You might Remember Angie Gaul of New York-based Milestone Images from her helpful wedding planning tips. She's back to tell us how she battles all your wedding insecurities about yourself and your guests to help you “get married and look super-fine.”
Every single one of the couples featured in these images felt incredibly self-conscious about being photographed. They ALL felt weird at first. One bride featured here even quoted Scrubs in her vows, saying, “The thing is, I always felt like I was so weird that I would end up all alone.”
Or maybe it's not themselves they're concerned about… some of couples are worried that flash would really bother the guests on the autism spectrum, or that their trans officiant will be mis-gendered, or that no one has ever taken a good photo of the groom's father who has Parkinson's. Some of my clients had friends shoot engagement pictures that they never wanted to show anyone, ever. I hear you, I am here for you, but here's the thing…
EVERYONE has something they're worried about. Everyone is either mourning the death of a parent, or managing divorced relatives, or grappling with body issues. So am I. We are all so blessedly, amazingly human, and I'm here to make you comfortable and document all the sweetness of your day. This is how I do it…
I’ve got your back [with or without a head]
Sometimes when I meet with a Offbeat Bride couple to talk about shooting their wedding and they tell me their vision for their event, it takes all I have not to wiggle around in my seat, waving my hand in the air, Hermione Granger-style, hooting, “Pick me! Ooh, pleeeease pick me!”
This was the case when I met with Jamie and Justin ten months ago and they told me all about their “getting married in Sleepy Hollow on Halloween” wedding. Right there, in that first meeting, I was like, “You know there’s a guy who has learned to ride a horse in a Headless Horseman costume who’s pretty famous locally. I wonder if we could take a picture with him somehow…” And then I became mildly obsessed, ahem, I mean, extremely committed to making this happen. (Including a dry run the day before to figure out parking and road closures — Halloween in Sleepy Hollow is INSANE.)
I will help you fight the day-of “Fuck-Its” that steal your energy and joy
I will communicate and get to know you well enough beforehand to know what matter to you most. I will help you with the timeline to help you get the best possible photos with all the right people with the minimum amount of stress. By the time the big day rolls around, all you have to do is get married and look super-fine.
What about nailing my focus, exposure, composition and getting the moments of happy tears and hilarious dance moves?
That goes without saying. With 15 years of weddings under my belt, I’ve got this. At the end of the day, my clients can count on getting truly artistic, creative portraiture that tells a love story; candid documentation of emotional moments, laughter and happy tears; flattering photos of your nearest and dearest taken in efficient, upbeat photo sessions; AND beautiful detail shots over all the DIY projects you poured your time and energy into throughout your planning process.
The number one thing I want people to know…
I'm on Team You. I’m all about meeting you where you are in terms of your vision for your wedding photography and budget. I have packages for everyone from “Destination Courthouse” for $500 to “Unicorns and Rainbows” for $7200!
Plus, Offbeat Bride readers always save 10% but you can save 15% AND lock in 2015 prices for one more month if you book me by January 30th!