Bayless Photography, Inc.: Blog en-us (C) Bayless Photography, Inc. (Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sun, 25 Feb 2024 06:34:00 GMT Sun, 25 Feb 2024 06:34:00 GMT Bayless Photography, Inc.: Blog 120 83 Help Your Photographer Make Your Special Day Perfect!  

Help your Photographer make your Special Day Perfect!

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your lifetime. Once the wedding is over you will be able to relive that day by looking at your wedding photographs. Beautiful wedding photos create a lifetime of wonderful memories. This is what you need to know to get great wedding photographs.

Be Prepared
  Create a timeline for your wedding day. The timeline is an itinerary that is used to facilitate the events of the day and help keep things on track. A timeline will greatly assist your photographer when preparing for the day. Get a copy of the itinerary to the photographer at least two weeks in advance of the wedding day. Include the names and addresses of all the locations.


Streamline the Process
  The best photos are made through the creative process of the photographer. Avoid the need to micro-manage the process. Instead allow the photographer plenty of creative freedom. Streamline the list of photos that you must have and let the photographer take the photos as she sees fit. A good rule of thumb is to supply a list of five poses that you simply must have.


Don’t Worry About the Little Things  
Don’t let the little things bother you. You hired a professional wedding photographer and you should expect her to do the job well. There is no need to continually oversee the process. The photographer has a plan for the day and in order to do the job properly you need to let go of the need to manage the job.


Be Mindful of the Weather  
Discuss the general settings of your wedding photos with your photographer. Consider the options if the weather fails to cooperate. While you can’t control the weather you can be prepared with a plan if the weather turns bad. Think about alternate arrangements to accommodate the photos even during periods of excessive rain or heat.


Accommodate the Photographer
  The photographer is there to create wonderful wedding photographs. Be aware of the needs of the photographer and assist in any way you can. Be considerate of the photographer’s needs by ensuring that she has time to eat and to take short breaks. Help keep others from making demands on the photographer as this can deter the process.

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:08:23 GMT
Why an engagement session is a great idea!  

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So what is an engagement session?  Some know but aren't really sure if they want or need to have one.  They aren't sure where to do the session, what to wear, how to pose and the stress seems to overtake them before we even have a chance to discuss.  An engagement session is basically a "warm up session" before your big day.  We go somewhere fun, outdoors and have a very casual, fun session.  Its a great way for us to get to know each other, for me to see how you respond to the camera and to make you more comfortable so that the day of your wedding I'm not longer "the photographer", I'm “Crissy”!  :-)  I recommend dressing in solid colors if at all possible.  You can dress as casual or formal as you want.  The session usually takes about an hour.  For lighting purposes, I try to schedule them early in the morning or in the evening just before sunset. I really enjoy the engagement sessions.  We aren't dealing with a strict time line, we can get creative and just have fun!



(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:48:54 GMT
Wedding Photography Timeline  


The number one question I get asked by new couples is “How much time do we need for wedding photography?”.

If your wedding timeline goes exactly as planned, you are the minority.  I always tell my couples, expect the unexpected and be prepared!  

Getting married is new to most people, as an experienced wedding photographer I’ve met with many prospective wedding couples over the years, when it comes to photography I’ve heard the same questions repeated over and over again. How much time is needed before & after the ceremony for photography?  I’ll try to break this down as best I can. 


Pre Ceremony “Getting ready photos”

This includes all the special moments with your wedding party & family leading up to the walk down the aisle! 


Detail shots– "Yes I want all the detail!" (Minimum 20 Minutes)

Dress, Shoes, Bouquet, rings etc    


The Jewelry. This may include a family heirloom, a gift from your groom or someone special in your life.  



So you see where I am headed.  The list goes on and on. If you want detail photos, you have to allow time for them.  We need a minimum of 20 minutes.

**TIP** Ask a bridesmaid to gather all of these items prior to the photographer arriving so they are ready to photograph and aren’t spending time locating these items.

Make a list of the detail items in advance that you would like to have photographed.  This way you aren’t trying to remember everything the day of.  This will not only save time, it will insure that you get the detail photos you want.


Allow at least 30 minutes for the photographer to get these photos.  These are moments you will never get back.  Mom helping you with your dress & dad seeing you for the first time. These memories need to be captured.  When I can get a shot of dad wiping a tear after he sees his beautiful daughter in her wedding gown, I feel I’m doing my job.  You must allow time for this though. So many times I arrive and the bride is already dressed and ready for formal photos.  That’s wonderful if you want traditional, posed wedding photography, but not if you want to document the story of the day through your photos. 

**TIP** Be sure to allow your makeup artist and hairstylist plenty of time to do their job. If they feel they will be cutting it close, ask them do your hair and makeup first so the photographer can start your formal photos.  You will be in all of the formal photos, it does no good to have your family and bridesmaids ready when you aren’t.  You can always get "touch ups" after photos.

This is a great time for candid photos.  Bridesmaids getting dressed. Toasts. Grandparents seeing the bride for the first time.  The Flower girl running around the room pretending to be a princess. These are all moments that should be captured.  These are memories that you will relive through your photographs the rest of your life.  (Minimum of 30 minutes)


**TIP**  Try to keep the bridal room as clutter free as possible. Having deodorant and empty boxes in the room will certainly take away from the photo.  I know its impossible to keep it totally clutter free when 12 ladies are getting dressed in one small room, but if at all possible, keep all of that in one corner of the room or in a closet. 

Groom Candid Photos

If you want candid’s of the groom prior to the ceremony, make sure to factor in time for him as well.  If there are two photographers working your wedding (and there should be), the other photographer can sneak over to the groom’s room and take some photos of the guys if they are getting dressed at the same location (which I highly recommend.)  :-) (15 minutes)


Bridal Portraits!  Lets face it, this day is about you, the bride.  This is YOUR day. If you want gorgeous photos of you with glamorous lighting, you have to give the photographer time. Its not all about the location, its about the perfect lighting.  This isn’t something we like to rush through. We want your photos to be as stunning as you are on your wedding day. Minimum of 30 minutes


Pre-Wedding Formals with Family

When I meet with couples, I give them a questionnaire that lists every combination imaginable.  This is a very useful tool.  It insures that you get the photos you want.  Having said that, I would limit the photos of you alone with various family members to immediate family.  You will want photos with you new husband and extended family after the ceremony so it may be overkill to do both.  It also takes time to gather these family members and most likely will arrive shortly before the ceremony. (15 minutes for family photos)


These are always fun and really fast.  We try to take several cute, posed shots and at least one fun shot. 

**TIP** If you have something in mind for a “fun” photo, let the photographer know!  Otherwise we will give you some ideas, but if you already know what you want or are willing to do (in a dress & heels) it will save some time.  (15 minutes)


Groom Formal Portraits, Groom w/ Family & Groomsmen

For the groom alone we like to have around (15 minutes)  Groom with family & groomsmen  (20-30 minutes) (Total 45 minutes)



“Do we see each other before or not?”

I get this question a lot.  I learned recently this tradition started because of pre arranged marriages and they didn’t want either the bride or the groom “running away”.  Seriously.  I always thought it had to do with superstition.  Not the case.  If you want to see each other before the ceremony, that does get you to your reception earlier, but we take the same amount of photos regardless.  Should you decide to see each other before, we recommend a “first look” photo. (See below)


The Ceremony

Depending on what type of ceremony you are having, it could last 20 minutes to 2 hours.  Your officiator should give you this information.


After Ceremony Formals

The dreaded posed formals. Never discount the formals, to many people they are a drag but to your grandparents and parents, they are gold! In these photos people will often come together that have never met, not seen each other in years and in many cases will never see each other again. They might not be the most exciting pictures but as the years go on you will become very fond of them.

This is where that list I was telling you about earlier can be a very useful tool.  We can move much faster if we have a list that we can check out as we go along.  Depending on your list this could take 15 - 30 minutes.

**TIP** Make a point to tell your family in advance to remain in place for these photos.  It will take longer if someone has to go grab uncle Bob at the bar.

**TIP** It’s very important that the rest of your guests go to cocktail hour during this time. They will want to visit with you and offer congratulations but that will cut into the photography or make you late entering your reception.


Reception Detail

If you want those awesome reception detail photos of your reception room prior to guests entering, please allow the photographers time to take these. (10 minutes)




These are our favorite!  If it looks like its going to rain or get dark, we will push these up before the family photos.  We can always photograph those undercover with flash later.  We would LOVE to have an hour for couple photos.  I understand that we normally can’t have an hour, but if you truly want stunning photos, the more time we have the better! These are largely the photos that made you hire your photographer in the first place.  Let your photographer be brilliant for you! (1 hour)


**TIP** Ask someone in your wedding party grab a drink for you while we begin your couple photos.




**TIP** I recommend taking a few minutes to yourself and even eating alone before making your entrance to the reception. If you find that you are running out of time in your package, go ahead and take care of these formalities.

*First Dance

*Parent Dance



You definitely want professional photos of these formalities. 

The short of it, in my experience 8 hours covers the average wedding perfectly.  I know not everyone can fit 8 hours of photography into their budget, but the more time a photographer has, the more beautiful your images will be!

If you remember nothing else, remember this...Breathe, take it all in, it goes by in a flash!


(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:30:57 GMT
Imaging USA Jay, Sarah & I attended Imaging USA last week and feel more energized than ever!  We attended lectures by award winning photographers Jerry  Ghionis, The Munoz Brothers, Gene Ho, Ed Pingol & Anna Kuerberg.  We spent a little time with the "Photoshop Evangelist" Julieanne Kost and the amazing Jane Conor-Ziser.  We are excited about the new lighting and posing techniques we learned.  2013 is going to be very exciting!  We are inspired and ready to take it to the next level!

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:37:20 GMT
Check us out in Talk of the Town's May Newsletter

May News from Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events

Happy May from Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events!

It’s full-on Wedding/Graduation season here at Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events! Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to fill our books with events that range from intimate to grand. We really do enjoy this very busy time and look at each event as an opportunity to showcase our very best while learning something new – we often find that our own clients have some incredible ideas that really inspire us! Speaking of inspirations, we took our team on a field trip about which you can read more below. The beautiful Meltzer/Lauber Wedding that took place at Roswell Founders Hall is featured here! Also, we were honored to cater a very special and exotic event for the fabulous Cottage School. And, in the spirit of sharing, I have chosen to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you more fully, which you can read about here, as well. Please read and enjoy and we wish you the best for this warm and happy season!

Chris Archer
President of 
Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events

Latest News from
Talk of the Town

Gorgeous Photos from an
Exceptional Wedding at
Roswell Founders Hall!

It was a magical night when Ashleigh Meltzer and Tripp Lauber said “I Do!” at Roswell Founders Hall. The couple had so many special touches that really personalized the event and made it especially romantic. The menu was divine and included one of our favorite passed appetizers – Tomato Bisque Shooters with Grilled Cheese Slice.” We are pleased to share a the photos from this wedding taken by Bayless Photography and hope you enjoy them!

Talk of the Town
Visits Rockstar Farms

Many caterers offer clients options of locally-sourced, organic food for their events. We proudly do so at Talk of the Town, but take it to another level. We actually educate our staff about our sources so that our clients are not only getting the best ingredients, but can rely on our culinary staff to be a knowledgeable source of information about their event’s menu and its sources. To this end, we happily took our staff on a tour and educational outing to Rockstar Farms.

Here we spent time exploring the seven acres of chemical-free gardens and orchard on the farm. We tasted “better than organic” produce and got to pal-around with some of the loving livestock. We are proud to bring you the very best and create strong relationships with our farm sources so that your event’s cuisine is its very best.

International Adventure
to Benefit the Cottage School!

Talk of the Town was so proud be a sponsor of an exotic cruise-themed event – “Glitter Under the Stars” – to benefit the wonderful Cottage School on April 14th. The Cottage School’s mission is “building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming. The Cottage School prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive, and independent adults.”

The Glitter Under the Stars Event was an around-the-world event that featured Ports of Call, including Casablanca, Cannes, Hong Kong, and more. This event helps fund the school’s tuition assistance program and we thank the Cottage School for inviting us to be part of such a wonderful event and organization.

Chris Archer,
President of 
Talk of the Town

Since he is always encouraging his staff members to take the spotlight, we thought it was time to let you get to know Chris Archer.

Chris is so proud to be part of Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events. He took the helm as owner of Talk of the Town in 1997 and is truly a hands-on manager who takes tremendous pride in the success of his entire team and keeping every catering client happy. Under his leadership, Talk of the Town has grown tremendously while still maintaining its very personal touch. In fact, Talk of the Town is considered one of Atlanta’s top special event caterers and was ranked #14 in Atlanta Business Chronicles’ Top Caterers in 2011.

With a degree in Events Management from Georgia Southern College, Chris has long been committed to hospitality and business. He knows that hard work and listening to clients are the keys to success and the continued growth of Talk of the Town. Chris says of Talk of the Town, “This is a truly special company. We care about forging strong bonds to make this a great place to work while keeping our focus on giving clients the best culinary and service experience. I feel so thankful for our team, our clients and our partners.” Chris especially enjoys giving back generously to the community through the sponsorship of many local events each year.

He always has so many nice things to say about his staff, and here are some of the ways they describe him: “Generous and caring” . . . “patient and a great listener and client advocate” . . . “ready to roll up his own sleeves and serve clients” . . . “interested in having the Talk of the Town team reach new creative heights that bring clients the best we can offer.”

Chris has a lovely wife and two daughters. He believes in keeping healthy so he can enjoy both his family and his work so he visits the gym almost daily. When time allows, he and his family do enjoy taking vacations – to the Caribbean or the mountains!

Our mailing address is:
Talk of the Town Catering and Event Venues
30 Woodstock St
Roswell, Georgia 30075

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(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Mon, 07 May 2012 18:14:41 GMT
Chrissy & Josh Engagement Session Chrissy, Josh and I went to Stone Mountain for their engagement session. It was a beautiful day, the light was perfect, temperature was perfect and they were adorable!


(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Engagement Stone Mountain Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:27:00 GMT
Loni & Ryan Let me start by saying, Loni is just absolutely gorgeous and it was really hard for Sarah and I to go wrong with this one. She is a natural beauty and has the personality to match it.


Her Bridesmaids were very much like her. FUN and gorgeous!

Ryan and the guys were awesome and fun too! Willing to do ANYTHING lol

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Ryan made quite the handsome groom as well!

Wedding party was one of our favorites of the year.

Gorgeous couple

We did a jumping shot at their engagement session and couldn't pass up the opportunity to do it now that they are official!

The only thing I didn't like about Loni & Ryan's wedding is that it had to end. I know they will have a long life of love and happiness. They are two amazing people!


(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:16:00 GMT
Lisa & Matt Valley_0730-2161

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:36:00 GMT
Katherine & Jeff Engagement Katherine, Jeff and I visited Cintentennial Olympic park for their engagement session. It was a very hot day but we still managed to have some fun!


(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:07:00 GMT
Taneya and J Gorgeous couple!


(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 21 May 2011 11:11:00 GMT
Lisa & Matt Engagement Lisa and Matt are just gorgeous. They are so photogenic and fun. They interact with each other so well and it comes across in their photos. I LOVED photographing their engagement session and have since photographed their wedding. I'll be posting photos very soon!


Whats good for her is good for him....what a sport

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 21 May 2011 10:07:00 GMT
Kasey & Sean Engagement

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 21 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT
Megan & Brian

Could they be any cuter?

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Fri, 20 May 2011 21:41:00 GMT
Betsy & David When I first met Betsy & her mother Cathy, we hit it off immediately. I knew this would be a fun and beautiful wedding. It was just that!


Jay rode over on the trolley with them from the church to the Contemporary Arts Center. He had a blast.

They were such a fun wedding party.

Where's waldo...errrr David?



I fell in love with this wall. Can you tell?

I consider these two friends not just clients. I look forward to watching their family grow!
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Fri, 20 May 2011 20:33:00 GMT
Zbeeb Family Session

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:36:00 GMT
Buchanan December 2010 Session I photographed the Buchanan family the other day. I can't believe how much Collins has grown. It seems like just yesterday he was a newborn. They are such a sweet, adorable family

He loves mommie reading to him. "The little engine that could"

One of my favorites. He laughs so much.

I'm sure he was wondering what the silly hat was. lol

But he didn't seem to mind

Such a little man

I'll see you in a few months (hopefully) Collins!
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:36:00 GMT
Megan & Brian I had a great time with Megan and Brian at their engagement session. They are adorable and so funny!

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:32:00 GMT
Humphrey Family Shoot I met this awesome family back in 2005 when I photographed Jayme & Stacy's wedding. Since then I have photographed her beautiful sister Jodi and her husband Jeff's wedding and now Jayme and Stacy's two gorgeous kids Kaleigh & Huston. When I photograph this family, it doesn't seem like work...seriously. They are like my extended family. I really adore them.

Jayme, Stacy, Kaleigh & Huston. Can you say perfect little family???

Huston & Kaleigh

Could Huston be a happier baby? So much fun

They were both dealing with colds and still managed to give me some adorable smiles

Huston was a real sport, huh?

Jodi & Jeff are expecting their first child. :-) YAY! I can't wait to photograph that little one...

The two responsible for this gorgeous family. Mr & Mrs H


Seems like we JUST did your engagement session. Time FLIES
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:09:00 GMT
Hanleigh 6 Months! I had the opportunity to photograph Hanleigh yesterday. She is 6 months old already!



(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:51:00 GMT
Kim & Adam I had the best time at this wedding. Kim & Adam were absolutely adorable and so in love. Is she not the most photogenic person ever? She is just as sweet as she is beautiful




Gorgeous smile


Are they not just adorable?





First Dance


The party begins...





Kim & Adam, you were awesome. I'll miss working with you! Thank you so much for being THE PERFECT COUPLE!
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:11:00 GMT
BCG Photo Sesssion
I had a photo session with BCG last week. I had some strict specs. They couldn't cross their arms and I had to crop at the knees. It was fun and I think they turned out pretty nice.

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:54:00 GMT
Jackie & Tony © James Netz-15574

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:14:00 GMT
Lonnie & Ryan Lonnie, Ryan and I had such a wonderful time at their engagement session. Atlanta hit triple digits today so it was hot, but that didn't stop our fun!





I look forward to their wedding next June! :-)
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Fri, 09 Jul 2010 15:22:00 GMT
Collins 6 month Session! Collins is 6 months! Time really does fly! When Dana and Reid asked me to photograph his six month photos, I was so excited! At 6 months they start sitting up, showing expressions etc.

Doesn't he look just like a little man?


I love this family and I look forward to our next session in the fall!
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Fri, 02 Jul 2010 07:36:00 GMT
Sarah & Michael Sarah & Michael live in New York but because of family here they decided to get married here. We were thrilled to photograph their wedding. They are an absolutely gorgeous couple!


They are one of those couples that you walk away from the wedding KNOWING they are going to last. They are so obviously in love with each other. It was very easy to capture the love between the two of them

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 29 May 2010 13:26:00 GMT
Fowler Family I photographed Jayme & Stacy's wedding back in 2005 and since then they have had two gorgeous children. Kaleigh is almost 3 and Huston is a month old. I recently photographed Jayme and the children. Stacy couldn't make this session but hopefully will the next one!

Huston one month!

Kaleigh has a smile that will melt your heart! She is so adorable!

and she dearly loves her brother


Look forward to watching this family grow!

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 29 May 2010 10:33:00 GMT
Shelley & Ashton Shelley and Ashton were married on May 15th. We were able to spend the entire day with them. They are such a sweet fun couple.

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Shelley is extremely photogenic. She doesn't even have to try, she just photographs so well


Sarah was able to snap a few shots of Shelley doing some last minute jumping on the bed. Not a nervous bride :-)

Ashton is very handsome and was quite the sport with us. I'm sure he was sick of us by the end of the day, but he hid it well!

The wedding was at the Wimbish Mansion. The grounds are beautiful and inside the home is absolutely stunning. We were able to photograph them in one of the bedroom upstairs. The light was fabulous!


(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Sat, 29 May 2010 08:58:00 GMT
Amsrud Family 2010 It was so great to see Nicole, Eric and Aubrey again! We had our anual portrait shoot recently. I can't believe how much Aubrey has grown!
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(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 11 May 2010 12:22:00 GMT
Anita & Jason Sarah and I were fortunate enough to photograph Anita & Jason's beautiful wedding at Christ Cornerstone Church. The weather was crazy that day, but cleared up just as the reception started. YAY! We spotted a beautiful barn in the back and were in photography Heaven!



Anita was so beautiful and so very relaxed!

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Feet of Anita & the beautiful flower girl! lol

Jason was also a lot of fun. Even with all the groomsmen giving him a hard time, he still managed to give us some great smiles!

Jason sees Anita for the first time

Love this barn!

These little ones are just gorgeous! Brother/sister

(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Tue, 11 May 2010 11:18:00 GMT
Hanleigh Baby Hanleigh is here! She was born on March 19th. These photos were taken on the 26th. She was one week old.


Kratenstein King Wedding

Nothing as special as the love between a mother and her daughter!


I have a feeling Hanleigh will be making faces and keeping us laughing for years to come! :-)
(Bayless Photography, Inc.) Thu, 01 Apr 2010 08:56:00 GMT