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Supporting Others

Why Support Others?

There is something to be said about building your tribe. And by tribe, I mean those that you surround yourself with that encompass who you are. Hopefully, the people in your tribe make you a better person. We tend to think of our tribe as those who are immediately close to us though that isn’t always the case. Many times, it is the people we reach out to beyond our comfort zone or those we associate with business. That might be called our networks.  There’s a saying that your network is your net worth. I believe this to be true. Growing for me has been about reaching out even when I feel a bit uncomfortable doing so. This has taught me a lot about support especially in my photography community. My networks have helped me to grow not only as a photographer for my clients, but also as a person.

My Own Lessons

The biggest lesson I have learned with my growing networks that essentially have become my tribe is the joy I get when supporting others. When they succeed I succeed and it gives me pleasure knowing that I am able to make someone smile, give them a moment of confidence, or to even be that reach out that changes their day to something better. I encourage all of you to support others in your own life and industries. Build those networks to expand your tribe. Reach out to someone and congratulate them, share their work, express your elation for their accomplishments, or even just send a hello message. There is personal growth when we extend our hands out to others. Continue with that every day and you’ll see your net worth explode exponentially.

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What is a bridal portrait session and why should I have one?

Getting married is certainly one of the most important events in your life…

…so it’s only natural that you want to remember it with the best possible photographs! However, there is so much more to it than just taking photos “on the day”.  A bridal portrait session can be an incredible way to get stunning bridal portraits to treasure for life.

So, what is a bridal portrait session, you ask?

A bridal session is actually a long tradition in the South of the United States, although its roots date back to Europe when brides would book a portrait session just for themselves, ahead of the wedding day. Typically, a bride would prepare for the session by wearing the same exact dress she plans on using on her wedding day. In addition to getting some amazing shots done on your bridal portrait session, you can also take the opportunity to feel more comfortable in your wedding dress and learn how to pose for the camera prior to the actual wedding day!

Ok! Why should I get a bridal portrait session?

Well, bridal portrait session can help you, your children and your grandkids remember how stunning you looked as a bride, for years and years to come. A great bridal portrait can become a fantastic family heirloom to treasure for generations, and you will certainly not want to miss the opportunity to preserve such as special moment for the history of your family!

Linsday married her soulmate only a few weeks ago in Mississippi. I was very happy to have had the opportunity to photograph her bridal portraits at the Railyard Studio. Is she not absolutely stunning? I wish her and her new hubby, Jason have many beautiful memories together!

Florals: Angie’s Flowers

Dress: Ella Blu

Photography: Stephanie C. Perry Photography

Contact me today to schedule your bridal session or talk about Weddingswedding photography. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Pre-Session Warm Up

I just wanted to take a minute to talk about the importance of the pre-session warm up. What is this, you might ask? This is the photographer-child interaction time that occurs before we begin the session. I always suggest that you show up a little bit early, maybe 10 to 15 minutes, to your session so we have this time to get to know each other. Especially with young children, it’s going to be a little bit scary interacting with someone they’ve never met before. We want to ensure we can really show off your child’s personality, so we want him or her to be comfortable with us and with the environment.

If we were to just throw them into the middle of the session and there’s this stranger with a camera jumping around trying to get them to look and smile, your child is going to tense up and there may even be confusing. We really just want everything to run smoothly.

If you can arrive early, this will give me time to introduce myself to your child and to try to get a vibe on how the session will go. Some children warm up right away, while others need the entire warm-up time to start to feel comfortable and come out of their shells. And that’s OK.

After I introduce myself, I will try to get to know your child. I’ll ask him questions about what he likes, what he doesn’t like, sing songs, maybe play a game, etc. Just to break the ice a little, so by the time the session starts, your child is happy and more familiar with me. Making sure you’re there early enough to have this time is probably one of the most important tips I can give you for your child’s session.

Once we’ve done a session and your child realizes that I’m not scary and we have fun together, the next session shouldn’t need much warm up time at all if any. But for the very first session together, it is a must.

For more information on booking your family portrait session contact me! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Get the What to Wear Guide so you can start planning your next family portrait session!

Stephanie

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Alisha & Emmanuel in Wonderland

We started our day at the beautiful Embassy Suites where Alisha, the bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, and Mom of the Bride, were finishing up those last beauty touches. Alisha is flawless, always, but today she was glowing. Excitement, joy, and laughter filled the room. After oohing and aahing over Alisha they headed toward the church. The countdown was on!

There’s something about a classic, formal wedding inside of a church that gets me every time. It just feels so pure and cinematic. I love the pews, the pulpit, the architecture, and – if I’m lucky – the beautiful organ pipes. Alisha and Emmanuel’s wedding took place at the First Baptist Church in Downtown El Paso, which has all of this and more.

These two met in Hawaii and have been together for twelve years! Emmanuel proposed at Disneyland where he had a preplanned caricature drawn with him proposing to her and a blank speech bubble for Alisha to write in her answer. And here we are finally looking at their wedding photos! Isn’t that so sweet?!

Their Wonderland reception was held in 150 Sunset was a feast of thoughtful details. I had the time of my life photographing it all! Look at how adorable the name card Keys are! As you can see from the photos Alisha and Emmanuel are so loved by their family and friends and the entire evening was a joyful celebration!

Vendor Magic:

Hair & Makeup: DeShea Exclusive/Eleven Sixteen

Wedding Coordinator: Gabbi Rodriguez of 150 Sunset

Ceremony: First Baptist Church of El Paso

Floral Arrangements & Catering & Reception: 150 Sunset

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia from LA Illusion Bridal

Grooms Attire: Al Weiss

Wedding Cake: Chantilly’s Cakes

Photography: Stephanie C. Perry Photography, LLC

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El Paso Spring Fair 2018

As soon as we saw the fair set up, my three kiddos were begging to come to the fair.

In unison, the chaotic choir shouted out “A Ferris Wheel! Can we go to the fair?!?!”. Well, of course, this was on Friday when winds were reaching 40 mph gusts so my answer was “No, we’re not going to get blown off the Ferris Wheel today”. So instead we made the plan to come today, Saturday. We had a blast but here are a few tips from our experience!

So first off, wear sunscreen. Yes the weather is relatively mild and the breeze is nice and cool, but you don’t want your sweet little ones to come home and find themselves burnt. We picked up some spray on, kids 50 SPF, and hosed them down prior to entering the fair. My youngest still has a slightly pink nose, but she gets her complexion from her fair skinned, sun-sensitive daddy.

Go during wristband hours! Wristbands are $20-$25 for unlimited rides depending on what time you go, and today we found out that mid-afternoon between 3:00 and 6:00 they stopped offering wristbands and were “Ticket Only”. Tickets are about $1 each and are typically sold in sets of 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100. And Nope! No discount for buying more… if you want 20 tickets, it’s $20 or 100 tickets is $100! All of the rides were at least 3 tickets (so they say) but all of the rides we stopped by were 4-5.

Food, games and a few of the attractions are still Cash only so don’t use your whole budget on tickets if you’re planning on trying a few games or indulging in some delicious fried Oreos. There were food trucks and vendors out front too as you walk in, so stop by and say hello to them!

What else can you do there? Well, they also have performances by local musicians, a thrilling motorcycle show, pig races and the free petting zoo. (Oh Em Gee the tiny baby goats are so adorable. I wanted to bring them home and snuggle with them).

My three children are five, seven and nine and all of them had great fun, however, the rides are much more limited for the younger ones, so they might spend more time at the petting zoo or shoveling funnel cake in their mouths. So delicious. For more information and pricing visit their website! Here are some of our fun memories from our visit to the El Paso Spring Fair!

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