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!
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!
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!
So where do I begin…… I had so much fun editing this beautiful wedding. We all adventured from Twentynine Palms and other southern California locations to watch these two say I do in front of their family and friends. They have actually been married almost a year but wanted to share in a beautiful, loved filled day with those they love most. We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather on Camp Pendleton on this December day and everything went off without a hitch. I love my almost sneak peeks and these two had fun with it helping me to create some great images. With a gorgeous ceremony in The Ranch Chapel these two said I do and we used the rustic old world feel of the location for their wedding session. I have to say nothing tops a first dance for me; I honestly think it is such an intimate and special for the newly married couple so I couldn’t help putting together a great collage of these two in black and white.
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Lopez for sharing your day and story with me!
If you’re ready to tell your wedding day story contact Memories by Tasha Photography!
Arielle contacted me with a quick fused request, she needed engagement pictures and she had a short timeline. Her Marine was deploying in a few days. We worked out some good locations on base and got to photographing. Her Marine is a tank mechanic so we wanted to include the vehicles in our session. As a first for me I was excited to see what we could do and I will say we got a lot more images than I would have thought. This was a fun loving session that I am honored to have done. Thank you for letting me capture this important time Anthony and Arielle!
If you want to capture an exciting time in your life contact Memories by Tasha Photography!