Sarah Kinlaw | Bridal Publication| Preston Woodall House
Words can not express how Honored and Humbled we Truly are to have been published on the
WILL SOMEONE PINCH US!!! hehe Literally a Dream!
Sarah and her Beautiful Bridesmaids Rolled out in such class and style that Bridal Guide couldn't resist but feature these beauties! Congrats y'all!
Second Shooter @Brianna
Elopement Wedding | Sanford, NC
Normally shoots nearing the end of winter raise a few red flags for us. 1. It can sometimes be really windy and miserable outside!!! 2. There is a lack of color and 3. It could be FREEZING!!! However, When Kellsey and Drew called to ask if we could photograph their special Elopement wedding at The Farm on Cotton... We knew it was going to be a beauty!
Well, we got the absolute BEST case scenario for their Elopement session! It was gorgeous! It was 60 degrees, barely any wind, and the light was just amazing!!! Some winter days are dreary and too overcast, but not this past saturday! It was the perfect setting for an elopement session!!!
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Hailey | Senior | Raleigh, NC
We cannot even express how much we love this session. This was actually our first time working at the JC Raulston Arboretum, and we can see why everyone loves it. Hailey was an absolute dream to work with and our venue was gorgeous as well! Every corner holds amazing backdrops. This lovely girl is definitely going places. She has an incredible personality, strong-minded and open to creative ideas and I find that so inspirational.
Working with seniors is such a joy and Richard and I always walk away taking some new wisdom from every person we get to know! So, thank you, seniors. You add sweet sunshine and optimism to our life.
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Hannah and Eric
how we met“You can’t find marriage material at a bar” is obviously a false statement! My typical work day consisted of; working, going by the gym then walking next door to my neighborhood bottle shop, House of Hops. I didn’t go there for the beer – it was the atmosphere that was desirable. I would order a yummy beer then snuggle up on the couch and read a book. Most days I would leave within 30 minutes or so. This particular day, I was packing up my things when I looked up and saw this man. He was tall, strong, had a head full of hair and a stunning smile. That’s when I thought to myself, I need to know who this man is! I waited around, thinking he may sit near me or come back by to order another beer – he didn’t. I have to admit, I was bummed out. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see him again. A few weeks later I ended up on the same couch, reading a book and by the grace of God, I looked up. There he was! The man I had been looking for. He didn’t sit near me or even look at me. I wasn’t going to leave this time without at least introducing myself. I casually walked up to his table and asked if I could steal a chair.
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Truly a beautiful story! We are so blessed to call Brittany, Brad and Brentley friends! #GodIsGood
Brittany began to tell me her amazing story...
"My husband and I met each other in August 2009, and married June 7, 2014."
"We found out we were pregnant Halloween 2015. Our due date was the end of June 2016. Little did we know that our pregnancy was not going to be a 'normal' one. "
"At 27 weeks, my water broke overnight (PPROM). I was placed on bedrest at UNC Chapel Hill, praying that our sweet boy was going to be healthy and strong. Brentley was born at 29 weeks, weighing 2 lbs, 12 ozs. I was not able to hold my baby; he was rushed to the NICU. The NICU is a frightening place; so many little fighters within those walls. God's little angels."
"Brentley overcame many obstacles, and graduated from the NICU June 2016, after spending 2 months in his temporary home."
"We are so blessed to have our Brentley today, and to be able to have our special moments captured is remarkable. He's is absolutely a miracle! Brentley will be two in April, and we will forever be cheering him on for each milestone (big and small) that he achieves."
"Thank you Alicia for helping to spread prematurity awareness."
Y’all!!! My heart is filled with so much joy! Megan and Glenn are truly something special! This #Valentine’s session🔥❤️
12 years of marriage, 5 baby girls! Yes all Girls... Glenn is completely surrounded!
4 together and 1 step daughter!
“We wanted to do this to capture special moments between us, to have and to always help us remember how much we mean to each other! This day is a reminder of why we started this amazing journey together almost 13 years ago ❤️”
"Kind of like a reflection that love stories really do have no ending, and that they can still be great after many years of marriage and children" Then she began to giggle like she feel in love all over again <3
#blogcomingsoon #aliciahitephotography@aliciahitephotography #couples #12yrsmarried #allGirls#sweetLove #valentinesday #wanderlust
Styling your Session
Want your photos to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! Fresh flowers bring an extra “wow” factor to just about everything, especially when they’re attached to something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, tent, picnic basket, balloons or car bumper. Whether you want to incorporate larger items like classic cars or bikes, or smaller ones like blankets or hats, even planning for just one extra styled item could be a fun way to make your session more unique.
Style Tips: For Her
Because you always want to remember this.
Don’t Be Afraid to Dress It Up
Have you thought about rocking a romantic gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your portrait session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new permanent piece to your collection, a lot of our clients love Rent the Runway for their session because it’s such an affordable way to feel like a million bucks. Other clients love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent piece (or two!) into their closet!
Quick Tip: There’s no such thing as too dressed up.
Say Yes to the Dress
Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! We recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two instead!
Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature, like the desert, forest, plains or beach. Consider softer fabrics like chiffon or tulle which allow for beautiful movement in the images.
When considering the length of your dresses or skirts, it’s also a good idea to factor in whether or not there will be little ones in your photos. If you have smaller children, we’ll likely have you sitting or crouching on the ground to interact up-close with them. Cute, shorter cocktail-length dresses photograph beautifully, but if you have little ones in your photos, a floor-length dress or skirt, or perhaps a cute midi-skirt, will make moving around with your kids much easier, and look perfect on camera, too.
If you’re an expecting mother, we always recommend floor-length gowns or maxi dresses. These dresses create the best silhouettes to flatter your figure and really highlight your bump. A lot of our expecting mothers love to incorporate flower crowns or headpieces as well.
One or Two? It’s Up to You!
You can bring one outfit set or two! Most of our clients who choose two outfits will bring one “wow” dress, and then another slightly more casual dress that has a “date night” feel. But if you want to bring two “wow” dresses and forgo the more casual dress altogether, give yourself permission to do it! The camera loves runway-esque apparel and so do we!
Remember, though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too stressful to coordinate or if you’d rather just stick to one fabulous look. One outfit that you love will be so much better than one outfit you love and another you’re not very excited about. And if you stick with one outfit set, you won’t have to spend any of your time changing half way through, so we’ll be able to sneak in a few more photos! So, one or two? It’s really up to you!
When choosing colors for your outfits, we recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially complements the desert.
Flattering Your Features
In our experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos.
Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so we recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.
Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toed heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference!
Quick Tip: Bring a pair of easy-to-kick-off flats to wear when moving from place to place in between photos. Your feet will thank you later!
Make a Statement
Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images, and be a nice tie-in when you’re coordinating with a group. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photos, while the smaller, delicate ones are not as noticeable on camera.
Belts, bracelets and earrings bring great visual interest, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention. Fresh florals in a crown can be a really romantic touch for you or your girls as well.
Go Pro: Hair & Makeup
Professional hair and makeup is on the top of most of our clients’ checklists because it looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own.
Fashion Tips: For Him
Because dapper and debonair never go out of style.
The Best Fit
Long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts, sandals and jeans at home, too, as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants or fitted colored pants work best on camera. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong complement to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye. We also recommend staying away from graphics and logos.
Next time you walk by a store like J. Crew, you’ll notice the male mannequins and models are always wearing several layers at once. Layers on men look great on camera, so even when it’s hot outside, trust us when we say that it’s worth an hour or two of discomfort for photos that will last you both a lifetime. Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos. Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look. If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!
Mix It Up
Many of our guys love to mix a suit coat, blazer or sport coat with a different pant color. It adds some extra visual interest, and breaks up the color tones. We’re big fans of this fresh take on a timeless classic.
It’s All in the Details
Brown leather dress shoes complement almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp complements to any outfit for men and boys alike. If you bring two outfits to the session, you can start with a traditional necktie and belt, then switch to suspenders and a bow tie for your second look. If two looks are too stressful, no problem! One will do the trick! You can still mix and match accessories to complement both of her dresses without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, it's a win.
How to Prep Your Man
Most men aren’t overly excited to take photos for two hours, because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. Take fifteen minutes to educate and empower your guy. Tell him why you chose us and our style of photography. Show him your three favorite sessions that we’ve done, explain why you love them and express to him how much it means to you. Trust us, once he knows it’s important, he’ll light up the camera for you! The most common thing we hear from guys before photo sessions is this: because of a bad experience in the past, they don’t like taking photos or don’t think they’ll be good at it. By the time we’re done, though, they can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had!
Alicia Hite photography has the honor and privilege to photograph weddings at some of the best venues in North Carolina.
Het Landhuis is no exception!
We have been working with Het Landhuis and Weddings by design for many years now! We most certainly need to give them amazing credit for all the beautiful decor! From breathtaking open country view ceremonies, receptions on their lake view patio, events by the pool and celebrations!
We adore all weddings! Something about the wedding style inspiration and etiquette ... We believe Your wedding day experience should be full of excitement, laughter, warmth, and love!
Just below are a few fun details we adored that pulled personality from our Bride and Grooms Big Day!