What made you decide to become a wedding photographer?
Weddings have always been something I loved. The whole process is exciting to me. As a photographer, though, being able to capture the happiest day in someone’s life, up to that point, is such a honor. Each wedding, each couple, is different and unique. Watching and capturing the joy they experience and the love that surrounds them is a beautiful thing to see. Plus I get amazing food, cake, and dancing every weekend! Such fun!
How would you describe your style?
I want my couples to see that I have a timeless style that is fun and romantic. I want the photos to be timeless so that years from now they will look fabulous on my clients walls and I want the photos to be a reflection of the couple themselves.
What do you love most about your job?
I love getting to have a job that is not about me! Each of my couples’ wedding is about them. I am blessed to have this talent to photograph weddings but so lucky that people let me in to the most intimate day of their lives. I get to share the memory of each couple’s wedding forever!
What challenges come with being a wedding photographer?
Time is the biggest challenge for a wedding photographer. That plus the crazy Texas weather we can deal with. There will always be something that doesn’t go as planned on a wedding day but I feel it is my job, the photographer’s job, to be able to roll with the punches and help make the couple feel like everything is ok!
Tell us a little bit about your process from booking to image delivery.
Once my clients are booked we start right off with scheduling their engagement session. We work together to pick locations and talk about outfits. After the engagement session, it takes about a week to process the images. I upload them into their online gallery and send the link their way. From there I am always available to my couples for questions as they plan or to meet up for venue walk throughs. Around 4-6 weeks before the wedding I email out my timeline questionnaire. It’s a lengthy little questionnaire…but as their photographer I feel it is my job to be over prepared on the wedding day so I want to know EVERYTHING!! Once I have that back, I finalize times with them. On the wedding day I arrive for the getting ready finalization and am there until the grand exit at the end of the evening (my couples LOVE that I don’t put an hour limit on their day…stress free!). While my couples are on their honeymoon I am working on wedding images. Providing sneak peeks on my blog and social media. About 2 weeks after the wedding, the images are added to their gallery and ready to view. My couples who have albums or custom flash drives in their package then get to start selecting favorite photos for those items but all the final images in my clients galleries are theirs to do as they please!
Do you have a favorite memory while shooting a wedding?
There are just too many moments to count, after photographing weddings for over 10 years. BUT, the time I get with just the couple on the wedding day after the ceremony is my favorite time! I love listening to them while I photograph them…talking about the day and how they are FINALLY married. The excited kisses and extra hugs, calling each other husband or wife because they finally can.
What advice can you give to couples who are currently looking for their wedding photographer?
Take time to talk to or meet with your prospective photographer. You can go to a website and know that the photos are the style you want for your wedding but to actually meet someone and talk to them is important. I feel it is so important for my couples to like me. Our personalities need to get along. If you don’t like your photographer you will not fully enjoy the wedding day!