Quote of the week – 9/8

Yesterday was Labor Day. Typically I look forward to holidays. Forced relaxation. Time home with the family. I didn’t even know if was a holiday. The days blend so much anymore. I rely on the dashboard of my car or phone screen to tell me the date and day of the week.

Today starts cyber school for us. Lincoln is in Kindergarten and David is starting 4th grade. This was not how I pictured it. It was supposed to be crying because my baby was headed off to big boy school. Instead, the planner in me is crying from a lack of knowledge on how this week/month will go. I’m trying to let go of what I cannot control. And apparently I need to let go of this entire school year and just go with the flow. Yuck.

In honor of letting go of these uncontrollable moments, here is the quote I would like to share with you…

Quote of the week

May we all survive the rest of 2020, and learn to let go when needed.

Tune in next week for a new quote!


20 Reasons to get your professional portrait taken by Brooke Straiton Photography

We all need self-love.

I have been where you are and it’s not enough.

The way someone else sees you is usually less critical than how you see yourself.

You don’t splurge on yourself enough.

You are not as (fill in the blank) as you think.

You should have at least one photo of yourself that captures who you truly are.

Tomorrow is never promised.

You are more than just a mom/sister/aunt…

You haven’t been professionally photographed in so long.

A beautiful photo is powerful.

You’ll never be more “perfect” than you are today.

Confidence is beautiful.

Confidence comes from self-love.

Self-love makes you stronger.

You should remember this moment tomorrow…and next year…and ten years from now.

Selfies with filters are not enough.

Because it’s something simply about you.

Because you don’t suck.

You deserve it.

Others will follow your example.

If you identify with any or all of these, contact me today for your consultation and let’s design a session just for you.

Studio: 267-583-3710 | contact@brookestraiton.com

If you identify with any or all of these, contact me today for your consultation and let’s design a session just for you.

12 tips to help you get amazing pictures on your wedding day

No matter which wedding photographer you choose to cover your day, there is at least 12 different things you can do to help pave the way to those “Pinterest perfect” wedding photos you’ve always wanted.

#1 Give yourself time. Time is the most precious commodity you have to control. But rushing through your day is the number one way to lose out on those amazing photos. The more time you give yourself and others to breath and savor your day, the better EVERYTHING will be. When in doubt, ask your photographer how much time they recommend for each portion of the day.

#2 Pause during those big moments. Before you walk down the aisle, after they announce you a married couple, before you toss the bouquet, before you cut the cake. I know you’re excited and want to run through the entire day…but don’t. Pause. Drink it in. That gives your photographer more storytelling moments to capture on film (digitally of course).

#3 Get the bridal/boudoir photo session. You will never look better than you do right now. You’ve been busting your butt to fit into that dress, cutting carbs and intermittent fasting. It may not be all downhill from here, but you are certainly in a good spot to celebrate your hard work. PLUS, you spent all that money on lacey undergarments that you are going to wear for a minute before you pass out in drunken exhaustion. Why not capture this moment in your life with some sexy boudoir photos and send your significant other a surprise photo the night before your wedding! They may have an extra twinkle in their eyes when you walk down the aisle.

#4 Concentrate your decorations in places that have the most photos taken. Those flowers are no joke when the bill comes around. Instead of decorating every random spot in your venue, concentrate on the areas where photos will be taken…the sweetheart table and the ceremony site are the two most important spots. Repurpose the bouquets after the ceremony to vases on the wedding party table. And even use them in the bridal suite before the wedding for the getting ready photos.

#5 Have a solid backup plan for bad weather. We know that everyone wants those beautiful clear skies for outdoor photos, but it’s sadly not the only weather we get in this area. Get creative…your hotel lobby, you limo, clear umbrellas, rain/snow boots and a good attitude!

#6 Prioritize the photos you really want. Remember tip #1…time is limited. Don’t take up your entire cocktail hour with unlimited extended family group photos if that’s not what is most important to you. Too many couples spend hours on pleasing other people with group photos that they never use and then short themselves on couples photos that they actually want to hang on the wall. Keep it short and sweet for what you don’t want. For those extra family photos, hire a photobooth for the reception and ask that loved ones print you those extra photos for a special album.

#7 Do a walk through before the wedding with your photographer. The smoothest and most relaxed weddings I’ve ever photographed involved a pre-wedding walk through with the couple. It’s easier to discuss the aspects of the venue that you love when you are able to point them out to the photographer ahead of time. Bonus tip: Try to go around the same time of day when you will be taking your pictures on your wedding day. It helps to see where the sun will be.

#8 Choose one loud person to be in charge of wrangling the wedding party and relatives. The last thing you want to be doing is yelling and running around on your big day. Choose someone that you know can handle a group and let them help you run the show and gather people for you.

#9 Stay together. The natural tendency is for each of you to divide and conquer. Try not to do that. When you look back on pictures from your day, you’ll want pictures of the two of you…not all individual pictures of one of you.

#10 Make sure you drink water and eat food. It’s an exciting day and you won’t want to. And you may have some signature cocktails you’ll be indulging in all day. The end of your wedding will be much more enjoyable for everyone if you make sure you take care of yourself. It’s a marathon.

#11 Have an unplugged ceremony. You spent a LOT of money on professional photography. How will you feel when Aunt Martha leans out into the aisle and into half of your ceremony pictures to get her own photos on her cell phone. You won’t be happy. Trust me on this one. Ask your guests to put down their cameras and cell phones and trust the professional to take care of those ceremony photos for you.

#12…the FINAL TIP…Don’t skip on the big ending. The sparklers. The get away car. Bubbles. A big group sing-along on the dance floor. Sunset kiss on the balcony. Give yourself the big moment for the epic photo memory.

I hope these tips come in handy for your wedding photos, and guide you to taking charge of your amazing wedding pictures. I’d of course, love to be the one to capture your wedding day with you. Reach out to schedule your consultation for the 2020/2021 wedding season.

The Best Plan/Planner for 2020

As I look towards 2020, I wanted to share a tool that I recently found that truly excites me. I love planning things, but I have always had fantastic ideas and plans. Big goals to achieve and the willingness to jump into the mix and make it happen. BUT my follow through is atrocious.

I’m a tactile kind of girl. I want to write it all down and look at it again and again. That’s where this new planner comes in.

Passion planner is a neat little planner that helps you to break down your goals for the year/month/week. It keeps you on track with your long term goals and how to stay on track through the year with those end results in mind. You can customize the heck out of it. And the BEST part. Maybe you are a little tight on cash… They have the option to download the PDF and print it for yourself! Seriously, no excuses.

My goals this year:

  • 5 personal projects. Did you read about my first project? 20 Women in 2020
  • Prioritize taking care of myself a little more
  • Lose weight/get healthy
  • Make more money!
  • Do one creative/inspirational outing each month to stay inspired

What are your goals for 2020 and how do you plan to achieve them?