Welcome to the very first post of a new series I am starting here on the blog! There are a million things that happen behind the scenes in the life of a photographer and I have learned so many great tips, tricks and lessons throughout my years in this business. Thanks to inspiration from so many other photographers I love and generally stalk online, I am starting this series: Adventures of a Photographer, to share some of these things with you. Now, I'm no know-it-all and obviously every single family session, client meeting, wedding day, newborn baby, Lightroom workflow and business style is a different experience to each person. Here I want to share with you MY experiences, my ideas and my outlook on things photography and the lifestyle this amazing job creates. There are a million ways to run any kind of business, but I want to tell you about things that have or haven't worked for me or my clients, the little things that may not seem important but make all the difference and the things that make me proud of what I do.
This series will be about all sorts of things, but wedding photography is one of the biggest and most rewarding parts of my business. I have been photographing weddings in the Pacific Northwest for five years and people ask me all the time about varying aspects of a wedding day. We talk about everything from florists and caterers to timelines and logistics the day of. Color schemes and desserts to how to bustle a dress and where to put the photo booth. Where should we stand during the ceremony? Where is the safest and most accessible place to take photos with Grandma? Should we do a first look? How long should cocktail hour be?
Wedding days are a big deal, we all know that. They can be stressful and intense, but when you have the right tools and you know how to navigate an event like this, it can be so much easier and the joy that should overpower every other feeling that day can set in. I think it's important to find vendors you connect with both personally and through appreciation of their work. Wedding vendors work hard to please their clients, but they also work hard to make their mark and portray their style and love for their business. Find vendors you love and they will love you and the friendship you build just as much.
I'm going to kick off this series with a string of posts about different pieces of a wedding day that I have found to be often overlooked, incredibly important or a topic of debate. Are first looks really that cool? Do I really have to hire a wedding coordinator? Why do we have to create such a detailed timeline? How do I kindly let me guests know that they don't need to have their phones out during the ceremony? Ill chat about all of thinks and more! I can't wait to hear what you all have to say, too.
Photos from the lovely Joe and Patience!