Many photographers have asked us if it’s worth attending a bridal show. Our answer is always, “YES!” I mean, why wouldn’t you? Hundreds of brides come TO YOU! We have met countless brides and couples there and it provides 25% of our annual income.
Our previous client referred us to Ashton and Victor and we were so grateful that they did. Totally remember meeting Ashton at Cafe Intermezzo with my wife and learning about her and the plans that she had for her wedding. One thing we learned about her was that she is someone who makes decisions well and executes her plans. She came with just a few questions and after answering them, she simply booked us 13 months before her wedding date.
We couldn't believe it when Kelly inquired us about her daughter's senior portraits. We totally remember her baby Hannah when we used to attend the same church years ago. We were like, "wait... Hannah? She's a senior in high school??!" Wow... it's unbelievable to me how fast time is flying. It's definitely bitter sweet as parents, and I know that we will be doing our kids senior portraits before we know it too. We were so happy to book this session and make it happen.
As parents, don’t you want to freeze time sometimes? Don’t you ever look at your child and wonder, “Wow…. I wish she could stay like this forever.” or “I really love the stage that he’s in right now.” As parents ourselves, we too have felt that way many times and still do…. and you know as well as I that kids grow up fast and you want to do whatever you can to remember every stage and what they liked or were into during that time.
Style... That word is what comes to my mind when we think of Tanekka + Robert. They know what style is and they have it! They were our first couple to shoot at the Swan House couple of years ago and it was the most epic engagement portraits we have ever done! We met this sweet couple at David Tutera's bridal show, and we just knew that Tanekka was a bride who was excellent in everything that she did. She booked us almost 2 years before her wedding date! She is a planner who makes decisions fast and gets the job done. We really respect that about this powerful duo.
We got to partake in not just one, but TWO days in Noren + Arsalaan's wedding festivities... It was held in North Carolina, so it was fun to do something out of norm and travel a little. It was our first time getting to know Charlotte, but it was more exciting getting to know our couple!
There are many reasons why we enjoy engagement portraits that are beyond taking the photographs of our couples. During these sessions, we really learn a lot about our couple’s personalities, the chemistry between the couple, how comfortable they are in front of the camera, how they interact with one another.
You know it's an amazing wedding when my wife comes to me and says, "If we ever get married to each other again, I'd do it just like this...". Yes, it was that beautiful. The venue, the style, the colors, the bridal party, the guests, and of course the dapper groom and his gorgeous bride. And can we talk about her dress please? One of the first things that we do as soon as we get to a wedding is to ask where the bride's dress is. We drive in anticipation wondering what she's going to wear because that will determine so many things for us as photographers. The length of her train, how mobile it will be, how delicate, the fit, her veil, everything... It determines the poses that we will use, where we can go at the venue for photos, etc... Well, as soon as we saw Sarah's dress, both of our jaws dropped wide open.
What is love? Baby don't hurt me... Just kidding... :) In all seriousness, every couple is special to us because they simply are. But, our next couple, Emily + Aaron, really hold a special place in our hearts.
When we think of destination weddings, I think most of us think of the Caribbean or somewhere near the ocean, don't you? And sometimes, when you have it and when it's near you, we tend to take it for granted.
There were so many unique things about Winona + Gavin's wedding that will make it so memorable. If you know us, we love and appreciate culture very much, so one thing that we had in common with this couple was that! We are a mixed culture couple as they are so we were able to relate in many ways. We loved seeing all the Chinese decor and details throughout the wedding day. Winona was the sweetest and most calm bride. Her getting ready room was with just family and her best friend and it was quite peaceful.
Recently, we've been saying how our portrait sessions have been very "adventurous". From snakes to mosquitos, bees... but, our session with Leah + Jack topped it all. We drove to the mountains in Jasper, GA, for their e-session and we couldn't believe that this place was not that far from us.
One morning, I got a call from a stranger or so I thought. But, it was far from a stranger, it was Nicole! She said that our mutual friend, Ben, referred her to us and that we all went to ministry school together YEEEEARS ago.
Online, it may seem that our business is everything to us. It may seem that all we do is go to photo shoots everyday and that all we talk about are weddings and photography. Yes, we of course love it and it's our passion to be in love with photography and our clients; however, there's something else that we love more and that's each other. Without our marriage, none of what we do would even matter and it wouldn't exist. We have vowed to never make work more important than God, our marriage and family and that's a good thing. We live in a world that tries to kill, steal and destroy the very thing that we value most, so it's our goal to fight for it everyday.
We love bridal shows for many different reasons... the obvious is meeting our new couples there for course, but it also gives us a chance to meet others in our industry... our fellow photographers. We met Josh a couple of years ago in one of the bridal shows that we annually attend. We connected right away because we had a lot to talk about! I mean when a wedding photographer meets another wedding photographer, there's just not enough time to talk about everything, right? Because of our jobs, we had a lot in common and began a friendship right away.
I clearly remembered Loren and Richard come to our booth at a bridal show in January. I remembered thinking, "Wow! What a beautiful couple!" As they looked through our albums, I could tell right away that they knew how to appreciate the art of photography. The questions that they asked were different than the norm... they knew how to ask the technical and the artistic side of digital photography, and I really appreciated that about them. Craig was talking to another couple at that time, so I was happy that we were all able to connect and get their questions answered. All we knew was that we wanted this couple to become our clients!
Looking back on our wedding day, so many things went right and so many things went wrong... or I should say, "not as planned". One thing we can't forget even if we tried was that it rained. Rained "cats and dogs". Alllllllll day! The day before and the day after were perfectly fine. :) It rained so much that we couldn't even attempt to go outside. So yes, we didn't have one outdoor picture. Not even one! Can you believe that? All that to say... when it rains on any of our couple's wedding day, it hits home for me because I can totally relate to the way they're feeling. It doesn't matter how many times people tell you that "it's going to be ok", you're heart is totally broken.
No, you didn't read this blog title wrong, and no, it's not a typo either. Yes, this couple's names are Brooke and Brooks. I KNOW! What are the odds, right? So crazy cool, huh? If you know me, I'm really bad with names... I won't ever forget a face tho!
We love going to bridal shows because we get to meet couples like Laura + David! Planning her engagement was so easy because she basically just left it to us. She mentioned loving the scenery of the mountains, so we knew that Sawnee Mountains would be perfect them!
I love it when couples choose locations that is sentimental to them! Ah Hyun + Alex knew from the beginning that their portraits will be in Athens, at University of Georgia where they first met. We started off at Athens Botanical Gardens and then went to downtown Athens at UGA...
We came to a point where we had to make a decision. A decision for our health... We got tired of making excuses for ourselves. Saying things like "I just don't have the time....", "I'm too tired to workout.", "I wish I had the leisure and the money to do that.", "I have three children... are you kidding?"
Well, one thing I've learned over the years and especially in the years of running our business is that everyone has money and time for what's important to them. You will always find the time and the money for what you want the most.
It is our pleasure to introduce to you all, Noren + Arsalaan! They're such a well rounded couple. First, as you can see, they're gorgeous... Second, they're super duper intelligent. So much that I'm going to feel very safe at their wedding. :) They're both in the medical field!