GUEST POST: JAINÉ KERSHNER OF BRKLYN VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY
After a brief “being a mommy” hiatus from one of my favorite blog topics, I have asked another one of my favorite NYC-based wedding pros to share their experience of working with a wedding designer like me! Today you will hear from Jainé Kershner, photographer/owner of Brklyn View Photography, whose romantic and timeless approach to photography results in the dreamiest, awe-worthy images.
Jainé’s sweet and kind personality puts her clients at ease, allowing her to capture those great in between moments where the best memories are made.
We asked Jainé,
Have you worked on a wedding that has also hired a wedding designer or stylist?
If yes, how did having the wedding designer to collaborate with on that wedding impact your work?
“Yes! I absolutely love love love when my couples hire a wedding designer/stylist to help bring their vision to life!
As a wedding photographer, we wear a lot of different hats over the course of a wedding day ranging from stylist, coordinator and of course photographer. Being able to multitask is a must but when I get a chance to work alongside a wedding stylist, who’s main job is to make my couples wedding look absolutely flawless, ensures that their wedding photos will be as lovely and gorgeous as possible. What couple wouldn’t want that?!
Creating detail photos, that are special for my couples, can take a lot of time but working with their stylist in advance can make all the difference. I’ll reach out and introduce myself a few weeks before the wedding and ask her/him to have all of the brides details including her dress, shoes, jewelry, rings, a fully addressed invitation suite and paper goods along with a few extra props for texture, all in one place and ready to be photographed before I arrive. This is a huge time saver and will make sure I photograph all of the brides beautiful details, that she has spent months and months putting together, as quickly and seamlessly as possible. (pro tip: don’t forget about the groom’s details too!)
For couples that have hired a wedding designer to style, decorate and personalize their wedding, they’ll usually request that their ceremony, reception and wedding day details be photographed uninterrupted and before any guests have arrived. I absolutely love this idea! By coordinating with the stylist and wedding planner, we’ll all work together to include the additional time needed to photograph these special elements into their wedding day timeline.
One of the biggest advantages to hiring a wedding designer/stylist for your big day is that it simply allows your photographer to focus on what you hired them to do; photograph your wedding. We aren’t running around pinning the boutonnieres on the groomsmen, waiting for the reception space to be completed or wondering what details to capture because it’s all be taken care of. What we ARE able to do is capture your day as it unfolds. Preserving your wedding memories for you, your husband and families to cherish for the rest of your lives.”
A BIG thank you to Jainé for sharing her experiences and her gorgeous work!
How to make a floral centerpiece
Five years ago I did my own personal flowers for my wedding. This business was a glimmer of hope on the horizon and my wedding flowers were the first bouquets I’ve ever made. I just kind of jumped in with my eyes closed. Kind of like how I eat ice cream sundaes. It’s all or nothing. All the toppings or none of the toppings. All of the bouquets and boutonnieres with no training and just a few youtube videos up my sleeve? SURE.
My wedding bouquet was beautiful. Looking back, it could have been fuller and larger, but I made it the night before my wedding and that’s what I loved about it. Now, I did not make our centerpieces. I had a florist do those. No way in hell was I going to try to make 12 centerpieces with no floral experience. Luckily….the internet has exploded since then with tutorials and classes and videos of llamas. With careful planning (do a dry run months before your wedding), a lot of helping hands (put Aunt Ida to work), a way to transport the centerpieces (the back of a van with all the seats down will do just fine), I think it’s totally doable for a couple to do their own wedding centerpieces….IF, this is a BIG IF, you are the type of couple who thrives on tight deadlines, loosing sleep over your flowers dying, teamwork, and creativity.
A Practical Wedding brought me on to produce a tutorial on making your own wedding centerpieces, for all you crazy, creative, amazing couples out there who want to try it out. The great thing about A Practical Wedding? We gave you the cost of how to make it. A big pet peeve of mine in the wedding industry are all of these tutorials and styled shoots that look perfect, but then never give any useful information. Like…how much is this going to cost me? How long is it going to take? Is this a fantasy land where unicorns jump over rainbows or actually doable in reality?
****The position has been filled. Keep an eye out for the Summer internship available in June.****
My winter/spring internship is now interviewing potential applicants. The majority of my past interns have either gone on to open their own design studios or are now working with me in paid positions. Oh yea, this internship is not paid, but you will gain valuable knowledge, fun times, sweet memories, free coffee, and a reference in me for future jobs. Are you interested? Read all about it below and please apply if you are a great fit!
Familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator
Comfortable with a wide array of creative supplies and experience in a wide array of craft techniques
Familiar with social media outlets such as pinterest and facebook
A laptop owner
Able to meet in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn one day a week on either Tuesday or Thursday for four hours
Able to work at home for an additional four hours a week
Flexible weekend availability for events (maybe two or three Saturdays)
Available February 1 – May 31st
Interested in learning about the event design world, floral arranging, producing and shooting DIY projects for the web, prop styling, and building a business empire.
A creative person with a fierce eye for the Michelle Edgemont brand
Please email me at Michelle@michelleedgemont.com with the subject line “Winter/Spring Internship (YOUR NAME)”. Tell me about your current gig, why you want to learn about being an event designer/florist/DIY content producer, and your relevant experience (if any). Include links to your instagram and pinterest accounts (not required but I like to see what you love).