Let me start this by saying “thank you!” to all of the people who have encouraged me along this journey!! Looking back, it makes so much sense that I became a photographer. I’ve always been passionate about photography and let’s be real, I’ve never been a great employee. I like to do things my own way, have my own systems, and make my own schedule! Enter: Entrepreneurship. I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to build a business and serve amazing clients. And now we get to be Kentucky videographers who also serve clients all over! So, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Business has picked up fairly quickly! Praise God! You never know what you are going to get when you start a business. I’ve worked hard to put out consistent work, refine my craft, and learn from the best in the industry. I feel that I am creating photography that represents what I want it to. Since being in the wedding industry, I’ve found that that is not the case when it comes to wedding videos.
Once I noticed the disconnect between wedding photos and wedding videos, I was spinning my wheels constantly to try and figure out how I could provide my clients with consistency, quality, and professionalism in both mediums. I looked into training an associate, hiring contractors I trusted, and even shooting photo & cinema all by myself – which isn’t really possible. Talk about control issues. When I shared my struggles with my husband, Josh, he almost instinctively offered to do it! Now, I had thought about asking him, but ladies, you know how it is. It has to be his idea! I didn’t want to pressure him or ask too much of him. So I waited until he felt the push to offer.
So here we are! Diving head first into video and LOVING every second! I am still passionate about photography and the heirlooms I get to create, but we are realizing that that is also possible with wedding cinema. We get to capture full moments instead of freezing them in time. We love both and I don’t think we will ever choose one over the other. Being wedding videographers in Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Louisville is something that will elevate our business and serve our clients even better. We’re so excited to be a husband & wife team and eventually Josh will join me full time (Lord willing!). He’ll get to be home with me and our kiddos throughout the week and grow this business alongside me. So, again, thank you to everyone who makes this possible for us!
I’ve been to so many consultations with well meaning brides-to-be that have a list of “questions to ask your wedding photographer” that they’ve either gotten from The Knot or that they’ve complied themselves from multiple websites. I totally respect these brides and the way they are trying to prepare for the day. There are several issues with this method though, keep scrolling to read about them!
I’ve seen the lists. From The Knot or from Brides.com about what to ask your wedding photographer. While some of the questions are very important, some of the questions are simply not information that needs to be on your “important questions” list. For example, if you like a photographer and you’ve browsed their site, you have a good idea of how they shoot and edit. If it is unclear what their shooting style is, that is a problem with their consistency, not a question that you should have to worry about. A photographers website should make it clear what their shooting style is and how their images are edited. If you feel that this is a question you need to ask you photographer, maybe you should keep searching. Any question related to style or the photographers experience should be clearly stated on their website.
We know that you mean well and we know that you wouldn’t want to offend us. When potential clients question our ability or our gear, it can come across as distrust. No photographer wants to feel that their clients don’t trust them. The “what gear do you use” and “how long have you been shooting weddings” questions can take a back seat on your list. The only exception to this (in my opinion) is if you are taking a chance on a newer photographer who is just starting out. In that case, ask away on how they would handle certain situations or their experience.
This has only happened to me a couple times, but picture this. You sit down with your potential clients and before greetings are through, the questions start. Again, I respect these prepared and direct brides. They’re organized, they know what they want, and they know how to communicate that. During my consultations I start with getting to know my potential couple and their story. Once I feel that I know enough about them and it is now time to talk business, I will take control of the conversation and walk my couples through the complete wedding process, from consultation to gallery delivery. Typically after these *ideal* consultations, the couple has no questions for me because they have been answered. If you’re patient and let your photographer run the consultation, they should answer all of your questions before you need to ask them!
These are questions that I believe are necessary and can be helpful to any couple! You should definitely ask these – unless your photographer answers them before you can 🙂
-Do you recommend a first look? Why?
-What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
-How do you handle over bearing guests?
-Can I see a full wedding gallery to see how you completely tell a couple’s story?
-Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
-Do you help with timeline planning?
-Do you plan to have our wedding published?
-Do you work well/coordinate with other vendors?
Allie and Mac are another one of our amazing couples gracing the blog! They had a stunning wedding at The Wilds Venue in Bloomington, Indiana. We had the pleasure of capturing photo & video for them! After shooting their engagement session in Denver, CO we couldn’t wait to spend more time with these two! We love being Kentucky wedding photographers, but going back to Indiana always fills our tank. Our last wedding at The Wilds can be seen here!
Josh and I say at every wedding that the bride and groom are the sweetest and most thoughtful couple, but we’re just now connecting the dots!! While all of our couples are amazing, thoughtful, generous, and down-right models, there’s NO WAY that it’s coincidence ALL of them are?! We’ve concluded that these are the couples we attract. Is it the way our current couples look on social media? Future couples can see themselves in our images? Is it the way we present ourselves online? It’s clear that we value connection and serving our couples. Either way, we do not think it is a coincidence that all of our couples share similar values and even lifestyles.
We’ve noticed that our couples love adventure. They love travel. They appreciate being thought of, even though it’s usually them thinking of others. Our couples enjoy good food and great cocktails. They’re close with their families and they have a knack for making everyone feel welcome. We are so thankful these are the couples we get to work with almost every weekend and we can only hope that this is a trend that continues!
A huge mansion with classical architecture and so much history. We toured the venue of where their March reception will be prior to their engagement session. This helped us all imagine what the day will be like. I highly encourage tours with your photographer before the big day! As we walked, Jessica explained all of the images she was picturing herself in. Wearing her elegant gown with beautiful detail. Jess and I dreamed up all of the beauty we could capture on their day. Sean followed along saying “Yes, Honey” to all of her requests. He even threw in his own ideas (bonus points!). Sean grew up swimming at the club. His picture hangs on the wall of the room he will be getting ready in. Upon talking about the reception and seating situations, Jessica and Sean were brainstorming on how they could intertwine their families and make them feel connected. Which shows the true desires of their hearts. Their day in March will be a celebration of them finding each other and all of the things they love. Including bourbon and drinks from the Chocolate Holler. They may or may not also include Narnia memorabilia 😉
They both love God and strive to have a relationship with Him. They both have waited to find the one whom their soul loves. Even though Jessica will be the one who (most of the time) in a restaurant says “what do you have that is healthy” and Sean will be the one asking for Foie Gras, they are choosing to chose each other. Forever. And that is why I love this job. I get to be a part of a couple’s forever. A family’s forever.
I am so happy for you two. I know that you will be perfectly imperfect together, and complement each other so well in your marriage. I am so glad that I have clients who care about photography. Who value creating memories as well. I could sit and chat with you guys at the Chocolate Holler all day, especially if I had unlimited White Blossoms! Love you guys and I can’t wait until March!
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Let me start this by saying “thank you!” to all of the people who have encouraged me along this journey!! Looking back, it makes so much sense that I became a photographer. I’ve always been passionate about photography and let’s be real, I’ve never been a great employee. I like to do things my own […]
Owning a business is hard no matter where you live! We are Kentucky Wedding Photographers and with that comes seasonal work. During the months of December-March we are fairly slow with weddings (aside from the occasional few), which means we do a lot of behind the scenes work. During the months of April-November we are […]