Monday, February 20, 2012

wedding advice - photographer.

I think that photography is one of the main aspects of wedding planning that people obsess over, because of course they want their pictures to be perfect! They want to be able to look back on the memories that happened so fast - the look on the groom's face as he sees his bride, the kiss of all kisses, the beautiful dress as the bride is twirling, etc. This is understandably VERY important. 

Here are some things to consider when choosing a photographer:
  • Taste/Desires: What is your taste when it comes to wedding photos? Do you like classically posed pictures, mostly candid shots, or does having an abstract/unique point of view take precedence? Take some time to visit wedding websites and look at different styles of photos. Figure out what you are drawn to and what is most important for you to have captured. Use Pinterest - I wish I had had that luxury when I was planning!
  • Recommendations: Does the photographer come highly recommended from someone you trust? If you have a wedding planner, with whom has he/she enjoyed successful collaboration? Does the person making the recommendation understand your taste and what you want?
  • Experience: The photographer MUST have wedding experience. Although it may be tempting to hire your friend's friend who likes to upload their "photography" on Facebook for cheap, it won't be worth the money saved. Think about everything that goes into it - getting into the right positions, knowing where to be to get the best shots, knowing what shots are the most crucial, being efficient and quick, blending into the surroundings, having a calm demeanor even when things get stressful, being able to shoot for the entire day, etc. Only an experienced photographer can know how to effectively do all of these things!
  • Budget: Yes, photographers are pricey. If you do have a wedding planner, he/she can help you find some photographers in your price range. If not, you need to figure out a price range AFTER you see how much photographers actually cost. If you don't prepare yourself, you might be surprised. But remember that the pictures are what will last - what you will show your grandchildren! :)

Here are some things I personally considered when choosing our photographer:
  • Comfort: Was I going to be comfortable around this person? Do our personalities clash or work well together? I knew I was going to be around the photographer a lot, so this was important! I wanted pictures of me and my girls getting ready, and knew I would be more comfortable if a fellow female was the one taking pictures of that. Which I'm now glad of, because I was basically naked as my dress was being put on, haha. She got to know me more than she wanted to, I'm sure!
  • Team: I knew that I wanted more than one photographer at the wedding. And I didn't mean someone who barely knew what they were doing - another actual photographer. That way one could be shooting Jordan rubbing cake all over my face while the other could be shooting my little cousin with the garter on his head. 
  • Experience with Location: This was huge for me - my location at the Grand Marquise Ballroom was a setting with all kinds of lighting - including lights that changed color every few seconds while we were dancing. It wasn't going to be constantly bright in there. But since my photographer had experience shooting weddings in that ballroom, she already knew how to handle the lighting or lack thereof. Someone who had only shot outside weddings would not have been a good fit for us. 
  • Package: How long could we have the photographers? Were we going to get the edited photos on a disk? Were we allowed to put them online? Was an album included? Were prints included? These are all questions that were important when figuring out what package we went with. It all depends on what you want and how much you want to pay.
  • Extra Sessions: In the package I knew I wanted an engagement photo shoot and a bridal portrait shoot. And the bridal portrait shoot needed to be in their studio since it was in February and there was no way I was going to look good in pictures if I was freezing in my dress!

Sooo what photographer did we use? Neil Boyd Photography from Raleigh, NC! 
Neil Boyd shot my bridal portrait session, while Bridget Daily (on their team of photographers) did the engagement shoot and the wedding. LOVED them!

And because of them, Jordan and I are going to be on the cover of The Bride's Book magazine - yay! :)

Here are some examples of the excellent job they did.


This is the only bridal portrait I have on my computer for some reason - I'll try to find more later!

The Wedding

(warning - lots of pics!)

flowers by Expressions of Love

flowers by Expressions of Love

by Expressions of Love

by Expressions of Love

by Cinda's Creative Cakes

by Cinda's Creative Cakes

Please email me or comment if you have any specific questions, or anything else you want to know about choosing a wedding photographer - I'd love to help! :)



  1. Simply gorgeous!! What a beautiful couple!

  2. Love these!!! You two are so adorable together!! :) Thanks for sharing! <3

  3. These photos are amazing! Did you guys do a dance for your guests?

  4. Your photos are incredible! I am so looking forward to finding a photographer - the pictures are what I care about very most. This is all such great advice, thanks for sharing!


  5. Man I wish I would have known all this when I got married!! And um.. This is seriously the prettiest wedding Ive EVER seen!! So gorgeous :)

  6. Oh Ashley, these photos are WONDERFUL!!! I love love love them.

    Keep Shining,

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  8. This is a great post! We had a very inexpensive wedding-paid for everything ourselves and photography was one thing we had to cut out of our budget. Looking back, I wish this would have been the one place we splurged because we don't really have any wedding photos.

    Your pictures are GORGEOUS!!

  9. Gorgeous and lovely photos. You two make a beautiful couple :) This was also a great and informative post :)

  10. I love these pictures! Your cake looks to die for. I love that you had your monogram iced on it, too!

  11. Stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to show yous some blog luv! def enjoyed this post :)def some AMAZING pics. looks like a gr8 wedding!

  12. wow beautiful beautiful photos!! just amazing ashley. and is that the garter on the little boy's head? hilarious!

  13. Okay seriously, we had a Baseball GLOVE for the ring-bearer, too!! That makes me happy! Your pictures are absolutely lovely and you guys look so happy :)

    Great advice, and so agree...worthy every penny!



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