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Summer Circus Wedding

Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot.  Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!

 

First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride.  She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!

 

Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…

 

A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…

 

And, then, the gang’s all here!  Time for the party to START!

So, what do YOU think?  Could a Circus be in your marital future?  ;D

 

 

Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!

Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles

Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop

Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS

Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs

Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets

(Not pictured:  Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )

DIY Photo Editing

You can have great photos, even if you don’t have the budget to pay your photographer to edit them all for you!  Many photographers offer a limited number of edited JPEGs in your photo package.  But, if you have other good shots and even a very basic editing program, you can take mediocre pictures to memories worth keeping!  (Most computers come with a basic photo-editing program, but if yours doesn’t have one, you can do most of the following with just the editing programs that photo-ordering sites provide.)

First, let’s take a look at our original shot:
Original image
Before we do anything else, let’s get our dimensions where we want them.  I opted to crop this image to an 8×10″; make sure that you crop it to whatever dimensions will best suit your needs.  (Standard photo albums hold 4×6″ photos.)  *Hint: off-centering your subject(s) a little can make a more interesting picture.*  So, here is the cropped picture:
Now, on this picture, the shadows are so deep you can’t really see the faces.  I went to the “brighten” tool and just lightened it until the faces were more visible.  Be careful with this tool (especially if your dress is white!), because if you overdo it, you tend to lose some definition in the brighter areas of the picture.  Here is the shot brightened up:
As, you probably noticed, just brightening it made the dark parts of the picture (in the background, etc.) look a little too bright, so I also want to adjust the contrast.  You can make the contrast higher–more bright in the light places and darker in the shadows–or lower–making the brights duller and the shadows lighter.  Depending on your picture, either of these options can be helpful, so play around with it some, to get the image where you want it!  I heightened the contrast here:
This shot looks pretty good, but just as a fun final alternative, I also decided to play with the saturation (color intensity) tool on the following shots.  On the first, I took the saturation down, until the shot looked almost black and white.  The second, I took the saturation up, which just makes the colors pop a little more.  Figure out your preferences and edit accordingly!
These are all pretty easy and quick fixes, but you can easily see how making just those small adjustments makes a BIG difference in the final photo!  Don’t be afraid to try different things until you get just what you want!
This post courtesy of –Amanda of ArtisanMaskers
Persephone - Gothic Beauty Papier-Mache (Paper Mache) Mask in Pale Green and Black
Krissy

Pops Of Paint – Trash The Dress

Summer and Jamie Juarez are probably my very favorite clients ever.   So much so that Summer and I have continued a Facebook friendship long after the wedding day was over.  Man I wish this happened with every client – chemistry-!  Well…I was surfing my Facebook home feed and went OMG holy F’n crap look at those amazing pictures Summer and Jamie had done.  This trash the dress wasn’t your typical drizzle a couple drops here and there and call it a trash the dress.  It was all out warfare on that damn thing.  I’m pretty sure it could hold its own shape now if she let it dry standing up.  Whew!

I was not only impressed by the sheer enthusiasm they put into destroying her frock but the obvious affection they have for each other.  Great smiles and coy looks really tug on the heart strings, if ya know what I mean.

With no further ado here are the killer shots from Jamie Warren Photography!

Krissy

Make Believe’N

>DIY Photo Props

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Carnival Printable PHOTO BOOTH PROPS Customizable - printable download pdf
Carnival Printable Package by Paper and Cake
Okay so you can go out an buy amazing top of the line, high quality photo props for your special day or…..save a ton of moola by buying ‘printable’ props.  I mean come on!!  Are you really going to remember them anyway?  More than likely the person in charge of collecting the props will have had one too many and will not remember. Save yourself the embarrassing conversation later and just do these DIY props 🙂
UNG DRILL Frame black Width: 23 ¼ " Height: 33 ½ " Picture, width: 15 ¾ " Picture, height: 19 ¾ "  Width: 59 cm Height: 85 cm Picture, width: 40 cm Picture, height: 50 cm
Ikea Mirror

Deep Thoughts - Rectangle
Deep Thoughts Rectangle by Goldylocks

Smiley Faces - Lips Printouts by Holly McCaig
Pink Ink Studios

All of those are great DIY printable props but just in case your printer sucks or you just don’t have time for DIY these are a cute and still reasonable alternative!!!!

Photobooth Mustache on a stick and Lips and Glasses and bowties PARTY PACK
Photobooth Party Pack
Krissy Cartwright
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternativess LLC