Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bridal Shows

They are a MUST when planning a Wedding!

We were very fortunate to be a part of "The Pink Bridal Show in Murfreesboro" on Sunday and it was a wonderful show! A great venue at a beautiful location. It was also the perfect size...we were busy, but not too busy to speak to every bride that stepped into our booth. The must part comes from knowing and experiencing the bridal show setting. When we are at a bridal show, I can feel the excitement and anticipation in the air and not just from the brides and their families, but from the vendors as well! Most vendors that's been in this industry for sometime, loves Weddings! And the reason being is the happiness you feel for couples entering into a new place and era in their lives. Each life and each bride's story are unique in their on special way.

Had a bride's mother tell me an awesome story about how her daughter's engagement ring came about. This is her last child of four to get married. Of course, she had a gorgeous engagement ring on her finger! We (my daughter and I) always want to see the brides engagement ring (I guess we're those typical women that loves the romance and the diamonds)!!! The mother and the daughter lost their husband and father four years ago. The mother gave the daughter her diamond from her engagement ring. The daughter's engagement ring was stunning to say the least! The story absolutely gave me chills down my spine!!!

But anyway, I seem to always get sidetracked from my point!

Point being...our bridal shows are a one stop shopping for ideas and vendors for your Wedding! This is one of the most important days of your life, so don't compromise on any little detail of your Wedding. Talk to every vendor there, get a feel of what you want from your vendors! What we tell most brides is to interview at least three photographers before they decide on their wedding photographer. We all have different styles, personalities, prices, products, etc...and your Wedding would be hard to replace if you hire the wrong photographer or any other vendor for that matter!

So, bridal shows are a MUST when planning your Wedding!

 What a great show we had on Sunday! Thanks to the Brides, Grooms, and Families for coming out to shop and learn!

Until our next show which is Sunday, October 30th from 1 - 5 at The Factory in Franklin! We have tickets, so feel free to stop in and get free tickets to the show!

We're also planning an Open House the weekend following our next show!

Share your experiences you've had with bridal shows....

Posted on 09/28/2011 7:40 AM by Ann Thoni

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Bridal Shows

Are they important to a Bride and Groom?

First of all, let me say this...I wish I had attended a bridal show or two twenty-seven years ago! I'm sure they were around, but we sure didn't know about them! When we (my husband and I) were planning our Wedding, we were on our own! No insight, no advice that I remember, or none of any significants anyway!!!

If you have a budget and you're planning a Wedding, bridal shows are a MUST!!! The benefits are: GREAT IDEAS, learning different styles and techniques of wedding vendors, pricing information, etc. The options are abundant and very informational....

We've been attending bridal shows for three years and we LOVE meeting potential Brides and Grooms and talking about their Weddings. Bridal shows gives potential Brides and Grooms insight on what to expect and gives your potential vendors a step closer into providing a needed service for couples planning their Wedding!

As a Wedding Photographer, I feel Bridal Shows are almost like a one stop shopping for Wedding Vendors! They're a MUST for couples planning their wedding!

We have a FABULOUS BRIDAL SHOW scheduled for Sunday, September 25th in Murfreesboro.

"The Pink Bridal Show Murfreesboro"

Come join us, we would love to meet you and talk Wedding Photography!

We have a few tickets remaining to give away!

Tell us about your past experiences with bridal shows....


Posted on 09/18/2011 4:30 PM by Ann Thoni

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

What are Bridal Sessions? This is a question many brides ask us!

Bridal sessions are for the bride a few weeks before her wedding day! It's a GREAT day for the bride to try her hair style, her makeup, her flowers, etc.! This is a day for her to plan to be with her Mom and her girls, putting that beautiful wedding gown on and being pampered that one extra day before her actual Wedding Day! And the best reason for a bridal session is the beautiful bridal portraits for your Storybook Wedding Album and wall portraits for your home!

All brides, after all said and done, are so delighted they had their bridal session. It's a great day a bride can remember forever and a day to share with her Mom!!!

This is the Beautiful Bride from our Saturday's Wedding!

This is one of her many beautiful bridal portraits!

 Congrats to Mike and Danielle!

You were a GORGEOUS Bride and your Wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Danielle!!!

Have a wonderful honeymoon!


Please share comments on how Beautiful Danielle is!


Posted on 09/13/2011 7:00 AM by Ann Thoni

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Why we LOVE Photographing Weddings?

This question came to mind for this reason...I never thought I would ever enjoy Wedding Photography but, "I also said, I would never go digital"...isn't that laughable?

As a wedding photographer, we're always pushed for time on a Wedding Day! There's always a moment to capture, a place to be, maybe a little drama on that special day, and we really do enjoy capturing every moment of the day, and the pressure too, I guess! I know after each wedding we do, it takes me a day or two to recoup my energy! It's worth every single minute of energy and time!!!

We took on Weddings around 4 years ago, and I'm so glad we did! This is what God intended me to do with Forever Images! 

Each couple brings something different and meaningful to the table, weddings and families are so different in so many ways!

A mother with her sons before she marries her best friend!

A Daughter looks at her Father with such admiration and joy!

The Bride's Family Prays with her before her ceremony!

This is exactly why I LOVE our Weddings. The first couple of Weddings we did, I knew this is what I was meant to do!  

The captures you see here are only a very few reasons why we LOVE LOVE our Weddings....


Posted on 09/06/2011 1:35 PM by Ann Thoni

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

What's the best way to find a professional that fits you?

When we have new clients come to the studio, one of the first things we ask is what other professional photographers have you interviewed? Most answers are "none"...that's actually great for us, because we LOVE to set the standard! Unless clients are just set on booking with us, we suggest that they should interview at least two more "professional" photographers! Some customers looked a little puzzled when we suggest this process, not sure why other than this day and time most vendors probably wouldn't suggest this to potential customers! We're here to attract new brides and grooms, but we enjoy teaching smart techniques as well! Most of the time, those potential customers return to book with us! 

This is only one way to find that perfect professional that fits you!

Another important tip is set up appointments, spend a little time with potential professionals, ask lots of questions and your gut and intuition will guide you in the right direction with your decisions!

Remember, when choosing your professional photographer or any other professional for your event, go with your intuition, your gut says it all!


Posted on 08/31/2011 7:27 AM by Ann Thoni

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

 How long should a family wait in between times getting family portraits taken? This question came to mind when we had the pleasure of shooting an old friends family, this family has never had professional pictures made. Her son is now at boot camp and this is something she wanted to do before he left for boot camp. Thank you Austin for your service!!! 

When I talk about this to a client, I say if you can do family portraits every five years, you're way ahead of most people! Personally, our family (extended family) does this one a year, on Thankgiving Day. Sure, I'm a photographer and it's my business but, it's also my passion! I've always loved my pictures and as long as my family comes around on Thanksgiving, there will be pictures made!

These senerios are from one extreme to the other...

So, please tell me - how long should we go in between family portraits being made?

Posted on 08/23/2011 7:56 AM by Ann Thoni

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

My perspective on testimonials - they're like pulling teeth sometimes, but they're worth every effort we put into them.

Here's the lastest testimonial from a June Mother of the bride.  Testimonials are so very important to us...this family is the epitome of a very special family to me! I truly believe we've developed friends for life!

As a professional wedding photographer, any bride, groom or family looking for a professional photographer or any professional, testimonials say a lot about the professional you're looking for! Read testimonials! They're written by the consumer and are very informational, maybe not so much technical info, but more info on a personal level. Those little extras mean a lot, or they do to me as a consumer, and a professional!

 The testimonial - submitted August 16, 2011

"Ann and Dawn (Forever Images)

Your work is absolutely breathtaking!! I was taken back/speechless the first time I laid eyes on my daughters beautiful, large bridal portrait, and I would not take anything for it. I’m enjoying looking at it each and every day. We also love our Storybook Wedding Album of our daughters’ wedding-the detail is immaculate- you captured every moment of this glorious day for us to reminisce for days on end. We are so thankful and blessed to have come across your work at a bridal show. Upon viewing your work, I knew right away that you were the one for the job. Your dedication and professionalism and customer services goes well beyond measure- I cannot praise you enough for what you have done for us. We would highly recommend your services to anyone and everybody – you do the most incredible and amazing work that I have ever seen.

Thanks once again for everything!"

Donna and Henry Ray

Posted on 08/17/2011 11:40 AM by Ann Thoni

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Met these guys at a bridal show...awesome way for Wedding Vendors to meet potential couples.

These two are amazing...we're getting to know them more and more each time we meet. Great engagement session we had...I remember Mike saying "this is like an awesome date, we should do this often". It feels great to hear our clients make comments like this!


We're looking forward to their Wedding!


Posted on 07/21/2011 6:22 PM by Ann Thoni

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

What a beautiful relationship I see these two have with one another! I actually know James from my daughter's high school days. James has certainly turned into a handsome young man! I'm seeing so many of my daugther's classmates getting married. It's amazing to me to see these fabulous young people turn into successful young adults!


The theme to Neena and James' Wedding was lots of color and lots of fun...just look at her shoes! AWESOME! I believe everybody who attended this Wedding Day had a great time, us included!


The mother of the bride was very prepared...didn't need the umbellas for rain, but they were GREAT for images! 


Absolutely LOVE this capture...right before the ceremony....

We wish James and Neena the very best life has to offer!

Nice ride!


Posted on 06/29/2011 3:51 PM by Ann Thoni

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