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“Date” Your Photographer Before you Marry

“Date” Your Photographer Before you Marry
Finding the right photographer for your wedding is a lot like finding your spouse. There is the initial attraction, followed by emails, text messages, and maybe a phone call or two all building up to that pivotal “first date.”  You could say that the engagement session with your photographer is your first date as well. This is your chance to see where this relationship might lead.

And just like with a first date, the engagement session is about more than just aesthetics. An engagement session will help both you and your fiance’ understand the personality and style of your photographer (ie, Me.) You can see first hand the planning that goes into a shoot, get your questions answered, and then create beautiful portraits that enhance your wedding experience as a whole.  Skipping the engagement session could be compared to an arranged marriage!

Last week on my blog I talked about how my best wedding clients always do an engagement session first. In the grand scheme of your wedding planning, it’s a small thing, but often the smallest factors create the biggest difference in your wedding’s overall result. For example, this week I photographed Angela and Dave’s engagement session at Pike Place Market. Earlier in the week I photographed Christine and Ryan’s engagement session on Spencer Island in Everett, WA. These two couples could not be more opposite. Christine and Ryan are planning an outdoor, nature themed wedding in the San Juan Islands. Angela and Dave will be married at the Meridian Valley Country club. One couple loves rustic elements and the other prefers bold colors and urban style.  During our engagement sessions I was able to talk to both couples about their history, wedding plans, and how I can help make their wedding a success. But beyond that, I was able to pick up on clues about them you can’t get from any old conversation. I quickly learned that Dave’s soft spoken nature is a perfect complement to Angela’s vibrant personality. I watched as he held her tenderly, and didn’t even mind when her red lipstick came off on his face. Watching them together taught me what I needed to look for on their wedding day. It helped me understand their love on a personal level. Christine and Ryan’s session was similar. I enjoyed laughing and joking with Ryan and Christine. Their love is effortless and pure and it was wonderful to work with them. Planning their session had been stressful due to weather, but as we began to photograph I saw Christine’s stress melt away as she looked in to Ryan’s eyes. It was easy to see that they complement each other and have a lot of fun together.

Today I have a relationship with both of these couples that will make their wedding photographs better. We have started a friendship. It will be much easier for both couples to let me in to their more personal moments during the wedding day because of our engagement session. Their positive experience will (hopefully) instill confidence in my abilities. Additionally, I can now help them get some of their planning done! For example, I have put together save-the-date postcards, wedding invitations, and guestbooks for both clients that are personalized with their engagement portraits because they expressed an desire to use their portraits in a creative way. Can’t you just imagine how those little touches will enhance their wedding experience overall? And it’s one less thing they have to do.
For brides planning a 2015 wedding now is the time to start “dating” your photographer. Even if you don’t have a wedding date set, book your engagement session with IJ Photo so we can start building a relationship that will last. For most of my clients the wedding day is just the beginning. Many of my clients return again and again for infant and family sessions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that your entire family history can be captured in an artistic, emotionally valuable way?
As a special incentive, if you decide to book your wedding with me, you will receive a $300 credit towards your wedding package. And since an engagement sessions are $300, you essentially get your engagement session for free.  Space for 2015 is limited so please don’t hesitate!

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Seattle Portrait Photographer

Out of curiosity I Googled “Seattle Portrait Photographer” this morning. There were over 2 MILLION results. My first thought was, “how is a consumer ever supposed to find the right photographer in that environment? Then I headed to Facebook. Out of the nearly 900 people that like my Facebook page a good portion of themContinue Reading

Fall Family Portrait Event Booking Now!

Fall Family Portrait Event Booking Now!

For a few years now my friend Rosa Allred has taken part in the three day, 60 mile walk for Breast Cancer organized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year Rosa and I are partnering to support her and help women everywhere. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it would beContinue Reading

Seattle Family Portrait Photographer

Seattle Family Portrait Photographer

Every time someone new comes in my house I hear the same thing, “Wow, you’re like a REAL photographer.” I want to reply, “what did you think I was lying?” Instead I just smile. My living room has four 36×40 inch prints decorating the fireplace wall. One for each child and one of my husbandContinue Reading

Justine & Ezra’s Wedding

Justine & Ezra’s Wedding

What does Columbia University, the Space Needle, and a broken down Prius have in common? All of them were apart of the uniting of two people very much in love; Justine & Ezra. This wedding was a destination wedding of sorts. Justine and Ezra met at Columbia University while studying law. Currently New York cityContinue Reading