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Searching for a Photographer?


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Are you searching for a wedding photographer? Tough, right? There are so many options to explore, and so many people to connect with! Remember, like with all wedding vendors, prioritize your needs when searching! Here are some things to think about before contacting a wedding photographer:

  1. Does their aesthetic match what you're looking for? Think posing and editing style! What they post on their website and instagram will reflect what you will receive. Unless the answer is Yes, continue your search!
     
  2. Do they fit your price range? Wedding Photography is a big investment and isn't often as cheap as you'd hope. There are many expenses that can go into the photographer's work! Think of programs they have to subscribe to, insurance they have to pay for, gear they have to purchase (and have cleaned regularly), and hardware they have to invest in. Not to mention those photographers who purchase, shoot, and process film! Make sure your budget expectations are realistic. If you love a photographer, but they don't fit your budget, either ask for their recommendations, or consider moving costs around to afford them. In the long run, photography is not an investment to skimp on.
     
  3. Are they available for your wedding date? Seems like a no brainer, right? But it wouldn't feel great to fall in love with a photographer who is already booked To avoid confusion, and start the conversation off right, make sure to put your wedding date in your inquiry!
     
  4. How is their online presence? If your photographer is active on social media, how do they talk about their business or their clients? Are they a positive person? When they share images or sneak peeks on their Instagram or blog, what is their caption? Is this important to you? If it is, know that your image could be share on their account too!
     
  5. What do the reviews say? Whether they use Facebook, Google, or WeddingWire to display their reviews, read what their past clients had to say! This is also a great way to see if who you are hiring is a legitimate business, or if they are a friend of a friend who has a camera. 

I hope this helped get you started! Remember, your heart will tell you if this photographer is right for you. Set up in person consultations to get to know them better. It's best to do these one at a time as a courtesy for the photographer. Make a list of your top three if you are struggling.

If you don't immediately click with the first one, send them an email to know you won't be moving forward, then contact the next photographer. The photographers you are contacting only accept a limited number of clients a year, and they chose to meet with you for a consultation.  Think of it like this, you wouldn't feel great if you found out your favorite photographer was meeting someone else at the same time for the same date. These photographers will thank you for your honesty. 

Happy Planning!

KC + Joe: Portland Urban Wedding & Morning Gorge Day After

KC + Joe: Portland Urban Wedding & Morning Gorge Day After
"In marriage, we are most looking forward to having each other and being a family."

In the gorgeous summer afternoon light, Karl Cristie and Joe vowed to continue loving, traveling, and supporting each other. They promised that no day is perfect without each other by their side, and that wherever they go, their pups will follow. From the struggles of long distance, their love for each other paid off. And the reward was marriage. They won their hardest battle; only adventure is left to come.

My Exclusive Client Magazine

My Exclusive Client Magazine

This season, I've been diving head first into fine art magazines and blogs to gather inspiration for how I want to tell my future client's stories. One day when flipping through the pages of some gorgeous publications, I thought to myself 'what if I gave these magazines to my clients so they feel just as inspired as I do". The idea didn't click at first. I knew there was something missing to this idea. Why would I send my clients a magazine they could go and pick up at the store anyways. What if they already had this issue? I decided that if I were to send my clients a fine art magazine, it would need to be exclusive. No one else would be able to get it but them.

Vendor Highlight: Lane' Bigsby of Something Borrowed

Vendor Highlight: Lane' Bigsby of Something Borrowed

On Friday I had the honor of sitting down with Lane' Bigsby of Something Borrowed PDX at her warehouse and asking her my biggest questions for renting furniture and details for upcoming weddings. We talked about the renting process, the biggest wedding trends, and advice she has for couples planning their own 2017 and 2018 weddings. 

A Visual Film & Digital Comparison

A Visual Film & Digital Comparison

I am very vocal about my love for film photography, and a quick scroll through my blog or social media will easily prove that. In the past, I have shown videos of my editing process, shown images of how I adjust my film, and have talked about what gear I shoot with specifically to achieve the look I want. Today, I want to dive even deeper and show you a real comparison of my film and digital images before editing. 

Why Does It Take So Long To Get My Photos Back?

Why Does It Take So Long To Get My Photos Back?

Why does it take so long to receive your photos back from a photographer? Yeah, I know you've asked that one before! Although it depends on every photographer, it's usually because it just takes a lot of time!

Create a Six Week Wedding Checklist

Create a Six Week Wedding Checklist

Six weeks before my client's wedding, I make it a priority to send them an email to review and finalize all of our plans. At the four week mark, many brides are often overwhelmed by finishing tasks, and find themselves frantically asking for help. I've found that the Six week checkpoint is the perfect time to write all finishing tasks, so that when you reach that one-month-until mark, you've completed the majority of your projects and will get to enjoy the last two weeks without having to worry about last minute details.