Having been through a butt load of weddings have granted me some knowledge that - well - the average bride and groom probably don't have. I mean, most of you have never planned a wedding before. Sure, maybe you've been a bridesmaid or helped out at a friends wedding (then you have a head start!), but for most, the intricacies and behind the scenes of weddings is probably a little overwhelming. You choose your wedding vendors. You pick a wedding venue. You taste food and wedding cakes and cocktails and design decor and decide on colors for you wedding. What else is there?
(Glad you asked)
1. Make sure whoever will be helping the bride into her dress is already dressed and photo ready! This is a big one that I always make sure to tell my brides when the time comes. If mom is going to be in a photo, she will likely want to be photo ready. :)
2. Even if you don't want to wear a veil, it okay to bring one for just a few photos! That is exactly what Kristen did, and just look at how pretty a v...
There was a time when I was afraid to go to Detroit, but after working there so many times as a wedding photographer, this city seriously has my heart. Over the past few years, I have really rebranded myself to be a Detroit wedding photographer, and let me show you why! There is so much beauty and class and amazing architecture in Detroit (not to mention the food and cocktails!). Here are my top 15 most favorite Detroit area wedding venues - both for your ceremony and getting ready (and everything in between)!
If you have been planning your wedding long, you probably have come across articles from The Knot and Wedding Wire and wherever else about questions that you should ask potential photographers. Along with their average photography budget, they got these questions horribly wrong. I know because I have seen them and been asked them. Here is the thing - knowing what equipment your photographer uses gives you absolutely no clue about their experience or skill level. It merely tells you how much money they spent on gear (if you happen even know what their equipment list means). Here is what you actually for real should ask a potential photographer and other important things to consider while on the search.
1. DO ask how we would describe our style - this might be answered simply by reading the main page of their website or taking a quick gander at a portfolio, but this is a hugely important thing to consider when booking a photographer. Why? Let me tell you a story.
Last weekend, I went away with an awesome group of local women entrepreneurs. We brainstormed and vented and gave suggestions and talked marketing and business and health and goals and dreams. While I went thinking "I don't really have much to work on," I left with so much inspiration and lots of new ideas and realizations.
1. Surrender - last year, I went into the year discouraged and wanting to book more weddings and specifically destination elopements. I wanted it so badly and it seemed like there was absolutely nothing I could do to book these sessions. By May, I was distracted by our home build. Once again, it was all I could think about and all I wanted. I went after it with every fiber of my being - claiming that getting what you want is all about being willing to work hard enough and do whatever it takes. I did everything I could and eventually the stress basically sent me into a mental breakdown. And in the end, it was out of control. We would have to wait, and I would have t...
If you are looking for an alternative to the big traditional wedding and would rather elope, read this post about tying the knot in nature - from Northern Michigan to the Pacific Coast, these locations are sure to impress.