Wedding tips, ideas & stories, from The Photographer


Did Maroon 5 Really Crash Weddings?

Did Maroon 5 Crash Weddings for Their New Music Video?

Best Wedding Reception Ever!

Did Maroon 5 really crash a bunch of weddings in Los Angeles? Well after watching this video ourselves [see the full video below] we questioned how authentic the video may be. After all it’s not hard to find a couple hundred extras in L.A. to stand in as wedding guests.

But after doing a little bit of searching for videos & photos from weddings that may have been crash, we have to admit this might be one of the coolest publicity stunts with a wedding theme we’ve seen in history.

Whether, or not couples will be asking DJ’s to play “Sugar” this wedding season remains to be seen, but we have to admit watching brides’ lips say “WTF?” in some of the outtakes is priceless [watch at the 1 minute mark] and the song is pretty catchy.

15 Questions for a wedding photographer. #1

15 Questions Brides Want to Know About Wedding Photography

One of the interesting parts of being a professional in a field for a while is you get requests from the media for comment on events, or topics relevant to that field. Recently I was asked to answer some questions for an upcoming book geared towards future brides.

I was one of several professionals who were asked questions specifically for wedding photography, so I don’t think I’ll be spoiling anything by revealing my answers, since I’m sure they’ll use others for some of the 15 answers, plus I wasn’t asked anything about catering, or how to preform a traditional religious ceremony.

I’ll be sure to post up link when the book is published, but for now I’ll be spreading the questions and my answers (plus maybe a little extra) out over the next 15 days.

Question #1

What are the advantages of hiring a professional wedding photographer as opposed to having a friend or family member take the pictures?

I think the advantages really come down to how the couple values photos. My biggest job when I first meet some couples is convincing them that the images from their wedding day are not just for them, but for their family and possibly future children. There’s a huge difference between a cousin who can take 4 or 5 good shots out of 100, compared to a talented professional who can take 80-90 great shots out of 100. A truly talented professional photographer isn’t just some one with a good camera who knows how to pick the best place for a couple to stand. They’re going to know how to tell a story of that very special day with each click of the shutter. Simply put, a normal person takes photos, a photographer makes images.


Your wedding photos aren’t just for you, but for future generations of your new family.

Coming tomorrow

Question #2

Why do wedding photographers copyright the pictures they take at weddings? Is this common?


Preview of Posts to Come

lightning wedding reception
lightning wedding reception

Things got a little stormy at the end of Kate & Alex's wedding this summer, but they managed to miss bad weather. My advice & tips might not be able to stop storm clouds, but it could help you avoid disasters at your wedding.

It was a busy wedding season and I haven’t been posting as many tips and advice for couples about to get married, but there are a bunch of things lined up.

•Things to look out for with group photos

•Google for weddings

•Why you have a better eye for photos than your photographer

•Tips for the Groom

Plus ways to make your wedding more image friendly.
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My Photos Profiled in Wedding Day Magazine

Vincent David Johnson in wedding day magazine

If you happen to live in the Northern Indiana area. Pickup a copy of Wedding Day Magazine and flip to page 88 and read the story of Deborah & Whitney’s wedding, complimented with the Photography of Vincent David Johnson.

Can’t find a copy of the magazine, but want to see the photos. Check out my Facebook gallery.
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Wedding Dresses at Costco?

Would you look for, or even buy a wedding dress from Costco?

I have to say it sounds strange, but I shop at Costco all the time and buy name brand items (albeit in bulk) with a nice little discount. My only question is, will brides be ready to give up the pampering they get while “saying yes to the dress”, or paying 60% of the retail price make the cold concrete floors & steel cargo shelves of Costco feel as warm as a boutique.

It will be interesting to see how Costco handles the final point of sale. Will they have a dedicated sales person like they do for cell phones & cigarettes? or will it be like the pile of clothes they currently sell in the middle of the store?

Either way, brides-to-be will find out soon as a partnership with wedding dress designer Kirstie Kelly, will have her Signature collection of wedding dresses on sale at Costco.

A Kirstie Kelly wedding dresses can run as high as $4,000, but it looks like Costco will be selling  six different dresses priced between $699- $1,399 (not sure if that $4,000 dress is part of the deal).

Read more here.

Wedding nightmares

I’ve heard all sorts of wedding nightmare stories, although I will admit most of them are actually more like a wedding hiccup than a full blown nightmare. Which is why I think I’ve actually been paying attention to stories I’ve heard or read about brides who had their dresses on hold at Eva’s Bridal shop in Oak Lawn, Il.

If you haven’t heard the story already, Eva’s is a well known dress shop that regularly gets good reviews from it’s brides, but on Nov. 17th, a fire started at the shop and the building went up in flames and the roof came down. I was tempted to write about this before, but I was busy relaunching the blog, so now a few weeks after when I heard the story about Melissa Conley, while listening to the news on the radio, I had to share this story.

It seems that not only was Melissa, one of the brides who’s dress went up in smoke, but another bridal shop lost her bride’s maids dresses and then to top it off the venue she had booked for rehearshal dinner, Harry Caray’s in Wrigleyville, closed down out of the blue.

While one might think how does a bar themed around the former voice of the Chicago Cubs go out of business just block from Wrigley Field? I’d say the real thing to  think of is Melissa,  if the only issue you have on your wedding day is rain.

Melissa’s story in the Chicago Tribune

Eva’s Bridal story in the Southtown Star

Also, if you are already married and still have your dress, but really don’t foresee it doing anything but hanging out in your closet. Eva’s is taking donations for brides who lost dresses and are in a pinch. Visit their website for more info

Thunderstorms. That’s the best you can throw at me Mother Nature?