Trick or Treat: Yen Studios Style!

What’s the awesome-est Halloween party you’ve ever been to in your life? Let me guess, a wedding reception is not your first response? Well, that’s probably because you’ve never been to an awesome Halloween-themed reception! I’m here to tell you all about Morgan and Brendan’s big day. The wedding was normal, but the they went ALL OUT for the party. Decorations everywhere, the venue covered in spider webs. All of the food had spooky names and descriptions. Everyone was in costume.

Get this, even the save-the-dates, were severed plaster fingers with ribbons tied around them. (tie a knot around your finger so you don’t forget…get it? Except in a really morbid way). 252807_10150329548344619_8328403_n

The reception was at 409 S. Main in downtown Memphis. The venue was perfect for the reception setup, which was complete with a live band; flowing drinks; food that consisted of Gus’s fried chicken and some ribs (aka. smoked body parts); a “Trick or Treat” station; an awesome photo booth; and even A PALM READER!

Here is the Trick or Treat candy station as favors!

Trick Or Treat Station

Trick Or Treat Station

Of course everyone was dressed up in their Halloween attire, including the photographers/videographers and the band.The bride and her bridesmaids were flappers and the groom and his groomsmen were zombie gangsters. FOB and MOB (father and mother of the bride) were Batman villains, Poison Ivy and the Joker.

Below was the FOB and the bride posing together at the photo booth.

Quick tip: Next time you do a photo booth, try to incorporate your date or the event as a prop. 10/29/11 🙂

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Below are just a few other hilarious photo booth pictures. Imagine the possibilities!

 Lucy and Ricky Ricardo! A nun and a priest. Gangsters, Sock Monkey & Raggedy Ann? The world is your oyster! D70_4430

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Your pictures would be fun and memorable. Like your first dance staring into your new spouse’s zombie eyes!

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Or like your father-daughter dance goofy and happy, maybe a little spooky. Kinda like real life, right? DSC_2630

Don’t get me wrong. A Halloween-themed reception is NOT for everyone. But if you’re all about the party and dressing up for Halloween is a BIG tradition in your family…you won’t regret all the fun you can have with decorations, costumes, food, music…and so much more! Cough cough, this zombie cake topper for example.Zombie Cake Topper

Imagine not having to play by the wedding rules…better yet – creating your own rules! A reception like this can work for you! Just have fun and make some memories.

 

xoxo

madison

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Channel Your Mid-Week Zen

So Monday is long gone. Not gonna come back for another 6 days…Tuesday work day is done. That’s all that matters, right? What does that mean? Tomorrow is….HUMP DAY! (Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike – Guess what day it is??? LOL Anyone, anyone…?? Ok, I’ll just go back to my little corner over here.)

Anyways, when I was living in Paris, I called these very special days “Hump Day Pub Day!” which is day for celebration, if you will.

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Hump Day Pub Day Beverage

It’s halfway through the work week, and just two more days to Friday. (That’s when we at Yen Studios JAM to Rebecca Black’s “Friday” song). BUT before you start pubbin’ it up in your cubicle, you should channel your inner zen to wait for that 5 o’clock happy hour.

What’s that you say? You don’t know how to channel zen anything?? Well, my friend, I can help you here. I have some very legit pictures of some legit yoga teachers showing their skills. Not models; all of this is real! (Big shoutout to the Memphis Hot Yoga Plus and their AMAZING teachers.) So, let’s walk through these poses together.

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Ok, Kathleen here is laying on a ball. Duh. Now, this is my kinda yoga. Laying on a ball and working out kinks and knots. 🙂

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This one is a bit more intense. I’m not exactly sure how her hands get there without her arms detaching from her shoulder sockets. Personal opinion, moving on.

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Ahh, Jamie here is in warrior 2. A fierce pose and a classic! Yeah, I can be fierce.

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This one is a bit more difficult. Camel pose. If you start feeling nauseous here, that’s perfectly normal. SAID NO ONE EVER. Unless you’re a yoga teacher, and then you say it every time you make your students do camel pose.

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Look here. Andy is doing a nice triangle pose. Great stretch. And he’s smiling, so he must enjoy it. 🙂

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And now he seems to be doing crow pose. Gotta love those arm balances. Of course in Andy’s words, “The advanced variation here is to SMILE”…while you are balancing your entire body weight on your elbows. Yeah Andy, I’ll get right on that.

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Michele is doing the good ol’ Eagle pose. The last part of the warm-up series for Hot26 or Bikram practice. Great all around stretch for the arms and legs. Sometimes my foot gets a little crampy wrapping around the calf, but ya know, I muscle through. 

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I think this one is called the flying lizard. It’s very simple, you see. You just balance on your hands while your arms are bent at a perfect 90 degree angle while your legs are in splitzies, and one leg is balanced on your elbow. WTF???? I’m just gonna take a little water break and uhhh go back to the HUMP Day PUB day idea. I think that provides plenty of zen! And ya know, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. 😉

-namaste peeps-till next week.

madison

Happy Tuesday Pictures – Why not?

So today has totally come and gone waaaaaaaay too fast. I know I’m supposed to be talking about the joys of being a photographer, showing you super cute couples giving each other kissies, or maybe providing you with helpful tips on how to set this shoot up and how to light that product. But today, well today I’m gonna just postpone that whole business till next week. Because ya know what? I can. I am a small business owner, and a woman at that! Hear me roar! And my photography juices were juicing, and I was shooting instead of blogging. For shammmme, you all say…eh I can take it.

Here’s some random pictures I have compiled. Let’s call them something creative. How about the Happy Tuesday pictures and call it a day?! A good ol’ end to the day. I hope your Tuesday was happy, your creative juices were flowing, and you got the chance to tell the Man to back off when you didn’t feel like doing your weekly blog. (Of course, take no notice to the fact that I actually did do my blog – it’s just random, and I am the figurative “Man” in this instance because I answer to myself….whatever, no need to get technical).

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See? A good ol’ end to the day!

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Happy girl, probably because it’s Tuesday.

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Super Cute Kissie Couple

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Another kissie couple

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Happy bride, again it’s Tuesday.

Another happy couple jumping and what not.

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Don’t these pictures scream Happy Tuesday? No? Well maybe you’re already asleep. Till next week, peeps. Stay tuned for those super jazzy photography related posts. One day, they will come.

xoxo

Madison

Joyce and Rob: Introducing the Spiechas!

Mr. and Mrs. Spiecha

My dad, Rupert, and I had the great pleasure of photographing Joyce and Rob’s wedding last month.They were married at a gorgeous home called Loxley Hall in Southwind with a very intimate ceremony and reception following. The food was on point, and the decorations were adorable! Pinterest was definitely involved! lol You could honestly see the care, thought, and preparation that was put into their plans.  Joyce and Rob were so sweet, easy going, and up for anything!! And their families were so supportive of the two of them as a couple, which I think you can really tell through the pictures.

So here we go…

Getting ready and Detail shots

Wedding Dress

Wedding Jewelry

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Her awesome daughter, Sara, was helping her get ready. So sweet.

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Mother-Daughter shot 🙂

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Bouquet

Below is Joyce’s son, Owen! He walked her down the aisle and was soooooo happy for his mom! ❤

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Joyce got a letter from Rob right before the wedding.

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Sara was great support while I was tearing up behind the camera…

Ceremony time

Ceremony Yen Studios

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Gotta get that #selfie

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So, there you have it. Mark down Sept. 20th in the books as the day Joyce and Rob tied the knot!

Dear Joyce and Rob – Rup and I want to wish you all the love and happiness in the world! You make a beautiful couple! And here is a big ol’ CONGRATULATIONS from Yen Studios! 😀

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xoxo

madison

The Ring Bling

Ok, it happens! He finally pops the question! You open the box, and the ring is GORGEOUS!! You’re so flippin’ excited, you can’t even contain your joy. You post your #isaidyes ring #selfie you’ve taken on your camera phone…X-pro II to show off the tan or maybe Mayfair, which gives the ring a nice highlight. Ahhh, you finally decide which is more important (no judgement here). Your armed with your shakey-handed selfie, and think “life cannot get any better than in it is  in this moment.” And you know what??

I agree with you!!

Getting engaged was absolutely the happiest time of my life. And I looked forward to the wedding planning, heck – even the “rest of my life” planning.

There is so much to look forward to in wedding planning. Where is it going to be? What are the perfect colors? Date?? The weather must correspond with our personalities and the optimal flower selection, which all has to coordinate! Do NOT even get me started on the dress.

So where does the ring fit in this equation?

You take the one picture with your camera phone, and all of a sudden, the outward symbol of your engagement is put on the back burner. You get busy, and the ring loses it’s newness feeling.

So what if you tell your photographer that you want some ring pictures when you schedule your engagement session? What would that look like?

Your fiancé picked out your ring based on your personality. And your ring bling pictures should represent that too!

Are you a partier? Or just love “fabulous” shiny things? What if you’re more of a subtle country girl? Or even an artist? And etc. Can you see it? The personality of the girls reflected through the pictures? That is what a true ring #selfie should look like – your personality carefully depicted through photography to connect your ring to your life. Your wedding. Your new family unit.

Party?

Party Girl?

Country?

Country Girl?

Artsy?

Artsy Girl?

Spiritually?

Spiritual Girl?

Booky?

Booky Girl?

Pinterest-y?

Pinterest girl?

How would you want YOUR ring shown to the world?

xoxo

Madison