MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog en-us (C) MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:26:00 GMT Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:26:00 GMT http://www.mariahallphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u145882035-o119457751-50.jpg MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog 120 60 The Wedding of Doug & Sierra http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-wedding-of-doug-sierra I met Doug and Sierra and Sierra's parents at a bridal show, and I have to say that I felt an immediate connection! In fact, they booked me right at the show and I couldn't have been happier because I've had such a wonderful experience with them and their friends and families!

So, my first time working with them was when we did their engagement pictures at Inniswood Metro Gardens. It was so much fun and the images we created were just beautiful!

Then came their wonderful wedding day! Their parents were so especially kind to me right from the start and made me feel as though I were part of the family! The weather was gorgeous - warm, yes, but there was a perfect little breeze that kept things comfortable throughout the day and into the evening! From start to finish, it was such a wonderful day!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Maria Hall Photography The Wedding of Doug & Sierra award-winning wedding photography http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-wedding-of-doug-sierra Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:46 GMT
The Wedding of Zachary & Alyssa http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-wedding-of-zachary-alyssa I had the amazing privilege yesterday to photograph the wedding day of Zachary and Alyssa, and it was truly magical! We did some shots at the hotel as Alyssa and her bridesmaids got ready for the big day - and of course some of the guys, too - and then we were off to The Park of Roses for the big reveal! How fun! We had a wonderful time shooting in the park, and then headed just next door to The Clintonville Woman's Club for the actual wedding.

The ceremony took place outdoors and it was simply gorgeous! The weather was just right - not too hot, not too cold, a gentle breeze, beautiful sunshine - you truly couldn't ask for a better day! Afterwards, everyone joined the newlyweds inside, where they spent the rest of the day dining and dancing and enjoying themselves with their friends and family. And I had the honor and privilege to photograph it all!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) ClintonvilleWomansClub Maria Hall Photography ParkofRoses award-winning columbusweddingphotographer wedding photography http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-wedding-of-zachary-alyssa Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:09:59 GMT
Fantasy of Light! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/fantasy-of-light I have recently begun editing some of my images so as to create something of a fantasy feel to them, and I absolutely love it. Sometimes, I create the original image during the photoshoot with no intention whatsoever of creating a fantasy image, but sometimes I know exactly what I want to do with the image long before I ever get to the process of editing. Sometimes I have a plan, sometimes I don't. In any case, it is something that entertains me to no end! If you are interested in an image that goes beyond the ordinary and have a vision of what that image might be, I would love to hear from you!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Maria Hall Photography award-winning bedtime story books children fantasy light http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/fantasy-of-light Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:50:03 GMT
Capturing the beauty of love! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/capturing-the-beauty-of-love

If you can appreciate beauty, and you can appreciate love, then you surely can appreciate "the beauty of love". What I mean by that is that when you see two people in love, or a mother's love for her child, or a child's love for her pet, and so many other examples, then you are truly seeing beauty! It may be that there is physical beauty there as well, but I am talking about the beauty of love itself! Love is in and of itself so very beautiful! And I am so lucky to be in a professional where I am constantly documenting this very special type of beauty!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning wedding photography wedding season http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/6/capturing-the-beauty-of-love Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:18:07 GMT
The Wedding of Summer & Chris http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/the-wedding-of-summer-chris I had the privilege Saturday to photograph a truly wonderful wedding! Summer and Chris were married on a gorgeous spring day and we could not possibly have asked for better weather! So fortunate after so many yucky days this spring! Hooray! While I have just scratched the surface of all the beautiful wedding images I will be editing, I thought I'd rather post some of the ones I've completed now, rather than wait! So here they are!

Like I said, this is just a sampling of all the amazing images yet to come! 

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Hall Maria Maria Hall Photography Photography Summer & Chris award-winning wedding season http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/the-wedding-of-summer-chris Mon, 29 May 2017 23:31:26 GMT
Flowers! Flowers! Flowers! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/artistic-beauty

I have been struggling a bit this season with allergies, as I'm sure many of you are as well, because this is an especially bad spring/summer for allergy sufferers! So I was thinking to myself ( wondering, actually... ) how difficult it would be to be a wedding photographer if I were especially allergic to flowers! I am constantly around flowers - and I don't just mean as I go about my daily life! I mean that as part of my job I am constantly around flowers! Every weekend I am privileged to see and smell the most beautiful flowers, in bouquets and boutineers and table settings, etc. To be clear, I am not particularly allergic to any of these flowers, but what if I were! OMG! That would be difficult! Luckily, I am able to completely enjoy all of of the beautiful flowers I see, and of course, I get to photograph them! I've included a few different flower images to give you just a sampling of what I get to see all the time!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Maria Hall Photography award-winning bouquets boutineers flowers http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/artistic-beauty Fri, 26 May 2017 20:10:54 GMT
Did you know that I also offer boudoir photography? http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/did-you-know-that-i-also-offer-boudoir-photography It's true. I was actually one of the first to offer boudoir photography in the Columbus area, starting in 2006. For a few years, I simply offered the service through my main site, but then I decided to offer boudoir photography through a site that was only devoted to boudoir photography. And that site is called Boudoir Kitty!

I love shooting boudoir and I love the self-confidence and the sense of empowerment that boudoir photography provides to my clients. If you've never thought about it much, or have considered it but never taken the plunge, then I highly encourage you to give it a try! Whether you do it for yourself, or as a romantic surprise for your significant other, I can assure you that is sooooo fun and you will absolutely love the results!

So give my site a look at www.boudoirkitty.com and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to set up a session!

Ladies 18 and over only!!!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning boudoir boudoir kitty www.boudoirkitty.com http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/did-you-know-that-i-also-offer-boudoir-photography Wed, 24 May 2017 15:26:48 GMT
Wedding cakes for when you just need a little delicious in your life! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/the-details-really-do-matter If you know me at all, then you know that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE weddings! I love everything about weddings! So, being a wedding photographer is truly a dream job for me! But I think that if I could not be a wedding photographer, then I would want to still be a wedding professional of some sort - maybe a planner, or a florist, or work in a bridal boutique - something like that. Or maybe - just maybe - I could make wedding cakes!

Okay, you got me! I secretly wish I could make wedding cakes! I am actually kind of obsessed by wedding cakes. First of all, they are nearly always incredibly beautiful! And they nearly always are unique to each bride and groom, and often have a special meaning to them. They are a joy to photograph, and I love the challenge of picking just the right angle and just the right lighting and just the right settings to make them look as perfect in the digital world as they do in the real world!

Finally, I love to eat them! Not the whole cake, although I would be willing to try! Just a piece is fine, though. With the couples permission, I almost always try to get a little slice of the cake when I photograph a wedding. I cannot help myself - they are just so delicious!

In any case, I have thousands of beautiful pictures of wedding cakes, and do you have any idea how difficult it was choosing just 4 or 5 for my website? Can you even imagine? Even worse - the more I look at them, the hungrier I get! It's torture I tell you!

So, there's a picture at top, and here are a few more of my favorites - I hope you enjoy looking at them without eating them!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Hall Maria Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning delicious wedding cake wedding season http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/the-details-really-do-matter Fri, 19 May 2017 21:13:28 GMT
Fishing Fantasy! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/fishing-fantasy So this particular image was completely and totally unplanned - at least it wasn't planned to look like this! However, one of the things I simply love to do is experiment with different looks and ideas when I'm editing. Of course, most of my edits are much more straightforward and true to the original image. But, occasionally, I kind of just "edit" down a different path and create something completely unexpected. This is one of those edits!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Fantasy Fishing Maria Hall Photography children surreal http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/fishing-fantasy Mon, 15 May 2017 14:44:13 GMT
Absolutely Adorable! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/absolutely-adorable

I had such a wonderful time on my photoshoot with these two adorable little twin girls!

But it wasn't necessarily easy...

So, we had first tried to do their photoshoot about a week earlier, but this being Ohio, we found ourselves faced with heavy rain throughout the day! We tried to make it work, and actually decided to move from our outdoor location to an indoor location, but it was raining soooo hard that we couldn't even get out of our cars to go inside without being completely soaked! So, we had to cancel for that day, with plans to reschedule.

Fast forward to one week later - this time, the weather looked to be really nice and we weren't going to let anything stop us! But, this time one of the little girls decided that she wasn't really in the mood for a photoshoot! OH NO! ( That's really not uncommon with little kids, though... ) So, she spend the next half hour or so hiding behind her Mommy's leg while I did photos with her sister, who was in the mood for a photoshoot!

Long story short - after not too long at all, both girls were having a ball and we had a fabulous photoshoot and created soooo many beautiful images! It was fun and the girls got to play and explore a new park and it all worked out wonderfully!

The image above is one of my first edits from the shoot, but I will be posting many more!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Hall Maria Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning children girls twins http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/absolutely-adorable Sat, 13 May 2017 14:15:29 GMT
These amazing wedding statistics will blow your mind!!! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/these-amazing-wedding-statistics-will-blow-your-mind

Okay, so as part of running my photography business, I subscribe to and/or obtain all sorts of information relating to the "business of weddings" and I recently received some fascinating statistics that I found to be really interesting! I may post some here or there over the coming weeks, but I want to post a few of them right now today, so what better place than my blog, right?

All of these statistics are for the year 2016...

  • Average Wedding Cost: $35,329 (excludes honeymoon) (up from $32,641 in 2015)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $78,464 average spend
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,564
  • Average Number of Guests: 141

Another fact I learned is that brides and grooms are concentrating more on the "guest experience" than before, and so the amount of $$$ spent per guest has gone up, while the number of guests invited has gone down.

Oh, and here's one that is personally interesting to me - the average amount of $$$ spent on wedding photography is $2783! I'm curious to know from my own couples if that seems high or low, or just about right? If you have an opinion on that one, or on any other stat that I provided, I would love to hear from you!

Okay, so I'm off for now but because these kinds of statistics are really entertaining to me, I'm sure I'll do another post soon with many more!

 

 

 

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Hall Maria Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning statistics wedding photography wedding season http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/these-amazing-wedding-statistics-will-blow-your-mind Fri, 12 May 2017 19:06:19 GMT
Wedding Season is upon us! Woohoo! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-season-is-upon-us-woohoo It probably wouldn't surprise you to know that, as a wedding photographer, I kinda sorta completely LOVE wedding season!!! Seriously, I truly love it! While I do shoot weddings every month of the year, I get most of them between the months of April and October and so that is always a very busy but very exciting time of the year for me. Because I truly love weddings and everything about them, including photographing them, I am kind of in a constant state of excitement throughout! That may or may not be healthy, I suppose, but there is really nothing I can do about it, and frankly I wouldn't change it if I could. It is fun and exciting and very, very rewarding and it is definitely something I will continue to do for as long as I possibly can!

Are you on the look for a wedding photographer? If you are, and you want one who truly loves what they do, then I hope you will take a look at all that I have to offer and get in touch!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning wedding photography wedding season http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-season-is-upon-us-woohoo Mon, 08 May 2017 14:45:31 GMT
Engagement Photos? YES!!! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/engagement-photos-yes

There is no time like the present to have your engagement photos done, so if you're engaged but have been waiting for the right time to do these, that time is now! Seriously, the weather is gorgeous ( okay, technically today it is lousy, but this time of year is normally gorgeous! ) and is perfect for outdoor photography. It's not too hot, so you won't develop that "shine" from the heat, and the flowers are in bloom, the trees are green, summer is coming - it's seriously just perfect! So don't put them off! Oh, and if you're still looking for a photographer for your engagement and/or wedding photos, I hope you will give me your consideration! I would love to be your photographer and create amazing images for you!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Engagement Engagement Pictures Hall Maria Maria Hall Photography Photography award-winning families http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/engagement-photos-yes Mon, 08 May 2017 14:37:20 GMT
OMG! My first new website in like SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/omg-my-first-new-website-in-like-seven-years I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that I have been very, very "inattentive" to my website over the past few years. Not that I haven't updated the content, because I have - but the design was quite old and most of my newest images could not be found on the site. I think that because I had other avenues through which I could show my latest and greatest images, like Facebook, Instagram, etc. I kind of let my site just remain static. Plus, the thought of not just updating but recreating my entire site was daunting!!! But, with wedding season now going full speed ahead, I figures either I do it now, or wait at least until this next winter to do it, and I didn't even want to think about winter when I'm so excited thinking about summer! So, here it is - my new website. I have to confess that I really, really love it and I love that I've been able to integrate so many of my newest images from the past couple of years, as well as many of my older images, too! So i hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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maria@mariahallphotography.com (MARIA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY) Hall Maria Photography award-winning boudoir children engagements families photography weddings http://www.mariahallphotography.com/blog/2017/5/omg-my-first-new-website-in-like-seven-years Fri, 05 May 2017 23:29:15 GMT