As wedding photographers, we are interested in how people connect with their wedding vendors, especially their photographers. Is it word of mouth? Is it a recommendation from a friend? A Google search? Is it from bridal shows and expos? We decided to check out a bridal show a couple of weekends ago and we thought we would share some observations.
We were surprised the booths some of the photographers had set up. Some had couches. Others had trellis like structures with café lights. There were lots of silk flowers and gold accents. It was apparent that people had spent time and quite a bit of money on their displays. Some had many photos on display, others just had a handful. There was a real variety.
Another item of note was the materials that were being handed out to attendees. Most of the vendors had postcard or larger sized mini brochures. Usually a glossy postcard that featured more photos of brides. Some had pricing, some did not. Again, depended on the photographer.
There was something that was missing from all the displays (with the exception of one boudoir photographer) and that was any feature photos of curvy or plus size brides. There was one on the postcard of a photographer but that was it. No visible photos of a bride that looked like most of the women attending. Moreover, it really got me thinking about how brides must feel when looking for a photographer when all they see are brides that do not look like them.
I had it good when I was getting married. Our photographer was not only a close family friend and a plus size woman. She totally got my concerns about the visuals for the wedding. I know that every woman has something they do not like about themselves. We all have it. For some of us the pressure to be the vision of perfection is complicated by already being outside the normal size range for bridal (wedding dresses is another blog post for sure).
As plus size people, we get the worries. We want everyone to feel his or her best when we photograph them not matter their size, who they love or anything else. We have decided to make it a priority to become the size inclusive photographers of choice in our area. That means all sizes and shapes, without question or concern. We want everyone to feel empowered by what we create. We are committed to providing the very best so that when you look at the photos in the years to come, you too feel the very best.
Confession time… I have not had the opportunity to photograph a newborn. It has not come up in the last few years as we are creating this photography business. We photograph lots of kids but no babies and definitely not a brand new one.
When our friend Sharmin told me she was expecting, we began to plan either a maternity (also new to me) or newborn shoot. I even joked that I could be coaxed to come in and do the birthing experience. We decided it was newborn shoot!
I was a bit worried and nervous. I do not have any children so my experience is limited not just in baby photography but in babies too. I have seen many photos of babies posed in flowerpots with hats on their heads. The skills that those photos take are immense – patience, props, and lots of posing. I was not sure I was up to the task for that kind of work. Thankfully, that was not what Sharmin was looking for. She was more in to the style I feel comfortable working in – portraits of the baby and some family shots.
I researched other photographers and their style. I reviewed past sessions we had done with children and sketched out the session so that we had a clear plan on how it was going to flow. I spent a good amount of time on Pinterest and Google and sending Sharmin and Shams photos to understand her esthetic. Sharmin made sure the baby was fed just before our arrival. Babies tend to sleep after feeding so there is less fussiness. In addition, we choose to shoot in their home, putting mom at ease as she recovers. We live in Arizona so outdoor was not an option in June.
I am glad that my first session was so easy and relaxed. Being in their home made it easy to feed the baby or take breaks when we needed to. It truly was a great experience and now I am ready to take on more little ones. I loved that I was so trusted with someone’s precious gift. I was honored. I also got hold the baby for a while as we chatted after the shoot. It was truly wonderful.
It was not that long that I was a bride and planning our wedding. It can be a daunting task. So much to remember, plan, pay for, and keep track off all things that are important to you both.
Photography often leaves couples and possibly their parents wondering how to make that final decision on who is going to capture the day. Photos are the one thing about weddings that is not tangible. You get to taste the food, see the venue, see the flowers, try on the dress, and eat all those yummy cake samples. The photography is always up in the air until you actually see the photos.
For us, as photographers ourselves, photography was a HUGE part of our wedding. We had the best photographer we know shoot our wedding. In fact, we asked her to shoot our wedding before my husband asked her husband to be his best man. It was big deal for us, and it may be for you too.
Here are some of our tips for hiring a photographer for your wedding.
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We are Rose and Tim. We live in Arizona and we are photographers. Husband and wife photographers. We have been photographing together since almost day one of our lives together and we keep on doing it. The best part of our working relationship is we keep learning from each other every time we shoot. It is great to do something you love with your favorite person. It is not work if you are having fun.
Why the name Downeast Photographers? Tim is from Maine and Rose is from Boston. There are a lot of downeast things in our lives. We spend a week in the summer in New England. We both love the Boston Red Sox. There is no resisting a good Yankee pot roast. And the best word to describe anything is wicked.
Downeast is a term for parts of eastern coastal New England. The phrase apparently derives from sailing terminology: sailors from the western ports sailed toward the east or down to get to the ports. A person from this are may be called a down-easter. Within Maine, the phrase, Down East may refer specifically to the state's easternmost region, also called Down East Maine.
We currently live in the east part of the Phoenix Valley which is also referred to as "down in the east valley".
You can read a bit more about us on our home page. We want you to know this - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We do not define what love or beauty looks like, we capture it.
Rose and Tim share their thoughts on photography, travel, and working together.