Getting the Perfect Photos

Couples, East Falls Bridge, East Falls, PA, Engagement Portraits, Lifestyle portraits, PA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Philadelphia, PA, Portraits, Small Wedding, Weddings, Wissahickon Valley Park, Wissahickon Valley Park
Kat and Josh chose a background that means a lot to them and their relationship – the East Falls Bridge in Philadelphia is where they used to run while dating.

What defines the perfect photo?

Is it one that is styled to mimic Pinterest, or is it one that embodies emotions of the day?

A perfect photo is uniquely personal. So, when you hire a photographer to capture your wedding, event, or family portraits, how do you ensure that you will get your very own perfect photos?

The answer is communication.

Clear communication with your photographer leading up to your shoot can make the difference between good photos and perfect photos. Communication is key to relationships – and why wouldn’t you want a good relationship with your photographer, the one who is capturing precious memories of a big event or special moments with the ones you love?

Amanda and Shrey’s relationship is so much fun – just letting them be themselves helped to create their beautiful engagement photos at Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon Valley Park, PA.

Okay, communication. But, what do we talk about?

When you first shop around for photographers, certain styles of photography stand out to you more than others. You may find yourself falling for the high fashion style with lots of lighting techniques, or more drawn to lifestyle photography which focuses on relationships of the subjects within the photographs.

Once you find your top few photographers, reach out to them and let them know what drew you to their photos. That’s the first key of unlocking the potential for the perfect photographs. There’s a connection between you and the photos, and if you can explain what you like about them – the photographer will be sure to listen.

Make sure you hop on a call with your top photographers of choice for at least 15 minutes– just to chat about what (again) drew you to the photos, and what you hope to have captured within your own.

Jeanine and her father’s relationship is so close – I was told there may be tears. There were <3

Once you have selected your photographer, set up another time to talk – either on the phone or face-to-face, about your relationship between you and your significant other or with your family. I don’t mean laying down on the sofa and spilling your guts out, but I do mean:

  • What makes your relationship work?
  • What’s your personality like and your significant other’s?
  • What are your favorite hobbies together?
  • How have you grown as a couple/or family?

Giving the photographer this information helps them build a file about you and what you are expecting to see in the photographs. The more you can let them in on your relationship, the better they can capture it for the few hours they are with you.

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Jessica & Dave

Cape May, Couples, NJ, Small Wedding, Weddings

Jessica and Dave’s wedding was a sweet and beautiful intimate ceremony on Congress Street beach in Cape May. Jessica got ready at Hotel Macomber and the reception was held there as well. The weather was a perfect overcast; not too dark, but no sun to make unsightly shadows or to make it too hot, and there were beautiful patches of blue popping through the clouds here and there. I absolutely loved the color scheme, a beautiful bright turquoise.  When I did Jessica and Dave’s engagement photos last year, I had not had the chance to meet their son, Noah, and I was excited to do so at their wedding. I have a daughter close to Noah’s age and Jessica, Dave, and I have connected through comparing and sharing stories about our children. Noah is such a cutie! He knows how to work the camera, and loves every minute of it. It truly was a perfect day for a perfect couple.

I look forward to keeping in touch with them.

Congratulations again, Jessica and Dave!

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Jenn & Mike E-session

Cape May, Couples, Engagement Portraits, NJ

Yesterday was an absolute beautiful day in Cape May, and just perfect for an engagement session. This session was a long time coming. Jenn, Mike, and I first started talking in February, and had planned to do an engagement session then; but with the extreme winter weather we had this year, we had to postpone… many times. So, while I am always glad for beautiful weather, I was overjoyed when it was so nice for this shoot in particular. Mike grew up in Cape May, and always liked the Sea Mist building and so we started our session there then moved on to the beach. Jenn and Mike are a great couple and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in September!

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Shannon & Mike

AGA Farms, Couples, Engagement Portraits, Lake Nockamixon, PA

– Bucks County PA Engagement/Wedding Photographer –

I first met Shannon in high school and was glad when I found her again through Facebook a few years ago. I am extremely excited to be shooting her wedding next fall and was just as excited to meet up with her and her fiancé, Mike, over the weekend for engagement photos at AGA Farms and Lake Nockamixon. I knew that Shannon would be as stylish as she always was, and I wasn’t surprised to find the locations that she picked were absolutely perfect and full of fun. I see the love between the both of them and I think they are truly a great match. I can’t wait until their wedding next year in Lancaster- another new location that I can’t wait to explore.

Thank you both for being such great sports and up for trying anything!

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Lance, Stephanie, and Baby Vogel

Cape May, Couples, Expecting Portraits, Family Portraits, NJ

– Cape May, NJ Maternity Portrait Photographer –

Friends I have known for several years now are expecting their baby boy any day! I am super excited for them because I know they will be amazing parents. Lance and Stephanie are filled with such personality, and any time I get to see them I am smiling and laughing so much that it hurts 🙂 We did this photo shoot at their sweet little house in North Cape May and this is something I have been wanting to do, capturing portraits in-home, as I feel it really pulls out personalities and keeps things comfortable.

Can’t wait ’til he arrives!!

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Jessica & Jonathan

Cape May, Couples, Engagement Portraits, NJ

– Cape May NJ Engagement Portrait Photographer –

It took a few cancellations due to rain, but Jess was by her phone when I texted on a whim, hoping she’d available the very minute the skies were clear on a day that wasn’t supposed to be clear- and she was just as ready as I was to make the shoot happen! I had a great time with Jessica and her fiancé Jonathan on the beach across from La Mer in Cape May.

Congratulations on your engagement, Jessica & Jonathan!

 

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