what to do with your engagement photos?

Engagement photos are such a fun part of the engagement process. It is usually the first time you get to work with your photographer and it is a time to document your love. But once you are done with the engagement session, what do you do with the photos besides posting them to Facebook so all your friends can gush about how you are really the cutest. couple. ever?

Here are some fun ideas to showcase your photos.

1. Get ’em printed in a book. Work with your photographer or use a site like Shutterfly to print a hard cover book to grace your bookself or coffee table.

2. Create an E-vite slideshow. This is such a trendy way to invite your guests to your wedding. Check out an example of one used for the save the date.

3. Use them for your table numbers. Pick out your favorites and display one on each table.

 

4. Create a guestbook containing the photos while leaving space on each page for guests to sign it.

 

5. Print a canvas that contains a lot of a background details. Have your guests sign it at the wedding and then you have a piece of art to enjoy everyday with the love notes from friends and family. This one is from Rhi at Hey Gorgeous.

6. Play a slideshow of your engagement photos at your reception. Place it on a laptop near the bar or play it during dinner on a screen.

7. Use the photos in your invitations or save the dates. Work with your photographer or use a site like Shutterfly to print them out.

Have another great idea to use those engagement pics? Leave it here to inspire others. :)

friday fancie :: bentley

I am shocked that it has taken me more than 6 months before I have posted a photo or post about my little muffin, Bentley.

Bentley is my family’s Westie who I am completely obsessed with. This little guy is a total lover. He wants to be right by your side at all moments and is the sweetest pooch I have yet to met. I’m smitten with this little guy, and I can’t wait to see him Sunday.

Happy Friday everyone. Have an amazing weekend!

Brittany Bekas' Westie dog, Bentley. A sweet, lap dog.

My List of Goals :: June

I can not believe how quickly the month of May came and went! It has been a whirlwind of a month, and I know that the months ahead will only get craziner with personal and professional commitments. But let’s be honest. I LOVE crazy, busy days. :)

As May winds down, I wanted to update you on my progress from my goals and let you know what is on the list for June.

Read one book for pleasure. I’ve been reading so much about photography and having a business that I have neglected reading just to read. I managed to exceed this goal with flying colors. I curled up on the couch and outside to read 3 fiction books this month including Fifty Shades of Grey. (I mean after all the buzz…how could I not?)

Books and Photography Books that Brittany Bekas Photography is reading

– Blog more about industry ideas, tips and personal posts. This will always be on ongoing goal for me, but I think that I blogged a decent amount this month, and that I was able to share some helpful info to all of you, right?! :)

Continue to be happy with less. Since coming home, I have been eliminating so many things that I do not really “need”. I want to keep letting go of things and only hold on to the things I really treasure. A few days after posting my goals, I was packing up my boxes to move into a new apartment. I eliminated (and left behind) a lot of things, however every day I am looking for something to let go of. For every new thing I get, something old must leave.

– Start doing the things that I have pinned via Pinterest. I’m a pinning machine, but I keep forgetting to actually make the crafts, cook the recipes, or use those helpful tips and tricks. I am still pinning more than I am doing, but I used a lot of my photography inspiration boards this month for shoots with my clients. I made a delicious orzo soup. And I started rounding up and executing some great ideas for my dear friend, Molly’s, bachelorette party.

– Stop comparing myself to others – especially other photographers. I think we can all agree why this is not good to do. Sigh…..this was a bit harder for me. After my sessions, I would come home and critique my work…comparing it to my inspiration shots. The positive of this is that I am forcing myself to grow and improve.

– Get back into working out (regularly). ehh…I am doing a lot more walking around the city. That counts, right? This will be a June goal…again.

Hot pink flamingos in aruba by brittany bekas photography

– Submit my work to photography competitions and blogs. I got so caught up in the day-to-day that I did not submit to any competitions or blogs. However, I do have a creative review with a photography studio. That is progress…I think.

– Be spontaneous. This is something I am constantly trying to work on because my Type A, planning personality likes everything figured out…however my boyfriend is the opposite. :)  I made baby steps on this when my high school best friend expectantly came into town…that counts, right?

– Continue to tell people about my business and look for new ways to grow my business and surprise my clients. I passed out business cards and created some new marketing plans. I even have an industry networking event scheduled for June.

 

Here are my goals for June. :)

– Network with other photographers and learn from their experiences/mistakes

– Photograph the bachelorette party I am hosting like a stylized shoot. Submit it for publication on wedding blogs.

– Get back into the gym. For real. It is beach season now….

Mexico beach in Playa Del Carmen by Brittany Bekas Photography

– Use my speedlight more including as a fill flash on outdoor shoots

– Increase my number of Facebook likes on Brittany Bekas Photography.

– Make 4 new recipes. At least two recipes need to include meat for the boyfriend.

Hope that June is an amazing month for you all.