There a lot of misconceptions about wedding photography. One that is actually true- it’s the coolest job on the planet. I absolutely love what I do!! But all of the talk is not true, there are lots of ideas out there about … Continue reading
We all dread it, we are embarrassed by if, we fear it. In my thirties, I have found failure to be wonderful catalyst for growth and even success.
A few years back this famous quote from Michael Jordan taught me to appreciate failure. This quote transformed my thinking, and has been instrumental to my small business’ growth. It has taught me to keep trying, and that just because something I do fails, does not make me a failure.
This Friday’s freebie are pair of adorable Just Married signs. Just download the JPG file and print…..couldn’t be easier! I printed the signs shown with a piece of standard 8.5 x11 photo paper but you could use card stock or … Continue reading
Here in North Carolina I might have a bride in platform heels or maybe she’s in flip flops….even sneakers. Your personal style is your statement to the world, and how you look in your engagement photos, sets the precedent of style for you and your Husband-to-be as a couple.
Your Engagement session, is a time to be you but, the best you. Here are my favorite tips for putting your best foot forward in your engagement photos.
1. Wear makeup. Even if you normally do not. It’s not about looking different it is about making sure your features stand out for the camera. Just a natural colored lip gloss and a touch of mascara can make all of the difference.
2. Make sure your clothing is not too loose, even if you have a curvy figure like me! Wearing clothing too loose can look sloppy and add extra pounds.
3. Do the chicken neck….. now that sounds sexy! look in a mirror. Push your face forward about 1-2 inches. Don’t point your chin up or down just push your face forward…..see the difference?
4. Relax and have fun. Laugh, smile, don’t take posing so seriously that you become stiff. Even though being photographed can be intimidating try your best to be comfortable. Most important of all your location and your outfit should reflect YOU, your personal style and story, maybe just a little more polished and refined.
Congratulations on your engagement!!
Wedding Photography is a serious job, after all we only have one chance to get it right. Even the best laid plans are riddled with mistakes lessons, making every wedding in my career a learning experience. Here are some … Continue reading
Lately, I have turned over a new leaf in life- taking advantage of every moment to live life to the fullest. This includes everything from becoming a better me, to a better photographer, mom and human being in general. I have been busy busy busy filling up evey spare moment with something to see, do or learn. Here are just a few many of the things that have been an inspiration to me this week.
“Sewn with love by volunteer seamstresses, donated wedding gowns are used to create beautiful gowns for families grieving the death of their child. It is an honor for us to provide gowns free of charge to any family or hospital requesting our Angel Gown garments”
Information about how you can help or donate, and resources for bereaving parents can be found at the website linked above.
Library Themed Wedding Stationary!!
The ideas for engagement sessions, are flowing like crazy and I just found a couple of bibliophiles…yay!
Hallelujah The Welcome Table, by Maya Angelou
Anyone who knows me will quickly find out that I love two things: reading and food. Maya’s memories, and stories bring these recipes to life and as a reader I am taken into her warm personality and charming stories, as a foodie I am impressed with the authentic tried and true recipes.
They are super chic, and everyone’s doing it!! So much fun- I am SO feeling Civil Ceremonies right now!
Makes me want to suck it up, tough it out, man up….
Pretty much applies to EVERYTHING diet, marriage, business, being a mom and any other challenges you may face.
Make me feel amazing inside, and free my mind to think and be inspired all week long.
I’m Shanna, Wife, Mother and Wedding Photographer in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Lexington, Thomasville, and Kernersville North Carolina and surrounding areas. For more about me, or to see if we have some stuff in common; check out these random facts and photos. If you’re interested in becoming a client, visit me at Shannaduffy.com for more information.
This Week I am giving away the latest issue of Bridal Guide, Jam Packed with Wedding Inspiration, and on it’s way to your Mailbox!!! Just click on the Facebook Icon ————————————————————————————————————-> and ” Like ” Shanna Duffy Photography. All New … Continue reading
We have an unlikely friendship, Emily and I. Almost an entire decade older than her, who would have thought that we have practically everything in common? It has been really lonely here in the south- after moving here from Boston as a young adult and mother, I never made new friends. I am so glad our husbands brought us together. We go together like our favorite sandwich ( Peanut Butter and Jelly. )
I completely believe that everything happens for a reason, Emily has been like a sister to me, and It is nice to have a friend in my life again.
On top of being a great friend Emily is an excellent Blogger, Here is a post from her Blog: Southern Expectations In this post, Emily shares her advice to future brides, and her recent experience as a bride.
Among the Lupine in bright afternoon sunlight, we had a short and sweet day after session at The Cabot. Shortly after that I headed home to North Carolina. Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon- … Continue reading
Have I ever told you that I’m afraid of wet Peanut Butter?? Yup I’m a total freak, I know. I’m also afraid of the dark, and all medicines too. I recently went in for colonoscopy, and when I found out … Continue reading
It’s FRIDAY!!! I am always stumbling across some pretty cool wedding freebies and DIY printables, so I thought I would start sharing some of those here on the blog, perfect for a lazy Friday post….. Right? So Yesterday when publishing … Continue reading
A few months ago, I was surprised and delighted to get a call from Gail, of Triad Perfect Wedding guide, letting me know that Tanesha and Jermaine’s wedding would be a feature in their magazine. Check out the online version … Continue reading
Worth Every single minute of the fifteen hour drive, the mountain views in New Hampshire and Vermont were amazing. Tim & Jennifer had a casual rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding- it was … Continue reading
#WeddingWednesday !!! This weekend, I had the honor of traveling back home to New England to photograph the wedding of my uncle Tim. It had been fifteen years since I had seen him last, and he was a sight for … Continue reading
I’m always overjoyed to see my work featured in such a beautiful publication as LaBelle Africana, Iona and Paul’s engagement session is no exception. This beautiful couple deserves all of the celebration their engagement brings, check out the feature and don’t forget to like LaBelle Africana on facebook!
Last week I blogged Caroline and Jr’s engagement session. Let’s follow that up with their gorgeous wedding. Here are a few of my favorite from the beautiful ceremony and super chic reception:
I just love when my clients include me on their invitation list!
Receiving an invitation allows me the great opportunity to photograph an extra wedding detail that is often overlooked, the stationary. Beautiful stylized images of your invitations alongside the rest of the wedding details complete the story of your day. Your invitation is a big part of the wedding story and style don’t overlook it!
Last night I attended an academic achievement awards banquet where my son received an award for sociology. We took the occasion as an opportunity to grab some much-needed portraits. here are some of my favorites:
I couldn’t be happier to see this gorgeous couple featured on Cat in a Wedding Dress check out all of Iona and Paul’s faboulousness in the featured Engagement session, and don’t forget to follow Cat in a Wedding Dress on social … Continue reading