Sunday, July 14, 2013

Katie + Dan = Engaged

Katie & Dan have the cutest little mannerisms and being around them for no more than an hour I quickly picked up on them. I would notice the way he'd put his arm around her or the way she'd reach for his hand and then I'd tell them "stop right there, don't move" or "do that again." They were total naturals in front of the camera and as a result their love took center stage for this long awaited engagement shoot.  Although Katie is from Shadyside OH her and Dan are both in school and living away so getting our schedules to line up was a challenge, not to mention the fact that at the time of this photo shoot I was 37 weeks pregnant, take into account mother nature, who rained us out on attempt #1, this photo shoot almost didn't happen.  Thankfully on day 2 of our reschedule we were given a pretty sweet day for an engagement shoot and the rain even gave us a few cool puddles to add to our creativity.  I had a wonderful time shooting Katie and Dan and am looking forward to their 2014 Wedding!

Mary + Andy = Engaged

Mary & Andy were such a fun couple to photograph.  We spent one evening shooting their engagement photos, just before sunset, on Wheeling Island where they live.  They are truly comfortable wearing their love on their sleeves, which made capturing the genuine connection that this fun loving pair shares an easy task.  From their raw emotion to their pure silliness, Mary and Andy were a true joy to photograph.  I can't believe I have to wait almost a year to photograph them again at their wedding.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ice Cream Social Baby Shower

The Foster Fotography Studio was transformed into an array of pastel colored bows and linens over the weekend for an intimate gathering of family and friends to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Baby Ryder Jaxon Sambuco during an ice cream social themed event.  

The table linens, chair covers, and sashes came from Chairital Bliss, a renter of fine fabrics for any of life's memorable events, owned by Abby Bunch.  

The other table details were the brain child of the event planning crew, Carly Givens, Cathy Givens, and Dawna Foster.

The red cooler came from my Aunt Cathy Givens and proved to be a nice vintage detail for holding the vintage glass Pepsi and Mt. Dew bottles and water.

The ingenuity of the Givens never ceases to amaze me.  This old fashioned ice cream stand set up was created from scratch and can be credited to the event planners, Carly and Cathy Givens.

As you can see not even the smallest detail was overlooked when planning the ice cream bar.  

What ice cream bar would be complete without the good stuff to top it all off?  Our toppings included fruit, candy, crushed cookies, sprinkles, nuts, fudge and even gummy bears!

For the centerpieces we used glass sundae cups with 5 scoops of carnations in green, yellow, and white, and completed the look with a striped paper straw.

For favors, each guest's seat had 1 ice cream cone with a thank you tag and a one scoop of a shower loofa in a wide variety of colors.

Staying true to the vintage ice cream social theme our menu consisted of hotdogs served up in a vintage hotdog machine and other picnic foods. 

Perhaps the most challenging detail were the fabric ice cream cones that hung in the windows.  The event planners really put in the work creating those little guys.  What was perceived to be an easy task proved to be the greatest decorating challenge but one that was worth it.

Event Planner: Carly Givens and crew
Photography: Foster Fotography
Venue: Foster Fotography Studio
Linens: Chairital Bliss
Food: Cindy & Lacy Foster

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bridal Boudoir

Attention 2013 Brides -- grab your veil, grab those heels, that garter, and those sexy bridal undies and head on over to Illustrate Sexy for a grooms gift that will be sure to Knock His Socks off! Treat yourself and the man in your life to Bridal Boudoir with Illustrate Sexy!

2013 BRIDAL SPECIAL: $285 includes a 45 minute session, hair and makeup by our professional stylist, a password protected online gallery of approximately 30 beautifully retouched images to order from, and your choice of either (5) 8x10 prints, (5) 5x7 prints, or (1) 12 month calendar!

the preceding images found on Pinterest

Ideal Weddings

We are THRILLED to announce Foster Fotography's new partnership with Ideal Weddings - head on over to the Ideal Weddings website and see how their team can help you dream up the perfect stress-less wedding!  Don't forget to tell them Foster Fotography sent you!

Check out Foster Fotography's Ideal Weddings Page while you're there!

The Modern Bride: First Look Sessions

I am often asked by the bride and groom if they should see each other before the wedding ceremony or not. While I am not a wedding planner, I know from capturing weddings that seeing each other before the wedding ceremony is one of the best things that couples are increasingly doing. Many wedding traditions are traditions because couples don’t know any other option. Here are 6 great reasons:

#1 Capture your emotion!

When you see each other before the wedding ceremony, you can arrange a private and picturesque setting. You can walk up to him and tap him on the back to reveal your wedding day beauty. Unlike a church setting, you aren’t 100 feet apart at first glimpse, where you are not able to say what you are thinking and enjoy the moment together. When you see each other before the ceremony, you get to experience the happiness together. We would be more than happy to photograph your "first look"  but we're confident you won't need a photograph to remember how that feels.  Keep in mind, that this "first look" will be the only time throughout your entire wedding day that you will be alone with your groom, it will be the most intimate part of your day. Having this time to be together can help diminish the stresses of the day. You can focus on what’s really important, as opposed to the many details that must fall into place. As a result, your love for one another takes center stage. 

#2 Better portraits!

You have more time to relax and enjoy the portrait session. The rush to get everything done in 10 minutes isn’t there, like it is if you do all of the portraits in between the ceremony and the reception. You feel more relaxed and you LOOK more relaxed. The time is there to get more creative and to use different locations you may not have had time for otherwise. Not only that, your dress, your shoes, your makeup, your flowers, and your hair are at it’s best! You have found the photographer that you love, get the most from them!

#3 For your walk down the aisle!

You will be more relaxed. You two have seen each other, BUT you’re guests don’t have to know that! So your walk down the aisle is still dramatic AND you can actually enjoy it and not worry about every last detail.

#4 For your bridal party!

After you have seen each other, the bridal party can do just that.. party! Especially if you opt to take the bridal party portraits before the ceremony too. You will get better pictures with them and usually more pictures! When the ceremony is over, the bridal party does not have to worry about being in a certain place at a certain time. Everyone, yourselves included, can relax, mingle with the guests, party, and enjoy the rest of the day.

#5 For your guests!

Although they may not know that you have seen each other, they will benefit. Because all of the portraits are done, the only thing left to do is get with your bridal party and celebrate on the way to your reception. Therefore, you do not have to leave such a timely gap between the ceremony and the reception where your guests have to linger and/or find things to do before the reception begins.

#6 For yourselves!

I have never spoken with a bride and groom who weren’t so happy that they chose to see each other before the wedding ceremony. You are able to plan the whole wedding day in a manner that is better for you, your guests, and your peace of mind.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Little Red

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful dainty brunette who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever she went out, she wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood.

One morning, Little Red Riding Hood decided she would go to visit her grandmother as it had been awhile since they'd seen each other.

So she packed a nice basket to take to her grandmother and set off into the woods...

Little Red Riding Hood was enjoying the brisk winter's day so much, that she didn't notice a dark shadow approaching out of the forest behind her...

The "big bad wolf" as it turns out wasn't so bad after all and was easily tamed by the tantalizingly beautiful Little Red Riding Hood.

And so they lived happily ever after!