Wedding Workshops are back, and what better way to kick off the new year than with Laura Lee Photography! Laura and I met through a styled shoot last year, and became fast friends. Laura's passion for story-telling and her enthusiasm for educating her couples is contagious, and I'm so excited for what she has to share today! 


Let's face it. Planning a wedding is no easy task. I can't imagine where I would even begin if I wasn't in the industry! There are so many vendors to choose from, (and talented ones at that), they all offer something different and it can be COMPLETELY overwhelming trying to decide who the "right fit" is for you-and this goes for all vendors!

I absolutely LOVE that I get to document love and life for my couples on a daily basis. I think it's so extraordinary that the work I do last for generations. I feel so honored and humbled that couples trust me on one of the most special days of their lives and some serious magic happens when I "click" with my couples. That is one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give someone when they begin their wedding planning process-make sure you really get a good vibe from your vendors! ESPECIALLY, when looking into photographers. They are the only person (besides the videographers, when applicable, and the bridal party) that you spend the entire day with. You spend more time with your photographers then you do your spouse! So here are a few things to consider before you book!



Do you click with your photographer? I know I mentioned this already but it really is that important! When you inquire with a photographer, do they ask you about you and your spouse? How you met? How you fell in love? The proposal story? Are they invested in YOU? I can't express enough how important it is to get along with them- I will be completely honest, I'm probably not the right photographer for everyone! I love to laugh, I'm very candid when I shoot, and my main goal is to make my couples feel comfortable and have a good time. My couples are down to earth, love the outdoors, are adventurous, and very happily in love.  When I click with the values and personalities of my couples, you can feel so much passion in the moments we capture. 



Does their shooting style, and editing style appeal to you? Do you want someone who has light and airy photos or dark and contrasty? Do you want someone who hangs out in the background or someone who takes initiative during your day to get all the important shots? When you look at their work can you not wait to see more?


Do their packages include the rights to your images? Personally, all my wedding packages include the rights to your images. I don't want to take your wedding pictures hostage and I don't want to limit anyone to picking their 100 favorite images. All my packages include a full high-res edited gallery so you can relive your day from beginning to end, time and again. 



What products do they offer? Do they offer high quality albums? Prints? Digital files only? Make sure they offer what you want! I LOVE making wedding albums for my coupes because tangible goods are the only way to be sure your pictures and your memories are living on for a lifetime. When technology moves onto the next thing, your prints and albums will live on.


Do they have a second shooter? I personally don't shoot any of my weddings without a qualified second shooter to capture a different perspective on the wedding day. While I am with the bride and her girls as she gets ready, my second shooter is with the groom and his party.  They aid during family formals and make sure to get all the important angles during the ceremony that wouldn't be quite as possible with one photographer. I LOVE seeing how your day looks from a different perspective.



How many hours should we have coverage? In my experience, 8 hours on a wedding day is plenty when everything is happening at one venue. It's enough time to get sufficient detail pictures, candid prep shots, and through at least one dancing set as long as dinner is served strategically. I aid all my couples with the timeline creation so that we make the best of those 8 hours.  When there is travel involved between prep and ceremony and reception I would recommend at least 9 hours.


Do they offer an engagement session with any of their packages? Some people might seem like this is completely unnecessary, and just "one more thing to pay for." Because I so strongly feel that engagement sessions are a vital part of the wedding experience, I offer them complimentary with ALL of my packages. The engagement session is the trial run. The time for me to see how you interact as a couple, for my coupes to see how I shoot and get comfortable in front of my camera, and really just to have a great time! They're personal, casual, and SO MUCH FUN. 


I'm sure the list goes on, so if you have any questions I'd love to hear from you! You can read some more FAQ's on my website here: Thanks for stopping by and reading! I hope these tips will make this process a little less overwhelming!

Happy planning!!


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