SmartShot Photography

Wedding Series: Do I really need a professional makeup artist?

Should I Hire a MUA for My Wedding Day?

You’ve made a big investment in photography (and possibly videography as well) to help capture your big day. You want to make sure you absolutely look your best. Although, I’m sure you do a very nice job on your everyday makeup, I strongly recommend looking into hiring a makeup artist. 

Now that you are Engaged: How to mentally prepare your fiancé for your session to get him to cooperate

Preparing Your Fiancé for Your Session

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:

Xavier + Juanisha: Virginia Beach Convention Center OFFICIAL Royal Wedding

 Xavier + Juanisha: Virginia Beach Convention Center OFFICIAL Royal Wedding

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF SHOOTING A WEDDING IS PHOTOGRAPHING ALL THOSE TINY DETAILS THE BRIDE AND GROOM CLEARLY PUT A TON OF THOUGHT AND ENERGY INTO. I MEAN, I AM ALL ABOUT CAPTURING THE LOVE AND THE FIRST KISS AND ALL THOSE TENDER MOMENTS, BUT WHO CAN FORGET ABOUT THE CENTERPIECES, WEDDING FAVORS, ACCENT LIGHTING AND BOUTONNIERES? AM I RIGHT?

Before you Graduate: Tips for planning your BFF session

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Ideas for Planning for Your BFF Session

Senior year is a time when you make all of your last high school memories before graduation and enter your new life. As time goes by, life will get hectic and crazy and these memories will start to fade. Planning a BFF session will help preserve these memories forever and help create some new ones during this fun photo shoot! Below are some tips to help you come up with a plan for your session:

  • Location

Choose a location that means something to you and your bestie. If you like to hang out at the local skate park or walk around the town square, these are places we could go for your session. We can also talk to your school about setting up there. If you are in drama club and want to recreate some memories in the theatre or have a special lunch table or a joint locker, etc., we want to incorporate these things as well. 


  • Props

Now it’s time to think about props. Do you want to bring your sunglasses because you guys are obsessed with oversized shades? How about a copy of your favorite magazine so you can look through it and get all the latest celebrity gossip during our session – talk about multi-tasking! Are you planning on going to the same college after graduation? If so, you can bring some college swag to your session! You can bring your graduation caps/gowns if you’d like. We can even stop by and grab some props during your session – if you are coffee lovers, we can take some photos of you and your BFF at your favorite coffee shop, or we can stop for some ice cream cones for some super cute shots. Think about the things that you guys like to do together and bring items that will reflect it in the photos.


  • Clothing

When it comes to clothing, you don’t want to be completely matchy-matchy (unless you are going to the twin BFF look). However, you don’t want to clash either. Choose a color palette that looks good on both of you and coordinate your outfits with colors from that scheme. Don’t forget to bring matching shoes and accessories.