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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Wedding Planning With Your Photographer

Why is it important to meet and plan with your photographer??

Weddings are such a special day. A day that a bride has been looking forward to since they were five years old dancing in their princess dress to Cinderella. So of course you want it to be perfect, and I would love to capture all the moments you'll never forget.

Here at T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth, I like to meet before even booking to make sure I can give you all that you want on your special day. I typically am booking wedding a year or two out. When you have reserved your wedding date, I like to keep in touch throughout the wedding planning process. As the day gets closer I will meet at least once in person for final thoughts and photo plans.

Planning a wedding, I know I know, it’s A LOT! You have a million and two things going on, and a to do list from floor to ceiling. When planning a photographer it’s important you look into the quality and style of the photographer, their personality (are they someone you mesh well with), and their experience.

Things to think about:
  • Who do you want pictures with- family, friends, wedding party? Let's make a list!
  • Where you want pictures- outside, inside, party bus or offsite?
  • How long do you want to hire your photographer for? All day, getting ready, ceremony, dance, formal pics, etc ...

Have a professional photographer is an important part of your day, we also like to recommend another FUN way to capture those memories! And ohh what fun a PHOTO BOOTH is!? T Marie Portraits also has two photo booths to add to your big day. I have two styles, an open booth and a closed booth. Both booths print out three pictures on a photo strip and a creative design of your choice with names, your wedding theme, colors, etc ... You may also chose your backdrop color. Add our photo booth to your wedding photography package and you will not be disappointed.

LEARN MORE by contacting me today to see if your wedding date is still available! .

Tracy M Griffin
T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Senior - Carter Renwick

Class Of 2019 • Prairie High School

This is officially my final senior for the class of 2019!  Hard to believe that in a little over a month that this guy will be graduating from high school.  I've had the pleasure of knowing Carter and his family for many years and spent time with his older sibling snapping their senior portraits too!  

Here are a few of my favorites from our session yesterday and
 I can't wait to share all of his images with my followers soon!  

Senior - Alexi Washburn

Alburnett High School Class of 2019

It's hard to believe in just a little over a month, this beautiful girl will be graduating from high school and spreading her wings!  We've been planning this second session for awhile and with the crazy Iowa winter weather and both of our busy schedules, we were finally able to connect on Good Friday!  

It was a bit breezy and a little chilly in the shade but we managed to survive and were able to get some pretty amazing shots and creative poses with Ms Lex!  I can't wait to share all of her images with her friends and family!  

We just had to get a lil' smooch from B!  Such a cutie!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Winter vacation to warmer Arizona weather

It's been awhile since I've had the time to put together a little article on our blog and I thought I'd drop a few lines to let you all know what I've been up to.  I'm not good at writing these blogs, so please don't mind run on sentences and grammatical errors.  English was never my strong suit and thank goodness my creativity outweighs my writing ability!

As you can image, things have been busy around T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth during the past year and 2019 has been just as busy!  I'm so happy to report that I've gone back to working for myself full time and outsourcing some sub contracting work with smaller businesses for marketing and social media.  I work my own schedule each and every day and LOVE it!

For those of you that work from home and work for yourself, you know what I mean when I say ... "I never take a day off unless I physically leave."  SO ... I decided to escape the winter weather and take a trip with one of my Aunt's from Marion to visit another Aunt in Sun Lakes, Arizona in January.  We picked a great week to get out of town as it happened to be -50 here in Iowa and 72 in Arizona!  It was great to be able to "recharge"and take a few days off of work and relax!

On our first full day, we went for a long morning walk, toured around the Sun Lakes Community on our golf carts, hit up a couple of the country clubs for cold drinks, relaxed in the hot tub and spent time catching up.  We decided we were going to venture out to the Palo Verde Country Club at 4:30 for trivia night and dinner.  Playing trivia in a retirement community compared to our local establishment was much different!  Those people are SO serious about winning and the place was packed!  Needless to say ... we are not as smart as the locals!

On Monday morning we pack our day bags and took a day trip with Sedona being our destination.  We decided to take a little ride off of the beaten path and head towards Jerome, Arizona.  All I had really known about Jerome is that is was an old "ghost"town in the middle of nowhere.  We took the back roads getting into town and they had to be the scariest roads I've ever driven on.  Lots of ups, downs and sharp corners.  Jerome itself is 5,000 feet (1,500 miles) above sea level.

View from the Chapel of the Holy Cross - Check out the impressive mansion
After Jerome, we made our way into Sedona to see these "red"rocks.  Unfortunately we didn't have a lot of extra time to stroll around as we really wanted to see the landmarks while we were there.  Next time, we will need to plan for an overnight trip!  We stopped by the Chapel of the Holy Cross and thank goodness there was a golf cart that picked us up at the bottom of the rocks and took us up to the top!  It was so worth the $5 tip!  Such a beautiful view.  We ventured down the road (in our car) to see Bell Rock.  Such a unique rock formation and I wish that we had more time to walk a few of the trails.  I would definitely recommend the Sedona area to anyone and can't wait  to go back again and explore more!

 On Tuesday, my Aunt from Marion and I visited the Phoenix Zoo while my other Aunt golfed in her weekly ladies golf league.  It has been awhile since I've been to a large zoo and I truly enjoyed it!  It was a beautiful day and we definitely got our exercise.

After spending a few hours at the zoo, we drove across the parking lot to see the "hole in the rock" at Papago Park.  I had already been there a couple of times, therefore I knew the hike to the top was fairly easy and well worth it for the view!

After a good nights sleep, we decided to take another little road trip in search of the Salt River wild horses.  We were solely going on recommendations from other visitors on google on where to find these horses.  We got lucky and were able to see some along some of the side roads and I got out and took some photos of them.  I had imagined that they would be ungroomed in appearance and skinny.  As you can see, they were beautiful. We walked along some beaten down horse trails to take a peak at the river, hoping that I would be able to catch them playing nicely in the water.  The view from the river bank was absolutely gorgeous and so peaceful.

  On Wednesday night, the local Country Club has a BBQ Rib dinner special that is one of our favorites each year that I go to visit.  Before we went to dinner, we needed to chase the sunset.  This time, we decided to go outside of their little retirement community, which is actually on the Gila River Indian Reservation.  No city lights, no traffic, no distractions.  Typically we are not patient enough to stick around after the sun actually sets.  We did this time and wow, what a difference that made in our sunset view!

 We had a late afternoon flight home on Thursday, so we were able t catch some sunshine before we packed our bags and headed to the airport.  It is always great to be able to travel and more importantly with family.  It was definitely a COLD SHOCK when we return to our rides in Iowa.

Until next time ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tiffany and Michael Kelsey || Wedding 11.12.2016

Tiffany Hogue and Michael Kelsey || Wedding Day Fun ... 
Washington County Conservation Education Center - Marr Park near Ainsworth Iowa

What a great memory of a wedding day this picture conveys. The Bride and Groom walking hand in hand with their 4 beautiful granddaughters on this gorgeous fall day in Iowa.  

This was my first event at Marr Park near Ainsworth and the outdoor setting couldn't have been any more perfect for our wedding day!  The ceremony and reception took place inside the Washington County Conservation Education Center.  I knew that Erin, Chalked, and Tiffany had planned some great details for the day and their effort was obvious and the venue looked magnificent throughout. 

So, with the addition of a gloriously sunny day, all the ingredients were set for a wonderful Kelsey wedding. It didn't disappoint.

Here's a glimpse of Tiffany and Mike's wedding day story...  

 Getting Ready and First Look ... 

With a PARIS theme ... all guests were asked to wear black and white ... the little ladies hiding behind the bride and groom were hiding on purpose!  :)


 The SUN was setting in the west and the full moon was rising in the east...  


Washington County Conservation Education Center || Marr Park || Ainesworth Iowa

T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth

DJ Services:
Humphreys Sounds || Winfield

Signs, Invitations and Wedding Consultant || Erin Martin:

Monday, January 9, 2017

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Another successful Z102.9 Bridal Showcase in the books for 2017!  This was our 4th year at the Double Tree by Hilton for the Z102.9 Bridal Showcase.  This is one of my favorite bridal shows of the season!  Thank you to all of the brides and their friends and family members that stopped by and chatted with us and also took time to try out our open air photo booth!  We  LOVED each one of you!  
For those brides that were able to get a Z102.9 goody bag, please be sure to check out our postcard that was in the bag!  There is a little special coupon on that card that you will want to mention when you email or call us about booking your wedding photo booth!  


Our 2017 weekends are filling up quickly, so don't delay and book today!
We'd love to hear from you either via email or phone today! or 319-721-8934

Wedding Photo Booth Package - $625

3 Hours of Photo Booth Fun
Unlimited Photo Strips
Customized Photo Strip Design
Customized Scapbook with all Photo Strips
Digital Images on Flash Drive
Two Attendants
Props Galore
Unlimited Fun
Video of Event

 It was great to see all of our vendor friends again this year!  
I hope you were able to find a vendor to fit your wedding needs! 


A Touch of Class Banquets and Convention Center
Apple Creek Kennel
Black Diamond Limousine
Brides by RummelBed Bath & Beyond
Body Scupt MedSpa
Café Bon Appétit
Cedar Rapids Smile Center
Cedar Ridge Vineyards
Classic Cakes by Design
David’s Bridal
Destinations Unlimited
Dostal Catering
DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids
Elegant Repeats and Elegant Bridal & Formal Wear
Grand River Center
Holley’s Shop For Men
Hope’s Bridal
Hy-Vee Food Stores
ICED Designer Cakes
Jules Bakery
Linn County Recorder’s Office
Massage Heights
Men’s Wearhouse
McElroy’s Catering
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
Prince Albert Tuxedos
Rock and Thunder DJ
Siebke Hoyt Jewelers
Skeffington’s Formalwear
Skogman Carlson Insurance
Spielman’s Event Services
Sun Tan City
Sutton Catering
The Flower Shop at Cedar Memorial Park
Wickwire Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Wildcat Golf Course and Banquet Facility
Zephyr Weddings