Dear Groom (who is dreading the photos),
Are you feeling like you need a couple of shots of whiskey before you can endure a few shots from the camera? Don't worry, we've encountered that before. Many brides show up having planned every little detail, including what kind of photos she wants. Most grooms basically just show up; albeit madly in love and ready to get married. Don't get us wrong - we've certainly had couples where those roles are reversed, and we've met grooms that planned the little details and love taking photos. But you're not one of them, so we decided to share a few things with you.
#1. You will be so glad you did it. You might be nervous and less than thrilled around the camera, but in the end you will love spending part of your wedding day doing fun, goofy, giddy things with your new wife - and having each and every moment documented forever. You will be kissing her, dipping her, loving her, spinning her around, snuggling her... and if you do that, those photos will be amazing and remind you every day how beautiful you both felt and looked on your wedding day. Photos capture more than just images- they capture the memory of the emotions you were experiencing. You will be able to look at your photos and re-live all those wonderful emotions.
#2. You hired us because we know what we're doing. When we sat down to talk about your wedding, we showed you our portfolio and the work we are capable of. By hiring us we consider ourselves bound to making sure we meet or exceed the standards of work we presented to you. This means that we may have to take you guys out of the cocktail hour to do photos at sunset, or perhaps pull you out of the reception for a few minutes to do a night-time shot. We will balance getting those perfect shots with letting you enjoy your day - we promise. This ain't our first rodeo.
#3. You often won't even realize we are there. The majority of the photos we take during the day is pure photojournalism - documenting every aspect of your day. We spend a large chunk of our time at your wedding just taking pictures of the things you are naturally doing to get ready; things you would be doing even if you didn't have photographers capturing those moments. However, sometimes, we are going to have to pose you. Sometimes one of us will be pretty far away using a telephoto lens, but sometimes you'll feel like we're all up in your face. When we are that close, it will just be for a few quick shots. Remember, the vast majority of the time, having a photographer means you won't even realize we are there.
#4. We love photographing the guy stuff. The camaraderie, the friendship, the style. For us, the groom isn't second fiddle - you are obviously just as important as the bride. We want to make sure you’re getting what you want and we want to make you look amazing as well. We aim to capture timeless, handsome, dapper and authentic photos. We want to make your kids look back on your wedding photos and think ‘that was my DAD?!”. We will photograph you and your best guy-friends together, having fun, being who you are. Again, sometimes we’ll guide you into poses that make you look good, but mostly it will be pretty casual.
So go ahead and take a shot to loosen up before we get started on the photos if you still want to. But we're confident that you won't need to, because we're seasoned pros and we know how to make this the most comfortable experience for you. And if that's not enough, just remember that your number one girl is going to be by your side...on your wedding day and for the rest of your life.