First let me take a second to say right off the bat, that Amanda is AMAZING! Now that that is taken care of..... this session was so much fun! I've been excited about it ever since Amanda first approached me, her idea was to do a glamour branding session to showcase her professional hair and makeup business. She wanted it to be all about women supporting women, feature the great city of Portland Maine, where she is based.... and be a little "extra"! I was so happy she asked me, these are the type of sessions I just LOVE! Amanda was so excited about every crazy idea I threw out, and we spent so much time laughing during her session. If you need, hair, makeup, or to just feel amazing about yourself....spend some time with this girl.
Thank you so much for having me photograph you, and thank you for being so willing to give me creative freedom over your photos, I really loved it!
Amanda's Trademark Hair and Makeup
Wardrobe by Catalyst For Change Wear
It's awesome that you know the importance of hiring a pro for your wedding! But not all photographers are created equal, and it can be hard to know exactly how well a photographer will cover your event without knowing what questions to ask. As a Maine wedding photographer with 17 years under my belt, I've heard loads of horror stories, and know first hand what it takes to cover a wedding perfectly from start to finish. Chances are this is your first time navigating the wedding industry. So I've put together a list of questions to ask a photographer before hiring them. Because at the end of the day, whether it's me or not... I truly want your wedding to be the best day of your life!
1. Do you have back up?
A true pro knows that wedding days can be crazy and unpredictable, and they know how to prepare for the worst. Back up equipment, and coverage is so important to have when shooting a wedding. I am fortunate enough to have back up gear, and am part of a big network of Maine wedding photographers who could cover me in the event of an emergency. I also prefer to shoot with a second photographer, not only do you get double the coverage on your wedding day, they help ensure that if anything where to happen to my photos/my equipment (*knock on wood*) you would still have coverage of your day, and photos from their memory cards.
2. Do they know off camera flash?
Now truth is, not every wedding calls of off camera flash, and it's okay if you don't know what that is....but your wedding photographer should. There are photographers who are great *natural light photographers* aka they don't use a flash. But not all weddings are perfectly lit throughout the whole day. If your venue is, a barn, a hall, has dark wood, no windows, or the reception is after dark, or you want the lights turned down super romantic like (or let's face it....nobody is going to drop it like it's hot on a fully lit dance floor, so most receptions are dark!) Your photographer is going to be shooting in less than ideal lighting, and not having a flash or the skills to use one, could lead to some very disappointing photographs.
3. Talk to me about an engagement session?
This it totally my own preference..... I love doing an engagement session, and there is many pros to doing one. First it gives us an opportunity to get you feeling a little more comfortable in front of the camera. 99% of the population does not enjoy being in front of the camera, it can feel awkward, and that's the last thing you want on your wedding day. So getting in front of the camera in a more relaxed setting than your wedding day, learning some poses, being able to look at them and see what ones you loved, what ones didn't work, and what ones need some tweaking, leads to GREAT photos on your wedding day.
Now a good photographer can show up on your wedding day and make you feel comfortable and beautiful even without the engagement session first, and sometimes it's just not possible to make one happen....and that's okay! The way we see ourselves is so subjective, it's awesome to be able to make the most of your wedding photos by knowing what you love! And knowing that...yes.... you are actually photogenic.
4. How would you describe your personality and shooting style?
You are going to spend almost all of your wedding day with your photographer, they need to not be annoying! lol. Not that anyone would say "yes I tend to be super annoying on your wedding day" but you still need to consider this, and try and get a feel for their personality before booking them. Planning a meeting, facetime, or phone call before booking is a great way to get an idea of how they interact with people. Also asking what their shooting style is can be helpful. Ask if they do a lot of posed photos or like to capture the day as it unfolds.
Decide what works for you, would you appreciate someone directing every moment of the day to get the best shot? Or would you prefer they capture the day with a fly on the wall mindset? Or a mixture of both? Either way it's important to not only love their work, but love the way they work.
5. What is your post wedding processing?
How long will you make it before you die of anticipation? haha. Everyone can't wait to see their photos after the big day, knowing what to expect for a turn around time can save you a lot of stress! Will there be a sneak peek, or blog post prior to receiving all the photos? Also knowing about how many photos you will be receiving, if they will all be edited and ready for printing, how you will be getting them, cd, thumb drive, online album? Will you be able to make prints yourself or will you have to order all prints through them?
All great questions to ask your photographer before hiring them, it can clue you in to how professional they are, not to say that every true photographer has the same process, but every pro photographer should be able to clearly tell you what their process is and what to expect.
It was a cold cold day in Stratton Maine...but March in Stratton...that's how it goes! Ashley and Richard are use to the warmth, but they were troopers when it came to their beautiful winter wedding. Their friends, family, and love made the day so warm and bright. The Spillover Inn at Stratton Brook was the perfect backdrop for this sweet day. Ashley was amazingly brave getting on the biggest horse I've ever seen, for some epic photos. The Copland Co-op made some stunning floral arrangements! Thank you so much Richard and Ashley for letting me be a part of your beautiful winter wedding!
I get so excited when I have a winter wedding, I feel like winter doesn't get enough credit for be an absolutely amazing season to get married. Sure it comes with a whole lot more challenges...but Ashley+Isaac's wedding couldn't have been more beautiful. The snow storm the day before gave us a fresh new coat of sparkling white snow, and the only thing that sparkled more was Ashley + Issac eyes when they looked at each other. It was a day filled with laughter, happiness, smiles and love. The Loon Lodge was the perfect backdrop for this rustic, yet elegant, winter wedding. And as they stood in front of the fireplace and said "I do" surrounded by their closest friends and family, you could feel the love between them and surrounding them. The weather in Rangeley Maine is always unpredictable, but Ashley+Isaac braved the cold and passing snow squalls to take advantage of the pristine and unique setting that Rangeley offers. Congratulations Ashley+Isaac, thank you so much for letting Haven Photography capture your day, I don't think you could have found a photographer who was happier than I was to be able to play in the snow!
Venue- The Loon Lodge
Flowers- Richard's Florist
Cake- The Bankery
Hair- Kerri at The Strand Family Hair Salon
Holly Kangas, mother, photographer, part time chef, and project runway winner wanna be!
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