BOUDOIR BLACK FRIDAY SALE! | Quad Cities Boudoir Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

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I am having a special on boudoir sessions! For a FULL BOUDOIR SESSION that regularly costs $1000 you can get all of this:

  • Professional Hair and Makeup
  • 1.5-hour session
  • 30 digital images
  • 6x9" Hardcover Leather Album of all your images. 

ALL FOR JUST $550+TAX! 

I have limited this to 4 spots and they must be used by January 15th, 2018. Great for Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts! 

Reserve your spot today with $250 deposit!(taken off your total)

miriam.bulcher@gmail.com or call 563.676.3980

ENDS MONDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2018

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Dani + Aaron Oakwood Country Club Wedding | Quad Cities Wedding Photography | Madison Wedding Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

When I worked at Sephora

in Moline, a beautiful girl came in asking for concealer, I couldn't help myself and asked her if she would be interested in modelling. She said yes! I had her come in when I was building my women's portrait portfolio and she brought a gorgeous friend with her, her friend's name was Dani. I thought the two of them were such a hoot and could tell they were bff's! They were admiring the wedding photos I had on the wall and they continued chatting how they had a bet on who was going to get married first. Olivia, my model said for sure it would be Dani and Dani scoffed at the idea saying it would be a long time before that would happen. 

Well, this conversation took place exactly in the fall of 2016 and look at where we are now! I may have giggled when I saw Dani get engaged on Facebook earlier this year, mostly because I remember so clearly the conversation her and Olivia had in my studio. 

I can't say how happy and thrilled I am that I became friends with Dani-and she choose me to be her photographer for her wedding!

Dani and Aaron know who they are and what their tastes are, they know what they want in life and they could not WAIT to be married. This is why I photograph weddings because the love that is in marriage is unlike anything else. I remember feeling that way and it excites me seeing other couples in the same position.  

Dani and Aaron's Wedding was INCREDIBLE!

The affection that they have for each other is so beautiful to watch and they truly are amazing people, which you'll see from these photos below. I hope you enjoy looking at how beautiful their day was. While it was a bit chilly (and has definitely added to the memories), their day couldn't have gone any more perfect!! 

Thanks to the vendors who made this day amazing! 

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2018 wedding dates are going fast! 

If you know someone who needs a wedding photographer for 2018, please contact me today to reserve your date! miriam.bulcher@gmail.com or 563.676.398. I do travel! :) 

Kelly + Mike Mississppi River Distillery Wedding | Quad Cities Wedding Photography | Chicago Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Kelly and Mike met at Grumpy's in the East Village of Davenport and it was meant to be - they both consider themselves so lucky that they met! 

They have two beautiful little dogs named River and Frankie, they are very much their pride and joy which you will be able to see in the following pictures. I am so happy that they included them in their engagement photos and their big wedding day! 

The day, though cold could not have been any more perfect with the only hiccup being that the store left the security tag on Mike's suit pants so he had to run over and have it taken off! While it was cold, Kelly was prepared with her gorgeous fur shawl and blankets for the guests at the ceremony! With a pizza food truck and the distillery for alcohol, it was a perfect reception! 

Thanks to the vendors who made the day even more amazing! 

  • Wedding Dress - Hope's Bridal
  • Mike's Suit - Express
  • Live Band - Jef Spradley
  • Shoes - DSW
  • Pizza - Streets of Italy 
  • Wedding Reception Venue - Mississippi River Distillery 
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If you are getting married in 2018 and are in need of a photographer, my dates are going quickly! Contact me to today to schedule your consultation! 563.676.3980 | miriam.bulcher@gmail.com

 

 

The Kopinski Family | Quad Cities Family Photography | Davenport Children Photographer | Chicago Family Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing my friends Carly and Ben, they have an adorable son Declan who is just over a year old. 

Carly and Ben haven't had photos done since they were engaged/married so I was super excited to update their portraits! They also have two beautiful dogs, Jasmine and Thor. Thor wasn't into it that much but it's okay because they looked adorable and are just a big part of their family.

These were complete family photos with the dogs! I hope you enjoy these photos! 

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DON'T WAIT! BOOK YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS TODAY!

CONTACT ME AT 563.676.3980 | MIRIAM.BULCHER@GMAIL.COM

Ramos Family | Davenport Family Photographer | Quad Cities Family Portraits | Davenport Fall Family Photos

Miriam Bulcher

Megan and Clay moved to Davenport for Clay to go to Palmer. It was a hard few years of school, but now Clay is all done with school and officially a Chiropractor - which is amazing and they drove up from Idaho for the convocation ceremony! 

Megan sent me a message on the drive here asking if I had some time to photograph them. I got so excited! We had a beautiful sunny evening last week and Megan and Clay have THEE most beautiful family!!! 

Fall is off on the right foot for me, with these photos to kick off the season I can't help but just get giddy sitting at my computer. 

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the leaves are going fast, book your family photos now!

I have a limited number of spots open for family sessions this fall. Call or email me to book today! miriam.bulcher@gmail.com | 563.676.3980

Eagle Ridge Resort Wedding | Galena Wedding Photographer | Quad Cities Wedding Photography | Chicago Wedding Photographer

Miriam Bulcher

Eagle Ridge Resort Wedding Venue, Galena, IL 

A few months ago I had the pleasure of assisting at a wedding that took place at the Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. 

This was my first time in Galena and I was very excited as I have heard nothing but amazing things about it. It did not disappoint and neither did the wedding. Eagle Ridge is absolutely stunning and offers SO many options with regards to how you want your wedding. This wedding was in their large ballroom and used for both the ceremony and reception. That being said, they also have outdoor options as well. 

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Lighting could not have been any better and if you are looking for a wedding reception venue that will guarantee your photos to look amazing, look no further than Eagle Ridge Resort! 

Take a look at these photos below and you will see what I am referring to!

All Wedding Decorating and Design by Tamara Wendt Design. 

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Contact me today at 563.676.3980 to book your 2018 wedding date! Get your photography checked off, I'd love to hear from you! 

Emily + Jake Davenport Engagement Session | Quad Cities Wedding Photography | Rock Island Wedding Photographer | Chicago Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Emily and Jake met at a concert

They saw each other in the crowd and thought to themselves that the other was cute. She gave him his number and they went on a few dates after that Emily went abroad to study and didn't expect much of the relationship though joking that maybe Jake was *the one.* Well, lucky for us, he is the one!! 

Jake proposed at the same concert where they met, though to a different band as to not give it away completely. Emily was surprised though she had been anticipating his proposal for a while. I mean, Jake, that is an amazing proposal. I wish I could have been there! 

I am SO happy that I photographed this beautiful couple and I get to do it again for their special day at Quarters 1 mansion next June!! They are incredible people and I can't wait for your wedding!

Emily's hair and makeup are by me. 

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Contact me today to book your wedding and engagement photography! 2018 spots are going fast. 563.676.3980 | miriam.bulcher@gmail.com

Fall Family Clothing Guide | Quad Cities Family Photography | Quad Cities Children Photography

Miriam Bulcher

Mom is the rose

You know if you look at a bouquet of flowers and when there are roses in there but other simple flowers around it that accent it? That's what we want then dressing for family photos 

  • Mom should stand out a little more than the rest. This can be done using patterns, texture in the clothing or just color. 
  • Find mom's outfit first. 
  • Dress everyone else's outfits around mom. 

Choose a color palette

This is easiest done by creating a color mood board. You will see what colors can accent others and also not conflict with each other. 

This was our colour palette for our family photos last year. See photos below!

This was our colour palette for our family photos last year. See photos below!

Photo credit: Rachael Osborn Photography

Photo credit: Rachael Osborn Photography

Boys vs. Girls

  • Other than mom, if there are other girls in the family, they can wear a mixture of solids or another accent pattern that doesn't conflict with moms outfit. Or matching patterns can be worn - but no more than 2 matching patterns! 
  • Avoid all matching outfits. It can be very distracting and undermine the expressions in the photo. 
  • Men/boys look excellent in solid colors or very very simple, not loud patterns. These clothes are meant to balance the girls (if there are any) and compliment mom. 
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You can still look cute and be comfortable without jeans

This might come as a shock but I'm here to tell you, that you can be cute and comfortable and not wear jeans! 

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To book your fall family photos, contact me today! 563.676.3980I have limited spots available! 

Soiree Wedding Planning & Design | Iowa City Wedding Photography | Quad Cities Wedding Photography

Miriam Bulcher

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I met Emily, who runs Soirée Wedding & Event Planning about 2 years ago through the Rising tide Society. She is based in Iowa City and is an incredible wedding planner! I asked her if she would be interested in doing a guest blog post for me and she was enthused to do so! 

I like to share information from amazing vendors

From time to time because I think it really helps brides see the other side of the industry and gain incredible useful information to help them in their planning. If you are considering a wedding planner for your special day, you will want to read the following! 

 

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Where do you suggest couples start when looking for hiring a wedding planner? 

When a couple is looking for a wedding planner, they should look no further than www.soireeia.com and give me a call! Ha. No, but really, online is a great way of finding wedding professionals in Eastern Iowa. Sites like the CorridorWeddingGuide.com, theKnot.com, and WeddingWire.com are wonderful resources to learn about planners & coordinators in the area. You can view photos, blog posts, and can learn a bit about their style and capabilities.

I also encourage you to read reviews of planners, because it will give you great insight into the services that a planner can provide, plus you will learn a lot about the direct experiences that couples had working with them!

The next step would be to determine how much help you'd like from a planner.

Your planner can be very involved with all of the decisions related to the wedding, or they can be a bit more hands-off during the planning but handle all of the day-of coordination to ensure a successful event. Maybe you need something that is in-between and that's great too!

Prices will range based on how much time the wedding planner is spending on your date and some will have specific included services for their various packages. From there, set up a call or an interview with your favorite planner and if all goes well — move forward with booking! 

Wedding planned by Soirée | Image Credit: Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design

Wedding planned by Soirée | Image Credit: Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design

Why should you hire a wedding planner? 

There are hundreds of reasons why you should hire a wedding planner. But most importantly, its to make planning your wedding a lot less overwhelming and a lot more fun! They are experts who know the best ways to handle a variety of situations, they know who are the very best vendors, and they help make all your decisions a little easier to make. They don't "take over" everything — you'll still be very involved in all decisions.

He or she will do all the challenging, less glamorous parts of the planning and event execution, so its totally worth the cost — even if you're on a tight budget. Planners can even save you money! I personally just negotiated about a 20% discount with a caterer for one of my couples, which saved them thousands of dollars when you consider the per person cost being multiplied by hundreds of guests. Now I'm not saying I can do that for every wedding or change any vendor's prices, but there are situations where a little industry know-how and experience goes a long way on the couples' behalf. 

Wedding planned by Soirée | Image Credit: Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design

Wedding planned by Soirée | Image Credit: Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design

Additionally, it's really fun to work with a wedding planner who you can chit chat with about your big day. Your friends and family may not want to discuss the boring topic of something like getting the wedding party from the hotel to the church - but your wedding planner will! I love solving the logistic challenges to make sure no detail is forgotten. Your wedding planner will be the one to ask these questions that many couples forget about. In conclusion, every couple needs a planner!

What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding designer? 

A wedding planner is the logistic and organizer of your whole wedding day.

A wedding designer is the person that would organize your decorations.

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There are many different services that a wedding professional can provide. I offer three different planning packages to suit the different needs of couples:

  • a small amount of planning,
  • a medium amount of planning,
  • and a large amount of planning.

While I project manage all of the elements of a couple's big day, I work with other awesome wedding professionals like florists, decorators, and rental agencies to make the decor dreams come true for my couples. A wedding designer could be considered the vendor that is providing the decor items and handle the set up & installation; but they probably don't include services like planning a comprehensive timeline, budgeting, organizing the other vendors, negotiating your other contracts, helping with invitation wording, RSVP management, seating charts, and more.

Clearly, a wedding planner does a lot more than simply decide what adorable things to place where in your set up! 

Wedding planned by Soirée | Image Credit: Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design

Wedding planned by Soirée | Image Credit: Stacie Ricklefs Photo + Design

Should couples hire both or just one or the other? 

It is very important to know what your wedding professional provides and what they don't provide to make sure you're getting everything you need.

I would wager a guess that if you hired a wedding planner for full wedding planning, they would handle the design and styling of the wedding in addition to their other services because they would either provide or know where to get all the items you'd need to complete your design vision. If you hired a wedding designer but didn't have anyone doing the planning - that part falls on you - so it's just good to know what you're responsible for yourself. 

Congratulations on your engagement, and best wishes in your wedding planning!   

Emily McMahon, Owner of Soirée

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To contact Emily for all your wedding planning, please visit her website at www.soireeia.com

To book your 2018 wedding for photography, please call me at 563.676.3980 to reserve your date today!