I had the pleasure of photographing Aleigha and Tyler a month ago on April 8th of this year. I had never shot at the venue that they had chosen and it was a pleasure to photograph them through out their big day. They were such a sweet couple and you could tell that they love each other dearly as the day and night went on. I also must say, for anyone who does weddings, the bridal sweet at the Venetian Room, VERY nice. Check out some of my favorites from the day below!
Brittany and Chris's wedding was a nice, small and fun wedding surrounded by many of their friends and family. I met them at the end of last year when we did an engagement session down in Sarenbe, Ga which is a very small but relatively upscale community literally hidden away. I think the thing that finally sealed the deal to me when it came to me wanting to work with them, is that there dog that they brought to the engagement session to have pictures done with, was named Roger. My dogs name.
Check out some of my favorites from this big day of their's
I was driving home one day recently and began thinking about something that happens so regularly through out the period that is wedding planning for engaged couples. While, granted there are many things that take place throughout that very long process. The biggest thing that I am referring to (granted this is just my opinion), and the one that more then likely supersedes them all is the idea of budgeting. Deciding on a budget for the wedding is something that needs to be thought of right at the very beginning. Weddings are incredibly expensive, especially if wanting to be done right.
While a budget is regularly gone over, and over-and well over again. Having a starting (and hopefully set) budget is the first thing that needs to be agreed upon. Now, when I say budgeting, I am talking about how much to spend on those important things. You know; the dress, the venue for the ceremony, the reception, and all that food that comes with the catering! Oh, and we of course cannot forget about the photography and videography (which arguably is the most important item on the “to decide on and book” list). There is so much stuff to think about in a time frame that in reality is not that long enough time to plan. A year seems a long time, but honestly not at all. Below I have some things I view as important listed.
Yes, you can hate me all you want, but I am a little biased when it comes to this. But, I think most of you will agree with me. Getting the right photographer and or videographer is incredibly important. This person, or persons (depending on how many you have covering your wedding) are going to be covering possibly the most important day of your life. Why spare the expense? You want to get a photographer and or videographer that does a style you creates a connection with you, and is going to be the easiest to work with but know you will get exactly what you want when all is said and done. Deciding on this first should be the most important thing. To many people wait till the last minute and have to substantially cut the budget for the photographs, which can really hurt the product in the end.
2) Venue for wedding and reception
Venues I feel are the second most important part of the whole equation that is the ‘wedding day.’ If you decided to get married during a very busy part of the season, finding one that will suit both your significant other, hold the amount of people you want to invite, if its good for the photography, and possibly have the day open that you two are looking to get married on. Not to mention the location of the venue, especially if it is intended to be something special like a destination wedding.
I didn’t honestly realize how important the catering was for people at their weddings until one of the first weddings that I did, I had a groom ask me (after I had sent of the image to them) if we had any pictures of the food. Fortunately enough, he wasn’t to concerned about it. It was actually the “Momzilla” that was really adamant about pictures of the food. But then after a few more weddings, I could see why. You pay a lot for this food. Nine times out of ten is food that both the bride and groom know that the guests will enjoy. But, lets be honest here, it’s ultimately up to the bride and groom what is going to be eaten, which means normally its some of the newly weds favorite foods. With that said, make sure you pick the right caterer. Go on taste tests (just like you would when doing the wedding cake) meet with them, MAKE SURE that this is the right caterer for you. You don’t want any headaches during the day and at night when the reception happens.
Ok, so this could be a very broad thing that I am referring to. It really all depends on what you are going to have at your wedding. But lets be honest, your going to have a DJ. I think everyone has a DJ. And honestly, please do! If you are one to just have a couple of speakers and an iPod, come on-really?! You have to keep the people that come to see you on your big day, entertained. I mean, come on, they will probably be drinking right? They got to have something to do!
So I have been shooting weddings for a few years now, about 5 years to be exact. I didn’t really start shooting more on a consistent basis till a few years ago honestly. So yes, not that long, I get it, but I feel like the few thins that I have shared with you all today are a few things that I honestly think need to be addressed and be addressed without the thought of budgeting. If you budget on these things, I promise you will not like your choices. There is a reason things are the way that they are when you pay the amount you do, so that that day is the BEST DAY it can be.
Its ben a great year for us here at The Photo Collective, and next year already seems really hopeful! We had the pleasure of meeting up with our first booked couple for 2015 down in Atlanta at Piedmont park. We spent a Sunday afternoon photographing all around the park on that awesome day. Weather was great, sun was out, and the leaves were as orange as ever. These two are a fantastic couple. They are goofy as can be and love to have fun, so easy to work with! We cannot wait for the 17th of October to come next year!
So 2013 has been a relatively stellar year for us here at The Photo Collective. We definitely have had the privilege of making a bride andy grooms big day that much more awesome by making sure every moment was captured. This past August on a Sunday was no different.
We had been contacted by Caitlin Currier of Currier Creations (www.curriercreations.com) at the end of July for a last minute booking of a wedding at the end of August. We got in contact with the couple and met with them and began to line everything up!
We were already pretty excited about where the location was after seeing some pictures from the grooms cell phone. The venue looked pretty killer. The mansion is owned by an asian man who decided to turn it into a venue for events. This wedding was its first so that was pretty cool. The Mansion is located in Hampton, Ga off exit 221 after traveling down 1-20. Its well of the road, and honestly when we pulled up to it for the walk through about a week before the wedding, I think giddy school girl probably describes the excitement that I was feeling when I saw the layout both inside and out.
We ended up covering the wedding for about 10 hours that day, from the getting ready of both the bride and groom, to when they jumped in the pool at the end of the evening. Was a long but fun day!
Last weekend we traveled out to a beautiful venue about 2 hours outside of the city of Atlanta, near Helen, Ga. Neverland Farms is a little (well, okay, not so little) venue that I definitely recommend to anyone that is thinking about having an outdoor wedding. A horse and carriage brought the bride to the outdoor ceremony from the bridal cabin, and then carried the newlyweds away so that the guests could migrate to the reception held in an open barn. You should absolutely check it out!
So the last weekend in April, Bekah (our newest member of the collective) and I had the privilege to meet our next bride and groom up at Stone Mountain park early in the morning! Alice and Tim will be tying the knot in the middle of June! One of the first things that instantly drew me to this couple, I will not lie is that they love film photography and by film I mean actual film. One of the things we had discuss at the day of the consultation was photographing certain parts of the day in black and white film. I am so excited for that, we will also be adding a little bit of grain to the black and white digital photographs so that it gives a little bit of a film feel! Gah, just makes me giddy thinking about it with the fact that we can do that to the photographs! So excited, can you tell? HAHA!
But first, we must do engagement photographs! Of course! I love so many of the ones that we have taken, its hard to pick a favorite. But I won't lie, the teaser that I have posted below is definitely high up there on the list! Please check it out, and check back after june for an entry on their big day!
Have you ever been to a wedding and you walk around the corner and you see a photographer pointing his or her camera up towards the sky attempting to shoot that lantern or fluffy thing hanging down from the ceiling? Or, you walk through a door way not notice that photographer on the floor taking a photo of the two wedding bands on the hardwood floor, so you accidentally trip over him (yes, that has happened to me).
Whether it be the rings, the bouquet, the aisle end pieces, or even the candleholders in the middle of the tables at the reception, there was a lot of planning, hard work and well honestly dedication sometimes at the last minute from the ones who put those together. Which quite frankly will I will say and if I am wrong, correct me, but most of the time the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids, and MAYBE the bride if she’s not already freaking out about something else are the ones that have put all of those together!
Honestly, that takes so much time trying to figure out what look you want at the wedding; what type of center pieces for the tables, how the aisle markers and much more should look on that special day. All of these many things are now done by those in the wedding to help save money for the bigger things like the photography, the catering, the music etc. So I ask you when you go and see a good friend of yours, a brother, or a sister get married, make sure you stop and compliment on the small things you see. I promise you will make that special day, THAT much more special.
Have you ever thought back to when you really had no idea what you wanted to do in life? Thinking about how in the world you actually wanted to get started with the career that you chose to do? You can bet some of those stories to where you are now are not really the most straight forward, cookie-cutter path. And you know-you know, my beginning is honestly a funny story. One that you would not think a photographer would tell as his beginning in this very fun albeit stressful (only at times!) rofession.
I think back when I was a kid, well before I hit my teenage years. I was always smiling in pictures. Never had an issue with getting my picture take. Mom or dad would come up. I’d put a big smile on my face and then just yell “CHEESE!”. I was never one to shy away from the camera.
Come the teenage years. You would think with the way that I was when I was a young kid, I would be “cheesing” in every single picture. Honestly, I don’t know what happen. I guess it was the whole-“I hate my life, school sucks, I want to be rebellious” stage of my life. Man don’t we all know how productive that can be. Throughout those years, I would never smile. We would do family pictures or just pictures In general when we had people or family over and I was try my hardest to get away from taking the picture! So bad I know
It wasn’t until the past few years, I guess when I started doing photography as a hobby and then profession, which I began to see the emotion in the pictures that I took. Because of this I began to smile and be happy to take pictures. Being a photographer; whether it be weddings, portraits, or anything else that I have the opportunity to photograph; has made me realize that those pictures are memories. These memories are ones that will last forever. Whether the emotion is good or bad, they will always be there to look back on and remember
Grant and I's mission with the Photo Collective is to hopefully bring those memories that you create to life every time you look at one of the images that we capture. We ant our craft and passion to bring a smile or evoke some type of emotion in you. Photographing you, your big day and your special moment, will be our honor.
Back in the late part of Spring, Grant and I decided that we should bring our Idea's together on how we do wedding and engagement photography and create a Cooperative. In this cooperative, we would bring the best of both our companies, both Wheeltracks Photography and Norwood Photography. About 6 months of planning and figuring out what exactly we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it. We decided on the name, the way we would present ourselves, and how we would go about covering each of the weddings and or the engagement sessions that we are nothing going to do with each other.
Well it all came together on September 28th We decided to launch. Using a small backyard and outdoor wedding we shot together and gained many beautiful pictures and clips of video. You will see a slideshow/video that was put together for this wedding below. I ask you all keep a look out for all the amazing coverage we will continue to cover for sometime.