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Do you need your wedding photographer until the end of the reception? by Hannah Byrne

Short answer: typically, no.

After reception formalities are over (toasts, dances, cake cutting), you don't really need your photographer to hang around for much longer unless dancing photos are super important to you (1 hour of dancing coverage can be plenty). Remember, the drinks have probably been flowing for a few hours at this point. Your guests are a little tipsy and just want to dance (without a photographer in their face the entire night). Having a handful of photos of your guests dancing is important, but you don't need 3 hours of dancing coverage.

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"But I want to do a sparkler exit!!"

This is totally valid, and probably the #1 reason couples decide to have me their until the end. They want that real, candid sparkler send off photo... One of my favorite solutions to this is the staged sparkler photo with your bridal party + friends. Check out this blog post I wrote last year to read why I love the staged sparkler photo option!

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Rather than paying your photographer to hang around until the end, I recommend having your coverage a little heavier in the beginning of the day. Have them arrive earlier to capture candids of you getting ready, detail photos, first looks with Dad, etc. Those are the photos you will want in your album. They will be the ones you hang on your walls. Dancing photos are super fun, but not the highlight of any wedding gallery.

I hope this helps! If you have any comments or questions, leave them below!

Get inspired and get sh*t done by Hannah Byrne

Recently I polled my Instagram to see what people would like to see more of. I was surprised when a few people said "time management." Mainly because I don't think I'm very good at it... lol.

But then I got to thinking and decided to give the people what they want ;P

So I'm going to start with inspiration.. Because when you're inspired, it makes getting sh*t done a whole lot easier! And isn't that what "time management" is really about? GETTING SH*T DONE.

SO, a few ways I get inspired to work/create/love clients well/grow/change/etc

1. TUNE IT OUT

There is always so much going on in our lives, being able to tune it all out is important. But it's really hard to find activities that do this. Teaching spin @ REV and climbing with Stephen both require 100% of my attention. They don't allow any room for distraction. And when I'm finished, I feel like I truly just had a moment without any other stresses impacting me, which gives me the mental space to be inspired when I get back to the office or show up to a shoot!

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2. PODCAST + BLOGS + DOCUMENTARIES + MUSIC

If I want to be inspired to create/grow/blog I listen to podcast or browse a cool blog. (My favorite is podcast "How I Built This.") I'm inspired by the commitment people make to creating content. Whether it's visually or audible, when someone takes the time to create it inspires me to do the same. (Currently my favorite documentary is Planet Earth on Netflix, also love everything shopwalkinlove.com does!)

(I'm not much of a reader - womp womp - but if you are, totally add that to the list!)

3. REST

And yes, I do mean binge watching Netflix. During busy season I typically take some time during the week to veg. I will sit in bed and watch Netflix - maybe even for a few hours. If my body is feeling tired, I give it rest. Between spin, climbing, training for a half iron man, daily business tasks, shoots during the week, and weddings - I need time to rest. And I've made a commitment to not feel guilty when I take that time. It's OK to have to slow down. You need energy to be inspired!

4. TRAVEL

No surprise I added this one! Obviously, this doesn't happen every week or every month. And maybe it doesn't seem practical in your life at all. But travel doesn't have to look a private island, drinking margaritas and getting massages. Traveling could look like a day trip to a city that's a few hours from you or maybe saving up for a bigger trip! There is so much world, go see it!

5. TALK IT OUT

This one is huge for me. I'm a visual/conversational learner. I need to bounce ideas off of other people to get anywhere. Working alone from home doesn't really lend itself well to this - so it's something I have to be really intentional about. If you're a boss lady (or gentleman), find yourself some friends who do the same type of work that you do and meet regularly. Grab coffee, Skype, shoot emails back and forth. The amount of inspiration I get from chatting with friends about life/business/goals/etc, is INSANE. I leave conversations feeling ready to tackle projects (some projects I didn't even know I wanted to do!)

SO what inspires you to GET SH*T DONE? (Comment below!)

A Sweet Treat You Have to Try! by Hannah Byrne

If you're a past, present or future client of mine you've probably received this sweet treat from me in the mail!

When we moved to Baltimore I was introduced to Mouth Party Caramels at a local cafe - Atwaters - and after tasting them, I knew I wanted to share them with my clients. So I ordered their salted caramels and started to package them with my bridal guide. So many couples comment on how much they love the caramels so I wanted to share a bit about Mouth Party & how you could incorporate them into your wedding process, beyond receiving them in the mail from me! :) 

1. Asking your gal pal to be your bridesmaid!

No need to go over the top, but giving a little treat when you ask your favorite ladies to be a part of your wedding would be a sweet surprise!

2. Bridal shower treats &/or favors!

You can customize your order to help match your bridal shower colors. From picking the box to the ribbon color, they can be the perfect addition & the best favor! In my opinion, food as a favor is always a good idea ;)

3. Add them to your welcome gifts for guests staying at a local hotel

Some couples choose to have bags waiting for their guests when they arrive to their hotel. Packed with back up toiletries, bottled water, a little libation, a "day after" recovery kit ... AND you guessed it - local caramels. YUM!

4. Wedding favors!

I've always thought Mouth Party Caramels would be the BEST wedding favors! Like I said, you can't go wrong with food as a favor! So instead of giving your guests another trinket, give them something they can actually enjoy!

If nothing else, you need to get your booty over to www.mouthpartycaramel.com and order some treats ASAP to enjoy for yourself! These babies are AMAZING! Pretty sure I'm addicted...