Tips to Prepare for Your Wedding Day

August 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Photographer, Joshua Rohne


Your wedding day should be the most wonderful day of your life. Unwanted stress shouldn’t darken your joyous day. Stress is caused from unexpected problems. How can you avoid it? Following are a couple ideas to help as you get started in your planning.

Day-dream about your wedding day. Write a description of what that dream looks like and then use the tools below to make your dream real.  



  1. Get ideas from wedding websites, like,, and Pinterest. You can create a page to save your wedding ideas on Pinterest, which you can make private so only you can see it, or public to share with others.

  2. Even if you are really organized, check a wedding planner guide to make sure you don’t miss any planning details. Even a small simple wedding involves lots of details. Use as little or as much as you need.

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Check out these free planning resources: wedding planning guide

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Several planning books are available. The has links to many. So does


Want more tips? Check our Wedding Tips Page or watch for upcoming blogs.

What Do Your Photos Say About Your Business?

August 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Reflections by Rohne provides corporate photography to the Grand Rapids and West Michigan. They work with you to capture your passion and the heart of your business endeavor to tell your story with photographs to the world, Michigan, your locale, potential customers, and your clients.

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A so-so image can leave a mark that the company is not detail oriented, but a professional photo lends its credibility to the company that uses it. Image Branding is equally important. Your potential customers should get the perception, at a glance, that your company is ‘established’ and will be around for a long time. Consistent, clean, interesting and happy images certainly help. 

~ Randy Smith

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Do you need an executive portrait in your natural setting or an amazing studio portrait? Perhap you need public relations photography or editorial photojournalism? Or perhaps your need is for product photography or advertising? Whatever your need, make sure your photos don't look "homemade". 

Look professional!

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What do your images say about your business?

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Whether you need images for social media or your website, magazines, newsletters, annual reports, brochures or advertisements, Reflections by Rohne will tell your story through images that positively promote your business.

Beautiful Outdoor Weddings

July 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

If you plan an outdoor wedding, you have to be prepared to deal with the weather. If you need everything to be perfect, an outdoor wedding may not be a good idea. While the weather may cooperate, be prepared to go with the flow or have a backup plan that you will love also.

Connie Rohne, Photographer

We recently photographed a destination wedding in Ventura, California. The evening before we visited the park site and enjoyed a marvelous sunset.

Connie Rohne, Photographer The next morning it was pouring rain but we hoped it would clear in time to set up for the 3:00 wedding. The sun came out around 1:00 and with it came wind. Everything dried up nicely. The chairs and sound equipment were all set up for the ceremony. As we prepared to photograph the ceremony we realized we had to brace ourselves and camera to get images without shake blur. Flowers blew off their stands, bridesmaid dresses flapped, hairstyles gave way. At least the bride was facing into the wind because her waist long hair flew straight behind her most of the ceremony.  Connie Rohne, Photographer

The sound system could not be heard over the wind, so we just assumed what was said. The ceremony was cut short as possible, moving some planned elements to the indoor reception. All wedding portraits were cancelled at the site due to the wind, opting rather for a central patio at the Spanish mission where the reception would be. Even there, surrounded by building, the wind was still an issue.

Connie Rohne, Photographer Doris Long, Photographer The only posed image taken at the ceremony site was the wedding couple. As I staged them for the shot, my co-photographer yelled, "Connie, look out!" I turned just in time to see a six-foot diameter tumbleweed headed straight at me. I jumped out of the way, and as I did she caught this image of it passing them. I turned and caught an image of it at the end of the front row where just five minutes before all the parents and grandparents had been seated.

Sparklers had been planned for the reception exit, but the wind prohibited that idea. Instead the couple was ushered through an indoor people tunnel so they could run through they wind to their car.

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Despite all the disappointments of the day, they are just as married as if the weather had been perfect. Perhaps we didn't get some of the picturesque images we expected, but the images we got created a story that no other couple will ever have to tell. 

Connie Rohne, Photographer



Ready for Christmas? Cards?

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Whether you want formal or fun portraits, we're here to serve you. We can do formal portraits here in our studio, or come to your home and do fun Christmas portraits, or we'll brave the cold and go out in the snow and do live winter scene portraits with you. Contact us today to get on our schedule.

Painting Stories in Italian Castles

October 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

When I was in Italy I had the privilege to stay in a castle near Chianti in Tuscany, about an hour south of Sienna. We were there for 6 days. Each day we were treated to delightful Italian fare by the chef, who just happened to be married to the owner of the castle. The last evening we ate in the inner courtyard of the castle. This image shows him serving the pumpkin custard we ate as our first course.

The image straight from the camera was good, and fun, but the feel of it wasn't quite as story-like as reality seemed that night. Post processing (in Photoshop) was quite extensive on this image to emphasize the details in this image that were important to the story. 

Looking at the steam rising from the serving bowl, which alone tells an important element of the story, I'm reminded of the chilly crispness to the air that night. The intensity in the chef's face reminds me of how dedicated he was to his job, and that, because of him, I experienced many glorious Italian dishes during my stay. The lamp and dishes remind me that while this was a castle to us, it was their home, and they tried to make us feel at home, even though we were in such an amazing castle. The architecture that is visible behind him hints as the grandeur of the castle and the history that had taken place within its walls. The woman helping him is his wife, an absolute Italian beauty. She looks like she belongs in a castle. However, as the castle owner, seeing her hands busy serving, reminds me of the amount of work she does to maintain her family heritage and inheritance. The castle is on a working farm, with vineyards and olive groves and sheep herds.

So this image is far from what it looked like coming out of the camera, but it looks much more like what my mind saw and remembers from my journey through Italy.

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