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Your Wedding Journey: From Your Photographer’s Perspective

August 31, 2023

Hey guys! We recorded our first official episode of our original new podcast, Illuminating Perspectives. In this episode, we talked about the wedding journey from a photographer’s perspective and how to get the most out of your wedding photography experience. From the proposal to the honeymoon, we educate couples on what to expect and a few tips for making the most out of their wedding photography journey.

Embracing that Magic Moment, The Proposal

Do you need your proposal photographed? Well, ask yourself, is this something that is important to you? Is it in your budget? Will you be grateful that you have these photos one day? Or would it be better to you to make that moment as intimate as possible, meaning no photographer nearby.

If you’re waiting for a proposal from your partner and you are planning to have it photographed, maybe try to subtly let your partner know this or reach out to a mutual friend to help out!

Where should a proposal be? I recommend doing this in a place that is special to both of you. It’s also important to think about how your partner may want to be asked. I’m sure there are lots of people out there who would want to be asked in a fancy restaurant in front of a 100 people but I am not one of those people. Your partner may not be either. Think about that.

Planning Your Dream Wedding with Confidence

Every detail matters, and I’m here to ensure that your individuality shines through every photograph. Trust your instincts and know that your vision matters.

Planning your wedding is an opportunity to showcase your unique personalities and love story. Don’t be afraid to infuse your choices with your passions and dreams. Trust your instincts and know that your vision matters.

When to hire and how to choose your wedding photographer? Hire ASAP. I’m already booking 2025 couples here in August of 2023, especially if you’re in the South like us and are planning a fall wedding. Fall is our busiest season here in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.

Choose a photographer that aligns with your style, someone within your budget but if you were to push your budget anywhere, photography is where it should be in my very biased opinion. Everything that you invest in on your wedding day will probably be thrown out or never seen again EXCEPT for the photographs. Photos are the things that last for generations. They should be an important investment.

Should you hire a planner? At the very least, you should hire a day-of coordinator. This is non-negotiable. You need a middle man to point everyone in the right direction but A planner is good for so many reasons. For one, you’re able to enjoy your engagement. A planner has experience in this whereas you likely do not. They will have connections to all the best vendors, they will know how to understand your vision, plus, you and your family will be able to enjoy the day stress-free.

Pre-Wedding Sessions

Engagement photoshoots and bridal portraits offer you a chance to celebrate your love in a more intimate setting. Embrace these moments of connection. Let your genuine affection shine through, and I’ll ensure that these photographs reflect your unique chemistry and anticipation for the big day.

First and foremost, try not to spend your entire engagement era in stress mode. Enjoy this time together. It’s a special part of your story. I cannot repeat this enough.

Book an engagement session with your wedding photographer. Choose a location that’s special to both of you, whether that’s a local coffee shop you love, the place where you had your first picnic, or the land you plan to build a house on. Let loose and have fun even if that means taking a shot of liquor before you start.

Consider a bridal or boudoir session. These are not for everyone. I recommend bridal sessions when we start building the wedding day itinerary and see that there will be minimal time for this. It’s great to go ahead and have a relaxed portrait session ahead of time. Plus, you get to wear your dress twice! Fun! Boudoir sessions can be a great gift on wedding day. ;)

The Big Day

On your wedding day, remember that every emotion, every glance, and every exchange is worth capturing. This day is about celebrating your love and commitment, surrounded by your loved ones. Trust that your photographer is focused on preserving the essence of your celebration while you immerse yourselves in the joy of the occasion. 

Find a photographer who understands the importance of every little moment rather than artificial moments. These are the photos that are going to mean the most to you one day.

Try your best to not focus on a shot list or a Pinterest board. This is a celebration of you and your partner with all of your closest loved ones nearby – focus on that. If you hired the right photographer and you are really connecting to the day, the photos will be perfect.

Extending the Joy to Your Honeymoon

As you transition from the wedding day to the honeymoon, keep that excitement alive. Your journey is just beginning.

Honeymoon sessions are beginning to become quite the thing now and I would LOVE to hop on this soon. I’ve never shot photos on a honeymoon but I could imagine them being one of the best couples sessions you’ve ever had. Imagine the high you will be on after marrying the love of your life! You will be glowing. So don’t pass on the honeymoon session. I think it would be totally worth it if it fits into your budget.

Other than that, enjoy your time. You just got married!!! Relish in this sweet, sweet newlywed era.

Bride and groom dip for a kiss on the rocky bluff at Infinity Event Venue in Section Alabama

Your wedding photography experience is an investment in your love story—one that will stand the test of time. As you start this journey, remember that we’re not just capturing images; we’re creating memories that will be cherished for generations. Your photographer is here to support and empower you every step of the way, ensuring that your story is told authentically and beautifully.

To all the couples, be yourselves, embrace the journey, and trust that your story is worth celebrating. Your photographer is here to capture your essence and preserve the magic that unfolds in each chapter.

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