When planning and winter wedding I think the biggest stress much be weather. Yes, it poses a threat whenever your wedding may be... but there isn't much for backup plans for a blizzard. Thankfully, there was no blizzard...almost the complete opposite and totally unexpected, it was a gorgeous 50 degree day in JANUARY?!? It felt like a special treat for Nancy and Rylan's wedding day.
Nancy and Rylan are full of love and happiness and the spread it to everyone around them, their day was filled with laughter and joy. You could tell by their friends and family that everyone was ecstatic that this day was here and that Nancy and Rylan were saying "I do!" I had the honor of photographing Rylan's sister's wedding last winter and was looking forward to seeing Amiee take on the roll as "Best Human" and let me tell you...the girl can ROCK and suit!
At the edge of the bay with the beautiful city of Portland as a backdrop across the water, sit the Saltwater Grille. It was here that the couple exchanged vows surrounded by friends and family. Pine trees, snowflakes, and gold and sliver ornaments decorated the space. It was a beautiful day all around and I am so excited to have been the one to capture it! Thank you so much Nancy and Rylan for letting me be a part of your day
-The Awesome Vendors-
Venue- The Saltwater Grille
Cake- Love Kupcakes
Hair and Makeup- The Hairem
Dresses- David's Bridal
Suits- Men's Wearhouse
As a wedding professional for over 17 years I've dealt with squeezing into many a wedding budget! And I know there is many articles, blog post, and frankly well intention bad advice floating around about how to get more for less. But I have heard MANY a horror story about "great deals" that left wedding couples disappointed or downright duped! So here are 5 tips on how to get the most VALUE from your wedding photographer.
1. do your research
You should ask lots of questions and feel like you 100% know and understand not only what your photographer's packages include, what their experience and skill level is, but also in asking questions get an idea for what their personality is like. If you are at a loss for what questions to ask, I put together a list of 5 questions to ask before you hire your photographer that you should really check out!
2. All about the second photographer
A lot of photographers (myself included) have a second photographer as part of their wedding packages, I love having a second photographer shooting a wedding with me, and it add a lot of value to your wedding photos. They will be able to capture more moments, more angles, and things that I just can't on my own. I have yet to figure out how to be in two places at once, so if you really want photos of the cocktail hour, or the guys getting ready as well as the girls, a second photographer doubles the coverage without doubling the cost.
3. Have a clear timeline
I don't know if I should have this header as a clear timeline or a REALISTIC timeline? Before you book your photographer you should have a good idea of what the timeline for the day will be. When the photographer needs to show up, and when they will be done. Don't try and pack 6 hours of photography coverage into 4 hours, you'll only end up rushing and stressed. Also know that if you want your photographer to cover something at the very end of the night, like a sparkler exit... that will most likely eat up a lot of our coverage time if we have to stay until that event happens. The formal and family photos also have to be a realistic goal. They can eat up a lot of time (and throw off your whole timeline) if we are trying to get 100 family photos in the span of 15 mins. Above all you want your photographer to be someone who it flexible and accommodating because even the best laid plans go awry sometimes.
4. Don't hire a friend with a nice camera
While I always try and be kind and understanding to couples situation....this is one area where I have just heard WAY TO MANY horror stories to not be absolutely firm on this! It breaks my heart to hear of couples not getting their photos or getting really terrible photos. You are putting so much value into you marriage commitment (which is awesome!) I encourage you to put value into the person who will help keep those memories and moments alive. A true professional has put time and effort into their business, growing their skills, becoming better every year. All in the name of making sure your love is documented in all it's glory. A family member or friend with a nice camera just can't compare.
5. it's okay to ask about discounts
Now some other photographers may have want my head for this... so I do not speak for everyone. But I'm okay with you asking if you qualify for any discounts. I will let couples know if their wedding date falls under my "off season" discount. I know not all photographers offer them because whether your wedding is in June or January it's still the same amount of work, but for me I have a lot less going on in January than June and if I book your wedding in the off season I *might* just be able to have a weekend off in the summer, so it's worth it to me to try and book off season weddings. I also offer military discounts...because...well I may watch too many military homecoming videos and they always make me cry, so in my very own small little way I want to say "thank you"
I do want to stress that I feel there is a difference between asking for a discount...and asking IF you qualify for any discounts. Also don't be afraid when a photographer says they can make you a custom package...I know that word sounds fancy and expensive...but really it's just our way of getting you the perfect fit for your needs and budget!
It was a windy fall days on the shores of Rangeley Lake, but when you have a dress that flowed in the wind as well as Amelia's did, It was a win. Maybe a little chilly...but still so beautiful! The sky was vivid blue, and the sun was shining bright, all in all perfect fall day for a wedding. As always the Loon Lodge made the perfect venue for such a celebration.
Josh and Amelia couldn't be sweeter, and you could feel the love that surrounded them in their wedding party, friends and family. The ceremony had a few moments of nervous laughter, but I find moments like that to be the sweetest. Amelia spent most of the day trying to fight the happy tears. When someone says her smile could light up a room... I'm pretty sure Amelia's smile is the absolute illustration of that saying.
The day was filled with laughter, love and dancing! It was such a wonderful time spent celebrating with such a wonderful couple. We wish you many years of happiness and joy! Thank you so much for letting us be the ones to capture your beautiful day!
When two outdoor enthusiasts get married.
I don't think there could be a better location than The Fox Pond Sporting Camps for two outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate their love for each other. . Nestled in the woods are rustic cabins, on a beautiful fly fishing pond. Mikayla and Logan's wedding was on the most stunning peak foliage day of fall. The trees were on fire, the pond like glass, it was really an amazing day!
Last minute addition
After things fell through with their original photographer, Mikayla's mom called me less than a week before the wedding, and as luck would have it, I had Saturday available! I'm sure the stress of scrambling for a photographer was anything but fun, but I was so thankful she thought to call me, and that I was able to be the one to capture their beautiful day. It was a whirlwind, but I spent the day thinking to myself how happy I was to be shooting a wedding on such a gorgeous fall day with such a gorgeous couple!
A colorful day
I adored the colors Mikayla used for her wedding! It was going to be hard to compete with the vivid display that mother nature was showing. But the pink, burgundy, and gray color scheme of the wedding was not only unique, it also worked so well with the setting. The rustic back drop of Fox Carlton Pond blended perfectly with the pumpkins, lanterns, burlap, and the twinkle lights added a touch of magic.
Love the local weddings!
Weddings usually have me traveling the beautiful state of Maine. With this wedding I found myself right in my own back yard, and surrounded by so many familiar faces. There were 15+ past clients of Haven Photography, from wedding clients, senior, family, and even a few from my days as a caregiver at a daycare, some of these kids now have kids of their own...and I feel OLD! But more than feeling old, I feel so grateful to have some many wonderful past clients, to have captured so many special moments, to feel so supported, and to be able to call this my job! Thank you Mikayla and Logan for letting me be a part of your special day, I am truly honored to be able to capture such a wonderful day!
Holly Kangas, mother, photographer, part time chef, and project runway winner wanna be!
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