Best at the Lake

We are happy to announce that Photos By Gum has just been awarded the Best Photographer at the lake in a Readers Choice poll. Thank you to all who voted for us.


I’ve Got a Ring – Now What?

I’ve Got a Ring – Now What?

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of a person’s life. And the first thing you’re going to want to do is share the good news with your family and friends. And what will they say, “Oh, that is so wonderful. Congratulations! When is the wedding.”

So, it’s probably time to set a date, or at least a general time frame – spring, summer, fall. You’ll also want to start “dreaming” about where will the wedding be, what will my dress look like, who will be in our wedding, who will we invite, where will we go for our honeymoon? You might want to start a wedding site, or a wedding notebook that you can fill up with all those wonderful ideas.

A very important tip, set a budget and stick to it. Weddings can get way out of hand if you’re not careful. Who’s paying for what? What do you see as the most important things to spend money on? You’ll need to decide if you’re going to hire a wedding planner, or if you and your mom or best friends will take care of all the planning, decorating, and decision making.

And then, it is time to find your vendors. The first thing you’ll want to find is your venue. There are so many options to choose from – a sandy beach by the lake, a rustic barn, an industrial chic location, an historic elegant location, a traditional church, a local vineyard, or grandma and grandpa’s back yard.

Once you’ve set your date and location, it’s on to find the other vendors. Next should be your photographer. Many professional photographers are booking dates a year and sometimes two years in advance. Do your research – make sure your photographer is licensed and insured. They only have one shot at getting the perfect images, so be sure they have the experience and skills needed. You’ll also want to make sure that you love their style. If their package includes two photographers, even better.

Other vendors you’ll need to consider are the florist, caterer, baker, music & lighting, transportation, the officiate, travel planner, and more. Make sure you get contracts for everyone you work with (even if they are friends).

Photos By Gum has many years of experience in helping to create and capture a day to remember. As we tell all of our brides and grooms, “You have a story to tell, and we want to help tell it, with beautiful images of your special day.”

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We Have Entered the Era of the Photographic Lost Generation


We are taking photos more than ever, but they’re nearly all digital files with very few tangible prints being produced. By now we know that digital never means safe, yet millions of memories are currently being entrusted to servers, clouds and phones. The risk could be felt by our entire generation, as we grow up without a printed, photographic record of our lives. The most photographed generation of all time could wind up being the next Lost Generation.selfie stick

Engagement photos – are they right for you?

_MG_8546 (Small)Depending on the photographer, and the wedding collections the photographer offers, an engagement session may or may not be included. But they are always a good idea. It’s not just about getting some super cool couples shots (even though that is the main reason). It’s also about getting to know your photographer – his/her style, how he interacts with you, or what she expects from you. And it’s about your photographer getting to know you – how the two of you move together, what is your style, your likes and dislikes.


For you, the engagement session is probably the opportunity to have your first professional photos of you as a couple. And, it gives you the chance to get used to a camera following you around, helping you become more comfortable when it comes to the wedding day.


The end result – absolutely gorgeous pictures that capture your true personalities, and the emotions of the day. Whether you’re hanging a beautiful wall portrait in your home, perusing an incredible wedding photo album, or looking at images on your computer (that’s another blog), an engagement session will increase your satisfaction by leaps and bounds. Talk to your photographer today to see what he/she can do for you.