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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 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. 


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! 

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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.

Madison Wedding Photographer | How to choose the right photographer for your wedding.

Miriam Bulcher

You type “Madison Wedding Photographer”(or your city name) into google and there’s some that come up with 5-star ratings, and there’s endless, endless names to go through. Intimidating no? Depending on the city that you live in, it’s more complicated looking for a photographer than it is to look for a venue. Perhaps you got lucky and you know a great photographer from a friend, or your friend got married and you *definitely* want that style for yourself! 

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Some others aren’t quite so lucky and turn to google for help and are totally lost. This can be the reason for being unable to book the photographer you wanted because, well, it’s easy to put off when it takes so much time to go through each photographer’s website and look for pricing. 

Here are some tips:

  • - What is your style? Traditional, Fashion, Candid/Lifestyle, Modern? Once you know this you can search those certain words into your google search which will help narrow down your results. 
  • - Portfolio, do they have a variety of shots that you are looking for? There are brides that are very particular in the style that they want, if you know what you are looking for, make sure you are seeing photos ( you fit that style) in their portfolio section. 
  • Less is more. Sometimes a photographer doesn’t have 3 full pages of portfolio, this does not mean that they are a “Less experienced” photographer. Also remember that some couples prefer not to have their work advertised on the web, so there may be weddings not shown but the photographer has experience. 
  • Pricing: Most photographers have a bottom pricing start point on their pricing or investment page, others do not and they say to contact them. There is no right or wrong when it comes to this. If you like their work and want to meet up, send them a message! 
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  • What is your budget? Remember that wedding photographers are doing this, or trying to do this full time. There are up to 120 hours+ that go into each wedding, not including wedding design. Cheap is not always better. Try to respect your budget and also the photographer’s pricing at the same time. Wedding photographers range from $2k-$20k. 
  • How to navigate a packages/pricing. Each photographer prices their work differently, though most will offer 3-4 packages based off of time. What is more valuable to you, a photographer who is able to tell a story with photos all throughout the day with no time line? Or a photographer who gets all the important pieces of the day and supplies you the essential memories you need for your day? Perhaps you have a quick city hall wedding and you really just don’t need the whole over the top all day, tons of photos, then perhaps you just need a quick 4 hour package. What is important to you is how you determine which package you want. 
  • Are albums important to you? Wall art? Canvas? Really think about these things as they will help you make a decision quicker. 
  • Rapport with the photographer. When you meet with them, how do you feel? If you have a great connection off to the start and the conversation flows easily, that’s a great sign that you are a good fit for each other. This is a huge occasion and you want to make sure that you really get along with someone who is going to be hanging around potentially all day! 
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Stayed tuned for my next blog post as I will be talking about which venue will suit you and your style, as well as how a venue can achieve the best photos! 

If you liked this post and want more tips about planning your wedding in Madison, please visit my Quad Cities Wedding Photography page

Miriam of Miriam Bulcher Photography is a Madison wedding photographer located in Madison, WI. Miriam is a wedding, family, child and senior photographer serving Madison, 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! 

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Bettendorf Wedding Photographer 
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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! :) 


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.

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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.


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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