Time for Questions!

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been getting questions from people offline for a while now about photography and small business. I try my best to answer in the best way I know how. And, I thought, why not see if any of you out there have questions that I might be able to answer!

You can email me (kathryn@atlasandelia.com), comment below, or ask via Twitter or FB and I will begin to answer them (even if I don’t have the answer..I will try to find one for you)! You can ask me anything! What’s my favorite lens and why? How did I get started in wedding photography? How do we figure out the wedding-day timeline? What would I do if I won the lottery? Anything! As I said, I will try my best to answer it for you.

Happy asking!



It’s a bridal show!

UPDATE: I JUST found this video made by Bella Sera that tells you all about the bridal show!

My favorite bridal shop in town, Bella Sera, is hosting the Platinum Bridal Show this weekend and I will be part of it! This past week has been kind of out of control and I’ve been hurrying around to make sure everything is ready to go bright an early tomorrow morning! I am really excited for this show because it’s a little different than many I’ve seen in the past. Bella Sera is going OVER THE TOP to make this as amazing as possible for everyone who attends! The show includes (but is not limited to) giveaways!, a HUGE fashion show, wine tasting, and plenty of time to visit with the hand-picked vendors that will be at the show! “Did you say, ‘giveaways’, Kathryn?” Oh, why yes I did. I, for one, have a BIG giveaway that I am extremely excited to announce tomorrow at the show! Oh, and I might be giving away an engagement session too…but, I guess you’ll have to come to the show to find out!! I also will have cute little takeaways that anyone would love to have, so even if you’re not getting married…come hang out with me!

Where: The PAC (Wenatchee’s Performing Arts Center at 123 N Wenatchee Avenue)

When: The show starts at 10 and goes until 4

Fashion Show: 1pm in the theatre

You can enter to win the giveaway(s) all day and I will announce the winner(s) via Facebook on Monday!



Details Details

Growing up as a child of the ’80s and the baby of my family, I may or may not have developed a bit of a “Material Girl” attitude. I spent countless hours gathering piles of jeans, sweaters, stirrup pants, turtlenecks..yes, even overalls, and carting them to the dressing room to spend countless hours in front of a mirror trying them on. My friends and I were pretty into our “stuff”. This may or may not have continued into my college years, but, I would say, thankfully, I no longer consider myself to be materialistic, or at least not obsessively so. But, when it comes to fawning over other’s things, I’m still Madonna at heart. I LOVE gushing with my brides over their dress, their ring, the colors they’ve chosen for their wedding and every other detail in between.

Discussing the details of a wedding day and then seeing how the couple’s vision for that day come to life, is grin-inducing! I’m as giddy as I ever was after finding the perfect sweater/turtleneck combo back in the day!

On the wedding day, I strive to capture these details in unique and beautiful ways, in hopes of telling a story with these images and making sure I document these things that were chosen to be a part of the day. Though they may just be things, they are important to helping each couple express who they are and what their style is…together.

I begin on the wedding day photographing details like shoes, jewelry and other details, like fragrance.

Next, I concentrate on photographing the dress.

Photographing the dress in a location where it might naturally be hung, is my preference, but sometimes I like to bring nature into the image and will photograph outside, in a tree, for example.

Throughout the day, I look for details from the location, whether it’s the church…or the country road…

Not only do I photograph the location, but often other aspects of the environment, like and animals, or flowers that are naturally growing at the venue.

Photographing the wedding bouquet can be done with the bride, or without. I like to do both. The bridal bouquet is such a gorgeous detail, I try to photograph it as much as I have time for.

And we can’t forget the rings! Again, I look for ways to highlight the location, or environment. The rings above sit in shallow water because the wedding took place in the bride’s family backyard near their reflecting pool. If there are details from the ceremony, like this cute sign the ring bearer would hold, or elements of the ceremony, I try to photograph them before the ceremony begins..and before they are disturbed.

Couples put a lot of work into the design of their invitations and program. I photograph both in several ways. One thing I really try to do is photograph details from the day, in context, often times with people in the photographs as well.

Centerpieces, menus and seating charts for the reception are a must! Again, I’m looking to photograph each in a unique, clean and beautiful way.

The dessert table & cake or variation thereof, is super important to photograph before it’s touched! The couple and event coordinator take care to make these perfect and you want to capture that before it’s gone!

Wedding favors are becoming as unique as each couple! I loved that this couple were giving away little animals and their version of Chex Party Mix as favors!

I like to arrange or re-arrange the details to highlight them and make them as beautiful as can be, free from distractions. James had some fun with this one above, since these party favors are definitely on the silly-side, he arranged them like the otter was performing a wedding ceremony for the penguin couple in love!

I used to dread photographing details because I didn’t feel I had enough time to do them justice, but now I approach it knowing I have arrived early and can dedicate plenty of time. Plus, my attitude about it has changed. I now see the value in putting emphasis on the material things. As I said, it’s part of the story!


The perfect wedding flower …

The dahlia. I have been enamored with this flower since I began my search for the perfect wedding flower. Of course, my very favorite flower is the peony, but because I was getting married in late July and I was hoping to use an in-season flower, and because peonies can be exceedingly expensive, I found dahlias to be the perfect fit. But, the more I found out about this flower, the more I became enamored of it.

There are a multitude of varieties that range from anemones (flat petaled florals often with different colored centers) to multi-layered, dinner plate size soft florals in too many colors to count. I loved how a bride recently created an entire bridal bouquet out of dahlias…

This flower has truly won my heart. And when I found out the local dahlia society is holding their annual show in East Wenatchee this weekend, I was super excited to find out more!

So, I went to my friend Linda, who happens to be the chair of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society. She invited me to her home and to the home of Mike, another society member to view their gardens!

A dahlia variety created in 1948 called “Miss Rose Fletcher” grown by Mike in his East Wenatchee garden.

Linda, chair of the NCW Dahlia Society, and her “Chimacum Troy” mini-ball dahlia in dark red

(even the cutting-pile is beautiful!)

This one is called “I’m A Hottie” isn’t she though?

The variety is staggering, isn’t it? You could create so many different looks simply from choosing a different variety of dahlia! I do believe I’ll be a member of the dahlia society at some point in my life!

If you are in Wenatchee this weekend, you MUST check out the gorgeous blooms that will be gracing the judging tables. You can even enter your own dahlias into the novice level of the show! Competitors from around the state will be competing for blue ribbons and a place at the head table.

2012 NCW Dahlia Society Show time & location: Show begins *Saturday at 10 am at the Wenatchee Valley Mall and runs through Sunday at 3pm. (*Corrected to actual show start time)