Engagement Session Giveaway and Wedding Package Discount!

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Are you a unique bride and groom, planning a unique wedding, and looking for the perfect photographer? Would you like to win a FREE engagement session and a 20% discounted wedding package? If so you are in the right place! I am looking for the bride and groom who are not afraid to be different, to STAND OUT, to show their amazing personalities, and to be loud and let theirs colors show. (Yes I am HUGE Avett Brothers fan.) I want to tell your story in a way that truly represents and embraces all the beautiful ways that make you YOU.

* If you would like to enter please see the requirements below.  

What you will receive:

  • A free 2 look engagement session ($350 value). 
  • High-resolution edited images on a downloadable album and the rights to print. 
  • A 20% discount on your wedding package of your choice (up to $600 value). 

To enter, please email brandynangel@gmail.com and include:

  • Your first and last names (bride & groom)
  • Your wedding date
  • The locations of your ceremony and reception 
  • Your story, details about what makes YOU and your wedding DIFFERENT, photo inspiration for your big day, and why you’d love to win this giveaway! 
  • A photo of the two of you together that best represents you as a couple
  • A statement that you have read the rules and agree to the terms of the giveaway
  • Leave a comment on this post that you’ve done all of the above.

How will the winner be chosen?

Winning couples will be selected based on a story that resonates with Brandy Angel Photography and a date that works with our schedule.

Giveaway guidelines:

  • Couples who are already booked with Brandy Angel Photography are not eligible for this contest.
  • You cannot already be booked with another photographer.
  • A contract must be signed, deposit paid and returned to us within one week of winning and before engagement session is booked.
  • The winning couple also agrees to be featured on brandyangelphotography.com, or any other publication that Brandy Angel Photography would like to submit images to. The names and images of the winning couple will be used by Brandy Angel Photography for promotional purposes
  • LIKE Brandy Angel Photography, LLC. on Facebook. 
  • By participating in this engagement photography giveaway, you agree to be bound by these official rules.
  • Giveaway entries will be accepted starting from today January 6, 2017 until July 6, 2017 and the winning couple will be announced by email on July 12, 2017. 


Awards and Badges

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Laura & Tony McBride and their Angels.

January 25, 2016  •  1 Comment

Last November, Independent Journal Review shared the touching story of Anna Bozman Thompson and how her nuptials were brightened by an amazing photographer from Georgia who made sure her wedding photos included someone who couldn’t be there.

Now that same photographer’s work is bringing peace to another grieving family.

Brandy Angel got a call from 40-year-old Texan Laura McBride and her husband, Tony, after Laura was moved by the Thompson photos. Laura knew a similar set of photos would help herself and Tony cope with a devastating loss to their family — all three of their children were stillborn.

Image credit: Facebook/Laura McBride
 

Image credit: Facebook/Laura McBride

Though daughter Kieran passed away in 2014, the other two would be much older, according to “Today.”

Christopher would be almost 22 today, Tyler would be almost 18 and Kieran would turn 2 this year. But even though they would have been years apart in age, Laura thought of them as kids: “Young, vibrant, sweet, adorable,” she said.

Brandy said she was touched by the request, and made plans to shoot photos of the couple while she had an already-planned trip to Texas around Thanksgiving time.

This was the result:

 

Image credit: Screenshot/Today/Brandy Angel Photography

Brandy said, “Photos like this aren’t for everyone, but they are everything to some people who need them to grieve and hold on to someone they have lost. I wanted to help her so much.”

Laura told “Today”:

“This picture has been such a comfort to us and it has made us so happy because it has given us something to look at every day. We know they’re with us, we can see it.”

Image credit: Facebook/Laura McBride
 

Image credit: Facebook/Laura McBride

Stillbirths are largely “understudied” in the U.S., according to Suzan Carmichael, a professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and their cause remains unknown in most cases.

NPR reports that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that the “autopsy rate in the U.S. for stillbirths is the lowest among developed countries.” While studying stillbirths could help to reduce their numbers, researcher Robert Silver, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah,said that they often aren’t done because quality autopsies by pathologists cost so much.


Bozman Thompson Wedding

November 06, 2015  •  2 Comments

Anna and Travis have been together for nearly a decade and have been through more together than most people in a lifetime. It has only brought them closer together and more sure of their lifetime commitment to each other. When Anna met Travis she had a son named Lake. Travis fell in love with Anna and Lake quickly and it wasn't long before they welcomed two children of their own and Travis even planned on adopting Lake as soon as they were married. Soon after a wedding was planned. Sadly Lake was diagnosed with Cancer and wedding plans were put on hold for years as Lake battled cancer. Anna and Travis put all of their energy and time into caring for Lake and trying to find a bone marrow donor for not only Lake but all the other children and people in need of bone marrow donors. Anna truly became an advocate for childhood cancer. I as the photographer contacted Anna last year to offer her a free family photo session through my non profit for children with cancer. I quickly fell in love with them as well and found out I had known Travis my whole life. It truly is a small world. Tragically Lake lost his battle with cancer On May 1, just weeks shy of his 9th birthday. After the shock and heart break Anna and Travis decided it was time to finally get married as Lake always wished they would. They planned a small family gathering in a beautiful field at Double H Farm in Colbert, GA and thought of ways to include Lake in the ceremony. I was honored that they chose me to capture that day. Just two days before the wedding was set Anna was surprised by Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta at her mother's home and they gave Anna the dress of her dreams. It truly was a perfectly magical day full of love, sorrow, remembrance and new beginnings. Anna was the picture perfect bride and I know Lake was shining down on all of us that day. Anna was so worried about taking family photos that day for the first time without Lake and mysteriously in the photos following the ceremony there is a beautiful light shining in the photos that never changes shape or color and it moves around the family. It is truly amazing to see and undeniable. It can even be seen peeking behind Anna on a couple of photos. Anna could not have been happier and found so much comfort in that light. She said Lake would show up in a beautiful way that day and he did. Whether or not you believe in things like that you cannot deny that light. I feel so incredibly blessed to have witnessed something so truly beautiful. Please join me in honoring Lake and his family and look into becoming a bone marrow donor, www.bethematch.org, you could save a life just like Lake's. 


A little help with what to wear for your session...

October 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

1) Coordinate your family’s style. Avoid the family uniform
It should go without saying to never dress your family alike. Everyone hates it, even the kids. Instead opt for a coordinated look in the same tonal range. For the quick and easy way to do this find outfits for mom and the girls in your family (who tend to have bolder choices in stores) and fill in some simple but coordinated choices for dad and the boys.

(Zara Kids)
Perfectly coordinated but not matching. Definitely a formal choice but great for an museum shoot or flower garden.

2) Wear something that makes you feel good
This sounds obvious but it’s really important and can really make or break a shoot. Everyone needs to feel happy and relaxed to generate real, authentic smiles. On-location photography can move quickly so opt for something that is easy to move in. Bring those 4 inch heels but wear something comfortable to get you between locations.
(Matthew Hranek and J.Crew)
(J.Crew)
(crewcuts)

Your kids will be comfortable in these clothes and you won’t fret if they are rolling around in the grass. Great for any location; from beach to city to family hike.

3) Embrace bold colors and patterns but keep it balanced
Some photographers steer people away from bold colors and patterns. That’s such a shame because beautiful colors and patterns are everywhere. The key to pulling this off is to make sure to use bold color sparingly, treat it like an accessory. Patterns should be balanced with a simple choice for other family members. See Liz’s shoot for a perfect example of this.(Modern Kids Photography)

(Candice Stringman for The Blairs)

4) Accessories and layers are key to looking like you had multiple wardrobe changes
One of the easiest ways to give your photo session a diverse look without forcing your family to perform multiple wardrobe changes in a parking lot is to bring several types of layers and accessories. Think sweaters, coats, hats, and scarves. Accessories can be pulled on and off easily which creates lots of different looks, not to mention they act as fun props.
(Collage from CrewcutsZara, and Little Fashion Gallery)

Embrace accessories! They are easy to dress up or down and are fun for kids and families to interact with.

5) A special tip for a mom who wants to look thin: wear the same color from head to toe
You can trick the camera but creating a long line from head to toe if you stay in the same color. Choose a mid-tone color such as a blue or brown. Always avoid wearing lighter colors on the bottom as the eye is attracted to the lightest part of a photograph, therefore accentuating your hips.

Also, here are the obvious Photo shoot No-no’s:

• avoid clothing with words or logos
• don’t get haircuts the day before, they always need a few days to look best
• avoid anything too trendy otherwise you’ll hate the images in a few months
• don’t force several wardrobe changes on kids, stick to no more than 2 great looks and you’ll keep your little one happy

The bottom line is to have fun with your family’s photo shoot. Take a little time to prepare for the shoot day. Have a few backup articles of clothing in case of disaster and consult with your photographer beforehand. You’ll be sure to love the images knowing that your family was comfortable and looking their best.