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What To Do With Your Wedding Dress After Your Wedding | Anniversary Session at PPG Place, Pittsburgh PA Family Photographer
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You spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your wedding gown, and hopefully that cash means you feel like a million bucks on your big day, so why should the fate of your gown be a dark and lonely one in a garment bag in the back of your closet? It's becoming more and more popular for couple to schedule anniversary sessions where the gown gets to come out of retirement, and a bride gets to feel just as special as she did on her favorite day.

A few of my friends have done this, and if I still had my gown I totally would (more on that HERE), so when Kelly approached me about doing an anniversary session (I was a bridesmaid for her wedding), I was SUPER excited. We had such fun planning a mini wedding day, Kelly calling on some of the best local vendors in the industry to get her ready for her re-debut as a bride! Her gorgeous, soft up-do was done by Hannah at Cameron's Salon, the stunning makeup was courtesy of BethyMae, and of course, a girl's gotta accessorize! Kelly got a custom necklace made by Rosie at Miss Pie Jewelry!

Kelly and I have been close friends for quite some time, and there's not much she loves more than catching up with friends over a cup of coffee from the Commonplace (except shopping, of course. And LuLaRoe). Luckily her hubby also likes coffee, so it was natural that she and Jamison started off the anniversary session with a waltz into this super cool coffeehouse to share a cup in their Mr. and Mrs. mugs!

We intended to cut into their cake from yester-year, but none of us realized that it was akin to a delicious frosted glacier and would take several days to thaw out. There's your pro-tip: a week before your anniversary, set a reminder on your phone to move your cake from the freezer to the fridge. After the frozen cake and the hot coffee (and a few shocked stares from college students cramming for finals), we headed to Pittsburgh to get some magical photos in front of the Christmas tree at PPG Place.

As you can imagine, we got some crazy looks as we ran around both Indiana and Pittsburgh in the 17 degree weather in full wedding regalia, but I think you'll agree the end results are worth it! My awesome friend Jackie from J.jae Photography let me try out her super cool Mag Mod flash modifier, and when you throw in the gentle snowfall with this dreamy backlight, well, you just gotta see for yourself!

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 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
 @Jill Gearhart Photography (www.jillgearhartphotography.com)
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Small Changes You Can Make to Look Great For Your Photoshoot
Young hip couple wearing pink shirts and black skinny jeans in front of pink graffiti wall

In the quest for publication-worthy profile pictures, the photography industry is booming as people have more and more ways to share their gorgeous photos and memories through social media platforms. Adversely, that means more and more of us are stressing out about looking our best and pulling off model-worthy shoots, but happily I can share some tips to get your mind off of your face/body and free yourself to have a blast with your photographer! 

 

Couple wearing blue button down shirts in front of blue barn for playing with rainbow hula hoops

Make Up. WAY UP.

Even if you normally wear it minimally, or want a natural look, I advise wearing a little more than normal. A little eyeliner makes your eyes pop, a little blush makes you glow, and if you wanna go for the fake lashes- do it! On camera (and on a stage) the effect of makeup is downplayed, so even if it seems like a bit much in person, it will be perfectly balanced in camera. Trust me!  And of course, wearing zero makeup is perfectly fine too if that's your prerogative. I just shot a wedding where the bride didn't have a single ounce of makeup on and she was stunning. Be you, always.

 

A Dream Complexion is a Click Away

I think I say this during every wedding - that pimple, scratch, birthmark, whatever is literally only a click away from vanishing. Don't worry about a last minute spot on your chin. Don't worry if your kitten decided to use your arm as a scratching post (well maybe worry because that sounds painful)! In Photoshop, it's called the "heal" brush, and all your photographer has to do is press "J" on their keyboard and click the rogue mark and it's gone! So don't stress!! 

 

Hats are okay.  

Here's one for the guys. If you always wear a hat, you should probably wear one for your photos, too (if your partner is okay with it! ) Most photographers strive to capture people as they are, and if you live in your ballcap, bring it to the shoot! Just please, for your photographers sake, tip the brim up a little more than normal so your eyes aren't as shaded. Bonus points if your partner can hold a reflector for the photog to bounce some light up under there!

 

Keep it Simple, Clothing Edition

Almost always, simple, solid color clothing choices look the best! Don't be afraid of color by any means, but I would try to avoid mixing patterns or having a print that's distracting. You are the star of these photos, and often the photographer will choose a background/location that will offer plenty of texture. If you're having trouble figuring out color combinations, especially when you have to dress tiny humans (and maybe a big manly human too), you can check out this helpful info graphic, or just binge watch HGTV and notice all the wall color/accent decor combos. But seriously, I collect paint swatch collages for this reason. 

 

Good Posture is Goals.

Leave the "heavy lifting" of the posing to the photographer, but small changes to your posture can translate into any pose and make you look like a million bucks. You can roll your shoulders back, bend a knee, tuck a thumb in your pocket (if you don't have anything to do with your hands), and push your face forward! But let me backtrack and emphasize the words "small changes." Don't get so caught up trying to channel your inner giraffe that you forget to just enjoy the person you are in the photos with!  

 

Have Fun! 

I can't stress this enough - if you aren't enjoying yourself you will look like... you aren't enjoying yourself. Plan to arrive to your shoot early so you aren't stressed about being late. Voice your opinion about something you would like to do or a place you would like to go (photographers love this!) Get to know your photographer! Ask them questions! It may feel like that weird "first date" convo ("So what's your favorite hobby?"), but if you feel like you know your photographer a bit better as a PERSON, you will look that much more comfortable and natural in your profile-worthy pics!