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Engagement sessions are in full-swing at Cadenza Photo Imaging and I couldn’t be more excited! This beautiful sunset session couldn’t have been any more perfect (minus the crazy amounts of gnats) but we powered through! This fun couple will be tying the knot this August and I couldn’t be more excited to capture their wedding! Please enjoy a few of my favorites from this session!
This sunny afternoon couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for an engagement session! We may have had a late spring this year, but Vander Park in Davenport was in full bloom! Perfect timing! Laura and Kurt were so much fun and so easy to work with. This couple is tying the knot very soon and this is one wedding that I’m REALLY looking forward to.
For those that don’t know, I am currently a full-time music teacher, but I recently resigned to run my photography business full-time! It’s been a really lonnngggg (and tiring) process of building my business while teaching middle schoolers, but I’m proud to say that Laura and Kurt will be my first wedding as a full-time business owner!
These two absolutely rocked their session at Vander Veer park & the Figge Art Museum and I hope you enjoy a handful of my personal favorites!
2018 still has a few openings & 2019 is booking very quickly! Click here to check your date!
I am such a huge believer that your reception and party should be the most fun you’ve ever had! I’m also a huge believer that you NEED to keep me there to photograph it. I can’t imagine NOT capturing these amazing smiles and moments!
Wow! I am SO glad this was my first 2018 wedding! My nerves are always on overdrive for the first wedding of the year and this one definitely squashed those nerves within minutes of arriving!
Victoria and James are some of the most genuine & laid-back couples I’ve ever met. The moment I met them, I realized that this day was going to be an absolute blast and a joy to document. Their day was full of excitement, HUGE smiles, loving family members and one of the best parties ever (thanks Massetone DJs and Time Well Wasted Party Bus!) This type of wedding-day is what I wish for all of my couples. Weddings (and the months/days leading up to it) can be a whirlwind of stress and nerves, but Victoria and James were so great! The whole day was very “go with the flow” and turned out so perfectly.
I always feature some of my favorite images on my blog from each wedding . . . but this wedding? Holy smokes! There were far too many favorites, so stay tuned for part 2 of this blog a little later!
Dress: Hope’s Bridal
Hair: Image Design
Makeup: Erica Diaz
Flowers: Shannon Lokas
Cake: Olde Town Bakery
Mens Suits: Ducky’s Formal Wear
Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog!! You do NOT want to miss the party bus and the reception!!
Photo Credit: Katelyn Malo Photography
If there’s one element of photographing people that I love the most, it’s the candid moments.
Those moments when people are unaware that their photo is being taken and are just being . . . real. In my mind, the candid moments are where the heart and soul of photography dwells. Candid moments aren’t always perfect, but that is what I love most about them. Many candid images come about by luck, some are from my dedicated second shooters, and some are definitely a matter of being fast on my feet with my settings.
2017 was filled with some of the best candid images thus far. I made it a goal to work harder to capture my clients’ spirits and tell their stories. After all, wedding photography is a story and wouldn’t be complete without capturing the fun, the emotions and those random moments that say 1000 words.
Please enjoy my favorites from 2017. It was hard to pick . . . and I’m certain I probably missed some, but these are the ones that either hit me right in the feels, made me laugh or simply captured those in-between moments that are inevitable on a wedding day.
Images are in no particular order, although the very first few are definitely my favs!
Hey brides and grooms! I’d like to send out a warning about wedding photography. Currently, there are some very scary trends going on that you need to know about as a consumer. Just in the last week, I received 2 messages from panicked brides who had their wedding images completely ruined by their photographer or friend with a good camera. This makes me so sick.
No matter what your budget, here are ways to stay safe when hiring a photographer:
1. Ask to see an entire wedding gallery from start to finish. A wedding day has several challenging elements, especially lighting church or inside formals. This will show you everything, not just the “pretty” images they want you to see.
2. Many photographers are displaying images from styled shoots. If you don’t know what a styled shoot is, it’s where a photographer attends a conference where the lighting and conditions are provided for them…OR, it’s a shoot that is 100% controlled by them. Styled shoots are common (and so fun), but should not be the majority of someone’s portfolio.
3. Currently, there are local photographers using stock wedding images on their site. Essentially, they are using another person’s work, purchasing it legally and advertising it as their work. In the past, we have also had photographers steal other people’s work to use on their websites (very illegal). Again, always ask to see a full gallery!!
4. Be cautious of companies with associate photographers. This is where you book a photography company but may not have your wedding shot by the main photographer. This is a very common and totally legit way to do business, however you should absolutely be provided with the name of who is shooting your wedding AND examples of their work when you book!!! Some companies are hiring inexperienced photographers and they have ruined weddings. And yes, it’s happening here in the QC.
5. Cheap prices are (*most times*) a red flag. I totally understand budgets are tough, but many cheap photographers (and other vendors) are not licensed, not insured, and not paying taxes. This may not matter to you, but it does mean they have a lot less at stake for your day. Many photographers in this area will work with you on payments.
6. Every once in awhile people get lucky, but your wedding is NOT a job for a friend who takes good photos. Or someone with a “good” camera. I cannot stress this enough. Every time a wedding is ruined it’s because someone hired a friend, family member or a new photographer with zero wedding experience. Wedding photography truly is so, so challenging. It has zero to do with having a “good” camera. Your wedding photos can’t be redone and is the only investment you actually have forever from your day!!
Thank you for reading. There are so many talented photographers in our area. Please hire a professional and someone who cares about you and your day. PLEASE SHARE! ❤️
– Kelly (Cadenza Photo Imaging – Quad Cities Photographer)
When Katie told me that she was down to do a lifestyle session in her home I was super excited. Truth be told, I’m not much for props and backdrops (although I do own these things!) I just prefer the simplicity of my clients’ homes. This way new parents (and baby!) don’t have to leave home & we can capture beautiful moments where everyone is most comfortable!