I write this blog post today from 2 perspectives; as a photographer but mainly as a (former) bride.
Now firstly I have to admit, even before I got engaged, I was one of those girls (bridezilla alert) who trawled the wedding blogs and pintrest coveting the endless amounts of beautiful things that I saw from other people’s weddings. I would spend hours looking at wedding photography, dresses, the works. When I found our Nina, I knew right away that I wanted her to photograph our wedding. Her pictures were so bright, beautiful and natural, and I often found myself getting emotional looking at pictures of people I had never met. Not only did she capture the unique details of each wedding so perfectly, she captured the emotions. There were no awkward, traditional shots or pictures that looked like they had been photoshopped to the moon and back. Everything was natural and in my mind, just beautiful.
As soon as Menno proposed, I emailed her to ask if she was free and for a price list. I had no idea how much it would cost to have her and her husband Phil photograph our wedding, but I knew she was the only person I wanted. When I received a price list, reality hit hard. We were paying for the wedding ourselves and our budget was rather limited. Feeling so deflated, I started searching again for other photographers in my area that were closer to what we could afford, but nothing came close. Finally, I decided to re-think my budget. So, maybe I would’t buy a brand new custom dress, expensive bridesmaids dresses or spend a fortune on fancy centre pieces. Instead, I would book my dream photographer and DIY as much as I could. I had faith that she would make my wedding (no matter how low-budget it was) look beautiful. And oh my, she really did!
Now I know every bride has her priorities about what is important to her, and where she wants to allocate her budget. But I really do urge you to choose your photographer with your heart as well as your wallet. A wedding day flashes by so fast but your photographs will be yours forever. Your photo album marks the start of your life together as a married couple, an heirloom for your children and grandchildren, and a reminder for the years to come of one of the happiest days in your life.
Even if you don’t have a big budget, I really do urge you to consider all options. Maybe you have a friend with a nice camera, or you know someone doing a photography course at college who can do it cheaply. I’m certainly not saying you should immediately write off these people; some of the most talented wedding photographers started out as just “enthuiasts”. But whoever you are considering to capture your special day, I urge you to look at their previous work and ask yourself a few questions: Maybe they take stunning landscape pictures but have they photographed weddings before? Do you like their photography style? Do you feel an emotional connection to their work? Do you look at their pictures and imagine your photo on their website alonside their other happy couples? If the answer is yes, the chances are that this is the photographer for you. Maybe that means you’ll need to have one less cake tier or prosecco instead of champagne. What I can say with almost certainty that in the years following you won’t remeber what wine you drank, but you will look back at your pictures with a smile on your face knowing that it was THE BEST DAY EVER!!!
If you want to see Nina’s blog post with our wedding photos, you can find them here.