Trash the Dress Session Giveaway!

Picture this. Your wedding is over and you have two options of what to do with your dress. You can suffocate it in a plastic bag and hope that your daughter will want to wear it in 20 years, or you can put it back on and have some fun! Do you really have to “trash” your dress? Of course not! This is just a fun, spontaneous a session where you have more time than the wedding day, and you can be more daring with your pictures! You can splash around in the water, lay in a field, or ride a bike! Sounds great, right? Well, we are giving away a free trash the dress session! Follow this link to enter.
The winner will be announced on February 13, 2013. Good luck!

Thomas & Brooke June 2012

We had a great day for Thomas and Brooke’s wedding in Grand Rapids, MI! This couple is a lot of fun and their love for each other is unique and special! I have uploaded some of the highlights of the day, including the formal shots, stylized shots, and some candids as well! Enjoy!! 


The oh-so Fabulous Sun Flare!!

As photographers we spend money on lens hoods, or change our camera angles to try to avoid getting a sun flare in a photo. Sun flares, or glares have typically always been thought of as a photo “no-no”! Recently they have started to become more popular, and now you can actually purchase actions or presets for your editing software that will add a sun flare or sunburst into your photo. I have to say that personally, I LOVE the look of a sun flare in certain photos! Is it right for every photo? No. It must be used sparingly, but with the right approach, it can look artsy and fabulous! Who says we can’t break the rules sometimes!? 🙂  Here is an example of a photo where a sun flare adds an artsy, softer edge to the photo.





I have to say I love the final outcome of this photo.! It tells a story, and draws the focus to the subject, since it eliminates the background. Every photographer will have a difference of opinion on the sun flare issue: whether or not to use it, how much to use, when to use…etc. But hey! Why not try it out? You might fall in love!

Leave a comment on what you think of the before and after photos, and for all you amazing Rustic Reflections Photography clients, if you like the sun flare look, be sure to let me know so I add a couple into your next shoot! 🙂