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!

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

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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The Niemi Kids and Memories by Tasha Photography visit the Redlands Historical Train Station

I am regularly reminded how very lucky I am when I get to spend the day with amazing little human beings like these three; I really find their mom delightful too.  I have had the pleasure of not only working with them over the last three years but also getting to know their family.  I am lucky.  We went on an adventure for this particular milestone session to commemorate their 3rd and 5th birthdays plus their love of trains.  While there are no trains at this nonworking station it sure did give us a great backdrop and feel.  The kids felt like they were on an adventure although we were told the imaginary train that pulled through whisking the kids off did not provide any snacks so we had to take care of that ourselves.  Thank you again Niemi family for ALWAYS providing me with the cutest models and an afternoon of laughter!

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Kelsey’s Senior Session with Memories by Tasha Photography – Yucca Valley Photographer

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This is such an exciting time in our youths’ lives.  They are preparing for their tomorrows, enjoying their todays, and trying to figure it all out along the way.  This beautiful young lady was so much fun to photograph.  We wondered around the Morongo Preserve and Pioneertown to capture these fantastic images.  She wasn’t too sure about being the focus of the camera at first but as you can see she was a natural.  Both beautiful inside and out she is looking forward to her future all while serving God.  A wonderful soul.

Serb Couple’s Session with Memories by Tasha Photography – Twentynine Palms Photographer

We seriously laughed the entire session.  I am not sure who was the funny but the three of us couldn’t help ourselves.  Donuts, donuts are quite laughable.  These two lovebirds are here for the desert views as long as the Marine Corps tells them so they wanted to opportunity to capture a piece of their story while they are here.  It is always wonderful to meet a couple so well connected and that can make each other laugh; laughter truly does give a relationship such a spark.  I enjoyed getting to know these two and photographing themTwentynine Palms Couples Photography - Twentynine Palms Couples Photographer Serb

Browning Family Perfectly Imperfect with Memories by Tasha Photography – Twentynine Palms Photographer

So this family and I have had a long photographic history with one another.  I began photographing their story when Maddie was a newborn.  We have had many sessions together since, her momma loves pictures!  Hilary wanted to do a stylized session so we ran with some great ideas.  I ordered 50 yards of tulle and began designing.  This was my first session ever where I made all of the clothing that they were wearing.  We had plans, great plans.  Sunset, gorgeous dresses it was going to be perfection.  We also had a two year old.  She let us know the moment we attempted to put her dress on that she was the boss.  Hilary had already let me know she wanted real; she wanted to tell their story, the one that they are living right here and right now.  She wanted all of it.  So that is what we did and every image is perfect.  Every image has a moment, a memory attached to it and for that I am grateful.  I love my job!  I love perfect imperfection!Twentynine Palms Family Photographer - Yucca Valley Family Photographer Browning

Are you ready to capture your perfect story?  Memories by Tasha Photography would love to help you do that; contact us today!