This beautiful Wedding took place in Barcelo Montelimar Beach , in Nicaragua. The setting was wonderful, it was a perfect sunny day, the days was as perfect as the bride and groom. It was such an honor to photograph Danny and Danielka, we had such an amazing day, congratulations to the both of you. Thank you so very much for letting me part of such a memorable day! Barcelo Montelimar Beach, was truly a perfect Nicaraguan location, loved it. 

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I want to start off by thanking all the wonderful couples I have got to photograph. You are my inspiration to write this blog post and to help all of my future brides and grooms.

We all know know how stressful a wedding day can be, and so I thought I’d shed a little bit insight as to how I can better prepare you for that special day. When I got married, I didn’t know where to start, all I knew was that there was a huge event I had to plan.No lie! We were so stressed and nervous, and felt that we had to make sure everything was perfect, that we practically lost sight of what our wedding day was going to represent.  Needless to say my hubby and I wanted to call off our wedding and take all the money that we would be spending on our wedding day and go off to Puerto Rico and elope. Yup! Just the two of us! We then decided that we couldn’t do that, we wanted to share our union with our loved ones, and I kind of was sucked into the dressing up and all the glamours of a wedding day.

The planning continued, and although everything turned out great boy do we have stories of how the day unfolded. I laugh and I cringe a little every time I remember. And this leads to the next part part of my post. We all have different ways of doing things, and I understand that. But I really wish there was someone to tell me the importance of a timeline. If I would have had a timeline I would have had time for family portraits, I would have had time for more fun photos and more portraits with my hubby. We didn’t have enough photos with our loved ones or with each other. We didn’t make sure that we had everything organized the night before and ended up leaving my sons tux at our house and so my son wasn’t in our wedding as we had originally planned it. We weren’t organized and thank goodness for the internet, there are whole websites for helping you plan your big day. I suggest you take advantage of them all and use their free tools to make sure your day is as stress free as possible by make sure you are well organized. I am your wedding photographer and I will always a have timeline ready for you if you need one, I will also follow up this post by blogging about my tips and tricks for wedding days.

Here is a link to The Knots Website and one to Wedding Wire’s tools. Check them out.

 

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-checklists.html
Wedding Wire

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planner.aspx The Knot

 

 

 

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I am so blessed, to have had the opportunity to photograph Abbey and Jordan. It was such a delight spending the afternoon with them getting to know them. We strolled around St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis, talking and trying to make them laugh as I captured their beautiful smiles and love. The day was pretty cold, but I think we hardly felt it, since we were having so much fun. I had to share my experience with the word wide web, and to no surprise,  their love made it to be published on A Northwoods Wedding.

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Feeling incredibly honored and blessed! Thanks to A Northwoods Wedding for publishing this lovely couples engagement session.

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A beautiful winter wedding at the Nicollet Inn. What a gorgeous couple they are, it was such a great pleasure to photograph them. I love the red and gold themes.

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The day started at Harit’s brother’s house where are her family would wait for her and have a quick gathering before heading to the Gurdwara. Her family was so welcoming, I even had a quick history lesson on India. India has always been a country that I have wanted to visit, someday it will be crossed of my “Places to go List”. Harit and Amul wouldn’t see each other until the ceremony, it was a very laid back wedding, yet it was filled with warmth, joy, and love. The ceremony was very traditional and even though I didn’t understand what was being said, I understood that this was a union that was meant to last forever. Congratulations Harit and Amul! What a beautiful wedding and what a wonderful experience it was for me.

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Election day is tomorrow, and everyone is giving their last minute opinion. So I thought I’d give mine, too. I believe in happiness and I believe in a UNITED country. It’s saddens me to see our country so divided, and it’s even more devastating when I read posts from my friends on my facebook dishing out such anger and rude comments about other people. See, what I don’t understand is why judge someone else based on their opinion or political view. Yes, we have the right to vote and chose whom ever we think is worthy of being our president, but why be rude or offensive about it. There is no need to call people names or say such wretched things. These words are being put out there for everyone to see, these cruel words are being read by everyone, why is that because you have a strong opinion about something and someone doesn’t agree with you, they are a horrible person for it. I teach my children to be nice to others, I teach them not to be rude to others, I teach them to share with others, I teach them how to always say please and thank you. The truth is that there will always be something that we don’t agree on, there will always be elections, there will always be things that some of us want and others don’t. What upsets me the most is when people say if you don’t vote this you’re this. Really, then how are we better than the other person?  We should all learn how to live together in a UNITED country not in a DIVIDED country or a country full of hate towards each other. So next time you say something vile on any social media site, please be mindful who is reading it on the other side. There are ways of stating your opinion, without being abhorrent. This is not about sides, this is about how to treat others the way we want to be treated. Stand up for what you believe in and voice your opinion, just be nice about it.  I believe in a life full of love and happiness, what about you?Comments 1

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How to Increase WordPress’ File Upload Size

This all started when I was switching from belkiscruz.wordpress.com to my very own subdomain,blog.belkis-cruz.com. When I imported my old blog from WordPress.com, I noticed that not all the images imported because some of them were a bit larger than the limit size. Very frustrating because it went over the limit by .1 mb! So I set out on a mission to increase the limit. It took almost a whole night and part of my morning. Yikes! But, when I am determined to make something happen, I WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. So after all the research I did, and got no where and than finally I got it to work. I wanted to help out and put all in one place to make it easier for you.  I have successfully increased the file size limit from 2MB to 10MB. (My preference, but you can change it to whatever you’d like.) Before I start, this is a post for those of us who have our own domain and hosing set up and have installed WordPress. Also this is for MAC Users, but I am sure this can also apply to Windows users as well.

1. Download TextWrangler from http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/

2. The following text needs to be typed in TextWrangler:

memory_limit = 10M
upload_max_filesize = 10M
post_max_size = 10M
file_uploads = On

*Remember you can change the limits to whatever you’d like.I wouldn’t recommend going higher than 10, but it’s your choice.

3. When you are in TextWrangler go to:

  • File
  • Save As
  • Name the file php.ini
  • make sure it that Line Breaks is set to Unix (LF) and Encoding is set to Unicode (UTF-8)
  • Save it to your desktop or where ever is easiest for you to access.

4. You will than open up your WordPress Admin Directory

5. Drag the saved file PHP.INI and drop in the WORDPRESS ADMIN FOLDER

And it’s done.
Make sure the your hosting provider has also increased your limits, so that it can all work smoothly.

 

 

 

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I started to write this post on Monday and just today I got a chance to finish it. I need to start making more time to finish what I have started. I get side tracked easily…LOL Enough of that let’s get to the point, my blog post.

I love meeting other photographers, and connecting with them on a personal level. I also enjoy helping people who want to be photographers. I don’t know everything there is to know about photography, but I am willing to share everything I know. I think that we all should give back in one way or another, and I think this is one of mine. Lend a hand when it needs to be lent. When I first started, I wish I had someone helping me along the way, someone whom I can talk to about my thoughts and questions about photography. I really didn’t have anyone, everything I learned was through reading books, my camera manual, Google, OH and A LOT of practice.

I don’t believe in “competition”! I believe in building a community in which we all help each other achieve our goals and success. I was recently  at an event and there were other photographers, and I didn’t like how I felt. I felt as if I was the trespasser (does that make sense?) I felt as if I was being viewed as competition, and I hated that feeling…I hate that word. I immediately approached them and started talking to them and showing them I am a person who loves photography as well, another person who shares their passion and love for photography. We aren’t here to compete against each other, there is no competition! Success isn’t contingent upon your competition, it’s contingent upon YOU. You are the only person responsible for your success or lack of. I love making friends especially in the same industry, we can talk cameras, speed lights, lens…etc. Cheers to building a community in which we can all help each other, in one way or another. And if you are thinking about photography and have questions shoot me an email. I will try my best to answer your questions. Have a great weekend!

Bel

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Elise and Derick got married on August 4th of 2012 at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN. The location was absolutely beautiful, to me it was like winning the lotto. The day was beautiful, it wasn’t hot, the sun was out and all that was left to complete that wonderful day was the union of Elise and Derick. Two wonderful people that are so great with each other and such a pleasure to be around. They were the most laid back couple, and truly enjoyed every minute spent with them. I remember my wedding day, I was stressed and I was running around and I was not calm at all. Elise on the other hand, just has the most wonderful attitude and personality that she didn’t have a worry in her mind.

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The very first wedding I photographed, the toughest, yet most wonderful wedding. I am so thankful that Tigabi, had faith in me and my work. It wasn’t the easiest experience, but it was indeed a memorable experience. I got the the church at 5:00 am, the ceremony began at 5:30AM and didn’t end until 11:00 am. Yes, a very lengthy ceremony, in a language I didn’t understand. I got there and I didn’t have a clue of what I had to do besides take photos. Where do I stand, where is it ok to stand, can I use my flash, can I move around..some of the many questions going through my mind. As I am walking around and talking photos of the church, I hear a commotion outside, the bride and groom had a arrived. Oh wait, that’s not my bride and groom, OMG am I at the wrong wedding. OH NO! I tried calling my bride, no answer. I then see another photographer, and I run and ask him I am supposed to photograph Tigabi’s wedding, do you know if she is getting married here, he said “yes” there are two weddings today. Wow, for a moment I was feeling horrible, thinking I had mixed up the addresses or something. So I walk back inside the church and walk around and try to see where I should stand to take photos. Then I hear drums and singing and I run out and look for my shoes, (Oh, I forgot to tell you, before you enter the church you have to take off your shoes, so I left my shoes before you enter the temple) and they were GONE. OK, so barefoot it is. I run outside and I rush to take photos of the bride coming out of the car and the guys playing the drums. My photos weren’t that great, the guys were surrounding the bride and groom and wouldn’t let me even take one good shot of her. Well I walked back inside and then there was silence for a long time. I didn’t know what was next. Good thing Biruk was there, this awesome photographer/videographer that helped me out so much, he was hired to do the video for Tigabi’s wedding. What a guy, he really saved me that day. You see even though I had spoke to Tigabi, we had a communication barrier, she hardly spoke English and I didn’t speak Amharic, so we did our best to communicate. So maybe some details were left out along the way, ok maybe a lot of details, but I assure you it was OK. I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to photograph her wedding, such an important event in her life, that I just showed up and figured it out along the way. And the outcome was pretty darn awesome. She was happy with her photos and I was happy that she was happy!

Here are some photos of my very first wedding!

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