The other side of the lens … Besides my passion for teaching, I love photography. Luckily I have friends and family who trust me with their special moments, so I’ve photographed everything from engagement to baby pictures. Every time I took pictures I always got very worried about one thing: Who is going to take my engagement pictures? Here are some things I learned:
1. Research, Research, Research. I started researching different photographers in the area before I met Mr. Behavin. I read blogs, looked at every picture, and really got to know each of the photographers’ styles. This is a very important part. If you see a subtle theme with all of their photos, this is what they like to do. I know my style, so I tried to find someone that would understand my own vision. I suggest this for every bride.
2. Don’t give in! If you have a vision in your mind, stick to it! Try your best to find someone that can do that for you. Trust your instinct!
Example: If you like the close formal shots, don’t hire someone that loves the dramatic wide angle shots. You have to find something Also, if you ASK your photographer I am sure they will help you out! But don’t complain when you get your pictures back if you never spoke up!
3. Meet your photographer. My photographer is about the coolest gal around. When I found her, I suggested her to my sister and a close friend. So I was able to meet her before our engagement pictures. But just to make sure we were on the same page, we had a lovely breakfast date at Le Peep! This really eliminated the awkward feelings … well for me, I think no matter what Mr. Behavin was going to feel that this all was strange.
Now that you have your photographer booked you can focus on what you are wearing and all the other fun parts of engagement pictures!
4. Pinterest is evil… but oh so wonderful. Yes I looked at 1 million engagement shots and was so envious of the cute props couples had. No… I can’t make them. Wait…. That doesn’t look too difficult! I made this cute burlap banner for $5!
But please, don’t go into your session asking for 47 exact shots you saw on Pinterest. Still try to be original! Be you!
Photos by Tree Snap Images