Still want to do an exit, but you’re not leaving the venue?

We still want to do an exit, but we’re not leaving the venue!

I get this question a lot, “I want to get those awesome wedding exit photos, but I’m having my wedding all at the same location and wanted to do it right after my ceremony. Is there any way we can make this happen?”

If you want to get amazing exit photos, but you’re going to be having your ceremony and reception at the same venue, or you don’t want to book your photographer for the full length of the reception, you can do an exit without really leaving. Here’s what I mean: After the ceremony, you can do your “wedding exit” and then get into your car and just go around the block and circle back around. Then when you come back to the venue, enter in through a back exit. If you drive around the block and come back to the same spot, some people may still be lingering and talking to each other. That means when you get out of your car, they will want to come talk to you and congratulate you, tell you how pretty you look and whatnot. This can take up valuable photo time. If you come in through a back exit, you don’t run into people and get stuck in conversation when you’re trying to get back in for photos. This is especially important if you are limited on time or on a strict schedule. If you only have an hour for photos and you get stuck talking to people, this could easily eat up half the time without you even realizing it!

Alternatively, if your heart desires one of those oh so lovely sparkler night time exits you can still stage one of these too! It does take some preplanning and verifying with the venue and state regulations (burn bans are a common practice here in our beautiful desert!) Once you have the okay to go, all we need to do is have your DJ announce the staged wedding exit. Afterwards, you just go back in and enjoy the party! Easy as that. Make sure that you let everyone who is going to be in pictures know that you’re not actually going to be leaving and tell them where to meet you right after your exit. This way, you don’t have people missing or confused and everything will run smoothly.Evan dips Casey wedding sparkler exit El Paso Wedding Photographer

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Helpful Tips for Getting Ready for your Wedding Day

We’re here today to talk about wedding day preparations. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best.bride spinning in her wedding dress in downtown el paso the plaza theater

  1. Tanning: If you’re going to tan before the wedding, be sure to avoid tan lines – especially if you have a strapless dress. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I see it happen all the time. Sometimes, it just slips your mind. If you’re getting married in the summer, make sure that in the two to three months leading up to your wedding you’re tanning evenly to avoid tan lines.


  1. Hair and Makeup: Get your hair and makeup professionally done. Be sure to do a trial run beforehand to ensure you like the look before your big day. Hair and makeup artists know how to accentuate your best features (They’re also the best at hiding blemishes!) and help to make your wedding photos turn out absolutely gorgeous. You can read more on this topic here.


  1. Accessories: Try on your dress with different accessories you think you want to wear on your wedding day. This way, you know what it looks like with the dress so you know for sure what you want to wear, and are not trying to decide on a necklace, etc. on the day of your wedding. This takes away getting ready time and causes unnecessary stress.



  1. Shoes: Walk around in your wedding shoes prior to the big day to get them worn in. Also, take some sandpaper to the bottoms to scuff them up a bit so you don’t slip down the aisle or on the dance floor. If you are going to walk around in the grass, you’ll want to get some high heel protector caps so you don’t sink in the grass. Also be conscious of walking on uneven grass so you don’t face plant in your pretty white dress.


  1. Eat and Drink: The best way for you to look your best is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water the days leading up to, and the day of, your wedding. Also, be sure to eat on your wedding day throughout the day so you don’t pass out or get a headache. And if you’re going to drink alcohol, don’t get drunk before photos – especially if it’s a red wine that can stain everything (including your mouth). Save it for after all the big events at your reception.

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Choosing the best way to display photos in your home

How should I display our photos?

One of the most common questions I am asked is “How should I display our photos?” Now that your session is over, it’s time to decide where you are going to put your photos and what will look best in your home. Here at Stephanie C. Perry Photography, we offer multiple ways of displaying your beautiful photos. Your family portraits are meant to be hung as wonderful family artwork and on display in your home! Don’t let them collect dust on a USB Flashdrive or on your computer!

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First of all, and my personal favorite, Canvas! These canvases are printed on high-quality archival canvas medium and stretched over a solid wood frame. Unlike the canvases you can purchase at Walmart or Shutterfly, our canvases have a solid front so no pulling, warping or sagging! These pieces are free floating and do not require a frame. Canvases take 3-4 weeks to arrive so if you’re planning ahead for a gift be sure to place your order well enough in advance.


Dress your photos up with stylish frames to match your home decor. Our printing from 4×6 all the way up to 24×30 are printed IN HOUSE on our very own professional printer. It’s a magical feeling to watch your beautiful large prints come right from the printer! If you would like us to frame your photos for you we have multiple options to choose from for an additional fee. Photo printing can be made during your ordering appointment and you can take them home right then! Orders placed from your gallery can be ready in under 48 hours. (Orders placed after business hours on Friday and during the weekend will be ready by Tuesday.)

When hanging photos on your wall (framed or canvas) you can choose to hang a single photo, or a group of photos in a collage to change it up.


If you are renting or don’t want to put holes in your walls from prints or canvases, you can also frame your prints and place them on shelves, desks, or tables around your home. (You can also do this in addition to the wall hangings if you’d like.)


We also offer unique Acrylic Blocks that can be displayed on shelves, desks or tables. Currently, we offer these in 5×7 and 8×10 sizes and can be changed with a slip in print access. I personally love these to display our family photos on my husbands’ desk at work.


These stunning photo boxes are totally in! They are very popular amongst our clients. This is a great way to display your photos, and you can keep more prints inside or use them as a keepsake box to house your precious memories which are so beautiful and amazing!


Enjoy your photos all year long with these beautiful wall calendars!


If you just can’t pick out a few photos to display in your home and you need more space, you can always have your photos printed in an album and place on your coffee table or bookshelf. Pull it out and look through it to remember how fun your session was and how much your family loves each other.


These lovely customized jewelry pieces are a special keepsake to keep your most precious moments close to your heart.

In conclusion, print your artwork! I am here to help you find that perfect way to display them!

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How to mentally prepare your fiancé for your session to get him to cooperate.

Are you stressing out about your upcoming engagement session?

Not sure if your fiancé is going to enjoy it or want to participate? Check out these tips for helping get him to cooperate:

Make it worth his while.

Motivate him in whatever way you think will make him want to participate in your session. If there’s something he’s wanted you to do that you haven’t done, now is the time to play that card. For example, if you don’t like watching football and he’s been asking you to go to a game with him, bribe him with that (or whatever works for your man).

In the time leading up to the session, explain to him what’s going to happen that day.

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He’s probably never done anything like this before and doesn’t know what to expect. He’s not on Pinterest all the time looking up cute engagement photos or anything like that, so he may not know anything about this kind of session or even understand what it’s for. Tell him that the photographer is going to have you guys probably hold hands, cuddle, hug and kiss. You want to explain the session to him prior so it’s not scary for him and he won’t feel awkward as it’s happening. Let him know that it will be OK because you’ll be there the whole time and it will all be good.

Be extra lovey with him before the session.

Picture day is super stressful, so it’s easy to get into a fight beforehand. Make a point to be more loving and patient during this stressful time. This will make the photos better because you’re not upset with each other due to something that happened that morning due to stress. You’ll be able to relax and be more affectionate during the session.

Explain the importance of the photos to him.

Let him know, “I know this stressful and you don’t want to do it, but I want tomorrow to be all about us. In 50 years I want to look back on these photos. These are important.” This way he doesn’t think it’s just something that is on his checklist that he has to do before the wedding, but that they are important to you. He loves you; he’ll do it for you.

Incorporate his ideas into the session.

Ask him if he has any ideas for the session. If he has something he wants to do, then he will be more excited about them. He will feel involved and like it’s about him too, not just all about you. Think about what makes you guys unique as a couple and incorporate those ideas into the session. Whether it be a location, props, clothing, etc.

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  • Great advice Stephanie!ReplyCancel

    • stephaniecperryphotography

      Thanks, Thomas!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Carouthers

    This is some wonderful advice! I definitely had to bribe my husband for our portraits, and I think he did pretty good! ReplyCancel

How to coordinate outfits to get the best look in your engagement session photos.

Not sure what to wear to your engagement session photos?

We’re here to help! You should bring two to three outfits to your engagement session so we can get a variety of different looks for you. We suggest the following:

  • Bring a ‘Dressy’ Outfit

It’s not every day you get to get all dressed up with your sweetheart and take photos together. Use this session as an excuse to really go all out and get fancied up! I’m not saying you have to wear a gown and tux (unless you want to), but maybe a dress or skirt for you, and a suit or nice slacks and a button up shirt for your fiancé. This outfit will be great for save the date cards or the announcement in your local newspaper.

  • Go Casual

We also suggest you bring a more casual outfit. This outfit is ideal for your more fun, relaxed photos. Tailored jeans and a nice shirt are always a great choice, especially if we are going to be walking around in nature a lot. Make sure to bring shoes specifically for this outfit, too.

  • Coordination is Key

The most important thing to remember is to coordinate. You don’t want to be matchy-matchy, but you want to coordinate. Choose similar colors and styles that photograph well together. For example, you don’t want to wear jeans if your fiancé is wearing a suit and tie in the same photo. Also, remember to dress for the location. For example, if you are doing a natural, rustic or vintage session, you’ll want to stay away from bright colors and opt for neutrals instead.

  • Things to Avoid

– Logos, unless we’re doing a sports session and you’re wearing jerseys, etc.

– Patterns – Try to stick with solid colors or minimal patterns. Plaid shirts are fine as long as your fiancé isn’t wearing stripes or polka dots. It’s a good rule of thumb to only have one partner wearing a pattern at a time.

– Fluorescent colors – These don’t photograph well and also can cast bright color tones on your skin.

If you have any further questions or want to discuss your outfits, you can contact us.

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