…Until you’ve answered these five questions! Even if we had never picked up a camera in our life, we’d still feel pretty strongly about what a big decision it is to hire a wedding photographer. So, to help you along your way, we’ve put together this list of questions you’ve just got to ask yourself before you even consider putting us in that role!
1. Do you like us?
Yes, we’re serious. And we’ve listed this question first because we believe it is the most important. We want you to like us! As much as we’d like to be, we’re just can’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Jamie may laugh a little too loud for some people, and some may think Eric’s grandpa jokes are sort of lame. And that’s OKAY! If you don’t see yourself being friends with us, as hard as it may be to say, we may not be the wedding photographers for you.
We don’t want to be photographers who shows up, complete a job, take your check and leave. We want to be along for the ride, encouraging you all the the way! We LOVE our couples. We’re borderline obsessed. We are so in love with your love and admire you all more than you know! We love when get to spend time with you, we pray for your relationships and we are so excited for you!
Plus, let’s face it. We are in your face ALL. DAY. LONG. You will see us more than you’ll see your wedding party on the big day. Heck, you’ll see more of us than you will your spouse! You’re basically marrying us….. Just kidding! (kind of…) In all seriousness, you will be spending at least 8 hours of arguably the most important day of your lives with US! You’d better like us!
Having a friendship with us also helps your photos look better. It’s true! When you’re comfortable with us, you’re comfortable in front of the camera, thus creating natural, genuine photographs. And that’s what we are all looking for, right?
2. Do you like our photography style?
There are a lot of extremely talented photographers in the area who have a lot of different shooting styles. We describe our photography style as joyful, bright and genuine. Taking a look at our recent weddings will give you a good understanding of what your day could look like. Would you use those words when you describe your future wedding photos? Perfect! If not, that’s ok, too, and there are many other photographers who can see your vision for your wedding photos just like you do. Remember, this is YOUR day – you get to call the shots.
3. This is a big deal, right!?
Marriage is such a blessing. It’s a beautiful, holy union, and we don’t take it lightly. You’ve waited your whole life for this one person, and they are here, and they are willing to give you their forever. Your wedding isn’t just a party, you guys, it’s a celebration of real, deep, ’til-death-do-us-part love. It’s the ceremony that symbolizes two people, leaving their families and creating their own with each other.
As cheesy as it sounds, we really do feel like we’re capturing your first family heirlooms. Let that sink in. You will be showing your grandchildren these wedding photos one day. Hopefully, these photos will make someone say, “WOW! Look how much Mom loved Dad. Look at the love that created me.” Y’all, that’s a BIG deal, and we so hope you feel the same way! 🙂
4. Do you both (bride AND groom) agree on the decision?
We can’t stress this enough! We know that usually, the bride is doing a lot of the wedding planning. That’s definitely not always the case, but more often than not, we are in communication with the bride. We always try to encourage couples, though, to both attend consultations so that they both can get to know us to see if we’re a good fit.
5. Does it feel right?
We don’t have anything incredibly profound to say about this, but it’s SO worth considering. If any potential wedding vendor makes you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, it’s time to MOVE ON! This is your big day, and it’s certainly no place for egos. Sometimes, it’s just something unspoken – just a feeling. With any person you sign up to spend a good deal of time with, make sure it’s easy to smile, laugh and say what’s on your mind. Make sure it feels right.
We hope these questions will help you as you make one of the many big decisions you’ll make regarding your wedding day. Please let us know if there is any way we can help you through this process!