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Straughan Photography named top pick in Best of Weddings 2014

Date Published: Jan 04, 2014

Location: San Antonio, TX

Straughan Photography named top pick in

THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 20114

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (01/7/14) -- Straughan Photography is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2014 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on TheKnot.com/BOW. TheKnot.com the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides. This is the third year Straughan Photography has been voted the top pick for The Knot Best of Weddings.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Dallas, the most creative wedding photographers in San Antonio, New York’s top cake bakers or Miami’s hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides. “We are extremely excited to be added into this top notch group. It is an honor to be reviewed so highly by our brides. ”

Painting with Light

Date Published: Jan 04, 2014

Location: San Antonio and Surrounding.

I know that there are a lot of people who are interested in the sparklers photos so I thought I would share a collection of light painting that I have done! 

Sparklers bride and groom 1

Sparklers bride and groom 2Sparklers bride and groom 6

Sparklers bride and groom love

Sparklers bride and groom exit

Sparklers bride and groom 3

Sparklers little girl

Sparklers bride and groom 4

Headlights 1

Here is some fun with headlights! 

Kylie Mae Stuman's baby photos

Date Published: Oct 22, 2013

Location: Garden Ridge, TX

Kylie Mae Stuman's baby photos are so stinking cute! We did them out at her Nana's house in Garden Ridge.

Kylie Mae baby photos lips

Kylie Mae baby photos

Kylie Mae baby photos halloween

Kylie Mae baby photos pumpkin

Kylie Mae baby photos kitchen

Kylie Mae baby photos name on blanket

Emily's Bat Mitzvah

Date Published: Oct 12, 2013

Location: Drury Inn & Suites North San Antonio

Emily's Bat Mitzvah was held at Agudas Achim Congregation with the reception was at Drury Inn & Suites North San Antonio. The rehearsal was at Paesanos off 1604. This event was filled with family and friends. Emily is a beautiful young woman who is in store for a very bright future.  

Emily's Bat Mitzvah recitalEmily's Bat Mitzvah reading

Emily's Bat Mitzvah reading with rabbi

Emily's Bat Mitzvah holding the Tora Emily's Bat Mitzvah reading the Tora

Emily's Bat Mitzvah with family

Emily's Bat Mitzvah pretty emaily Emily's Bat Mitzvah pretty Emily

Emily's Bat Mitzvah with mom and dadEmily's Bat Mitzvah with mom and dad kissing

Emily's Bat Mitzvah challah

Emily's Bat Mitzvah cake table

Emily's Bat Mitzvah necklaces

Emily's Bat Mitzvah head table

Emily's Bat Mitzvah fish

Emily's Bat Mitzvah fishEmily's Bat Mitzvah centerpiece

Emily's Bat Mitzvah conch shell

Emily's Bat Mitzvah friends

Emily's Bat Mitzvah light up

Emily's Bat Mitzvah the girls

Emily's Bat Mitzvah dancing the hora

Unplugged Wedding

Date Published: Jun 01, 2013

Location: San Antonio and surrounding

To start this blog off, I want to say that it is the couple's decision to ask people to unplug. If it doesn't bother you then it it won't bother me. I just want you have a choice. That being said, it is my job as the professional to create great images regardless of obstacles. --

My friend shared a great article that I think we could all take into consideration. Why You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding on the Huffington Post by Corey Ann of Corey Ann Photography really highlight some of the issues brides and photographers can face at a wedding with guest photographers. I  think I do a pretty good job of making sure that there are no "obstacles" in my photos but I wanted to post a few demonstrations of why you should consider having an "unplugged wedding"

Video guy in brides face

This was an outtake from a wedding a few years ago. It was a battle of cell phones, iPads, and video cameras for first dance photo. I just stepped back for a moment to take a wide shot. 

Cell phone in front of brideCell phone in background

"Just a quick photo on my phone" can ruin a perfect moment. I did ultimately crop in on the little girl and I made the cell phone photo work for me. I moved over a bit to get bride and dad without him in the photo.  

There is another reason to unplug, best said by Daniel of Nedelcu Photography,

"Guests, I honestly don’t care what you do. However, keep in mind that I also did not invite you to the wedding. It was the bride and groom who asked you to share their most intimate moment with them. By bringing a camera and using it, you are not only excluding yourself from THE moment in the hopes that you’ll take one good picture, but you create an emotional void where you (as a friend or relative) should have been as part of the wedding. You are absent from the very mission that was trusted on you: to be part of the collective celebration of the love of two people. If that’s OK with you, it certainly is OK with me – but maybe it’s not that OK with the bride and groom. Think about it.

My priority is capturing your day for you. Your guests priority should be to enjoy the day. I don't think people realize what they are doing, they want to capture the moment too. 

In the end it is the couples decision to ask people to unplug and if you don't care then it won't bother me. I just wanted to put it out there. The images I produce will reflect all that you put into your wedding, the moment and the emotions either way.  

More consideration:

http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2013/06/a-new-trend-for-unplugged-weddings/

http://blog.craigmitchelldyer.com/2013/05/30/unplugged-wedding-no-way-plug-in/

http://www.nedelcuphotography.com/why-you-should-have-an-unplugged-wedding/#

 

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