Okay, so here’s the thing. This is important, you’re about to drop thousands of dollars on a photographer, so it’s worth the 5 minute read. I’ve gotta prepare you a little bit before we go any further because it’s important that we are on the same page, because hiring a photographer is a big deal. Not just because of the money, it’s a big deal because you don’t realize it now because this is probably (hopefully haha) your first time having a wedding, but you’re going to be spending so much of your wedding day with your photographer. So I want to make sure we are a good fit, because I’m going to basically be your third wheel through this crazy emotional vulnerable time in your life.
If you’re attracted to my photos because of the real, raw, non-cliché emotion, you’re going to have to be okay with opening up and letting me be more than just a photographer, actually being a friend, otherwise we will never get those photos you want. For me to be able to create my best work and show how weird or sarcastic or teasing or romantic your relationship actually is, we’ve gotta be friends. Now, that doesn't mean you need to tell me your deepest darkest secrets but you’ve gotta be okay with taking a few shots of fireball together, chowing down on some Taco Bell after our shoot and laughing at yourself tripping on your mud stained dress and be down to be jumping up and down with excitement when you have your first kiss.
Why are these moments so important? These are the ones you are going to look back on years from now and cry over. How do I know that? Because I have photos like this in my own life. My junior year of high school I lost my grandfather and my close friend, and even to this day, almost 6 years later, I find myself holding onto those photos I have of them laughing or crying, or fist bumping after a touchdown or my grandfather kissing his bird he loved so dearly. Those are the memories that inspired me to create them for others as well, and that’s one reason why photography is such a valuable aspect of your big day.
Why would you want to hire someone that feels like a stranger with a camera, telling you to fake laugh in some random field that isn’t meaningful to you? Let’s go back to the burger joint where you had your first date at and got milkshakes, or where you first told each other you loved one another even if that’s in the back of your truck underneath the stars. I want you guys to be totally yourselves. If you guys are usually wearing dirty sneakers or have your hair up in a messy bun, then don’t try and wear some fancy shit you’d never actually wear in real life because although you’d look good in the photos, you won’t look like yourselves. And why would you want to be anyone other than the weird goofy, sarcastic, romantic, tickle monster, burrito loving, nerds you truly are?
So here’s the thing, let’s get on the same page. We won’t be a good fit if you are just trying to follow all the traditions, pleasing your parents and taking all the meaningful aspects out of your day, if you are just getting married in a barn wearing stilettos with glitter everywhere because you feel like you have to, or if you want to look perfect in every photo. I want to capture photos of you two sneaking off to take a hike with your dog the morning of your wedding, I want to capture the real laughs that aren’t posed or fake (the more double chins the better, right?). I would rather miss that photo of a centerpiece on a table because I’m getting photos of your dad writing his speech with shaky hands and a sniffly nose the morning of your wedding. I want you to look at the photos and laugh at your flower girl with a wedgie and your clumsy best friend with wine on her dress. I want to capture the emotion and the meaning, because this should be about the love, not putting on an event where everything needs to go “perfect” because guess what? That’s not how life is. I want to capture those imperfect moments where you’re trying to hold back from peeing your pants laughing or doing the worm on the dance floor. Or you two singing so loud at the top of your lungs to the first song that you two jammed out to on your first road trip together, or you spilling your mimosa all over the floor the morning of because your best friend showed you the funniest cat video (cause lets be real, who doesn’t love a cat video?!). Those are the moments you will never want to forget, and the ones I want to capture for you.
I want you to have the best photographer you possibly can, because these are photos you can’t ever redo. I know you don’t realize it now while you’re so focused on the rest of your wedding planning and budgets and all that stressful stuff, but photography is something that will only increase in value over time. I can’t tell you how many couples I’ve met who have told me their biggest regret about their wedding was skimping out on a cheap photographer because they needed more money for their centerpieces and paying for their dad’s college buddy to eat at your reception. Photos aren’t going to be thrown away the day after your wedding. You’re going to be showing these to your kids in 10, 20, 50 years that will make you remember why you love each other so much and the photos are going to be something you use to tell stories of your best friends, or your loved one who is now passed away. You’re not going to be using them to show your grandchildren your flowers, but rather how goofy their family members looked dancing to songs they will never know.
Phew, you got through all that! If you’ve gotten to this point, it means you’re still into this, and still into me ;) So, fill out the form below and let’s start dreaming up a date for you guys that I’ll third wheel with you, with my camera. I’m stoked you read this because it shows you give a shit, we now get to stop faking it and become actual friends. We get to know one another, have drinks together, eat McDonald’s in a parking lot between your ceremony and reception, and party like never before!
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