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The Faits are a Peoria and Bloomington Illinois, and beyond, Wedding and Portrait Photography corporation, seeking to provide exceptional photography to their clients.

Cantigny Park + Batavia Riverwalk Engagement Session

Cantigny Park + Batavia Riverwalk Engagement Session: Allison + Matt

Matt and Allison met in ROTC while pursuing their college education. The two bonded quickly over mutual interest in pop culture gems like Firefly (note the sudden but inevitable inclusion of toy dinosaurs in some of the photos below). Although they both work with helicopters, our lowly civilian status prevented us from getting up close with aircraft. When Matt suggested Cantigny Park, the site of a variety of tanks from American military history, we were so excited for the chance to do something totally unique for this couple that features an important part of their story.  
Allison and I (Laura) met in college, and ended up studying photojournalism together, helping each other with projects and sharing frustrations over the tough teachers we endured. I consider it such an honor to have been asked to capture the love story of a fellow photographer! We can't wait to be there on the big day.

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The Faits is made up of Laura and Evan Fait, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on storytelling. While located in Peoria, Illinois, they serve the Central Illinois area including Bloomington-Normal, Ottawa, LaSalle-Peru and are available for travel. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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How to Have the Best Wedding Photos Ever

How to Have the Best Wedding Photos Ever

There are so many elements that come together to make a beautiful image. While some things like weather are out of your control, there are steps you can take to make sure you get the wedding album of your dreams. Here are a few of the factors we have found to be essential for timeless, quality wedding photos.

1. Hire a WEDDING Photographer

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve heard stories where, in order to save money, a couple hired a friend who shoots beautiful landscape photos or baby pictures. While this sounds like a good idea, it is VERY important to hire professionals who understand the stress and fast pace of a wedding day. Not only is a wedding photographer more experienced in that type of situation, but they also know how to anticipate a moment so nothing is missed. Think of it as wedding "sixth sense."

  

2. Have Engagement Pictures Taken.

While it may seem like another task or another expense, engagement pictures can improve your wedding photos for so many reasons. Not only does it give you and your photographers the chance to get to know each other, it allows you and your soon-to-be-spouse to see what you look like together in professional images. If there’s something you don’t like about the way you looked in them, you can ask your photographers about ways to avoid the issue in your wedding pictures. This is why our packages are priced to include a free engagement session - we genuinely want you to have the best wedding pictures ever!

3. Enjoy Your Partner’s Company.

It’s absolutely normal to feel a little awkward in front of the camera, but luckily you’re not alone! The easiest way to have romantic images is to genuinely enjoy being with the person you love. Before an engagement session, listen to some music you both enjoy or tell funny stories from your relationship. During the wedding portraits, look at your partner and think about how happy they make you feel. Take a second to close your eyes and get lost in them. Maybe whisper something into your partner’s ear (silly, sweet, or sexy - your choice!) that’s guaranteed to make them smile. In the simplest terms, pretend like your photographers aren’t even there.

4. Communicate With Your Photographer.

This step is so important! Typically when going into a session, we have no idea what kind of photos our client likes, so we have to do a lot of guesswork. It's totally okay to have no preferences or requests (That’s why you hired WEDDING photographers anyway), but if you have ideas, there are a few simple clues you can give your photographer to ensure great results that fit your vision. When we were planning for Nicole and Cameron’s engagement session, I had all these ideas for wide shots with dramatic sunsets and lots of environment - a little less traditional, a little more artsy. When I asked her to send me some poses she liked, every single image was a close up! If we had not communicated, she might have been disappointed with her photos. Instead, their session turned out to be one of our favorites, and we were able to make sure they would love their wedding photos for forever!


These are some of the things you can do to have the kinds of photos you’ve been dreaming about. There are a lot of other little elements that can go into having great images, and we would love to discuss these with you. Click Here to send us a message or email us at info@thefaits.com. We look forward to helping you have the best wedding pictures ever!

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The Faits is made up of Laura and Evan Fait, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on storytelling. While located in Peoria, Illinois, they serve the Central Illinois area including Bloomington-Normal, Ottawa, LaSalle-Peru and are available for travel. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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Four Tips for the Perfect First Kiss

Four Tips for the Perfect First Kiss


It’s not unusual for clients to ask us how they can look their best in their pictures. While the positioning of a pose or a quick change in posture can make a huge difference, it is often one of the most overlooked areas that can make an image beautiful or one to delete: the kiss! If you were never too nervous to ask or thought it might be awkward, here’s everything you need to know about having the perfect pucker. 

1. Get Close.

You would be surprised how much distance can be between a couple at times! Maybe it’s the nerves from being in front of a camera or the potential awkwardness of kissing in front of your families, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, those people already know that you love each other, so don’t sweat it. The closer your bodies are in an image, the closer you will look as a couple. It’s simple body language. 


2. Slow Down...

This especially applies to the first kiss. We know you want to get to the reception and party, but think about it: this is your first kiss as a married couple! Take a second to just breathe and enjoy the moment, both before and after kissing. In fact, some of the best first kiss images come from these little pauses. Don’t believe us? Check these out.

Don’t be afraid to go back for seconds, either. It can be really cute with a bride or groom has to sneak in just one more kiss before turning to face their families. It’s your wedding day: you have permission to get caught up in the moment!


3. …But Don’t Go Too Crazy.

This one almost goes without saying. You’ve probably seen a kiss that got, well, a little too passionate. In all reality, couples with “intense” kisses are pretty few and far between (We can only think of ONE out of all of the weddings we have been to and photographed!) but it is something to be aware of. Afraid of being that couple? The next step is for you!


4. Practice!

For most couples, their first kiss isn’t at the altar after saying their vows, which works in your favor in this case. Don’t be afraid to practice some photogenic kisses with your significant other. This is part of why an engagement session is included in each of our package options. Not only do we get to know each other better, but you can make sure that your first kiss will be picture perfect. 

What are you waiting for? Grab some lip balm or a breath mint and get to it!

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The Faits is made up of Laura and Evan Fait, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on storytelling. While located in Peoria, Illinois, they serve the Central Illinois area including Bloomington-Normal, Ottawa, LaSalle-Peru and are available for travel. They strive to create photos that are creative, personalized, and unique as each couple’s love story.

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