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Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens

Miriam Bulcher

I have recently come across a new favourite wedding reception venue! I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding recently with Sarah Sunstrum Photography at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, IL. The Barn is relatively new but the lighting is phenomenal! In addition to that, the exterior gardens make for incredible bridal, and bridal party photos. 

Lighting is essential for a photographer to capture those picture perfect moments. I highly recommend this location because the lighting is A+ and the options are endless! 

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(The groom decided to get ready at a gym in Kewanee, what a fun idea!!)

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I hope you enjoy these photos from that location and please consider this venue if you are getting married!

For additional resources on weddings and tips, please visit Quad Cities Wedding Photographer 

Miriam of Miriam Bulcher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | Why 2 photographers is Beneficial to your wedding

Miriam Bulcher

If you have started your wedding photography shopping, you may have noticed that some photographers offer a second shooter included in their package, and some may offer just themselves. Depending on the package you are looking for on your wedding day, only one may be required eg: for a 4-hour duration. However, for a full day of service, I am going to explain how having 2 photographers can enhance your day! 

First shooter photo

First shooter photo

More Photos. 

Everyone wants more photos right? Having another perspective of the event allows more photos to be given to the client. Though, we at Miriam Bulcher Photography always ensure that this is not quality suffering over quantity.

Second Shooter photo from the same wedding 

Second Shooter photo from the same wedding 

Ensuring the moment is captured

You never know when a guest is going to move while trying to get a picture with their phone/camera, this happens often and can make capturing the moment incredibly difficult. This is where the second shooter  can save the day. Having two shooters spaced in different locations is a guarantee that no matter what, that special moment will not be missed. 

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Your Wedding Needs

If you are planning on having an elopement, two photographers would be a party in such a small intimate space. The need for having two photographers will depend on the services that you need. Be sure to keep that in mind when you are wedding photography shopping, it is also great to include what style of wedding you're having when emailing photographers. 

I am currently offering free photobooth services to all wedding packages booked before the end of April, 2016. Please contact me for more information! 

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | Le Cake Davenport

Miriam Bulcher

If you are getting married and need a cake, look no further than  Robin, who owns "Le Cake  Davenport." She has been in business for a long time, and excels at making the most majestic wedding cakes; striving for only perfection in taste and look. A higher standard that is clearly reflected in the quality of her work. 

I mean, look!!! 

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Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | Miriam Bulcher Photography | www.miriambulcher.com
Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | Miriam Bulcher Photography | www.miriambulcher.com

To contact Robin, visit her facebook page and say hello! 

If you are looking for additional resources like Hair and Makeup, invitation design, please visit Quad Cities Wedding Photographer.

Miriam of Miriam Bulcher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | The importance of Having a Makeup Artist for Your Special Day

Miriam Bulcher

You may be at the point of deciding whether to get a Makeup Artist for your special day, or perhaps you have a friend who good at doing makeup to doll up your face. There are a few reasons why hiring a Professional Makeup Artist can make a huge difference for your photos. 

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They really do know their stuff 

  • For instance, makeup artists know that there are certain foundations not to be used when flash is going to be used, as this can produce  "ghost face" where the skin appears whiter in photographs (with flash). 
  • False lashes can be the difference between looking like you have hole sockets in your head and pretty eyes. Makeup artists can provide this service as well they know how to apply them, leaving you without a headache and anxiety! 
  • High-quality concealers/correctors to help correct any redness/acne or dark circles that you have! 
  • Know the latest trends that you may want for your special day. A makeup artist will practice a trend on their clients day in and day out. 
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Wedding Day Preview Makeup Service 

Most makeup artists will offer a preview wedding day service. This allows you to really know what you will look like before the big day, as well as many any changes you may want. 

Hiring someone to do your makeup can take a big stressor off your hands, with no need to worry about making your eye liner perfect with potentially nervous shakey hands! There are many areas in which DIY is appropriate for a wedding, however, makeup is not one of them! 

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See my interview with local hair and makeup artist Cate Caroll here

I am now offering photo booth services with any wedding package booked! Please contact me for more information! 

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad Cities Wedding Photographer | photobooth at your wedding

Miriam Bulcher

I'm sure you've been in a photo booth before, perhaps just for fun at a mall, or maybe at a party or even someone else's wedding? There are different kinds of photobooth's and today we are going to talk about the possibility of one at your wedding reception!

Photo Credit: Layton Reid 

Photo Credit: Layton Reid 

What is a photo booth? 

A Photobooth is either a small enclosed structure with a camera installed inside and a curtain to close the "door" or, it is a more open concept with a simple backdrop and camera with a trigger in front. Both of these setups produce very similar looking photographs and one is not better than the other! Some photo booth companies do offer the "strip" of photos whereas the open concept of photo booths will come as individual photos. 

Photo Credit: Layton Reid 

Photo Credit: Layton Reid 

It may be offered by your Wedding Photographer! 

Always ask. Your wedding photographer may offer this service, it may even be added as an add-on service on their website or packaging. 

If your wedding photographer doesn't offer this as a package there are photo booth vendors out there that specialize in offering just photo booth services, similar to a DJ. 

However, there are pro's to going with a wedding photographer who offers this as part of their service. 

Pro's

  • You get your photo booth pictures in the same delivery time as your wedding photos 
  • The same team sets up the photo booth, if you have any questions you simply just go and ask. 
  • No separate hiring of individuals as well as having to juggle arrival time etc. 
  • No separate payments. 
  • No extra contract
Photo credit: Layton Reid 

Photo credit: Layton Reid 

To have some extra fun for you as well as your guests at your wedding. Ask your photographer about their photo booth services. 

We offer photo booth services here at Miriam Bulcher Photography, contact me for more information! 

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad cities wedding photograher | Choosing your Venue in the Quad Cities

Miriam Bulcher

Choosing your venue location is one of the biggest decisions you will make and ties in with your style, persona, and decorations. 

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Lighting

Lighting is essential for photographers, it is one of the main tools to create good images. Lighting can be the difference between a good photograph and a bad photograph, though of course, a photographer who knows how to use and manipulate lighting is key in situations where lighting cannot be altered very much. 

Sky, indoor lights, windows, wall colors, all of these things affect lighting.

If you want to have great photos, especially for getting ready and for dancing, you want to ensure that you have enough ambient lighting. Ambient mean’s natural light. So if you are deciding on a hotel for your personal preparation, be sure to look for lots of windows, and windows that splash light on 90% of the room. If the room is long and narrow and there is only 1 window at the end, this makes it difficult as it will create harsh shadows. 

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Your reception venue will determine how much light you have at your dinner and dancing, and also what time it’s scheduled at as well as the time of year you are getting married. If you pick a hotel that has a conference room with zero windows, that means you will have no natural light whatsoever, even if you are getting married in June with a reception at 5PM. 

Windows

The best advice I can give you is to look for reception venues that have lots of windows OR white walls. White walls allow for the camera’s flash to bounce off of it creating a more natural light effect. A more natural light effect produces better quality photos. 

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If your venue has really tall ceilings that are dark brown and absolutely no windows, this makes it challenging for the photographer. 

Here are venues in the Quad Cities that I personally recommend, their reception venues provide for great lighting! 

Quad Cities Wedding Reception 

Contact me if you are interested in booking your 2016 wedding! I am currently offering a discount to those who book before Christmas!

For more information about booking your wedding in the Quad Cities, visit my Quad Cities Wedding Info Page

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad Cities WEdding photographer | New portfolio work

Miriam Bulcher

I had the opportunity of photographing alongside an amazing photographer here in Davenport this past Saturday. 

I wanted to share with  you some of the pictures that I took! I hope you enjoy them! 

Davenport Wedding Photographer 
Wedding Photographer 
Bettendorf Wedding Photographer 
Bridal Session Davenport 
Modern Wedding Photographer Quad Cities 
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To see more of my work and helpful tips to find your photographer in the quad cities, visit here!

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad cities wedding photography | Chevrons and Champagne - Wedding, Floral and Invitation Design

Miriam Bulcher

Davenport Wedding Photographer 

Lindsay Johnson is the owner of Chevrons and Champagne, which is a Wedding, Floral and Invitation's Design company. She lives and works here in Quad Cities, but also services her hometown Omaha, Nebraska. She was kind enough to let me interview her as well as take some pictures. I hope you enjoy the interview! :) 

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How did you get into this business?

When I got engaged I loved the entire process in being creative. I went to school for clothing and textile design, so I’ve always just loved to work with my hands and do fun creative stuff which I wasn’t doing at my job. Then after I got married, I started telling my family two months in “as soon as I’m married I’m starting my own business! I’m doing this!” There wasn’t anyone here that did what I wanted them to do for my wedding.

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When did you officially start advertising your work?

I started an Etsy shop when I was doing my own wedding, and last August I reached out to a girl who is a wedding planner in Cedar Rapids. I shadowed and helped her at a couple of her weddings – I loved it!

Also, I had started Instagram when I started my Etsy shop and I kept doing all of these things, I kept building a following. Then I went to a Creative at Heart Conference in January and did a coaching with Kat at Dear Sweetheart Events. I adore her, she’s so awesome.  So she basically told me to put my facebook page up that week, build my Instagram and launch my website. I launched officially in April and I had a couple of brides who were mutual friends that booked me before that, and then I started booking new brides.

What would you say your main goal is with your business?

I want to go full time and I want to really create unique and special events that are special to the people. Not just “these are the latest trends on pinterest,” it’s all about the bride and groom.

What is your style?

My personal style is very girly and romantic, sparkly, but then I’m open to doing whatever the bride and groom want, rustic, vintage, whatever they want, as long as it’s actually based on them.

What is your style for your business, I see on your website that it’s pink and gold, what brought that about?

Just looking at wedding blogs and seeing what is going on, what’s trending on the coasts. I want to bring that to the Midwest because I feel there aren’t a lot of people that are offering it here.

My website is very me, I always want my brides to want to work with me, because they love my social media and they want to be my friend. It should be very welcoming and open to them, I want to get to know the bride and groom. As much as I want their wedding to be about them, I want my website to be personalized to me.

Wedding Photographer Davenport 

Wedding Photographer Davenport 

So you started with the events design and how did you branch out to doing the calligraphy and floral?

So I launched with my invitations and calligraphy and really learned how much floral added to an event, and how much they have an impact on an overall design, and since I want to focus my business on the design of the event, not really the coordination, I feel like at least having a background and knowledge of florals is important. It can help the bride find the colours in the flowers, let them know what’s in season and what’s in their budget range. I think that’s so helpful and so important. Then I decided to add floral design because I love it so much. I started experimenting and I’ve done two full floral weddings so far which I am really excited about!

What about the calligraphy, do you have a background in design? How did you think that it would all flow together?

Most people don’t just pick up a calligraphy pen and say “oh I think I’m going to do this!”

Right! Well I bought myself calligraphy pens for my wedding and I loved it. When I started doing it, it’s so pretty and it’s so on trend right now. It was something I loved adding to my wedding. I felt like it added a really special touch. I really stressed to continue learning, finding new things and staying on top of the trends so that I can continue to offer those things to my bride and groom.

What would you say inspires you on a daily basis?

I love looking at Instagram, I am very visual. Sometimes reading a blog is just clicking the link and reading everything, it can be time-consuming. I take screen shots of everything in Instagram, my phone is filled to the brim and the memory is full because I have taken so many screen shots! Just things I like, and what I’m inspired by. I take those and put them in my own direction and bring them to life in a different way so that I can meet my bride and groom’s needs.

You’re a leader for a local group called “Tuesday Together’s,” an expansion of “The Rising Tide Society” which is geared towards community for vendors and creatives. How did you get involved?

So the conference I went to in January is run by Kat from Dear Sweetheart events, and Natalie Franke was one of the speakers and she was absolutely amazing, I think she’s only 25 years old and is a full-time photographer, charges huge amounts to shoot a wedding and I love that those girls are so encouraging. They are so open to assist other small business owners, which is so important to my business. I want to make those relationships and help people who want to get started in this field, because if I didn’t have those people that encouraged me I wouldn’t be where I am with the business right now. So then in April that Natalie and Krista launched Rising Tide Society and I applied to be a leader right away. I thought it was something that was so important and something that I love to bring to this community. It’s so fun to meet everyone and hear everyone encourage each other. For once nobody is like “Oh, I’m a photographer and I’m the only one you can be friends with” or “I’m a wedding planner, I can’t be friends with other wedding planners” It’s so hard if that’s how it’s going to be, cause then your small business is so lonely.

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Please check out Lindsay's website by clicking on any of the photos above and also follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

To find more information on booking your wedding in the Quad Cities, please visit my Quad Cities Wedding Information page

Miriam of Miriam Buncher Photography is a Quad Cities wedding photographer located in Davenport, Iowa. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving the Quad Cities, Iowa City, Chicago and the surrounding communities.

Quad Cities Wedding Photography | Choosing your Wedding Style and Colors - Where do I start?

Miriam Bulcher

Wedding style comes down to what YOUR style is, where is your favourite place to relax? What is your favourite colour? What flowers make you the most happy? It's easy to feel pressured, especially when you see lots of great photos and wedding decor on websites, but it has to resonate with you and make you feel happy most of all. Really dig deep if you want, write a list down of all the things that make you the happiest when it comes to the options that are available out there.

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