Photo Planner from National~Wedding ~Photography 321-412-3878 Please have your Bridesmaid or Matron of honor help organize group photos as the photographer will not know who everyone is. Before photos: This is where precious photos are taken of the bride being pampered while hair and make-up are applied, during this time bridesmaids are helping by making … Continue reading

For the Groom- No funk face or jaw drop

For the groom: No funk face or jaw drop.
When I first started as a wedding photographer in the 80’s in L.A. California, I was an assistant photographer to the best wedding photographers. They were great mentors and I owe so much to them. They got me where I am today, but since then I have learned a few tricks on my own to capture the best shots at a wedding.
Example: This is for the groom. I will tell you now you will never be prepared enough for when you see your bride for the first time walking down the aisle. First off, you know she is beautiful and the love of your life, but when a woman is a bride about to marry her soul mate she has a glow like never before. Her beauty will even pour out through her flawless make-up and hair. You will see her walk differently in a beautiful gown with a smile that is familiar, but you never have seen her smile like this. This is your soul mate coming towards you to vow spending the rest of her days with you for better or worse.
As you soak this view in it finally hits you that this is it, you are really getting married! On top of that you will be overwhelmed by her beauty. This is what causes JAW DROP or FUNK FACE. Your wedding photographer will want to capture your expression as you see your bride for the first time. The photo is usually not pleasant. Sometimes a FUNKED FACE or JAW DROP can look like disappointment, but we know it is not disappointment. There is a simple fix to this Mr. Groom, as you are standing there with your officiate and groomsmen promise yourself to smile. Not a fake smile, just smile. Once you think about this I promise the FUNK FACE/ JAW DROP will not appear.

by Rina Marie Braley Yanko
National Wedding Photography
A Better DJ and Photographer


Why hire a DJ/MC for your wedding

What are the benefits of using a DJ/MC from National Wedding? 321-412-3878

*Your DJ will help coordinate your wedding *


* Coordinate Wedding music

* Coordinate Cocktail hour music

*Coordinate time of photos

* Keep your guest entertained while you are being photographed

*Will coordinate Bride and Groom grand introduction into reception

*Your DJ will announce prayer/speech before meal

*Your DJ will coordinate the toast

*Will make all introductions such as Father and Daughter Dance, Garter and Bouquet and cake cutting on top of being very entertaining at the same time.

* Your DJ will make sure everyone is dancing and having a great time.

* Your DJ will have all your music request completed one week before the wedding and will be able to make any changes you need

*Your DJ will help and guide you choose the best music that fits your taste as well and entertain your guest

*Your DJ will also be very helpful to stay within your time line.

Your DJ is not just a DJ He/she will be a MC, Host, wedding Coordinator and the one that brings the fun to the party.

Call us today to reserve your date with a low deposit. 321-412-3878

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Wedding cake

Make choosing your wedding cake a fun time, call bakery’s ahead of time to schedule a tasting Make sure when you purchase your wedding cake you make sure you get the right size for the amount of guests you will have at your ceremony, you do not want to be short but most of the time there is a lot of cake left over.

Try not to buy because it is beautiful, in most cases it’s a wow factor that last for about 5 minutes and remember less is more.

Make taste a priority and remember cream icing does not do well in the summer months unless you have it inside a cool venue not by a window facing the sun.

Next Smoosh or not to smoosh that is a question. If you are having a traditional religious ceremony and reception talk to your Reverend or Pastor.

If you are having a fun, casual wedding it is up to the both of you to make that first soul mate decision. I photographed a wedding a while back where the bride and groom smooshed the parents .Image

On the Road again, a Story about Musicians from a Photographer’s View

“Turn the Page” by Bob Seger.
Story by Rina Marie Braley-Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers

Disclaimer- this story is not about any one artists, but it is probably true of most!

>Click here to listen to the song in a new tab while you read
Turn The Page


Devon Allman goes backstage to try to cool off during a performance in the hot sun with no stage cover.

Every time I start to charge camera batteries and gather my gear to shoot a concert this song plays in my head. Sometimes I will even sing it out loud, sometimes it comes naturally, and sometimes I have to put it on my check list. Once I grab my camera bag the weight of the gear reminds me of the words written and sung by a great musician and artist. The artist I’m about to shoot may be living this song’s words. He may be missing a lover, numb from the amplifiers still ringing in his ears from the night before, or lack of sleep from nothing familiar for days except airport terminals or the smell of the diesel coming from the tour bus.
“Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
There I go
Playin’ the star again
There I go
Turn the page”

I have to be prepared that I might be photographing you on what may be your ‘Turn the Page” day. If it is, you will still greet me and the fans with an exuberant smile, allowing me to capture a few photos as you stop and shake hands just as you get off the bus. You will politely say no, you don’t have a sharpie to sign a cocktail napkin as you notice off to the side the your merchandise table sits with memorabilia to be sold and signed. You also notice that the person responsible for your pay to perform is nowhere to be found.

You keep smiling as you are lead to a six foot table with no chairs for an unorganized meet ‘n’ greet where folks pass right by your merchandise table full of shirts, 8×10 glossy’s and CD’s, but have the nerve to ask if you they can get a picture with you. They hand their cell phone to their friend that does not know how to work the picture process of that phone, so you wait while the line is getting longer. Finally a click, and there goes another blurry photo that will spread all over social media not capturing your best features. In the corner of your eye you see all kinds of food and beverages that you desperately need for fuel, but won’t get a chance to get until it’s probably too late… and you wonder , how did all these folks get back stage passes?

As a photographer that is supposed to photograph you with the fans during the meet and greets to promote the band and venue it is really difficult knowing that the page has turned for you. It’s hard to capture your genuine smile with your best features when they are covered with sweat in the shade and you are about to go on a stage with hot spotlights making the heat index 110 degrees… just like you did the day before in another town.
You do it, giving it all your best. Your best is what the fans get at a live show because you won’t let them see the exhaustion, but I do! I just patiently wait for that second wind, which is your passion that kicks in when all the attention is on you during your guitar jam, drum solo, or building your strength to get out that last high note. I saw one drummer rip off his shirt and pour a bottle of water over himself which was very sexy, and the fans were going nuts. What they didn’t know was that he had heat exhaustion and had to stop himself from throwing up. I was at another show where the performer was doing a duo with the lead guitar and sax and again the fans were going nuts, but the sax motioned for the guitar to take over as he went behind the stage to throw up from the heat. The Fans never notice, but I do. I keep my camera down or focus on the lead jam and the crowd response with their hands in the air having the time of their life at your concert.
Turn the page
End of part 1
Stay tuned for part 2

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About Average Wedding Photographer Prices-Rates-Cost-Budget


If you are looking for the average price for a wedding photographer you should ask yourself if you only want average wedding photography for your wedding! Are you planning an average wedding, or is yours going to be that special day that you want to remember forever?

professional wedding photography packages with ceremony video

If don’t want to spend the money to hire a professional wedding photographer then you should have a friend with a nice camera do your wedding photography. That way if your wedding pictures are not spectacular at least you didn’t pay some amateur a few hundred dollars to shoot them! If you want professional wedding pictures capturing all the special emotions of your wedding day, you are going to have to hire a professional wedding photographer with the knowledge, skills, equipment, and experience needed. At a wedding you only get one chance to get it right and capture the moment.

The rates for professional wedding photography are usually going to vary from one part of the country to another. What you are expecting from your photographer will also have some weight in the wedding photographer prices you get.

Some of the options you have to decide on are:
Do you want natural looking pictures?
Do you want a Photoshop expert that will change the color of your lipstick, reshape your nose, and remove every blemish?
Do you want your pictures to look like a Mannequin?
Do you think you will want to have prints made?
How many hours do you want to have pictures taken?


Once you’ve made those decisions you will be ready to start looking for wedding photographer that will fit in your budget.

If you want your wedding photographer to spend 50-200 hours editing your photos then you should expect the prices to start at $2000 and go up to several thousand dollars. If you want natural looking pictures, those require less editing and professional wedding photographers should start at about $1000. If you are in a major city and you want to hire one of the area’s most popular photographers you should expect to pay triple what the lesser known wedding photography rates are.

For a lot more information and huge discounts on hiring a spectacular wedding photographer at great rates click here



That’s what a sweet 16 party is all about! It’s about getting together with all your friends, socializing for a bit, and once the dancing starts it doesn’t stop until the end of the party.

The most important thing in making your party a huge success is hiring a great DJ! Your first thought might be to hire a local kid for a couple of hundred bucks because he will know all the current music. That is a great way to ruin your party! Why? There are several reasons:

  • A young DJ with little experience is not likely to have a great sound system!
  • A young DJ is probably going to play HIS favorite songs and in today’s music world you are looking at a lot of rap- great to listen to, not great for the girls to dance to!
  • A young DJ is not going to have much experience running a party, and that’s exactly what a DJ is supposed to do. A DJ is not just somebody that shows up and plays music, they are the DJ, the MC, and the “day of” coordinator!

We have nothing against young DJs, you have to start somewhere. But your party’s success depends on your DJ and you don’t want to be part of somebody’s learning curve.

At A BETTER DJ AND PHOTOGRAPHER we probably do more sweet 16 parties than any other company in the country. We know exactly what to expect, we have the clean family friendly versions of today’s current hits, and we have the professional sound systems to make your music sound so great! We also have the extensive experience to provide a great atmosphere for your adults to celebrate the night away!


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The other important thing to realize is that this is a milestone in a girl’s life. She isn’t a little girl anymore, she is a young adult. Hire a professional photographer to captures these treasured moments to last a lifetime. Parents- don’t try to fool yourself into thinking you are going to take the photos yourself. Yes, you’ll get a few, but you are going to be very busy:

  • running the party
  • greeting parents as they drop off the kids
  • being a chaperone
  • serving the cake

Check out our Sweet 16 DJ-photo combo packages. The investment will be well worth it!