As the wedding booking season continues, I have found myself asking my inquiries just how important wedding day photography is to them? How important are your wedding photos? Where does photography fall in your ranking of what’s most important? There are no right or wrong answers for you, but I think it’s important that your answers line up with what is most important to me. By making sure that our priorities line up, we will ensure that together we create images that I’m proud of and images you will cherish.
This is what I feel is important on a wedding day:
You, my bride and groom. You guys are my biggest priority. You guys are my number one. I want to make sure that you have portraits (beautiful, relaxed, and candid portraits) of you, as you are on your wedding day. I want to capture the way you love and the people you love. I want to make sure those portraits are captured in beautiful light, but not necessarily at the most obvious location at your venue.
The people you love. My next priority is the people you love, those that you invited into your wedding party and those that are your family and friends. I want to make sure you have stunning photos of those people; those that have been with you as you’ve grown up, those that play a very important part in your life today. We make sure we have time to complete family photos in an organized fashion. I also think it’s really important that you have photos of your parents and your siblings and their families.
Your special details. I know how much time and energy you’ve spent on all the little details, that aren’t really little details. Somewhere along the lines those details have become life size and uber-important. I want to make certain that you have photos of flowers, cakes, rings, favors, shoes, dresses, centerpieces, invitations and jewelry. All of the details are important too and they help to tell your wedding day story.
The rest of your day is covered with candid photos of the moments that happen all around us. Given the time, freedom and trust, we are able to quietly observe your wedding day through our lens. Capturing moments that happen quickly and sometimes not around you.
How do I achieve what is most important to me? How can you help me do my best work? Trust. I need your trust. I need to know that what I do and what is important to me, is important to you, as well. Working together, we can create a wedding day that is special, well documented and is ultimately exactly what you were hoping for.
In a nutshell, I want you to love my work, and love the idea of having a beautiful set of wedding portraits to remember the way you love each other today.