Southern Arizona Photographer – Questions to Ask? Interviewing a wedding photographer.

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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.Bride & Groom 1st Look-20

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.

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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!

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This is an important conversation to have and I would love your feedback or questions!

A year just flies by – Southern Arizona Photographer

We met over a year ago to announce that the Okkema’s were growing from two to three!  We planned the maternity session and newborn session, I couldn’t have been more excited when you asked me to continue to commemorate this time indoor family’s life!  From announcements to being a one year old ready to conquer the park, that cake but not the balloon machine ;).

This girl did a number on that cake.  She really didn’t eat much of it but she made sure it knew who the boss was and that she made a good mess for me to photograph!  Her excited smile had us cracking up the entire session and made me smile while editing these gorgeous images.

Can’t wait to continue to capture your journey as the Marine Corps takes you across the country.  How lucky am I that they are sending you somewhere I already have a place to stay!  Continue to enjoy every moment that this time has to offer and I look forward to see you all soon!

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Twentynine Palms Photographer {Before and After}

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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.

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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.

Twentynine Palms Family Photographer {Jenkins Family 2017}

I say it every year, I am going to be better about blogging these sessions, these moments in time that I am so lucky to be trusted to capture.  This family and I have been capturing moments together since the beginning of my business and I can’t express how awesome it is to have watched them through the years.  I have grown to have an amazing friendship with the momma of this family and continue to be proud of what they stand for.  Thank you for once again letting me into your lives Jenkins family!TwentyninePalmsFamilyPhotographer - Jenkins

Twentynine Palms Military Event Photographer { Wilson Family Homecoming }

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.

Furline Homecoming – Twentynine Palms Homecoming Event Photographer

I have been remiss in my blogging duties so what better way to start than to share this military homecoming event from a couple of weeks ago.   I LOVE homecomings!  They are emotional, raw and amazing.  Tailor contacted me to memorialize these moments for her and her Marine.  She was so sweet as we stood out in the late night waiting for those hated and loved white busses.  They are what sweep your marine away and what returns them safe in your arms.

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Mahrer Mommy and Me Moments with Memories by Tasha Photography – Yucca Valley Family Photographer

I love, love, love these sessions.  As a mom they absolutely pull on my heartstrings and now that my girls are older the opportunities for these things are fewer.  With Mother’s Day fast approaching I am reminded of the special connection between a parent and a child, between a mother and her baby.  When Leslie contacted me to schedule this special session I was excited to help commemorate her very first Mother’s Day and when two beauties show up like this magic happens.  This session gave me all the feels.  Enjoy!

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