This is a subject I haven’t touched on too much and it’s mostly because this was one of the most difficult decisions we had to make during our wedding planning. For those of you who’ve been following, you probably noticed we changed photographers…EEEKKK!! Which means we lost our deposit (which doesn’t bother us too much), we just didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. It was like a break up and everything was very professional, but I was still afraid. I won’t divulge too much, but if you’re interested…you can email me and I’ll fill you in on why we made this decision.
It happened really fast and honestly…it was all kind of a fluke. Some of you may have seen a few of our shots from the moo cards at our wedding, but alas…here are a few more from the talented Jenny @ Alders Photography:
Our wedding paired with Jenny was like a relationship between peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, a chocolate croissant…okay so that’s not really a pair, but you get the picture :). I really fell in love with her the moment I talked to her on the phone. I know most couples don’t have that connection with their photographer because they figure the photog will be in your life one day…and gone the next, right? Hiring a photographer involves a lot of TRUST. You’re trusting them with your one day….that simply can’t be re-done.There’s a certain confidence you’ve placed with them and you can only hope they far exceed your expectations, in which case…she did.
We actually first hired her as a wedding gift for Becca’s rehearsal dinner and mini engagement shoot. Oddly enough, when she joined us for dessert at dinner, she was grilled by someone at our table for about 30 minutes straight question after question about the wildest things. From ‘Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever shot?’ to ‘What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?’ ‘Do you just know when you’ve got “the shot?” to ‘Have you ever shot a wedding for a couple you knew just wouldn’t make it?’ I’m telling you…there were MORE! She was a good sport about it all and it was actually fun listening to her answer the questions. By the time we had our engagement shoot with her, she knew I was having a hard time about making the switch, but she never once pressured us into doing something we didn’t feel comfortable with.
Before we decided, I searched on the web for any brides out there who had wished they had gone with a different photographer and I couldn’t believe what I read. I wasn’t the only one that felt this way, but I also didn’t want to be the bride who had the same regret as well. We signed with Jenny around July 24th…and she was luckily available for our August 15th date. Crazy right?? I know…3 weeks before the big day and we took this giant leap of faith, but Ricardo and I have absolutely no regrets. We didn’t really “go with our gut”…we just went with our hearts. If something doesn’t feel right, especially if it’s related to your wedding, you can change that and make it right. I promise no one will think you’re crazy.
A photographer should be at the top of your priority list because it’s true what they say…the day will come and go, and you’ll try your hardest to remember all the details, but it’s so much easier to remember them when you have great photos. There are a ton of AMAZING photographers out there, but when we booked Jenny for our wedding…I wasn’t only thinking about that day. I was thinking about many years into the future…there will be pregnancies, babies, holiday cards, anniversaries, birthday parties, and a hundred other precious life events. Isn’t it nice to know I’ll have someone there to capture all those moments?