May 14, 2018

Alana Davis Photography on Instagram | Binghamton Family Photographer

If you're on instagram, and want to follow along with #alanadavisphotography just get the link here. Thanks so much for supporting my work! I photograph individuals, families and couples in the Binghamton New York area and all over and around NY state. Let me know if you need something special photographed.

May 6, 2018

What I think about "posing" in Photoshoots | Brooklyn Family Photographer

Lifestyle Photography. Photojournalism. Editorial Photography. Portraiture. Documentary Photography. There are so many different types of picture taking. What I do is a combination of a few of these styles. I’d say what I draw on most are lifestyle, editorial and portraiture. The first two types of photographs create a narrative without and sometimes with the help of the photographer. Portraiture is a lot more straightforward. (Although the word “portrait” was considered many different things when I was in art school)

Often when I photograph families with young children, there is a lot more letting things flow how they will. Sometimes it’s just a gentle nudge to look out at the horizon, or to hold your daughters hand. I often find clients appreciate a little direction, so they don’t feel like they won’t know what to do.

I know “posed” can sometimes be considered a bad word in lifestyle photography. This is because it isn’t considered “authentic” but I am not afraid of a proper portrait where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.

I know department store photography has given portraiture a bad rap, but in my humble opinion, there is nothing like looking at a portrait of your grandma from way back when and really getting to see her just as she was in that moment in time. I pull on whatever techniques are needed for my shoots, based on, #1 what you, the client wants. #2 What your personalities lend itself to. And #3 how we want to create the story.

I had a great teacher who told me the difference between Joe with a camera and me, is that he takes pictures and I make pictures.

April 20, 2018

How many hours should I book my Wedding Photographer for? Brooklyn & Binghamton Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Sometimes I moonlight as wedding planner :) just kidding. But really, I’ve found that as a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer and a Binghamton Wedding Photographer, I also have become a bit of a “preliminary wedding itinerary planner.” Which is actually great for both my clients and me, because letting me help you figure out when and where to shoot, ensures that I can take the best photos possible.

When brides come to me one of the first things I hear most often is “I’ve never done this before so I have no idea what to do.”

I also get asked “how many hours will I need?” And the answer to that is . . . it depends.

A few common questions First

  • Do you have a budget? 
If you do, let’s start with what you can afford and then work backwards to fit what’s most important in. Sometimes people get discouraged because they think they can’t afford the larger packages, but you’d be surprised what we can do with a little planning.
  • Will there be a first look? Or any other special event to be captured? 
This will add extra time to the day.
  • If my entire wedding is 5 hours do I need the 5 hour package? 
No, not necessarily. You may just need a few hours of what’s most important, or you may want more than five hours to just document the entire day.
  • I want everything from my dress details, getting ready, to the reception and dancing, do I need the 8 hour package?
Maybe, but not necessarily, I’ve shot all of that with a 3 hour package before. If you can plan well, we can always get everything in. But some prefer not to be rushed and 8 hours is usually very comfortable for most time lines.
  • Are there multiple locations for getting ready, the ceremony, the portraits, the reception? 
A way to conserve time, is to limit the number of different locations. Those 15 to 20 minute drives to each location adds up.
Some people like to just let the day flow as it will and have me there to capture every moment. Others are on a tighter schedule and want specific things documented. This is your day, do what makes you happiest. 

Tips if you're on a Budget 

  • If you can do you entire wedding at 1 location (or as few as possible), this helps with your timeline so much. Not having to travel between each location really saves you. Think a hotel, someones home, a space that can accommodate getting ready, the ceremony and reception (& also nice locations to take pretty photos) 
  • When I arrive for your “getting ready photos”, already be ready. Have your hair and make up done. Have your dress, shoes and what every else you want photographed hung, pressed and ready to be shot. This way we can make sure to get shots of you looking great & get it done super quickly. 
  • Plan things closer together. Maybe have a short cocktail hour, and not 2 to 3 hours in between the ceremony and reception. 

General Tips for achieving the best photography for you Wedding Day

  • Plan the first look somewhere private. 
  • Plan for your “Couple Portraits” around the Golden Hour, this is 2 hours or so before the sun has set. 
  • When it’s time for formal portraits, have a list of every combination of family photos you need. Ex: Bride & Groom with both Parents, Bride and Groom with Elizabeth & Dan, Bride and Groom with Maggie and Joe, Bride and Groom with Mother, Bride and Groom with Sisters, Etc. This way we can go right down the line and get each photo done super quick. 
  • Bonus tip, we start the group shoots with everyone in the family. And we deduct people from there. 
  • Have a go to person, who knows everyone and can help us keep everyone organized, this is often a maid of honor, mother in law, etc. 
  • Look for the best light. If you are getting ready in a home, try to find the room with the biggest windows. If you’re getting ready in the back yard, either plan for a time when the sun isn’t directly overhead or find a shady area. 
  • Do an engagement session before your wedding. This really helps everyone get comfortable with each other and give me a chance to get to know your personalities before the big day. 
  • The more comfortable you are in your clothes, hair, and make up, the better you will feel and the camera will see that. You look best when you are feeling your best. 

Example Time Lines

4 Hour Package - Couple is getting married in the backyard at the Brides mother’s home. Everyone in one location. 

3:30 PMGirls Getting Ready downstairs 
Boys Getting Ready Upstairs 
4:00 PMFirst Look Behind the Gazebo 
4:30 PMCeremony In the Back Lawn 
5:00 PMCocktail Hour
Family & Couple Portraits
5:30 PM

6:00 PMReception Begins Under Tent 
Announce Couples & Wedding Party 
First Dances 
Buffet Dinner 
6:30 PM

7:00 PMCake Cutting 
8:00 PM Dancing 

7 Hour Package - Church wedding, no first look. Comfortable spacing with timeline.

1:00 PMBride Getting Ready at Mother’s Home | Groom getting ready at Hotel
1:30 PM

2:00 PMCeremony at Church | Receiving Line
2:30 PM

3:00 PMFamily Portraits at the Church 
3:30 PMBridal Party & Couple Portraits at the Park | Cocktails at Hotel
4:00 PM

4:30 PM

5:00 PMReception Begins at Hotel 
Announce Couples & Wedding Party 
First Dances 
Buffet Dinner 
5:30 PM

6:00 PM

6:30 PMCake cutting 
7:00 PMDancing 

Remember, every couple is different and has different needs. These are just some simple examples of what has worked for my couples in the past. I'd love to sit down and figure out what is most important to you and your family and then create a day based around that.

I know planning a wedding can be so overwhelming, so I hope this will give you a great start on figuring out a timeline that works for you and can also inform how many hours of photograph you might need. Please feel free to contact me if you want to chat about your timeline.

April 3, 2018

Downtown Binghamton First Friday Pop Up Shop at Laveggio Roasteria

If you'll be in or around Binghamton, NY on April 6th, stop by, try some coffee and say Hi.
Humu Print Co. will be selling our goods at our Favorite coffee shop Laveggio Roasteria for First Friday from 6pm - 9pm.

178 State Street, Binghamton, New York 13901

December 16, 2017

Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree | Binghamton Family Photographer

I had such a great time braving the very cold upstate New York weather with this sweet family. We were on the hunt for the perfect Christmas Tree and enjoyed a few laughs on the way.
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November 13, 2017

Autumn Trees | Binghamton Family Photographer

I am so grateful for the positive response to my testing out the waters on mini sessions. Thanks for everyone who came out and took advantage of the beautiful fall colors right before it began to get cold. I'm no longer taking mini session clients at the moment, but may do this again in the future when the weather is warm again. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to get updated for announcements. Check out this cutie family that I got to run around with in the park. Little boys are the sweetest. 

November 8, 2017

The End of Fall | Binghamton Family Photographer

I had so much fun rounding up a bunch of families for fall photoshoots this year. It looks like the end of Autumn is near, and with that the leaves will fall and the low temperatures will roll in. Although being in nature is my favorite (especially because I'm a Binghamton Family Photographer), I'm looking forward to being in my studio to shoot portraits this winter season. So if you've been wanting to get some photos done, let me know. See more of Ashley and her beautiful family below.