Friday, September 10, 2010

What to wear?

I had a conversation the other day with a new friend who is a wonderful photographer that also used to be a wedding planner.  We got to talking about what we wear to weddings and to be honest she shocked me with the story of a photog that showed up in blue jeans and a T-shirt for a wedding she was coordinating.  He said he had to be 'comfortable'.  Seriously?  

I remember when I first started out I attended a wedding of a friend and of course I was watching the photographer too!  Again, stunned by what she thought was appropriate for a elegant church wedding.  How about turquoise capri pants and a shirt with fringe, flip flops, big turquoise earrings and even a turquoise hair clip?   Um... well, you get the picture, right? 

So here's the 'required' uniform that we wear when we shoot. Black. Until they come out with something darker. :)





Thanks to Kasey, Jeremy and Melissa for being such fabulous photographers and awesome friends!!  Hope you don't mind the "behind the scenes" photographs! :)

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Full service photographers!

I've seen some photographers advertise this, not sure what they mean exactly, but I do know what it means for us.  Most of the time you will always see us with our cameras, it's what we do, we don't want to miss a single shot!  But you might also find us helping the groom pin his boutonnière or delivering that special gift to his bride before the ceremony... and then there are other times when we put the cameras down completely.... just to be able to assist the bride with her dress!  Of course it helps that I was a bridal seamstress for many years and have dressed hundreds and hundreds of brides.  What can I say, when it comes to weddings, I love absolutely everything about them!   A big thanks to Melissa Wilson for catching these shots! :) 

Getting Dressed

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The rules.

Valeen Thivierge

The rules.  Most every church has them, some more than others.  I won't begin to go into the rules that my daughter encountered when she was planning her wedding because quite honestly, no one would ever believe them.  I do still have the signed 'rule list', but it wouldn't be very nice to post it, just trust me it was beyond anything I'd ever seen or read.  So even having said all that, I do still respect the church rules.  It was the way I was brought up and in my opinion, it's part of being a professional photographer.

Unfortunately, because some in the past haven't had the respect they should for the ceremony and for where they are, it has made it harder and harder for the rest of us to get all the shots you want during the ceremony.  I have talked to priests, ministers, and justices of the peace and other officiants who all would like to accommodate the couple's wishes, but they know what can happen, because it has... and regretfully have had to make these rules.

To me, there is no reason for a photographer to stand over the shoulder of the JP for most of the ceremony to get 'the shot'... or to fire off hundreds of flashes, blinding the minister while he tries to read and annoying everyone in the place too!!   Especially when you can get shots like this without a flash and they don't even know you're there!


So on to the biggest rule that nearly every church has. No Flash.  Most wedding photographers will tell you that while the lighting in a church is beautiful to look at, it's very difficult to shoot and made even harder with the rules of 'no flash'.  We will do what we can with the light we have available and the professional grade cameras that are excellent in low light, but the photographer has to know what to do with it, another reason to hire a pro for your wedding.

Here are a few examples of shots done with 'no flash'...different lighting, different effects.  And oh, by the way, I love my Nikon for being a superb low light camera. :)



Oh, the Blog!

Valeen Thivierge

Yes, I know.... my blog took the summer off. Apparently it went on summer vacation.  But just to let you know, we didn't!  Beautiful weddings, fabulous families, precious babies, adorable pets, non-stuffy portraits, and even our first boudoir session too!  I have so much to show you and will start posting much more regularly with lots of photos, random thoughts, rants and raves and everything in between. 

First up... Facebook.  I love it. All the posts should show up there too, either under my name (see above) or Sweetest Days Photography.  There's something about the feed, etc... and right now I don't know that I have it worked out just right, hopefully I do so please friend us on FB and you should see the latest blog posts and pics as soon as they are posted. :)

Twitter.... mmmmm... nope, not there yet. Do you really want to know what I'm doing and where I'm going all the time?  Probably not, I don't want to bore you to tears. LOL   Of course that may all be subject to change in the future...

Now... on to the next post! :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Megan and Michael got Married

During the average wedding season we travel all over the state (and beyond) but sometimes a wedding can be in our own backyard... almost literally!  Megan and Michael live in Florida but came back to Connecticut for their wedding this past Saturday.   The wedding was in one of the littlest towns in CT (Baltic) and the reception was tented in her parents yard.  The weather turned out perfect and everything else did too! 

Once we got to know each other a little, they were more than happy to do whatever I asked, and they even came up with some fun ideas once we got back to the reception.  I love when a couple has a good time with the photos and these guys definitely did!  Here's a quick sneak peek, more to come.... and yes, this is part of Baltic! :)

Megan and Michael 1

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A crazy year... so far.

Posted by Valeen Thivierge

Once again I am so far behind in blogging and I don't know that I can catch up, but I'll try.  I really wanted to challenge myself a little bit and try something different, so I got the bright idea to try my hand at photographing dogs and cats.  Okay, first off, I am a cat person, not to say I don't love dogs too, but I've always had cats up till a few years ago.  You know the old saying about working with kids and animals, well I really don't know if it's true, but I can tell you cats can tell you to pretty much 'go to hell' with just one look.   Dogs on the other hand are just so happy that you have treats for them, they'll do just about anything!  I swear Abby would even perk up her ears if her 'mommy' told her to!  :)

So here is Abby, Cosmo, Mr. Dittles, and Sicily. 

Amy_s Montage

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

No Facebook at work?

by Valeen Thivierge

I just found out that some of my clients haven't been able to see any of my Facebook updates because it is blocked where they work.  Seriously?  :)   Okay, okay... I get it, so I'm going to make sure I post updates here so they can check 'em out (even at work!) 

0421 72

Thursday, May 13, 2010

And sometimes... it rains.

by Valeen Thivierge

I don't think they even noticed.... :)


Sarah and Jay got married!

posted by Valeen Thivierge

I had the privilege of being part of a beautiful wedding recently at the Officer's Club in Newport RI, what a fabulous venue! Apparently you have to have a Navy connection to get in there, but it is spectacular!  I'll have some more images up shortly, but just had to post this one, love the way Jay is shaking hands with Dad but only has eyes for his gorgeous bride. :)


Thursday, March 25, 2010

So many things coming up...

Yes, it a teaser!  I can't tell you how excited I am about all the weddings that are coming up this year, the first will be in Newport in a couple of weeks and I just can't wait!   We have also (finally!) decided to venture out more and are looking for some real life models.  So I'm looking for some women (all ages) that are wanting to bring sexy back a bit. Hint, hint!  Send me an email direct at and I'll get right back to you!