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Straughan Photography awarded two Antonian Awards!

Date Published: Nov 09, 2015

Location: San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS --- Straughan Photography walked away with Antonian Awards for both Best Photography and Best Marketing Design (Under 25K) at the 1st Annual Antonian Awards show on Wednesday, October 28. 

The awards were held by ISES, a society that connects creative professionals behind special events across the globe. 

Best Photography was awarded for Rebekah and Jay's wedding, a "Winter Wonderland" themed celebration that was held at the Sheraton-Gunter downtown in January of this year. 

Rebekah and Jay's Wedding winner of Antonian Award

Best Marketing Design (Under 25K) was awarded for the Cinderella inspired shoot completed earlier in the spring. The shoot included a full cast, costuming, and elaborate reception design at the magical Castle Avalon. The other vendors were also awarded for their professional contribution to this project. 

Cinderella shoot winner of Antonian Award

Congratulations to all the 2015 winners! 

Straughan Photography Antonian Awards 2015

What's in Chrystina's Bag?

Date Published: Nov 09, 2015

Location: Cibolo, Texas

Ever been curious about the goodies Chrystina carries with her on every photography venture? No more guessing! Check out this professional's must-haves behind her success.

What's in Chrystina's Bag

Camera, extra camera, then the one she's holding, lenses, extra lenses, flashes, extra flashes... Oh! And let's not forget the classic film and insta-film, a little Spark to keep the energy up and she always carries Mickey Mouse where ever she goes!

Chrystina's Photographer's Emergency Kit

Let's not forget the infamous Photographer's Emergency Kit! This shiny black box has just about everything you can think of to save the day. Wanna know in detail what's inside? Check out the Wedding Emergency Kit blog post! 

Fall Mini Sessions Have Arrived!

Date Published: Oct 02, 2015

Location: Crescent Bend Nature Area, Scherzt, TX

Whether you're looking to announce a new engagement, the birth of a new baby, or just wanting a fresh batch of family portraits for holiday cards, a Fall Mini Session is the the only way to go! 

Fall Mini Sessions 2015 on 10/18 at Crescent Bend Nature Area, Schertz, Texas

Fall Mini Sessions are Coming!

Date Published: Sep 21, 2015

Location: San Antonio, TX

October is Fall Mini Session Month at Straughan Photography! The weather is getting cooler and the colors are turning, so what better way to celebrate the changing season than with a gorgeous outdoor session? With multiple days and locations, and sessions at the perfect price, all of our clients will be able to spruce up their walls with beautiful award-winning portraiture! 

Fall mini sessions 2015

Finding the perfect dress...

Date Published: Sep 17, 2015

Location: San Antonio, TX

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lisa from, I do the Dress I do, in San Antonio. There were several questions I had for her about picking the right dress for any bride!  

Where do your dresses come from?

I get asked this question a lot.  I get dresses from just about every source available.  I have vendors, brokers and other agents who send me lists of dresses as well as individuals.  I also get dresses directly from manufacturers as well as from other stores.  There really isn’t an avenue I don’t know about or use. Are they new, used, or both? 10% of my dresses are used or otherwise consigned.  90% are new dresses

How do I choose the right dress for my body type? 

The right body style for a bride will become evident as we dig into her appointment.  Every bride comes in with an idea in her head and then we go from there.  If I bride wants a mermaid but a mermaid isn’t her best shape I will go to the next best choice of a drop waist.  If she still wants a mermaid, then she should get a mermaid!  It’s your day, get the dress you dream about because you are the only one wearing it!!!  You need to be true to what you want, everyone in your party including me are just bystanders.

How do I choose the correct white/color?

There are 2 colors in bridal.  White and Not White.  Everyone looks good in one of them.  Manufacture white is white white and difficult to where for a lot of skin tones. You can tan and makeup all you want but your base tone will never change.  I will help you see which colors are making you look grey or sallow or some other color than bride bright!

Veil/ no veil/ hair piece? What should I choose?

I like veils on brides, it is basically what separates your wedding day from a formal.  Veils are great for the ceremony and pictures and then it’s super annoying.  The veil usually lasts until dinner and then it’s gone.  My personal pet peeve is naked head so yes yes yes for hair crystals and or flowers.  You really should have something on your head, it’s a special day do special hair.  

What other advice can you give brides for the dress making decisions? 

Again, I can’t stress this enough, if you don’t want to wear anything on your head then DON’T.  It’s not my day, it’s your day do what you want!

Is there any other advice you can give brides? 

1.  The more opinions you ask for, the more opinions you will get.

2. Be true to your heart, you are the only one wearing white today.

3. Stay in your budget and be comfortable, these are the only two things that have not changed over the last 10 years that I have been selling dresses.

4. Who are you inviting to this wedding?  The mean girls?  NO, you are inviting your friends and family, they love you and will think you are beautiful no matter what.  Please stop picking on yourself.  Everyone knows you have arms, everyone knows how tall you are and every loves you anyway.  Enjoy your day, buy the dress that makes you happy (YOU not anyone else), and have a wonderful wedding!

Check out her website at www.idothedressido.com

 

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