com.

 

(Click here to see the post on the Salt Lake City/Park City Bride and Groom’s Blog.)
Posted on June 28, 2011 by twoolf

I’m an extremely sentimental soul, but there’s something about summer that makes me especially nostalgic: memories of running through sprinklers, slurping up popsicles before they melt in the sun, “camping out” under the stars in the backyard at night….ah, youth.

Summer certainly brings to mind the good ‘ol days, and this summer-y retro-themed bridal session by Andrea Hanks Photography is no exception–I’m suddenly craving an ice cold Coca Cola, a juke box, and a poodle skirt. It might have something to do with the bride’s attire…

Angelina, the bride, is wearing the “Sophia,” a custom-designed dress by local designer Modest Couture by Elizabeth. The darling dress features a scoop-square neckline, lace elbow-length raglan sleeves, rouched upper bodice, pockets, bustle bow and back buttons. And to top it all off, a custom pill box hat with a blusher, also designed by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.


The bride, Angelina, shares the details of what inpspired her retro dress and wedding theme:

It all started with the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s–I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to my husband, Chase, and that would be what we danced to at our wedding. Chase and I decided we wanted a retro theme, as if we were getting married back in the day. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth and fell in love. I made an appointment and met with Betsy, the owner and designer, at her home. The dress “Sophia” was the first one I tried on, and it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat–it went perfect with the theme.

Congratulations Angelina! Thank you Andrea Hanks Photography and Modest Couture by Elizabeth for sharing this bridal session with us!

 

 

More wonderful goodness from The Bride and Groom Blog Feature!  Go here to view the post on their site.

 

CHASE & ANGELINA
SALT LAKE TEMPLE & BACKYARD RECEPTION

Photos By: Andrea Hanks Photography

 

Colorful & sweet is just what this wedding is. Creating the perfect vintage wedding isn’t easy but this couple seemed to know how to create it & making it their own as well.

Read more…

 

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04. JUN, 2011

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

If you are wanting to have a little sweet fun with your wedding this just may be the perfect wedding for your inspiration.  Angelina & Chase wanted a to have a sweet vintage wedding showcasing their love for each other & some of their favorite sweets as well.  The colors she choose were yellow, green & blue.  The colors really showcased the fun ideas with balloons & the amazing wedding cake made by Tasha from Cake-A-Licious.  Don’t forget the gorgeous personalized wedding dress created by Betsy with Modest Couture By Elizabeth.  She knows how to create the perfect new-vintage gown for any bride and I love it!!  Angelia made such a beautiful bride.  Special thanks to Andrea with Andrea Hanks Photography for sharing these images with us.  We hope this sparks a few new, fun ideas for future brides.  Congratulations Chase & Angelina.  We wish you lots of LOVE & happiness in your new life together. :)

Here are a few words from the bride herself:

 

HOW CHASE AND I MET…

Chase and I were born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. We only lived a few blocks away from each other and we both graduated from Hunter High School. His younger sister Chelsea was one of my good friends and she is the one who set us up. Their parents gave them four tickets to see a Jazz game and they both had to bring dates, so Chelsea asked me. It was a wonderful night; we ate at Rumbi, played mad libs and drank a lot of diet coke.

I was down at school in Cedar at the time and so we can thank Facebook for our relationship. We talked a lot through that website and it is funny to say that is where this all began. One weekend a few months after dating, Chase was down in Cedar visiting me for the weekend. We planned on taking a day trip to St. George and it turned into a weekend at Disneyland. Chase said to me, “you know Disneyland is only six hours away..” He knew that I loved Disney and that he would win over my heart if he took me there. And he did, there at the happiest place on earth I knew I was falling in love with Chase Helm. That love has continued to grow ever since.

HOW I CAME UP WITH THE THEME…

It started with the song “can’t help falling in love with you,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s, I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to Chase and that would be what we danced to. Chase and I decided we wanted an old theme, as if we were getting married back then. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme. Chase’s grandparents own the Condie’s Chocolates and we wanted to include that into our wedding. The wedding was planned to what Chase and I wanted by my cousin Bobbi. She had all the wonderful ideas from the colors and the big balloons to the lanterns and decorations at the Reception. She had been planning my wedding for many years and new exactly what would be perfect.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth in the Utah Bridal magazine and fell in love. We made an appointment and met with Betsy at her home. The dress was the Sophia and it was the first one I tried on, it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat, it went perfect with the theme. Then Betsy recommended me to look at a photographer who knew how to take great pictures with that theme, Andrea Hanks.

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WEDDING…

My favorite part was walking out of the Temple doors holding my husband’s hand. It was so fun to see our family and all our loved ones there to greet on our special day. My other favorite was when Chase and I danced for the first time as husband and wife, to our song. There must have been a million times that I had played that out in my head before the wedding, and then there it was in real life, it was so beautiful.

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY…

There are two things, I would not have cried as much and would have made more time in the day. I think that the planning and hard work leading up to the wedding was overwhelming on the day. I felt like Chase and I had worked so hard to get to where we wanted to be that day. It was crazy to think that all those people were there for us, and I was so happy they were. I only say I wish I didn’t cry as much because of my make-up, you can only touch so much up. They were all happy tears and it was a happy day.

The most important change is one that I will tell every soon to be bride I know from now on, is that I wish that we would have had more time in that one day. Maybe had a ceremony time for earlier in the morning so we could have had more time to take pictures at the Temple. We were very rushed that day and it was hard to get everything in that I wanted. My best friend Caitlin told me to stop and look around at what was going on and to take it all in, she told me that it would go by so fast. Man was she right, and it was the fastest day of my life.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREA…

Having a good photographer was on the top of my list of things I had to have at my wedding. When Betsy recommended Andrea she just had so many good things to say about her, so of course we had to look her up as soon as we got home from the dress appointment. I knew Andrea was the one when I saw a photo from a previous wedding she had done, in this picture there were the two wedding rings with diet coke cans and ice, and I fell in love.

Chase and I met with Andrea for lunch to talk about what we were looking for and how we wanted our wedding. She started the lunch by getting to know us, asking how we met and how we came up with the ideas for our wedding, she told us about herself as well. She really wanted to focus on the fact that she liked to develop a relationship with the bride and groom and how it would show through the pictures. And that is exactly what happened, Chase and I really connected with her.

A man that Andrea had worked with before had these beautiful old cars and that is what we wanted to shoot our engagements with. I wanted to have a photographer who I trusted and valued their ideas. Andrea came up with all the locations and ideas and they were perfect for me. It was such a fun day; it went from super hot to pouring rain. And we shot with the same kind of car that Elvis had used in one of his movies; Andrea knew that was a must. Chase and I had never really taken pictures like this together, and so it was a very new experience for us. She captured things in those pictures that Chase and I felt and that couldn’t be described in words. We knew that she was exactly what we wanted.

The day I took my bridals I brought my mom with me, who was a lot of fun to be around and I think she helped Andrea out too. We just followed her in our car and she took us to several locations. They were random places that by just looking at them seemed so ordinary, but they turned out so well and I thought they went with the theme so well. My mom and I got to know Andrea and the life she had lived very well; it was a great day out with the girls.

The wedding day was the craziest day of my life and Andrea was there to help me through it. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about her at all, I knew that the pictures of my special day were in the right hands. She caught things in my wedding that I didn’t even know where there, and it is so nice to look back at them now. She knew exactly what Chase and I wanted and we had so much fun with her. I was sad to say goodbye to her that night, knowing that was it.

VENDORS
CAKE: Tasha at Cake-A-Licious.
FOOD: Spoon Me, Cupcakes by Cake-A-Licious, soda and Condie’s Chocolate.
WEDDING DRESS: The Sophia Dress by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.
TUXES: Ritz Tuxedos
MAID OF HONOR DRESS: Made by Debbi (an Aunt to Jordan the Maid of Honor)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrea Hanks
MAKE-UP: Done by Bride using MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Niki Hancuff from Style Setter and pill box hat by Modest Couture by Elizabeth
CEREMONY: Salt Lake Temple
LUNCHEON: Joseph Smith Memorial Building
RECEPTION: The residence of Terry and Jackie Rushton

To see more images from this wedding be sure to check out their Featured Wedding Page on our site HERE!

 

I am thrilled to share an ad that was published in The Utah Bride and Groom Magazine for Modest Couture by Elizabeth. Enjoy!

The Engagement Session
The Bridal SessionThe Ceremony
The Luncheon
The Reception

HOW CHASE AND I MET…

Chase and I were born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. We only lived a few blocks away from each other and we both graduated from Hunter High School. His younger sister Chelsea was one of my good friends and she is the one who set us up. Their parents gave them four tickets to see a Jazz game and they both had to bring dates, so Chelsea asked me. It was a wonderful night; we ate at Rumbi, played mad libs and drank a lot of diet coke.

I was down at school in Cedar at the time and so we can thank Facebook for our relationship. We talked a lot through that website and it is funny to say that is where this all began. One weekend a few months after dating, Chase was down in Cedar visiting me for the weekend. We planned on taking a day trip to St. George and it turned into a weekend at Disneyland. Chase said to me, “you know Disneyland is only six hours away..” He knew that I loved Disney and that he would win over my heart if he took me there. And he did, there at the happiest place on earth I knew I was falling in love with Chase Helm. That love has continued to grow ever since.

HOW I CAME UP WITH THE THEME…

It started with the song “can’t help falling in love with you,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s, I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to Chase and that would be what we danced to. Chase and I decided we wanted an old theme, as if we were getting married back then. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme. Chase’s grandparents own the Condie’s Chocolates and we wanted to include that into our wedding. The wedding was planned to what Chase and I wanted by my cousin Bobbi. She had all the wonderful ideas from the colors and the big balloons to the lanterns and decorations at the Reception. She had been planning my wedding for many years and new exactly what would be perfect.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth in the Utah Bridal magazine and fell in love. We made an appointment and met with Betsy at her home. The dress was the Sophia and it was the first one I tried on, it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat, it went perfect with the theme. Then Betsy recommended me to look at a photographer who knew how to take great pictures with that theme, Andrea Hanks.

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WEDDING…

My favorite part was walking out of the Temple doors holding my husband’s hand. It was so fun to see our family and all our loved ones there to greet on our special day. My other favorite was when Chase and I danced for the first time as husband and wife, to our song. There must have been a million times that I had played that out in my head before the wedding, and then there it was in real life, it was so beautiful.

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY…

There are two things, I would not have cried as much and would have made more time in the day. I think that the planning and hard work leading up to the wedding was overwhelming on the day. I felt like Chase and I had worked so hard to get to where we wanted to be that day. It was crazy to think that all those people were there for us, and I was so happy they were. I only say I wish I didn’t cry as much because of my make-up, you can only touch so much up. They were all happy tears and it was a happy day.

The most important change is one that I will tell every soon to be bride I know from now on, is that I wish that we would have had more time in that one day. Maybe had a ceremony time for earlier in the morning so we could have had more time to take pictures at the Temple. We were very rushed that day and it was hard to get everything in that I wanted. My best friend Caitlin told me to stop and look around at what was going on and to take it all in, she told me that it would go by so fast. Man was she right, and it was the fastest day of my life.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREA…

Having a good photographer was on the top of my list of things I had to have at my wedding. When Betsy recommended Andrea she just had so many good things to say about her, so of course we had to look her up as soon as we got home from the dress appointment. I knew Andrea was the one when I saw a photo from a previous wedding she had done, in this picture there were the two wedding rings with diet coke cans and ice, and I fell in love.

Chase and I met with Andrea for lunch to talk about what we were looking for and how we wanted our wedding. She started the lunch by getting to know us, asking how we met and how we came up with the ideas for our wedding, she told us about herself as well. She really wanted to focus on the fact that she liked to develop a relationship with the bride and groom and how it would show through the pictures. And that is exactly what happened, Chase and I really connected with her.

A man that Andrea had worked with before had these beautiful old cars and that is what we wanted to shoot our engagements with. I wanted to have a photographer who I trusted and valued their ideas. Andrea came up with all the locations and ideas and they were perfect for me. It was such a fun day; it went from super hot to pouring rain. And we shot with the same kind of car that Elvis had used in one of his movies; Andrea knew that was a must. Chase and I had never really taken pictures like this together, and so it was a very new experience for us. She captured things in those pictures that Chase and I felt and that couldn’t be described in words. We knew that she was exactly what we wanted.

The day I took my bridals I brought my mom with me, who was a lot of fun to be around and I think she helped Andrea out too. We just followed her in our car and she took us to several locations. They were random places that by just looking at them seemed so ordinary, but they turned out so well and I thought they went with the theme so well. My mom and I got to know Andrea and the life she had lived very well; it was a great day out with the girls.

The wedding day was the craziest day of my life and Andrea was there to help me through it. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about her at all, I knew that the pictures of my special day were in the right hands. She caught things in my wedding that I didn’t even know where there, and it is so nice to look back at them now. She knew exactly what Chase and I wanted and we had so much fun with her. I was sad to say goodbye to her that night, knowing that was it.

VENDORS
CAKE: Tasha at Cake-A-Licious.
FOOD: Spoon Me, Cupcakes by Cake-A-Licious, soda and Condie’s Chocolate.
WEDDING DRESS: The Sophia Dress by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.
TUXES: Ritz Tuxedos
MAID OF HONOR DRESS: Made by Debbi (an aunt to Jordan the Maid of Honor)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrea Hanks
MAKE-UP: Done by Bride using MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Niki Hancuff from Style Setter and pill box hat by Modest Couture by Elizabeth
CEREMONY: Salt Lake Temple
LUNCHEON: Joseph Smith Memorial Building
RECEPTION: The residence of Terry and Jackie Rushton

Your Professional Photography Business – Keeping It Simple

By scottbourne

Running a photography business can be a daunting task. When I first started I was personally overwhelmed at the details. I just wanted to take pictures! But the job requires more than that. There is one way to beat back the details that get in the way of the fun stuff. Keep it simple!

And I mean all of it. What it? Things like marketing materials, policies, contracts, price lists, etc. Keep it all simple. This has two tremendous benefits. One, it makes it easier for you to concentrate on the part of the job you like, and two – (and this is the really great news) it actually increases your chances for financial success. Here’s why.

Photography clients don’t have the same experience with this stuff that we do. They are often worried, nervous or confused when it comes to hiring a professional photographer. If you streamline the workflow of paperwork, sales and sign up process, shoot and delivery, you put them at ease, make it easier for them to make decisions they already want to (i.e., to hire you) and you streamline the whole experience so it can be enjoyable to your client.

Think about visiting a restaurant that has a 50 page menu. Now think about a place that has a one-page menu. It’s much easier to make a decision (as a consumer) when there are fewer choices. In my experience, this approach absolutely works. Give it a try. Look at all your business processes from start to finish and ask yourself which of these can be streamlined.

 

I am happy to share a wonderful article with you featuring one of my photos from a shoot with Modest Couture by Elizabeth!  Fabulous!!!!! To see the actual article click here.

Photo By Jon Woodbury

In our second Q&A with a Utah Wedding Gown Professional, Betsy from Modest Couture By Elizabeth shared with us some of her insight into wedding gown trends and styles.  Betsy is her own designer and her style is extremely unique and different from any other out there.  In just a short period of time her designs have become very popular with brides from all over the United States.

According to Betsy:  “Modest Couture by Elizabeth was born out of a need for fun, unique dresses for brides, homecoming queens, Quinceañera, and all those who prefer not to show too much skin!  These dresses are different on purpose… I don’t want them to look like the same old frumpy-modest dress. These dresses are intended to party, boogie and celebrate in, in your own style, while still having a fabulous one-of-a-kind dress made specifically for you!”

Photo By David Evans

Who is your favorite bridal gown designer?  And why??

Me!  Because my designs are distinctively different, offering ‘new-vintage’ inspired couture designs that are modest. I incorporate both old and new designs with old & new fabrics for a completely unique look.

What are the top dress styles & trends for 2011?

Lots of tiers, soft cascading fabrics, flowing layers, different types of lace, pleats and bows; and especially tea-length gowns.

What wedding dress trends do you foresee in the future?

More designers will start showing gowns with sleeves.

What is the first question you ask a bride when they come in looking for a wedding dress?

What is her vision and feel of her wedding?

What advice do you have for brides when searching for a wedding gown?

Try on all sorts of styles, with different necklines, waists, skirts and lengths.  You’ll never know looks good on you if you don’t try it.

Photo By Andrea Hanks Photography

 

Photo By Glen Wilson

 

I was thrilled when I was asked to by the lovely and talented Autumn Thatcher if I would be willing to be a part of a cover story about 4 local photographers for their next issue of  In This Week.  First is the printed version and then right below is the the online version of the story.  If you would like to view the article online go here. The printed version is available today, so go pick up a copy!
Cover: Salt Lake’s Hot Shots, Andrea Hanks
Posted 2011-03-30 14:27:23 by Autumn Thatcher

Our day-to-day lives happen in a blur and the monotony of our daily responsibilities sometimes causes us to get into routines that prevent us from stopping and taking a look at the world around us. While most of us have to remind ourselves to look at our surroundings, there are those select few who tend to see nothing but what surrounds them. These individuals are more often than not, photographers. Anyone can buy a camera and start shooting, but not everyone can turn their work into art. In appreciation for the photographic talent that exists in Salt Lake, we minimize our words and talk to four different professional photographers who differ in style and subject, but are similar because of their ability to see something ordinary and make it extraordinary. These people show us on the pages what they see in their surroundings and capture their interpretations behind the lens for everyone else to admire.

Andrea Hanks has been working with photography and cameras since she began modeling internationally at the age of 14. Her experience in front of the camera along with the realization that it was time to step out of the world of modeling led her to pick up a camera and go behind the lens.

What she likes to shoot • I love the fashion industry, so my style is most influenced by high fashion editorial.

On her photographic studies • Experience has been the best teacher for me. A lot of trial and error. My yearly goals always include some form of continued training. I spend time analyzing other photographers and seeking their input from camera setting to the best shoes to wear on the risers at LA Fashion Week.

How she is different from other photographers • Because of my unique experience in the fashion industry, the way I use lighting, the way I pose and most often don’t pose subjects and my decidedly unique processing style using rich, bright colors and deep contrasting blacks and whites.

Who she would shadow for a day • Nicolaas de Bruin or Walter Ego

Opportunities her career has presented her with • Good luck is where the paths of hard work and opportunity cross. In my short career, I have been able to shoot celebrities at Sundance Film Festival, and I am the house photographer for the biggest venue at LA Fashion Week. I have also shot wedding proposals in Chicago, weddings nationwide and most recently in Jamaica. I am currently working on some shooting projects this fall in New York.