Last weekend we had the pleasure of celebrating my lovely sister's beautiful wedding. As the curtain began to drop on the celebration, sitting next to Rob in my bridesmaid's dress, my thoughts turned for a minute towards our wedding shoot the upcoming weekend. I am always working, even when I am not. I am always thinking of our next job. Rob on the other hand was very much enjoying the groom's homemade peach and apple pie moonshines that were, in Rob's words, the bomb diggity. I took a glance over at our friend David whom was quietly and thoughtfully documenting the children on the dance floor, when I was struck with the thought that we are so very lucky to do what we do as wedding photographers.
Weddings are such an intimate experience. Most people probably do not think about them that way since we often choose to share our wedding day with hundreds of our closet family members and friends. But it is a day we are not afraid to express raw emotion and share personal experiences and life stories. As photographers, we document the countless hours of work, many drops of tears, the tremendous outpouring of love, and all of the activity and emotions that go into making a wedding a memorable experience. We are essentially invited to be a part of the family for the day. What an incredible honor.
During my sister's wedding preparations, I made note of a few things to blog about-- items that might be helpful to any bride or groom that might stumble upon our blog. My first word of advice is to choose a photographer that you trust. Find someone whose work you honestly enjoy. Look for comments and feedback from their clients. Contact the photographer and meet for an in-person consultation. Find out if you like them and want to work with them. Never hire a photographer that you have trouble connecting with. They need to earn your trust and confidence. You are not just hiring them to take a few pictures. You are hiring them to capture and preserve the beginning of your new life.
Congratulations to all of the Newlyweds!