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7 Things to Consider for Wedding Timelines (from a photography perspective) Wedding timelines can seem really daunting! You want to have fun with all your people, but you also want to make sure you’re doing everything you planned, and you want to make sure you don’t feel rushed or stressed.  It’s a lot.  But I’m […]

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Wedding Timelines – Important Considerations

June 5, 2021

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Two photographers: worth it? A lot of people look at wedding photography offerings and ask “why do I need two photographers at my wedding?” A lot of couples are planning a wedding for the first time, and the idea of having two photographers is a new concept. BUT it is a game changer. Even if […]

If you have 2 photographers at your wedding, you can get both angles of the first look and the walk down the aisle - here, one photographer has captured the groom's reaction as the bride walks down the aisle. The other photographer photographed the bride walking in

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Do I need two photographers at my wedding?

May 27, 2021

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 Top 3 Reasons you should do a First Look on Your Wedding Day We’re big fans of the first look on your wedding day. And I could probably list a dozen reasons why, but today I wanted to focus on the top 3 reasons you should at least consider doing a first look. Here […]

Couple shares a first look on their wedding day

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Top 3 Reasons you should do a First Look on Your Wedding Day

March 23, 2021

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Why wedding photography is so important to me: A brain surgery story & the WHY behind Kivus & Camera Watch my awkward video up there! Talking about my experience with the diagnosis and surgery that changed my life (spoiler alert: for the better). Today is the 7 year anniversary of my surgery and I wanted […]

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Why wedding photography is so important to me

March 3, 2021

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Everything you need to know about North Carolina elopements and small weddings Hi! I’ve been loving all the small weddings and North Carolina elopements we’ve had in the last year or so. I know a lot of it was spurred by COVID, but I do think smaller weddings (and elopements) are going to be a […]

Tips for Wedding Day Timelines

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North Carolina Elopements

February 4, 2021

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Kivus & Camera answers the frequently asked question: How should I back up my wedding photos? Instructions for cloud backups and hardware backups.

Bride and groom share their first dance under a chandelier

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FAQ: How should I back up my wedding photos?

April 27, 2020

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Coronavirus (Covid19) and wedding photography Weddings for the near future – at this point up through May for us here in Raleigh, North Carolina – have been postponed and cancelled across the world because of Covid19. I know that it’s devastating to couples making that decision but it’s definitely the right thing to do. And […]

Bride hugs her grandfather before her wedding ceremony | by Raleigh wedding photographers

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Coronavirus (Covid19) and wedding photography

April 4, 2020

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Helpful Tips about Wedding Details from Raleigh Wedding Photographers I’ve been to A LOT of weddings and I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say every wedding is totally different. That’s because every couple has different priorities for their wedding day. This edition of Elyssa Explains may be totally irrelevant to some couples, but for […]

photograph of wedding rings along with the bride's heirloom jewelry by Raleigh Wedding Photographers

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Helpful Tips about Wedding Details

February 24, 2020

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Roaring with Megan Allen of Studio 22 Photography Y’all. Last week was one of the most awesome of my life. Four planes (eeek), a new state, a hotel with a corgi theme (!), a dozen strangers that are now friends, and dipping my toes into my now inevitable switch from Nikon to Sony. All of […]

Champagne Spray Wedding, ROAR Workshop, dramatic wedding photography | kivusandcamera.com

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ROAR Workshop

August 26, 2019

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EXCITING NEWS: We’re Bridechilla Wedding Photographers Hi y’all. I am so excited to share that John & I are officially Bridechilla wedding photographers! If you haven’t heard of Bridechilla, you are in for a treat. Because, honestly, if you like our vibe, the Bridechilla podcast (and community) is totally for you. Bridechilla is first and […]

Bridechilla wedding photographers

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Bridechilla Wedding Photographers

June 20, 2018