This morning I read a blog post from Orange County wedding photographer Jasmine Star about questions a bride should ask their photographer, but don't. Find it here. I am an avid fan & follower of Jasmine, her work & writing. (In fact I'm sure you'll already know I'm over the moon to be going to one of her limited workshops in Sydney in February!) So this particular blog post of Jasmine's got me thinking about the types of questions I get asked a lot by potential clients.
How do you work on a wedding day? Do your packages include a second shooter? What equipment do you use? Do I need to come up with a whole list of shots that I want you to take?
These types of questions get asked a lot and while, granted, they are questions that need answered, my blog & website will show you the answer to most of these questions & the rest I will go over during our consult. I do free no-obligation consults with any inquiring bride-to-be because I think its so important to get to know each other, make sure the wedding photographer you are paying for is your type of person & you like their work. These "consults" are usually more of a casual coffee date (I like coffee ;) and are the perfect chance for me to find out about your love story, discuss how I work on a wedding day & ask about the plans for your big day. The better I know you & your story the better I can be connected and tell your story with my camera.
So Jasmine gave 5 questions every bride should ask their wedding photographer to ensure you choose a wedding photographer that you will gel with & I decided I'd like to give you my answers to these questions:
How do you spend your free time?
My favourite free-time activities include reading a good book, spending time with my husband and our dog - preferably outdoors, baking, sharing a BBQ with friends, bubble baths, hanging out in the sun at the river and more. Not in that order.
What's your most favourite memory at a wedding?
The groom's reaction when he sees his bride for the first time. Guys aren't overly emotional creatures, let's be honest. But when you see the love in a groom's eyes - that's a special moment!
But of course my most favourite memory is from my own wedding day. I will always remember walking down the aisle, struggling to put one foot in front of the other due to being so nervous as I made my way to Matt with everyone looking at me, and as I came to stand beside him, he leaned down, whispered in my ear for only me to hear; "You look beautiful." It made all my nerves melt away & was a moment between just us two.
What's the worst thing that's happened to you on a wedding day?
Ummm. Touch wood, I haven't had any disasters! But on my own wedding day I forgot to take my Sealeg pills & I got slightly carsick while we were driving around getting photos done on location!!!
What are you most proud of?
No seriously, I'm more proud of my man than I am of all my own personal achievements or successes.
He makes me laugh more than he makes me cry, he holds my hand when we walk, says I love you with such sincerity, he's my good-looking second shooter, he cooks me dinner while I work in the evenings, he accepts me for all my faults. He's the other half of me & when we're not together I don't feel quite complete.
I am so proud of him & the good person that he is.
Why did you become a wedding photographer?
Because I love capturing people's stories through photos that can be enjoyed forever.
And the story of a wedding day is full of all my favourite things:
Love ~ family & friends ~ lots of laughter & tears of joy ~ jewellery & flowers ~ cars (that's more for Matt than me ;) ~ and of course the happy ever after.