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Destination Wedding Trash-the-Dress

After Tiffini and Dan’s destination wedding in Mexico, I had an opportunity to meet up with them for a post-wedding day underwater Trash-the-dresss mini-session. When we met up at the resort, I asked if they were down for doing some underwater pictures in the pool. At first, they were a little bit hesitant, but they decided to trust me and I am thrilled at the resulting images.

Underwater Trash-the-Dress Session

Tiffini put on her wedding dress and Dan put on a button up and we headed out on a post-wedding adventure to capture some moments of the two of them—now as husband and wife. As a wedding photographer, I am always after creative, unique ways to create memories and moments for my couples in their photography. So, when Tiffini and Dan agreed to some underwater images, I knew it was going to be a session to remember.

We discussed what to expect and made a plan as to what we would try to accomplish and agreed on ways to communicate under the water using hand signals. Because a wedding gown can get very heavy when it gets wet, it was important for us to plan beforehand in order to keep Tiffini safe and comfortable. I’ve done a number of these underwater sessions and every time it’s a blast. It’s something unique… something different… and something that very few photographers do. I’m one of those photographers that chases after unique and different ideas to create jaw dropping moments. But I wouldn’t be able to do it without the trust of my couples. I’m always thankful that my couples put their trust in me to deliver gorgeous, creative wedding photography.

My favorite moment was the image of the couple as they jumped into the water. It was a great capture, a one-time shot. Too early and the joy and excitement wouldn’t have been there. Too late and they would have been in the water.  I got them at just the right moment, with smiles of giddy glee as they jumped into the water.  Just like that moment when they “took the plunge” and said “I do,” they had such an amazing look of exhilaration in their eyes. We came, we saw, we conquered.

I loved the way this mini-session turned out. Every single image is filled with grace and drama. I chose to share most of these photos in black and to highlight the emotions, movement and striking imagery. Black and white images are liberating, because it’s just a single moment captured in time. The love Dan and Tiffini have for one another is absolutely beautiful.

Thank you so much, Dan and Tiffini for trusting me. I am thrilled with the images from your underwater mini-session. I can’t wait to share your destination wedding images in an upcoming post!

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Tips for Taking a Killer Selfie

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Summer is just around the corner. Some would say that Memorial Day is the first day of the official summer season here in Wisconsin. But if there’s one thing I can say, is that Memorial Day is the kickoff of selfie season! With lazy summer days at the lake and exciting vacations around the world ahead, now is the prime time of year for Facebook and Instagram to be loaded with selfies. In honor of unofficial Selfie Season, here are my five top tips for taking a killer selfie.

Taking a Killer Selfie: 

Tip 1: Good Lighting

Make sure you double check yourself when taking a selfie. To get the best selfie, you need to watch your lighting. Let’s face it- the blue glow from your phone’s screen does nothing to bring out your complexion. Celebrities who take selfies constantly know where the best light is! Natural, outdoor light is best for selfies. Find a window if you’re inside, or when you’re outside find a shady space with indirect light.  Try not to look straight up towards your light source because it might make you squint unnaturally. 

Pro tip:  If you’re really looking to elevate your selfie lighting, you might want to consider using a ring light, like the YouTube and Instagram super stars! Read more

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Danielle | North High School Senior Session

It’s no wonder that Danielle is our FEATURED senior for this week’s blog, because she absolutely rocked out her senior session.

Danielle is a senior at North High School. She has a fun, outgoing personality that made it easy for me to capture those huge smiles of hers. She’s got a great sense of humor, too. It made the session enjoyable not only for her but for me as well.

It was a gorgeous day in Chippewa Valley, with perfect weather for our senior session. The beautiful weather allowed us to really let loose and have some fun. After all, who doesn’t love getting ice cream in between heat waves? We went to Olson’s Ice Cream in the Chippewa Falls area, which was the perfect treat on a warm and sunny day.

We got a little bit of everything in this session, from the eclectic downtown landscape to the country roads and fields. Danielle absolutely rocked everything I threw at her!

Last but not least, I couldn’t blog about Danielle’s session without mentioning the fact that we got some pretty awesome images with her and her family’s Hummer. I love it when I get seniors who bring something personal to them and their families!

Danielle, thanks for an amazing session. Your epic, fun personality is the reason I wanted to feature you this week on my blog!

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Metrepolis Resort Eau Claire WI Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Jayme & Aaron | Metropolis Resort Wedding

Metrepolis Resort Eau Claire WI Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Jayme and Aaron were married on June 18 with their ceremony and reception at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI.

I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on Jayme and Aaron’s epic wedding as they celebrated their one year anniversary.  Congratulations to you both! This wedding really stands out in memory because the whole day was filled with love. From the first pictures of Jayme with her bridesmaids to the very last shots of the night, the moments were filled with joy and the shared love for this couple. Read more

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Matt & Whitney | McDowell Mountains Wedding

Marriott McDowell Mountains Arizona Wedding, Andrew Samplawski Photography

Matt and Whitney were married on April 28th, with a ceremony and reception at the Marriott at McDowell Mountains.

This was one of those weddings where friends and family really came through in the clutch to pull it together so that Matt and Whitney could enjoy their big day. Everyone was involved, from Whitney’s friends Brianna and Lexi—who gifted her a trip to the salon to get her hair done in a classic updo—to her friend Tara—who surprised her with flower bouquets—to Matt’s Aunt Julie, who officiated the ceremony for them. Read more

How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer

 

How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer

  • What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.
  • If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are.
  • Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a couple important things to consider.

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Samantha & Darrin | Wedding Day

Absolutely incredible day spending the day with Samantha & Darrin on their special, surrounded by great family and friends! Hearing their story… I was in AWE!

A short glimpse of their story:

Samantha went to visit her sister while she was studying aboard in Australia! Darrin was also there and their paths crossed… both being from the Midwest. Darrin was from the Madison area and Samantha was from the Duluth area. After nearly 5 years… these two decided to make it official – and we here at Andrew Samplawski Photography truly got to experience a day FILLED will love, tears of happiness and joy, and to see two best friends say I DO.

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Class of 2017 High School Seniors

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Andrew Samplawski Photography is booking High School Senior Pictures now!!

Do YOU want a fun experience capturing unique, creative, one-of-a-kind, bad ass senior portraits?

Well… you are at the right spot! Grab your prom dress, your football gear, your favorite pair of kicks or your favorite sundress & let’s go make YOUR PERSONALITY shine!

Call the studio at 715-289-3773 or email us by clicking here!

I will provide great tips, helpful suggestions, and insider secrets to make your senior pictures, more than senior pictures; I’ll make it an experience to remember!

Ask about our senior SPORTS EXTREME wall art (the wall art below) when you call!

Follow Andrew Samplawski Photography on Facebook and on Instagram at andrewsamplawski to see more behind the scenes photos!

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Take Andrew to Prom

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS!

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Prom is right on our door step and some of you maybe even going this weekend! I want to be a part of YOUR PROM! “Take Andrew to Prom” is happening!

FOOD. PICTURES. MUSIC. LIMO. COUNTRY PICK UP TRUCK. BOOTS. HEELS. What isn’t to like?

Even better yet… when you can have an opportunity to one of Eau Claire’s most sought after high school senior photographer. –  ‘Take Andrew to Prom.’ You ask… SAAAAAY WHAAAAT?!? Yes… you ask ‘WHY something so crazy that nobody else is doing?’ I ask… ‘WHY NOT…?’ I don’t like doing what everyone else is doing and that’s the best part of why we have seniors traveling to us for their senior pictures.

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Kayla + TJ engagement | Andrew Samplawski Photography

It was such a great day working with Kayla and TJ for their engagement photos in Eau Claire, WI. The weather was a little bit chilly but they were troopers during their photo session. Being huge Packer fans, it’s always fun sharing the personalities in their engagement session together.

As these two continue to prepare for their big day coming up in August 2016, Andrew Samplawski Photography has the opportunity to work side by side with them throughout their planning.

 

Engagement | Andrew Samplawski Photography

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