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Review of MCP “Fusion” Actions:

We’ve always been a huge advocate of MCP Actions.  We especially love their retouching tools such as “Eye Doctor”, “Dentist”, and “Magic Skin”.  They also have some pretty amazing color enhancing actions as well.  We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to test out their latest product, “Fusion Actions”. This latest set offers a full array of color enhancing tools, productivity tools, and some pretty sweet black and white conversions.   I found myself doing very little tweaking after running the actions-  they deliver pretty amazing results at the touch of a button.  At most, drop the  opacity occasionally (since the actions don’t flatten themselves- this is done very easily).  Every now and then, I may brush a segment of the action layer away to reveal the original layer, but I did this very seldom.    The actions truly are designed to help speed up a photographers workflow with little need to adjust the image after the action is ran.

Here are some samples from the “Color Fusion Actions” found within the Fusion Set.  My favorite is the “Lemonade Stand”- it’s so yummy!  I also love the “One Click Color” and “Peachy”.   Enjoy!

I’ll post samples from the Black and White Conversion set soon.   I’ll also mix up some recipes once I play around with them a bit.



  1. Lawren: Hi Mark, Just stumbled across your website while looking for MCP reviews. I am looking to purchase this new fusion set but reviewing the photos you have posted... so many of them look almost exactly the same! Lemonade stand along with maybe sweet shop look different but are you finding a lot of redundancy when using? Just trying to figure out if you think it's worth the $130. July 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Anthropologie Wedding Dresses

This really excites us. Glamour Magazine just released a preview of the new Anthropologie Wedding Line! We can’t wait to see these in person. Are any Bride’s planning on buying their Wedding Dress or Bridesmaid’s Dresses through Anthropologie’s new website ( )? (They begin selling them on Valentine’s Day!)

From Glamour Magazine:

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The ideal way to plan your wedding day, from a photographer’s perspective.

We’ve seen just about every form of the wedding day schedule imaginable. From cocktail hours to 15 minute receptions, we’ve experienced it all. We’ve also seen schedules planned out to the second, and at times- the schedule has pretty much been left up to us as photographers (more often than you’d think). While we certainly don’t mind nudging our clients so they don’t forget to cut the cake, the wedding day always runs much smoother with a set schedule, especially if you have a planner on site to help move things along.

However, there are times when a set schedule can work against the photographer. Not allowing enough time to set up for, or even capture certain events could cost a client some great photographic opportunities.   Photographers love to create and capture great images, but sometimes those images may take a little time that may not be available in the schedule.  Let’s chat about some wedding day images and about the planning and time allowed for each of them.  Hopefully, this will help you create a wedding day schedule that will allow for your photographer to create and capture some amazing images that he or she may have missed without the extra planning.

1.  Getting ready details:

Plan on the photographer to arrive before you put your dress on, so that they can find a more creative spot for the “dress shot” than of the back of the closet door.  This also allows for great “shoe shots”!

Getting Ready Details

It’s even better to plan on the photographer to arrive before your maids get dressed- for shots like this one:

Codi and David

If you want detail shots of the groom and his groomsman, make sure you have selected a package with two photographers (so one can travel to the groom’s location).  If you and the groom are getting ready at the same location (like a hotel), it is possible for one photographer to get a few shots of the groom since no travel is required.

houma wedding

Donny and Kara

If at all possible, ask the florist to bring the flowers to the place where you are getting ready (instead of the church).  That way, the photographer can get lots of great flower shots, and your maids will have them for any group portraits taken before you leave for the church.

kara flowers

Kara and Donny

Kara and Donny

2.  Ceremony and Group Portraits (with bride and groom together)

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that we highly recommend a “first glance” if possible.  Setting aside time before the ceremony where you can see each other in a private intimate environment is a great way to help the wedding day run smoother.  Once he sees you in your dress for the first time, and you are able to share hugs, thoughts, emotions, and tears-  (which of course will be documented by your photographer), then you can knock out all of the group shots including family portraits before the ceremony.  Just think- no waiting around after the ceremony!  You get to go straight to the reception (or somewhere with your photographer for even more creative portraits together).

The first glance:

Valerie and Tyler

Valerie and Tyler

Make sure everyone knows where to be and when to be there for group portraits.  Most portraits can be taken quickly.  The stress and delays are usually because someone has stepped away, and others are searching for them. For family portraits- we recommend limiting them to Grandparents down (Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Couple).  Aunts, uncles, and cousins can all be captured more casually at the reception.  This will help portraits go much quicker!

jessica and brad

Jessica and Brad

Allow time for a some alone time with your photographer for some more creative portraits (unless all you really want is a portrait of you two at the alter in the church).

jessica and brad

Jessica and Brad

3. The Reception!

This is the area that we struggle with the most.  Usually, photographers are last to leave the church, and last to arrive at the reception venue.  This usually means that we must find a parking space far away from the venue, then carry our gear from there.  During this time, the bride and groom are usually arriving at the front door via the limo.  They get out- and walk right in (while we are still street lights away with our gear).  We urge everyone to make ample time for the photographer to arrive and set up whatever lighting equipment may be needed.  This only takes about 5 minutes-  but those 5 minutes can be critical.   For example,  if the first dance starts right off the bat-  the photographer may not be able to set up lighting for shots like the one on the left.  (By the way,  the shot on the right was made possible because the couple allowed extra time for portraits).

ashley and evan

Ashley and Evan

Sometimes, couples don’t go straight to the first dance,  rather they go straight for the cake cutting.  We totally understand getting this out of the way early so that the guests don’t have to wait,  but just give your photographer a few minutes to get some great cake shots for you if you want to remember what the cake looked like before it was cut open:

kara and donny

Kara and Donny

The farewell.  If you want to make sure your photographer is there for the farewell,  make sure to check the hours allowed in your contract-  then adjust accordingly.  Sometimes, you may need to decide between earlier detail shots, or the farewell shot if enough hours aren’t included.

Aimee and Brian

Aimee and Brian

We hope these tips help you come up with a wedding day schedule that allows for some amazing images!  Happy planning, and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below.


  1. Salwa: Wonderful tips!! I will have to share this - thank you! :) April 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm
  2. JP: Love it Mark! The photos are AH-mazing, but the info is so informative for every bride! Thanks for sharing! JP October 29, 2010 at 10:06 am
  3. Julia Cates: Nice photos. Shoos are really awesome. Receptions details are informative. Thanks for share. Regards, .-= Julia Cates´s last blog ..Most Popular Wedding Songs =-. October 29, 2010 at 12:29 am
  4. Abby: loved it and the pictures that you chose to go along with it. ;) .-= Abby´s last blog ..Ahem =-. October 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm
  5. marlo hood: this is perfection! as a bride who didn't follow these guidelines, i have little to NO photos of our wedding. so much money and time went into that day 11 years ago, and there are no pictures of it in our home. i love the first glance idea, also. as a bride, i wanted it and was shot down by all the mother-in-laws. the photos took so long after the ceremony that people were ready to leave by the time we arrived at reception. mark, truer words of wedding day wisdom have never been written. October 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm
  6. Karma Hill: truer words were never spoken, thanks for getting this out there! October 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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  8. Eddie: wow. thanks so much! i'm gonna drop this "hint" in my brides' inboxes. ;-) October 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm
  9. nichole: This could not possibly be more accurate! I think this should be required reading material for all brides before plans are made for thier big day! October 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

Ladies- you’re welcome! (Tiffany & Co. I Phone App)

  1. Philip Smith: Nice find. .-= Philip Smith´s last blog ..People =-. June 16, 2010 at 5:35 am
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Alexandria Museum of Art has a new photography policy

For my photographer friends and clients:  We learned this week that the Alexandria Museum of Art (a business that claims to want to promote visual arts)  is now charging $150 for use of their property  (even if you just want to take one shot in front of the building).

Now you know. Is it worth it?

UPDATE:  The Museum is now reviewing their current policy.  You can read where they chimed in on a conversation on my personal Facebook Page,

Alexandria Museum of Art

  1. Sarah Upshaw: I do know that the Museum is under new management/leadership. But I agree, this is pretty ridiculous. I can understand charging for photoshoots inside the museum, but outside? What about tourists who think the building is cool? Is there going to be a guy monitoring the parking lot for people with cameras? I'm pretty disappointed with the AMOA. Thanks for sharing Mark June 3, 2010 at 8:33 am
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  3. Brandon O’Neal: Hmm. This is upsetting, especially for a part of the city that is supposed to be struggling to get "back on the map". …and an art museum at that… I guess they aren't about helping artists, only making money. Pretty sure the "PHOTOSHOOTS IN FRONT OF OUR BUILDING" account won't see much green… June 3, 2010 at 1:34 am
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