Being a Seattle wedding photographer means meeting a lot of new people. Often I am asked, “what makes you different from all of the other photographers in Seattle?” This is a difficult question to answer, not because I don’t know what to say, but because I hate comparing myself to others. You see, there are a lot of talented photographers in Seattle, WA, all with their own point of view. Most of the differences stylistically can’t be compared apples to apples. That being said, I generally encourage brides to make an informed decision based on three things:
- Do they like the images?
- Are you comfortable with me?
- Can they imagine being in the photos you’ve seen in my samples?
But for brides with a more analytical outlook these rhetorical questions still don’t answer the basic inquiry. So I turned to a few of my past clients and asked them what they thought. I figured if anyone would know how to answer it would be them. They too had the challenge of choosing a Seattle wedding photographer which makes them uniquely qualified to provide an answer. Below are the actual comments of past clients about their experiences a long with a few photos from their wedding.
Breanne and Graham were married at the EM Fine Art. Here’s what she had to say:
“What I love about you, is that you totally got a feel for our style, theme, and vision of our story and you made it come to life. We wanted a hip, artsy yet elegant vibe and you totally created that AND found the location for our engagement shoot to fit that vibe, and used the venue for our wedding perfectly for that vibe as well. Our wedding pics SCREAM our style. Your work is an art form.”
I try to do this for all of my clients. I understand that no two weddings are exactly alike and it’s important to pick up on those details that make it unique. For example, I photographed a wedding at Kelly Farms in Bonney Lake, WA. The couple, Amy and Andrew love the vintage, country vibe and styled their wedding to include these elements with a hint of glam.
Two days later I photographed Lian and Itay’s wedding at the Novelty Hill- Januk Winery in Woodinville, WA. This venue is made almost entirely of concrete and modern lines. Their wedding was all about sleek sophistication. My goal was to make sure those elements showed up in their images to accurately tell their wedding story.
Rachael and Aaron were married six years ago, but this couple still is a constant source of referrals for me. Rachael still talks about her wedding photos and I’m humbled by her complements!
“From the second Aaron and I met you I just clicked with you. I didn’t feel rushed, forced into, had to have it this way kinda feeling. You took such incredible shots of us that are so natural that portray exactly us. I hate the constant staged look of so many photographers and you just have a way of making people feel like they have known you forever. You truly have become apart of us for the last 6 years and I’m so grateful we met you.”
Weddings are stressful! It’s my goal to make sure that I am not adding any worry, in fact I strive to do the opposite! To do this, I meet with each bride a month before the wedding to review the timeline. I try to learn the names of family members and the wedding party (though I have called people the wrong names on accident a time or two). I hope to see your vision for your wedding so I know what you value most. Whenever possible I try to walk through the venue with my clients. Getting to know you and your style is key to creating wedding photos you’ll love. I believe that 80% of my job actually happens before or after the wedding day itself. By doing my best to get to know you as a person, understanding your needs, and plan accordingly, I know I can provide work that exceeds expectations!
That’s not all, tomorrow I’ll post part 2 with more testimonials and photos from real Seattle weddings.