Back when I was starting to look at wedding photographers, someone gave me a very good piece of advice. They told me that I’ll just feel a “click” when I find the right photographer.
Hmmm…not going to lie – I didn’t really believe it.
And then, when I hadn’t felt that click after email discussions with about 15 photographers, I really didn’t believe it. I figured I’d just find the best priced photographer (who, of course, had talent) and call it good.
But then I ran across maternity photos some friends had taken. I thought, “I really like the style of this photographer.” So I looked her up. I looked through her photos and I watched her video. I think I might have felt a little click. But I wasn’t sure.
So I emailed her. I got her response. More of a definite click this time. First off, she was just SO nice. Her personality just bubbled out of her writing.
Second – she gave information freely (including pricing). That was awesome. I found that most photographers want to MEET you before they give you pricing. Stupid. Talk about wasting my time if you are $2,500 for 6 hours. I know a lot of people have big wedding budgets. But I don’t. Plus, I’m busy. I’m planning a wedding…just give me your info.
Third. She wanted to meet when and where it was convenient for us. So we set something up.
When the evening arrived to meet Rachel, I was super nervous! Kevin just thought I was being utterly silly. But really, it’s like that first date type feeling where you’re super excited to meet someone but 1. You already have really high expectations from either emails or phone conversations and what if they aren’t like that? And 2. Will they like you?
Kevin: “Just calm down, babe. It’ll be great.” I always love his advice. So simple, yet true.
So when she arrived and we talked (not only about photography stuff but she asked us about our story and wanted to see my ring and was just truly and GENUINELY excited for and interested in US) … I found she was just as lovely and nice as I had thought she would be. Exactly how I had pictured her to be from our back and forth email conversations. It was then that I finally understood the advice my friend had given me! I had felt that click. I knew right then that she was our wedding photographer.
After she left, I kept thinking about ways we could cut down somewhere else in our budget so we could hire her. She had brought her price down since we’re having a Friday wedding but it was still a tiny bit higher than the budget my parents had helped set for a photographer. But I was absolutely going to make it work! After all, I had felt the click!
I texted her and thanked her for going out of her way to meet us and said that I would talk to my parents on Sunday and get back to her ASAP. Her response was that she just absolutely loved meeting us and said she wanted to bring her price down to what our budget was because she wanted to work with us THAT much. WHAT?! Are you kidding me?! Who does that? Really, really, really nice people do that.
So fast forward to this past Sunday. We had our engagement photo session. It couldn’t have gone any better. She’s so easy to work with. She just lets us be us, which is really important. And, from seeing a few sneak peak photos, I can really see Kevin and I just shine through. I love it.
So, I guess, the whole point of this blog is to find that photographer you click with. Find someone with a personality similar to yours…someone who is fun, funny, kind and creative.
I absolutely can’t wait for our wedding day. Not just for obvious reasons but because we get to work with Rachel again to capture all the wonderful, precious moments and have them forever.
It’ll be one for the books!