judging. I decided I could give it a try myself and it ended up working out. Shortly after that I had a friend who was getting married, my husband was in her wedding. I knew I wanted to give wedding videography a go, so I asked her if she would mind me filming her wedding day. From there I started booking and filmed 35 weddings in my first year!
Why do you think brides and grooms should try and budget for videography on their wedding day?
Typically when a couple sits down to write out a wedding budget it seems like videography ends up being an "if we can afford it" option. Everyone knows you need a photographer, you need a cake, you need a wedding dress, those "must haves". I think videography is slowly making its way into the "must have" category, but its still very much thought of as something additional you might make room for. In my opinion if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. There's something about rewatching your wedding day through film that you won't get out of images alone. My best advice is finding a video/photo team who works well together and book them both for your special day. Like Sutton House Photography (her words, not mine lol.)
What type of things should a couple ask about or look for in a videographer?
I think the most important part of working with a videographer for your day is that you feel comfortable around them. I highly recommend having an in person consultation prior to your wedding day, this is a must in my opinion. You don't want a random stranger following you around on the biggest day of your life and not have a clue about them. And same for the videography, they're going to be able to work more comfortably if they have the chance to meet you first. I also believe that someone's work speaks for itself. For videographers you should be able to see a good variety of weddings they have filmed and make sure their style is in line with what you want for your day.
What is your favorite moment you've gotten to video?
My top favorite moment overall was filming Sutton's birth! Hands down the best experience. https://vimeo.com/248792617
My favorite wedding moment would have to be Dustin and Jessica's first look. You could instantly feel the raw emotions between the two of them. He is clearly head over heels in love with his bride. This moment definitely brought me to tears! https://vimeo.com/222135811
Any tips for brides and grooms to make sure they get the best quality video on their day of?
Do your research! Don't book any wedding vendor just simply because of their prices. You won't get this day back, there are no do-overs. So make sure you're fully confident before you decide to book someone.
This little girl was just absolutely perfect. So sweet and cuddly and happy. Her mommy + daddy are so lucky to have such a blessing. I've now gotten to photograph a wedding, a senior session and Adeline's first photos all within the same family. I am so blessed to constantly be surrounded by amazing people and seeing these families throughout so many milestones.
I know I say it so many times, but I truly am so happy to do what I love every single day.
Enjoy this plethora of photos from Adeline's lifestyle newborn session because let's be honest...I'm totally obsessing.
If you've watched my recent video on Facebook, then you know I am starting a new blog series interviewing my friends in the wedding industry (if you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for?! I am absolutely uncomfortable in front of the camera which makes for great entertainment.)
I thought the best way to start this series would be an interview with myself (is that even a thing lol?!) So here it goes...
When should a newly engaged couple book their photographer?
"As early as possible" is the answer you're going to hear the most often, but let me give you the real answer. I have a lot of brides and grooms who contact me and have not booked a venue yet, but have a date in mind. This is definitely a great start, however, until you have a confirmed venue that has that date available, it is very tricky to book a photographer.
My best piece of advice is it's never too early to start researching photographers, figuring out your budget, what style you both like, etc. Then once you have a venue and a date firmly set, then it's time to pull the trigger on booking your photographer.
Now that is not to say you shouldn't reach out to a photographer you're interested in ahead of time to make sure they even have the date you're aiming for, but I will never in good faith book a client until they have for sure booked their venue.
How do you choose a photographer?
Choosing a photographer is completely a personal experience. I suggest googling some local photographers and figuring out the general style you like. There is: light + airy, moody, and a warm photographer like myself. From there it's important to figure out your budget. I can not stress enough that it is so important to start your new life together NOT in debt! Reach out to the photographers style you like and compare your budget to their pricing. I highly recommend asking potential photographers to view full wedding galleries to get a sense of what type of photos you can expect.....I luckily already provide those over on my portfolio page. ;)
Do you NEED a second photographer?
If you hire a professional photographer, like myself, then they should be trained on how to ensure they do not miss a single moment, as well as, ensuring their time is used efficiently. Now, if your budget can handle a second photographer, great! I specifically only include a second in only one of my packages and offer a second as an add-on to any package because I understand not everyone can afford a second photographer. I am fully capable and confident in shooting an entire wedding solo. If you can not afford a second photographer, please make sure you hire a photographer who has experience and training!
What exactly is a bridal session?
I actually have a blog post dedicated to this question that you can see here: CLICK
Do you have a question I didn't answer? Comment below!
A behind the scenes pic of myself hard at work!
I am super excited to share Kaytlyn's senior high school photos! I have been blessed to work with her before at her sister's wedding and now this. I love being able to create relationships with all my clients and seeing them throughout life's best moments.
This girl is so beautiful inside and out. When I asked her what she was interested in studying at UCO, she hit me with such an impactful course of study: neonatal trauma center. As a momma who had her child in the NICU when he was born, any person who goes into anything having to do with newborns automatically has all of my respect. (All nurses and doctors too!) Working with infants, let alone in a TRAUMA situation, takes so much courage and love. I am so excited to see where life takes Kaytlyn and can't wait to document her journey!
P.S. side note, I looked like an oompa loopma when I was a high school senior, this girl slayyysssss.
Can we just stop and appreciate how absolutely stunning this sunset was?!
Brooke and Alex got married at the super beautiful Flying M Ranch right outside of Tulsa. I always tell brides and grooms to try and find something uniquely "you" to incorporate in their wedding and the one thing that stood out to me after so many weddings, was their unity ceremony.
These two chose to take their first communion as husband and wife together in front of their friends and families. This was the first time I've ever seen this particular unity ceremony and it literally gave me chills. Two people so devoted to God and joining their lives through Christ was absolutely beautiful.
I wish these two all the love and happiness in the world!
Venue: Moore's Flying M Ranch
Coordinator: Brittany Douthitt Co.
Caterer: Johnny Carinos
DJ: Infiniti Music
Floral: Michelle Jimenez
The emotions that were flowing at this wedding was enough to make anyone tear up. There is so much love between these two, their families, and memories of those we miss. My heart is so full for Allison and Colton. If two people ever deserved each other, it's these two. They are both so kind hearted and loving. I am so happy for them!
I was so emotional during Lauren and Scott's wedding just seeing how they looked at one another like they were the only two people in the world. The love these two have for one another is so incredible. They had such an intimate wedding with just 20 of their closest friends and family because for them, it was just about being together and celebrating their marriage. They didn't even let the rain get in their way of some major fun! Kudos to Daffodil Hill for being quick on their feet and moving everything inside last minute.
Want to talk about a cute love story? Let's talk about Allissa and Jered.
Jered was interviewing dog sitters when he met the lovely Allissa. They talked for hours and as Allissa says, they just knew in that moment they were meant to be. These two joined their lives together at the lovely Southwind Hills and I am so obsessed with how everything turned out at their enchanted forest wedding.
Brooke and Anthony met in high school and knew they would spend their forever together. On September 1st, at Blessed Oak Farm in Marlow, they joined their lives together. It was such a perfect day; not too hot, slight breeze in the air, and the most picturesque sunset in the background!
I am so blessed to have a job where I get to take photos of people who are in-love and happy. How cool is it to be constantly surrounded by such positive energy?!
Congrats you guys! XO
First things first when wedding planning- MAKE A BUDGET. I can tell you from personal experience when you go into wedding planning without a budget and a Pinterest account, it is very easy to end up with some credit card debt. (My husband will also vouch for this lol.) So sit down and decide what you can afford. Is it an elegant oceanside wedding with fancy cocktails? Is it a circus themed wedding with elephant rides? Is it an intimate wedding in a cozy cottage with your closest friends and family? Are you getting married on top of a mountain with just your best friends there? (If so, call me! I love mountaintop weddings!) Every wedding is unique and beautiful; that's half the reason I'm in this industry! Do not be ashamed of what you can and cannot afford. At the end of the day, so long as you are married to your SO, that's all that matters.
Now that the less fun part of planning is out of the way, it's time to figure out your venue. The most crucial part of planning a wedding (in my opinion) is choosing the right venue. There are so many things to take in to account:
I cannot stress enough how important it is to think of your photos when choosing a venue. The greatest photographers in the world can't do anything about a venue that doesn't compliment your love and your vision and isn't esthetically pleasing.
However, here are some helpful tips from a photographer for a client to look at when choosing their venue:
Hopefully these tips are something you can take with you when viewing venues. If you have any questions on what else you should be paying attention to, send me an email! I'm always available to help my brides in need. And don't forget- so long as you two say, "I do" that is all that matters!