Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bridal Talk Tuesday: Allyson from Cupcakes and Candy Canes

Happy Bridal Talk Tuesday lovelies! My husband and I getting settled in at home after enjoying a great honeymoon in Hawaii. More details to come soon on the honeymoon, and of course the wedding. For now, I have Allyson, who blogs at Cupcakes and Candy Canes to chat with you about choosing a wedding photographer. xo - Elizabeth
Life with Elizabeth
     Hey there Life With Elizabeth-ers!  I’m Allyson, and I blog over at Cupcakes and Candy Canes.  Elizabeth was kind enough to allow me to guest post while she is enjoying her honeymoon, and I couldn’t be more excited.  While I mostly blog about everyday life, these days that is including more and more wedding planning (love).
     My mother and sister have been my very best resources in helping me plan, and I would be totally lost without their help.  Even though we have just started getting our feet wet in the planning, I have already learned so much…and I’m loving it.  While I am by no means an expert in the planning business, I thought I might share some tips I’ve learned about what to look for in a photographer.  Here we go!

     I have always thought that as far as planning goes photography should be one of the main focuses.  I love my dress, and flowers are beautiful, but the only thing that lasts from that day (other than  your marriage…which is obviously the most important thing) are the pictures.  I totally plan on having my dress preserved, but I’m not going to display that in my house.  The pictures are what most people will use to remember the day.  Having met with the woman I am 99% sure will be our photographer, I’ve compiled a list of some must-haves for photographers:

          - Common sense!  If she walks in staring off into space and has no ability to corral people for photos that’s a deal-breaker.
          - Organization – it may seem obvious, but I would never want someone just randomly snapping shots of every little thing (however good they might be) without taking the important ones with family, friends, etc.
          - Knowledge about the field…because I have none.  I am definitely going to get a wedding album (like this).  Although she does not include this in any of her packages, the photographer knew exactly what we were talking about and said that we could in fact order through her.  If she had looked at me with a blank expression and not known what I meant I probably would have gotten up and left.
          - An open mind.  While I need the photographer to have some pretty concrete ideas, it is also so nice to be able to share inspiration (…Pinspiration) and add some more personal touches to the day.

     Snapshots are great, but I cannot wait to have real wedding photos!

     I’m so glad I got to hang out with y’all today, and I hope to see you around Cupcakes and Candy Canes sometime!  What were your favorite parts of planning?  Do you have any go-to photography tips…or any kind of tips for that matter?

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