The Demand for Sexier Halloween Costumes is Increasing Every Year

The Demand for Sexier Halloween Costumes is Increasing Every Year

The trend toward sexier Halloween costumes has been skyrocketing in recent years. These outfits have surpassed children’s costumes in demand, leading companies to increase their stock of these types of outfits by leaps and bounds. Large buyers are also asking for more and more of these costumes.

Whether it’s the influence of shows like “Sex and the City” or the convergence of fashion even on holidays, sexy costumes are all the rage for all ages. These outfits are showing more leg and midriff, and sexy versions of classic characters are emerging. In addition, while many customers will put a cap on what they are willing to spend on costumes, they will often go the extra mile for the accessories needed to put the finishing touches on an outfit, such as wigs, eyelashes, nails and jewelry.

Fashionable and sexy are overlapping in all walks of life, and Halloween is no exception. Increasingly, contemporary styles are being reflected in Halloween costumes, and higher-quality fabrics and embellishments are being used. Fashion-conscious shoppers want to wow other party goers rather than scare them, and they know exactly what they want to accomplish this trick. Halloween has become less a holiday to these shoppers than a reason for putting their style on display. Where Halloween once existed in its own realm, it is now an event that has become in sync with style trends.

An area that will expand this year and in coming years is the middle ground. Parents and children will always disagree on what is tasteful and not, and even adults occasionally are at odds with what they feel comfortable wearing. Some customers just wan t to be flirty and playful, while others desire more revealing looks. The argument between what is too sexy and what is not sexy enough will linger, but companies are entering the fray by offering more costumes that lie somewhere in the middle.

The best news for customers is that, due to increased demand and competition among businesses that sell Halloween costumes, quality, creativity and choices are rising. The result is better and better costumes with more variety and size options-and the customer always wins in such situations.

Costume Shops have stayed ahead of the trend toward sexier Halloween costumes by compiling an enormous collection of sexy costume. They have outfits and accessories to fill all of your needs, plus a wealth of ideas for you to choose from. They are constantly updating offerings to make sure that you’ll be the talk of your next Halloween party or event.

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Five Things Your Wedding Photographer MUST Offer

Five Things Your Wedding Photographer MUST Offer


Five Things Your Wedding Photographer MUST Offer

You’re getting married, right?  Congratulations! And, you want your wedding day to be as perfect and beautiful as you’ve always dreamed.  But, if you choose the wrong photographer, your day may be a lot less than perfect and you may not be satisfied with the images your photographer captures.  Bummer.  So, how do you choose the right photographer?

Here’s how.  Make sure your wedding photographer offers you these five things. Then you can relax and feel confident the love, special moments and important details of your wedding day will be captured in beautiful images for a lifetime of memories.

1. Do you like the photographer’s work?  Look at a fairly good selection of the photographers wedding images, not just a few photos on a web site.  It’s best if you can see at least an album or two and a proof book of a complete wedding.  The albums probably represent the best of the photographer’s work, and the proof book shows all the typical images he or she captures during a wedding day. How do the images look to you?  Are they pleasing to look at?  Does the lighting and the color look good to you?  Is the photographer’s style what you are looking for?  Most of our bridal couples are looking for a mix of photojournalistic images and classic posed traditional ones.  Make sure your photographer is capable of, and comfortable with, taking the style of images you want for your wedding.  If you don’t like the photographer’s work, there is no need to consider them further.  Also, make sure the work you see was done by the photographer who will photograph your wedding.  Some studios will show you a lot of good work from various photographers, but will not guarantee you will get the photographer whose work you like the best. Sometimes, a husband and wife team like ours is the best way to be sure the photographer’s work you see is the work you will get.

2. Do you like the photographer’s personality and mannerisms?  Is the photographer confident, easy going and not a nervous ninny? Does the photographer have a good sense of humor?  Remember, the photographer will be present through most of your wedding day, interacting with you, your wedding party, your family, and your guests.  A demanding, inflexible, and uptight photographer can make your day unpleasant.  I know you don’t want that!  Make sure you and your spouse-to-be get along well with the photographer you choose.  If the photographer is going to have a second photographer help at your wedding, meet the assistant photographer and make sure you feel comfortable with them also.  To get to know your photographer before you choose them, it is really important you meet with them personally.  If it is physically impossible to meet with the photographer, you should make sure some of their testimonials from previous clients make you feel comfortable with the photographer’s personality.

3. Does the photographer have a strong sense of commitment to photographing your wedding and a professional work ethic?  Does the photographer use professional cameras, lenses and flash systems?  Does he or she have at least some lenses that will produce good images in low light situations (f2.8 aperture)?  Does the photographer use a soft box over the flash and keep the flash above the lens on both horizontal and vertical photos to minimize shadows in their images?  Does he or she always bring a complete set of backup equipment, or bring a second photographer with another set of equipment, to every wedding?  How will the photographer and their assistant be dressed on your wedding day?  Ask them.  Hopefully, they will professional enough to arrive dressed in a tux, suit, or dressy dress.  Although, if your photographer is a man and he says he’s coming in a dressy dress, you might worry a little about that :-).  You should get the feeling that your photographer is dedicated to making sure your wedding day is wonderful, and that all of the love, emotions and important details will be captured in images you will be able to enjoy for the rest of your life.

4. Does your photographer have the experience to anticipate all the good things that will happen on your wedding day, and the experience to deal with the bad things that could happen also?  An experienced photographer will have photographed enough weddings to anticipate and capture special moments during your day, and the important details that may easily be missed by a “newbie”.  An experienced photographer also knows that things do go wrong sometimes and will be able to anticipate and deal with them, often without you even knowing that something went wrong.  That’s why a complete set of backup equipment is necessary.  My little kit of duct tape, extra cables, pen knife with scissors, and band-aids has been a life saver several times.

5. Does your photographer offer you the right value? Not the right price, but, the right value.  If your photographer doesn’t have all of the above four characteristics, it may not matter what their prices are.  If the photographer has all four, that’s a big part of the value they offer you. In this case, the price should be less important.  Just make sure your photographer will provide what is really important to you and is upfront with you about costs for everything you want.  Someone who offers a “low” price up front may sound attractive.  But, things change when you find they charge extra for every location stop, for the digital image files, for a studio set up at the reception, and so on.  A photographer who charges twice as much, but includes almost everything, can often be a better value for you.

So, there you have it.  Choose your wedding photographer based on the above five factors and you will go a long way toward having the wedding of your dreams.  Good Luck and Congratulations again.


Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer

Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer


Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer

Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer

Many couples get so caught up with planning all the obvious details of their wedding–such as the cake, the wedding decorations, the gown and gifts for members of the wedding party–that they often overlook the importance of selecting the right wedding photographer. It’s important to remember that the photographer you choose will be responsible for capturing the moments and memories of what may be the most important day of your life! With this in mind, you’ll want to take great care in selecting a wedding photographer considering there are no second chances.

As you might imagine, wedding photography is one of the most challenging types of professional photography. The wedding photographer has to make everyone look beautiful, shooting in a multitude of locations in all kinds of weather conditions–and accomplish all this in minimum amount of time. At the same time, your wedding photographer should have the personality to complement you on your most joyous day. Take your time and follow some of the simple suggestions discussed below, and you will most certainly be satisfied with the outcome.

Where Do You Begin?

Personal referrals or asking friends, relatives and co-workers for suggestions, is a great place to start. Typically, people who have had positive experiences with photographers are more than willing to share that information.  In addition, you’ll already have some insight about the photographer’s personality before you actually meet.  After compiling a preliminary list, visit each photographer’s web site and thoughtfully review his or her online portfolio. If a portfolio looks appealing you, chances are, that photographer might be a good fit. Next, call or email each photographer on your list.  Through this initial contact, you can determine the photographer’s availability, the type of work they specialize in (candid or traditional) as well as an estimate of the cost and what you’ll receive for that fee.

Schedule appointments with the photographers who seem most appropriate and ask to view their portfolios in person and discuss more details. Ask each of them to show you a complete portfolio of a single wedding–this will give you a much clearer sense of what you can expect than a collection of choice shots from several different events. Pay attention to whether the photographer is adept at portraying individual expressions and personalities. Ideally, these meetings should include the bride and groom as well as the bride’s parents since you will all be interacting with the photographer.

What Questions Should You Ask?

Be sure to write down all of your questions beforehand, and take thorough notes during the meetings. Although most professional photographers will provide you with a clear outline of their services and fees prior to your meeting, you will, in all likelihood, still have a large number of questions to ask. Remember, the more information you have, the more confident and relaxed you’ll feel on your special day.  The following are some questions, courtesy of, you may wish to consider asking:

•How will you show me pictures for selection (e.g., electronic, proofs, contact sheets, online gallery, etc.)?

•Will you help me choose the final pictures?

•How will you make it easy for friends and family to order reprints?

•What are the costs of the various levels of coverage?

•Are there different degrees of coverage?

•What is your photography style; photojournalistic, traditional, mixed, etc.?

•How much for the duplicate prints, albums, folios, enlargements, thank you cards, etc.?

•What’s your time frame for preparing the pictures for my selection?

•How about engagement session?

•How long do I have to make up my mind as to which pictures I want and how many?

•How long have you been in business?

•What kind of guarantee comes with my hiring you?

•What’s your philosophy for photographing weddings?

•Will you have an assistant?

•Do you have travel fees?

•How much is your overtime fee?

•What do you plan to do at my wedding to make my wedding photographs unique and personal to me?

•Do you have a backup?

•Will you be shooting my pictures personally?

•Will you use film or digital?

•What’s your payment policy?

•Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs?

•What is the possibility of the pictures fading?

How Much Will It Cost?

The following are some points, courtesy of, that will help prepare you for what you might expect to pay for your wedding photography:

•Plan to allocate a significant portion of your wedding budget to ensure photographs are perfect. Expect to spend at least $1000 on a professional wedding photographer to document your event. Albums and prints are usually extra. Other extras that may increase your bottom line include additional hours, additional photographers, custom albums etc. etc. Add on too many extras – and your photography budget could quickly creep to $5000 and beyond!

•Cut the extras and purchase a basic wedding photography package from a skilled photographer. By paying for the photographer’s expertise only, you will ensure great images – and you’ll buy yourself some time to save up for the custom album and prints after the wedding.

•Get the proofs! To that end, try to find a photographer who will let you keep the proofs. Many photographers consider themselves to be photographers only – artists not in the business of selling photographs. After the big day, they’ll hand over your proofs and be on their way. They’re yours to keep – you can print them in any manner you please or save them for printing after you’ve saved up some cash.

•Enter the digital age with digital photography. It’s less costly than film, and with technological advances in equipment – digital images are no longer a sacrifice in quality. Many photographers have taken the digital plunge – which results in savings for you!

•Cut the timeline…the longer your event, the more it will cost to document it. Since photographers often charge based on the number of hours they will spend at your wedding, a shorter/smaller wedding celebration will yield big savings in your photography budget.

Making a Commitment

At this point, you should have a relatively clear idea of which photographer is best suited to capture your wedding day memories. Once you have made a decision, be prepared to leave a deposit to reserve the date. You may still wish to reassure yourself by asking about a few final details. For example, find out what the photographer’s policy for wedding-date changes is and what the alternatives are if he or she is not available on the backup date. Also, ask about their policy for an unexpected cancellation. If you feel the photographer is right for you, then relax and make the commitment with the confidence that you’ve made a well-formed, intelligent decision in planning the most important day of your life.

Choosing your Wedding Photographer

The most important thing to remember is, Photographs are your lasting reminder of your wedding day. They will remind you of the atmosphere of your wedding, your dress, family, and guests. They will be on display in your home, and are a record of the most special day of your life for you to look back on.

The Larkin Family – Holiday Portraits

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Elements Of Wedding Ceremony Music

Elements Of Wedding Ceremony Music | When planning your wedding ceremony music, a common questions wedding planners receive is, “How many songs to be performed during the ceremony and where should they go?” There are no hard set rules and there is no wrong way to do it. The following is a useful set of guidelines you can use while planning your wedding reception music.

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