Tom and Amber are a very happy, fun-loving couple who celebrated their marriage at Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on November 2nd. It was an intimate ceremony with a small guest list of their closest friends and family. The night was lit up not only by their love, but also by the gorgeous glow of many candles, which made a warm atmosphere.
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?
Okay, communication.But, what do we
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
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.
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
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.
Suzanne and Tom are a fun couple. I mean, pulling off a surprise wedding definitely puts you at the top of the list for being a fun couple. The day was gorgeous, extremely windy, but otherwise absolutely perfect for the couple. Somehow the couple was able to not mention a word about the wedding until just hours before! Everyone was very delighted when they found out they were going to be attending a wedding! I loved every moment of this wedding.
Suzie and Jim wed in an intimate ceremony in Sea Isle City. The day was gorgeous and calm, and seemed to match their style. I always enjoy intimate ceremonies because it allows me to spend more time with my clients and their families when documenting the big day which makes even better photographs.
I think it is a good thing that I can still tear up at wedding ceremonies. It means I really want to be part of my couples’ lives and photograph their day in the way that captures their relationship perfectly. Kelly and Dave have an amazingly strong relationship, and I listened to every word of their vows enjoying the stories they shared together, their triumphs together, and their dreams for their future together. Kelly and Dave had an intimate ceremony at 88th Street Pavilion in Stone Harbor and portraits on the beach after. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for the couple!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love,love,love intimate weddings. There’s a special feel with intimate weddings and I think that the camera picks that up. It’s the quiet moments, it’s the family and close friends that are very important to the couple, and it’s the portraiture time that photographers love. Colleen and Harry had a very sweet intimate wedding at a rented house in Cape May and then celebrated by having a delicious dinner at Peter Shields Inn. Colleen and Harry are so easy going and fun, it’s hard not to smile around them, especially when they are together.
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.
Have I mentioned that I love fall weddings? I do. Big time. It’s just the right temperature, beaches are not nearly as crowded, and the lighting is perfect. Carolyn and Matt had a stunning day for a ceremony on the beach in Cape May and the portraits went right into sunset which was great. We then headed over to the Inn of Cape May for their reception. Everything was simple and elegant and matched their personalities perfectly- full of joy and love.
I love intimate weddings and this was a very elegant one! Anne & John wanted to keep things simple and family oriented so they rented a house on the Delaware Bay in Villas, NJ just a few blocks from where I live. I was excited when they took my advice on bringing along a few props for some shots, and the props they found were so much fun! It was a nice evening which led to views of the sunset over-looking the bay.
Tori & Brian got married at Tori’s mother’s beach house in Sea Isle- such a perfect spot for this stunning couple. The ceremony was very intimate and I really enjoyed being a part of their day. I absolutely loved Tori’s dress as it photographed so well.
Though the skies were threatening, Amy & Chris didn’t let the weather change their plans for their ceremony on Higbee’s Beach (one of my favorite locations), and I am extremely glad they didn’t! The rain held off for the ceremony and the portraits afterward, leaving us plenty of room to play around. Chris and Amy are a fun couple who are up for anything, and their bridal party also! It’s always great to work with people who have a fun time and are up for anything 🙂
Love overflows between Laurie & Keith, a couple who have known each other since high school (I love these stories!) They decided to keep things intimate with only them as well Laurie’s parents. The intimate wedding was perfect for these two- very romantic, indeed! We then went around Cape May, shooting at locations that meant something to their relationship, and it was nice learning the background for what each spot represented.
What a fun couple Audrey & John are, and their newly blended family is already filed with such love! An intimate beach wedding with the reception at Cape May’s VFW made for the perfect relaxed atmosphere for the fun and relaxed couple. Congratulations again, Audrey & John!
Another gorgeous day for a beach wedding as Diana & Kurt celebrated their new marriage with their boys. A perfect intimate wedding and very family oriented, it was a very relaxing atmosphere. The boys, besides being handsome, were also such great sports with all the photos. Congrats again, Diana & Kurt!
Lisa & David had a very elegant wedding at Grant Street beach and Hotel Alcott in Cape May. I absolutely loved Lisa’s dress. One of the highlights was Lisa’s sister’s toast- a toast about treating your spouse as a dog- it was so funny and so sweet, and one of the best I ever heard! A sweet couple for sure, I wish them the best ahead!