Category Archives: Wedding photographs

Getting the perfect wedding photos – what not to do if you want memories that you’ll want to relive, not bury

sleepybrideAs one of my former bosses used to say, “everybody is useful for something, even if only as a bad example.”

Thanks to Buzzfeed for sharing some really bad examples. Friends don’t let friends have bad wedding photos.

See them here:

What’s the worst wedding photo you have seen? If it is one of yours, are you brave enough to share it?


Wedding inspiration – Pantone may say emerald, but does purple still reign for weddings?

Gorgeous purple floral decor at this Colin Cowie wedding

Gorgeous purple floral decor at this Colin Cowie wedding

I have been on Pinterest for almost exactly a year now. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, you probably will be soon – or you may have a spouse/best friend/coworker who is a Pinterest addict – you get the idea. It is an online site where people collect images and display them grouped into boards; it is the digital version of a bulletin board.

As a photographer, scrapbooker, and general image collector,  I knew right away that Pinterest and I were made for each other. In the beginning, I had a personal page, but have since changed it to a business page for Carol Colman Creations. Thanks to some training from the very knowledgeable Melanie Duncan, I think my boards look pretty good. I highlight some Carol Colman Creations collages for weddings and other occasions, and dedicate boards to other celebration-related categories such as fabulous invitations and wonderful wedding photographs, along with things that just interest me such as fonts, pears, and peonies. Check them out the next time you’re on Pinterest. And if you don’t already follow at least one of my boards, I hope you will find something that sparks your interest enough to follow me so that you can stay up to date on my curated content.

One of my favorite things is to get emails from Pinterest telling me when one of my images is being “repinned” – in other words, other people on Pinterest liked one of my images enough to put it on one of their boards. After a while, you see some trends – it appears that the same pins show up as being repinned frequently. Among my most repinned images are a very cool wedding invitation (428 repins), a baby hippo swimming with its mother (304 repins), an on-the-street shot of Sarah Jessica Parker (252 repins), an image of a bible verse (318 repins), and a collection of blue and white china (179 repins). Most of these pins have been on my boards for months.

However, one of my newest pins is by far the most popular: 679 repins (plus 115 likes) as of 7:30PM on January 16. What is it? The beautiful image you see from Colin Cowie of purple floral detail on a wedding aisle. 679 repins in only 10 days! (It has taken 39 weeks for my number two pin to reach 428 repins.)

And the people who are repinning this pin are pinning a lot of other pins from one of my most popular boards, All Things Purple. Lots and lots of purple wedding-related images are being repinned at a fierce rate.

Now granted, I don’t have a board for emerald weddings (Pantone’s 2013 color of the year), or for tangerine tango weddings (Pantone’s 2012 color of the year), so maybe what I am seeing is an anomaly. All I know is that for a whole lot of people, purple is a part of their wedding. It may be shades of purple, it may be purple with black and white or with a whole host of other colors, but people want their purple.

So if you are looking for purple wedding inspiration, I have made it easier for you by collecting my purple wedding images onto a new board, Purple Weddings, and I continue adding to it. I expect that in time, other colors will get their due, as they attract my eye. Orange/tangerine may be next one the list (you will notice it is a big part of my new branding – I am in love with orange, but haven’t broken up with purple yet). I actually just love color, as you can see on the board What Hits You Is The Color.

Emerald? We will have to see how that plays out. I know some wedding mavens have suggested that mint is one of the trend colors for 2013. Do you think that emerald and mint can play nicely together? We’ll have to see what shows up on Pinterest , so stay tuned.

Are you thinking about having a purple wedding? What other color would you combine with purple? 


It’s never too late – some wonderful Chinese wedding news…

Re-creation of wedding photo for couple married 88 years. Photo via the Today Show

Re-creation of wedding photo for couple married 88 years. Photo via the Today Show

Once you have been married for 88 years, it might be difficult to bring something new into your life. But for one Chinese couple, after 88 years of wedded bliss, they finally got their wedding photos. What I mean is, they finally got to have their wedding photos taken.

As reported by many sources, including the Today Show, “cameras were scarce in China in 1924, when Wu Conghan, 101, and wife Wu Sognshi, 103, tied the knot, so they have no photos from their big day. But nearly nine decades later, they re-created the happiness of the event.”

The (not) blushing bride wore white, as did the groom. With red roses for a bouquet and canes for support, their smiles beam across the years.

Instant proofing via laptop. Photo from the Today Show.

Instant proofing via laptop. Photo via the Today Show.

And they didn’t even have to wait for their proofs; the couple was able to see the photos immediately on a computer. After all, when you are over 100 years old, you don’t want to have to wait for anything. (As my father used to say before he left us at 99 years, 9 months and 19 days, “at my age, you don’t buy green bananas.”)

So how did these photographs come to be taken? It was part of an initiative in the couple’s hometown, where photographers volunteered to take pictures of elderly couples who had no original wedding photos.

And after the photos were taken, their hometown threw them a wedding celebration! Let’s hope they make it to their 90th anniversary – that would be one for the record books.

You see, it is never too late to make memories – or to preserve them. If I could only get my hands on their wedding invitation – what a collage that would make!

Do you have access to a “vintage” invitation – one that is at least 5o years old? If you do, be the first to contact me and I will be happy to create a collage of that invitation at no charge – just email me. I can’t wait to work on it!