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  • Writer's pictureKeith

When Kris was getting ready (before leaving for the venue) we realized the flowers hadn't arrived yet. We were planning on doing a first look and all the formals before the ceremony. I could tell she was getting anxious. She had a bridesmaid call the florist. Of course, the conversation was something like "Where are you and when will you be here?". I asked if I could take the phone and talk to the florist. I coordinated with them to meet us at the venue 15 minutes later than they had planned instead of coming to the house. It saved the florist time and saved the girls from having to carry them to the venue. It also put Kris at ease that it was all taken care of.

We did all the family and wedding party pictures outside before some very heavy rain hit. I kept a close eye on the rain and as soon as it let up (about 30 minutes after sunset) we ran outside to get more pictures of just Kris and Will. The middle picture below with that deep blue sky is one of them = 30 minutes AFTER sunset!

When you hire a photographer, it's SO much more than just taking pictures. It's having a professional on your team that knows how to coordinate your event. How to work with other vendors. How to anticipate issues and resolve them immediately. How to take risks, manage time and foresee the future to get every shot possible.


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Arne Martinson and Keith Berry have been the power behind Berryphotos since 2004. This award winning team has maintained a perfect 5 Star rating on all review sites including WeddingWire, The Knot, Google, and all others since their inception. Experience matters!


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  • Writer's pictureKeith

99% of what you'll see out there from photographers will be natural light using just available light. It's nice and gives a soft look, but what about when you can make it even better? When we take control of the light and use just the amount we want and compensate with our own - then we can become true masters of light. Bright Sunny Day: We make the picture darker so you can get color and definition in the sky which means we need to put some flash on you. Background Too Bright: Same deal, you're silhouetted against a bright background so we put flash from various angles to light you. Sunset: It's dark out. If we want to see the colors we need to keep it dark, which means we can't see you. Many photographers will purposely silhouette you against a sunset, which can look nice, but isn't it oh so much better when we can actually see who you are? Specialty Shots: Sometimes we can use flash to create a cool look like shining it through a banister to create cool shadows or put a spotlight just on your faces. THIS is why you hire a professional. If your pictures are just a glorified version of what a phone can take then really what's the point? #berryphotos

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