As a photographer who likes to be an open book about her business and what is provided I often find myself in casual conversations about what photographers provide, what to look for, what to consider when you are hiring a photographer for your wedding day! Some things I think are important to know when choosing who will capture that days events……
No one photographer is for every client out there and the same goes for clients, not everyone is meant to work together so it is very important to really consider your choices.
The best place to start is do you love their work. We are artists and we have all heard that art is subjective; the same is true for our photographic art, our images. While one photographer may shoot from a very candid view, another may appreciate posed images more. Which do you prefer? There are many that are very talented at providing a good mixture of both. Do appreciate the art that they post? Check their social media platforms and their website, a common misconception is that a hired photographer will provide the exact editing style that you are looking for. This is not accurate some are light and airy with their editing style while others have a more moody feel; make sure you like what you see and that is how you want your story to visually look when it is being told.
Ok so you love what you see. Now it is time to start the conversation. But where do you begin? If you have a budget that you want to stick with that is a very important place to start the conversation. There is no reason to spend your time or that business owners if there is no intention or ability to book them. Many of us live on a budget, weddings are expensive and most weddings live on a budget too ;). When looking at pricing it is important to understand what that includes. Do you want a second shooter, two photographers capturing your day? Know what events of the day are included in your coverage, is it based solely on hours or are they staying all day? What do you get when the day is over? There are photographers who only include prints, some include all images as digital files that you can download, many include both prints and digitals – sometimes only their time to photograph the event is included. It is important that both you and your photographer are on the same page when it comes to coverage and the final product. There are no do overs when capturing this day. You never want yourself or your photographer to be unclear as to what everyone’s expectations are day of or when receiving the final images.
Ok so you have agreed on a budget, what is included and you are ready to hire this photographer – well I have a few more things you should be thinking about to make your day’s final images everything you could imagine.
Your photographs on your wedding day are intimate peeks at everything that happens. From getting ready and dressed, to romantic moments with you and your new spouse, to catching the moments that are happening all along the way you want to make sure there is a comfortability with the one person that is going to follow around through all of those experiences. Compatibility is so important. Meet with your photographer candidates, do you connect, can you relate? How will you feel if this person is literally following you around for this big moment in your life? Remember that part where I said everyone isn’t for everyone, blah blah blah well this can be a BIG mistake. If you or your soon to be spouse are uncomfortable with this person’s personality it WILL affect your day. Schedule an engagement session if you are on the fence. You may find that you are a really good fit or maybe you can’t imagine listening to that person’s jokes all day. You never know but your wedding day is too important to not be sure!
This is an important conversation to have and I would love your feedback or questions!
There is so much that happens behind the scenes for a photographer after the session is over. The desired affect is to get the image s close to perfect within your camera but there are some magical things that are done right here on my computer. Above is my nephew – who of course I feel is perfect in every way – as I think about his parents hanging these images on their wall I want there to be a simplicity in looking at his details at the tiny things that are so precious while he is this itty bitty. Through editing I simply want to remove distractions and create a cohesive image.
If you watched my work and the direction of it over the years I hope you have continued to see what truly matters, connection. I want there to be a connection in every image I deliver so that is what I strive for. When I bring the images home and look at them on my computer screen I want to feel the connection between the subjects or with me and the camera. Once I have that I already have a beautiful image through editing I just hope to enhance what is already there.
Editing is as much of the art form as the time behind my camera. It takes time and passion to create the final photograph that I deliver but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Military Homecomings. The infamous white buses that bring so much sadness as they leave and so much joy when they return. There isn’t a homecoming that doesn’t tug at my heart strings this one was no different.
As the Wilson family waited for their Marine to return momma was running after 3 kiddos all in different stages of excitement. They just wanted their daddy home. As I edited this session I fell in love all over again with the moments I get to capture. From anticipation to pure delight you can see each of these kiddos glow when they are finally able to tell stories face to face and to hug, well actually jump all over, dad. Mom waited patiently in the wings to greet her husband. I love the image with dad and mom, kids hanging off of him, a quick moment to sneak in their very own hello!
Working on catching up on all things photography and couldn’t think of a better peek to post today than this Military Homecoming. There are always so many emotions in the night when you are waiting for your Marine to come home. This was a particularly cold night in our desert as we waited but you could feel the anticipation for the Combs.
Most of the time I have not met the Marine coming home before they arrive so I have to find them in the crowd, their smile as they see their family tells it all. This night was no different so I was excited to capture a shot of dad as he laid eyes on his girls for the first time in a while.
Cuteness and love were in the air. Couples sessions are always a fun adventure. As a photographer I want to capture their relationship, their time uninterrupted but as a client they are so aware that a camera is there photographing them and their every move. Taking the time to slow down and work together to achieve a natural session is so important.
Kathryn contacted me before the holidays to set up a sunset engagement session; her one request Joshua Trees! I love out desert and I love to capture clients that are excited about it’s beauty so of course I was ready to oblige. 15 years I have been here and I still believe there is nothing like our sunrises and sunsets.
We met at a hot spot in Joshua Tree before traveling to a desert location so we took advantage of getting to know each other a little and of the great textures at the JT Saloon. I was quickly aware I would have to remind these two to look at the camera every once in awhile because they were fairly smitten with one another.
Kathryn from the east coast and Jack from the west are here in Twentynine Palms courtesy of the Marine Corps but they are enjoying their time here, together awaiting the next adventure. A fall wedding to plan on the other coast and possibly an upcoming move they are fully learning all about Marine Corps family life.
Playful, flirty and fun would be my best description of these two and their session. I asked Jack a couple of questions, “Do you ever give her piggy back rides?” His response, ” Depends on where we are going.” It was stated with such confidence no one would have guessed the real answer NEVER. So we tried it. I also asked him, “Do you have a thing, you know a special sweet kiss or something?” Well what followed was a silly rendition of kissing but oh so sweet.
I wish you many years of happiness and joy! May life and the Marine Corps take you on many adventures together. Congratulations Jack and Kathryn!
I understand all too well how difficult it is to get an updated family photo now that the kids are grown and living somewhere else so when Margie asked me to come over on Christmas Eve I was game. It was definitely a cold desert winter day but everyone was a good sport about hanging out in the impressive view of their home’s yard. Yes this is what they get to wake up to!
So they all had me cracking up the entire time. From the pup who seemed to be right in there for photos, to the granddaughter who had her supermodel poses practiced and ready, and the boys who were playful and ornery keeping everyone smiling. Capturing this families dynamic was my pleasure and these images speak to their love for one another!
I know Margie’s heart will melt and I am so glad we were able to spend a small piece of the holiday making memories that she can hang on her wall.
2017 has BIG things coming, I am beyond excited but before we move forward let’s take a moment to look back through this year of awesomeness!
Every year I am amazed at the collection of experiences I have through my lens. The emotions, the connections, the relationships, reunions, new life and existing bonds, the moments captured; I am never quite prepared for all that it is. The images before me never cease to inspire me to want to work harder for this business and for you my clients and friends.
Throughout the years, I have watched your families grow, change, send loved ones off to new adventures and reconnect again and again. I have met so many new people, made new friends, hung out with those visiting our beautiful desert while on vacation, snuggled the newest of babies, so many of my own stories and experiences are because of all of you. Capturing your love stories, your birth stories, your history and your hopes for tomorrow is always my honor and my goal.
In this year, I have shared with you 39 families. 4 weddings, 1 vow renewal, 2 military retirements, 7 life events, 1 birth, 8 mommas & daddies to be, 11 newborns, 6 seniors, 3 military families reunited, 6 cakes smashes, 1 tea party birthday celebration, 1 sunset father/daughter dance session and 8 sessions celebrating childhood milestones. I look at these collages and I am astonished at this year and the beauty that it has held.
Thank you for choosing Memories by Tasha Photography. Can’t wait to see you in 2017!
Welcome home Marine! This is the second time I have been able to be with this family to welcome home their hero. Such a sweet thing as a photographer to work with the same families again and again. One of my greatest blessings.
Homecomings are such a raw event to photograph. There is an anticipation in the air like nothing else you can imagine because while your spouse has been gone everyone has grown, changed; life has continued and paused all at the same time here at home in away that is difficult to understand.
Children play while the waiting is sometimes long, spouses are tuned into their emotions and trying to keep their own feet on the ground while they wait for the first sighting of those white buses. There is so much love and excitement in the air that you can’t help but feel the emotions yourself. As the white buses make their way Lindsay’s excitement began to bubble over, her smiles became those that only her Marine could create, the love of her life was actually somewhere in the sea of uniforms looking for her. That first glance and smile will determine the next moments, Lindsay ran and greeted her hero with a hug that escaped all the months and miles that kept them apart. Her world was silent in the chaos and whole once again.
As a father and husband leaving behind your family for months to serve your country all comes down in the end to these moments of familiar comfort, the smiles that have kept you going and the warmth of being with your family once again.
Welcome home! And thank you Sloan family for your service.
This family became my family a bit over 20 years ago and they have been stuck with me since. When asked would I help to capture this moment in time I was honored. 50 years of marriage, years of love and life together! Through marrying, military life, children, and retirement these two have remained ever faithful and have something so worthy of celebration! I am glad I could share in this day with you and the family; I hope you enjoy the captures of the day!
Family came from all around to celebrate. We took a family pictures that were long overdue. We ate and conversed. All around a perfect afternoon celebrating love; imperfections and perfections!
When I was contacted to photograph two BFFs for a birthday I was excited to discuss what we could do that would make this session different and special. We decided we would take some shots of them together and add a color session at the end. Unsure of what it was going to be like the girls showed up for a little adventure. We met at some abandoned structures in the desert to give us a little different feel and back drop. With the desire to chronicle this time and this friendship I just asked the girls to hang together and pretend that there wasn’t a camera on them 🙂 Our friendships throughout life become such a piece of who we are. Those that we grow with, share with, cry with, and just simply be with. Everyone should have a BFF photo shoot!
I still have no idea what was said during all the whispering but I know whatever it was they couldn’t keep from laughing and having a good time. There was a little hesitance when the color came out but quickly they found their silliness and began having fun. Both became decorated with beautiful colors! Success was made in capturing this time in each of their lives. Thank you again for letting me spend this time with you all!