Howdy! Our first anniversary just passed! A little over a year ago we got married just outside of College Station, Texas. With wedding season in full swing, I feel I should share my advice to brides about my experience with wedding photography.
I had an interest in photography from a young age and that interest made me super picky on who I would choose to capture these memories that would flood our walls for many years to come. As we started looking around, the prices startled me and even more so, my husband.
He said, "no wonder you want to do photography!" I had to remind him that I wanted to focus on family photography and not weddings.
But as I browsed quite a few portfolios, I was looking for a photographer that was unique and captured beautiful sun glares in the background. I was looking for vivid, bright colors and not so many traditional poses. I found one and loved her even more because of her personality. So I convinced my husband to hire her.
Our engagement pictures were great! Except for the part that we needed to lose weight, but that's not her fault!
Now the wedding day. After doing lots of research, I had a perfect wedding day timeline for everyone to know where they're supposed to be and when. But my makeup lady took FOREVER!! She pushed us back so much that I didn't have time to take some fun shots of me with my bridesmaids for some pretty bridal shots since I didn't have a bridal session.
Uh, way to stress a bride out! I guess you get what you pay for but at least she did a great job.
But prior to the wedding day, my photographer and I had already talked about how much I enjoy photography and what traditional family group poses we would do. I also told her that I didn't want to spend all my time taking pictures though because I wanted to enjoy the party I had just spent months planning. And planning pretty much all by myself I might add because family didn't live close. I wanted to enjoy and celebrate this day that was only going to happen ONCE!
Well the sneak peaks she posted on Facebook afterwards were pretty good. But then I got them all back and there was only one traditional photo of me and my new husband.
That was the ONLY posed shot!
Well...there were a few cute ones by this cool 'I Do' sign the venue had but they were far away because they were giant letters in a field. I don't know if it was because the weather didn't hold up well or she took me too literally, but I wasn't very happy.
But like seriously! I wanted to do some cute unique or sweet photos you see in magazines or something. To top it off, I was still not very happy about my weight, but again, not her fault.
Everyone told me not to pay that much for a wedding photographer, but I did. And maybe I'm being too picky or critical, but either way, I was disappointed. :(
So moral of the story, is to take a TON of pictures. I regret not taking so many. You'll be happy you did and you'll have so many favorites!
P.S. I've lost almost 30 pounds since then! :)
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Howdy! I'm Michelle Burdick & thanks for checking out BHP's blog! Here you find tips and tricks for your next family photo session, as well as my take on life in general. Thanks & Gig 'em!