Archives for August 2017

August 15, 2017 - 8 comments

5 Quick Tips: How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

One of the most important components to your wedding is the moments captured that will last a lifetime, the photos! Choosing a photographer can be pretty hard because there are so many talented ones out there, especially if you're starting your search on Instagram. Here are some quick tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your special day!

1. Find your photography style

First, look through some wedding photos and find out your personal style. Would you rather have professional portrait photos? Do you prefer more action shots and special moments taken by surprise? Or are you a nature-lover and are more passionate about whats in the background of your photos? Esthetically, do you tend to like the bright and airy photos or gravitate toward the dark and moody?

Bride and Groom at TreePeople Park

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

cake smashing for bride and groom

Photo by Daren Kelley

bride and groom kiss in the desert in joshua treePhoto by Alissa Noelle Photography

Photo by Samantha Roy Photography

2. Scheduling

This is important if you run into an issue when the photographer is booked for multiple events. If you want someone that is all-in and dedicated to getting the photos back to you quickly, you might want to look for someone who doesn't have a crammed schedule around the time of your wedding. Also, some photographers have different pricing if you want to hire them personally or one of their (very talented) associates. Just make sure you know who you're getting!

art deco bride and groom

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

3. Budgeting and Extra Charges

Before your special day, make sure everyone is on the same page with the costs. If you are, the next question would be if they charge extra for special services you might want. Do they charge for extra travel? Do they include an engagement session or is that additional? These are all important questions to ask to make sure you can stay within your budget.

bride and groom canyon walk

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

4. Second Shooters are a must

We assume that every photographer brings along a second shooter to help them out on the wedding day but sometimes that comes as an additional charge. I really believe it's important to find someone that includes a second shooter because while your main photographer can snap some photos of you getting your hair and makeup done, the second shooter can capture all the decor photos and even a few candids of guests arriving or family members hugging. One photographer can't be at 2 places at the same time!

5. Personality Check

Most couples will be able to feel if a photographer is right for them. He or she will be interested in knowing your story as a couple and want to portray that in the photos they take. It is important to have a few in-person meetings to become more comfortable with each other and create chemistry. You want to be genuine and natural when taking these photos, so make sure you and your photographer have a solid relationship of understanding and friendship. Don't forget, your photographer will be with you for at least 8 hours on your wedding day so choose someone who makes you feel like you've been friends forever.

photographer Chloe Moore behind the scenes

retro just married getaway

Photo by Amy Lynn Photography

That’s all! Five simple tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your wedding day. I hope it was helpful and it sparked some good questions for you to ask. Let us know what tips you have when searching for your ideal photographer.

August 4, 2017 - No Comments!

Sneak Peek: Robyn + Proteek’s Palos Verdes Wedding

 

As I'm writing, I'm listening to a little Spotify station I call "Booty Swing" (just trust me, it's amazing) and devouring an unhealthy amount of cheese and crackers. Just another Thursday night! But really, I'm not complaining one bit because I got a few sneak peeks back from Robyn and Proteek's breathtaking Palos Verdes wedding and I get to share them with you!

I can't wait to tell you all about the details that went into this wedding. For now, I'll just mention that Robyn and Proteek had a Hindu ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden where their friends and family were surrounded by so much natural beauty and vibrant colors.

hindu ceremony with mandaap palos verdes

Following this was a wardrobe change and the western ceremony by the cliffs of Palos Verdes at the Point Vincente Interpretive Center. As we got close to the coast, the hot sun disappeared behind the clouds and made for some really amazing photos.

palos verdes cliffs

The partied continued at this coastal venue where guests got to enjoy cocktails and a full dinner reception inside that cozy Interpretive Center and end the night by dancing under the stars!

bride and groom grand entrance palos verdes

Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception

bride and groom dance under bistro lights point vicente

bride and groom by palos verdes cliff

A full post with all the photos and wedding details coming soon!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photographer Bramble and Vine Photography (Bernadette Madden) // Flowers Floret Moon Design // Makeup Makeup by Emerald M // Hair Ashlee Rivara // Venues South Coast Botanic Garden and Point Vicente Interpretive Center // DJ Jack C. Farmer // Catering Jay's Catering // Rentals Choura Events and Kismet Event Designs // Wedding Gown Aria Dress // Lengha Dreams Collection