Dearest Couple-To-Be,

I am thrilled you have chosen Anamedia to document your special day, and I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you as a new client. We have been creating beautiful memories at Cincinnati weddings for nearly 10 years and are confident that you have made the right choice in trusting Anamedia with your most special day yet. We look forward to exceeding your expectations with our artistry, client service, and one-of-a-kind. portraits.

Please find below our welcome packet, which contains everything you will need to know, from tips for your big day, to beauty secrets for flawless photography, and a valuable time line of the events leading up to the magical moment where you exchange your vows, toss your bouquet and ride off into the sunset at each other's side.

We are delighted to have you with us and look forward to creating beautiful memories for you and your family for years to come. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have or for advice as you read through the enclosed information. 

Here's to creating amazing moments together.

Romance is in the air and the anticipation of a lifetime together comes to a crescendo in the fleeting weeks leading up to your wedding, causing you to wonder: Is an engagement shoot really necessary? After all, don’t the wedding pictures represent the beginning of our lives together?

At Anamedia, we believe having an engagement photo session is important for several reasons. First, this time allows you, as a couple, to get comfortable in front of the camera with your photographer, and figure out how you work best together before the main event. Next, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting, while creating some fun, memorable images for wall portraits, your wedding sign-in book, guest signature board and Thank You cards (shot early enough, we can also provide the images for your Save the Date cards and invitations). Engagement portraits also add another dimension to your wedding album, chronicling your story from frolicking fiancées to husband and wife. Best of all, you can remember this special time forever with personal memories of just the two of you, away from the throngs of loved ones and friends.

Book your engagement session today by contacting our studio at (513)503-5154 or

We will strive to accommodate your schedule in any way we can, but please allow 12 months in advance of your wedding for the optimal use and enjoyment of and from your images.

Time’s ticking down until the big day so be sure to contact us with your save the date and wedding invitation orders as soon as possible. We have styles-a-plenty to complement any wedding color palette and can help with everything from the shoot to design to delivery of your personalized paper products. If you haven’t yet scheduled your engagement shoot with us please contact as soon as possible.

It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. What’s more, there are actually some pretty big advantages to a first-look session prior to the wedding. Not only are the bride, groom, bridal party and family in top form, the bride and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup are fresh, and the groom and groomsmen are still OK with being in their tuxes. 

If you do decide to go with a pre-ceremony formal portrait approach, be sure to set aside 15 minutes of private time for just the two of you. These private moments, before you start taking more formal, posed portraits, are often the most special for
the bride and groom. You are able to say a prayer together, or exchange meaningful gifts, relax and think about the moments to come. This quiet, contemplative time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. This healthy pre-ceremony atmosphere creates a smooth, steady flow through the day’s events. Plus, getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with your guests. 

Weddings are a gorgeous combination of posing and candid shots. Even in flurry of excitement, we can offer a few tips to help wedding parties strike the best pose yet: 

On time and terrific:

Because we prefer to shoot these group shots when everyone is ready and fresh, right before the ceremony, meeting at the designated spot 15 minutes before formals ensures an on-time arrival. Since our most important goal is getting you
to your wedding on schedule, we allow 10 minutes for each desired grouping to ensure maximum results with minimal time. 

Festooned and fabulous:

Make sure all flowers and boutonnieres are delivered on time and affixed to family members and to the wedding party in advance. Have hair and makeup teams arrive extra early since those tend to cause a delay more than anything else.

Formal then fun:

Because we prefer to keep the number of groups to ten or less for more intimate group shots, we always start with the largest groups and family and break it down after that to allow for mingling. As time permits, we love to include a picture of the bride with each of her bridesmaids and the groom with each of his groomsmen.

If you have ideas for any ‘can’t-miss’ portrait groupings you would like to see photographed during this time, make sure to note them on your provided wedding information form. We’re happy to work with you to capture all of your special moments!

Ready for your close-up?

Anamedia has prepared some great advise to ensure show-stopping photographs on your wedding day.

Avoid beauty malfunctions by planning ahead, and you'll be the belle of the ball on your most important day.

Trial Run

Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding for peace of mind. Make sure to snap a few images after your session to make sure all elements, from makeup, to hair, to dress, to jewelry, are a perfect match - and fabulously photogenic.

Timely Tending

Allow 50% more time for hair and makeup than you originally anticipated on the big day. This will ensure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before the wedding.

Makeup Tips and Tricks

It's natural. To prepare for every lighting scenario, apply makeup in natural light, since you can detect subtle tones in skin and foundation color, and know for certain how much blush or bronzer to put on.

Shimmer me Timbers

Go easy on the shimmers and translucent powders. A little goes a long way, but too much ends up looking streaky and unpolished

More is Better

Because you're likely to look washed out without it, wear more makeup than you would if you were going out for the evening. Even if you are not the type to wear a ton of makeup, make an exception for your wedding day. You will not regret it.


There will be tears, so waterproof mascara is a must. Even if you're not terribly emotional, the stress leading up to the day is enough to leave anyone in tears.


Even if it seems counter-intuitive, most wedding makeup artists will swear on false eyelashes. Not only do they make your eyes pop, you will hardly even notice that they're there. Make sure to research and consult with your makeup artist to know which ones to buy.

Take a powder

Be sure to use powders with a yellow tint, since pink or white powder can cause the flash of the camera to pick up cool shades, rather than warm, natural ones. Sure you want your powder to match your skin tone, but you don't want to look pale or ghostly.

Blend In

Use a blending brush to seamlessly blend together you concealer, powder, and your bronzers along your face and your neck for a flawless, more natural look.

A bridal session is a photo session centered around the bride (sans groom) in her wedding dress that takes place prior to the wedding day.

This is a matter of personal preference. Many clients have told me that they were really glad they did the bridal session. It's a nice trial run at walking around in your dress; and through the process, some of my brides have discovered that they needed to adjust something - whether an alteration to the fit of the dress or a tweaking of the hair, makeup, or bouquet. We'll have an opportunity to take photos of you by yourself in your dress on your wedding day, but it won't be in such a leisurely and extended fashion.

I recommend scheduling your bridal session with me as far in advance as possible. The actual session should take place at least 6 weeks before your wedding date to allow enough processing time in case you want to display an image or two from the bridal session on your wedding day.

“Groom” rhymes with “doom” right? In all of the bouquets and boutonnières, cakes and flourishes, wedding days probably seem a little more like tulle and taffeta torture than a day to hang out with friends and family.

We’re here to make the event a little less… well, girlie, and a little more groomtastic, and here’s how:

With our private, fun, photo shoot for just the two of you, it’ll just be us hanging out and snapping some pictures. No, there won’t be any cheesy, forced poses, and nothing embarrassing. Then, after we get to relax and enjoy some champagne, we’ll turn you loose on the most exciting day ever, with the love of your life. 

If nothing else, this short period of stress-free time is an excuse away from hordes, hair and the harried events of the day. We’re just here to make it a little more fun, and a little less stuffy.


  1. THE HAIRcut

    • Get a haircut two days before the wedding. Learn which style suits your face. If you're not sure find a photo of a haircut you would like to have and take it to your barber.
  2. Wax On, Wax Off

    • If you choose to wax, you can wax your feet, your chest, your back, your arms, your face and well...your derriere. Never wax your nipples, genitals, eyelashes or ear and nose hair.
  3. The hands

    • Keep them clean, both by washing and removing dirt from beneath the nails. Use a male hand moisturizer for several weeks before the wedding.
  4. The Smile

    • Buy toothpaste that contains a whitening agent, but avoid any with abrasives in them as these can wear away tooth structure.
  5. The Manscape

    • It may seem girly, but trust us, tidying up your eyebrows is important and makes a huge difference to your appearance.
  6. The Close Shave

    • Rub some pre-shaving oil onto your skin, baby oil is a cheap and effective option. Shave when in the shower - or just after, as warm water opens up the pores and softens your face.