Jen and Ben Jones contacted me early last year about their wedding and asked if I would be their photographer. I knew from the first few conversations with Jen that they were such a sweet couple and immediately connected with them.
How to Choose a Photographer - Arizona Based Elopement Photographer - Engaged, Now What?! Part II
Things you should considered when booking your photographer:
Booking your elopement or wedding photographer is one of the most important things for your big day! The photographer is with you the entire day and we are preserving every part of the day for you to look back on later or hang prints on the walls of your home. When selecting your photographer it is important to be mindful of your budget, but there are a lot of other things you should be looking at when making this selection! In this blog post we will explore all of the things that you should be looking for and thinking about when looking for the right photographer! These days your options are endless for photography so it is important to be able to narrow it down from an educated stand point! No matter what, the most important thing is that you communicate and mesh well with your photographer! You want to vibe well with the person that is taking your photos and spending the most intimate day of you and partner’s lives with you.
Hiring a Photographer Checklist:
Is the Photographer insured? You are trusting someone to document one of the most important days of your life. It is important they are insured in case anything was to go wrong with the cards they shot on or for any medical purposes. If you are eloping this is especially important in case there is a rare, terrible accident of a camera tumbling down the mountain!
Does this Photographer have experience? Read the photographers bio on their website. Other ways to check the experience level is read reviews, look through their work and you can also get a feel for their experience level through communicating together. Are they able to help you with your wedding day timeline, do they have advice for locations (trails), time of day, colors to wear for your engagement session or connections with any other vendors you may need? When eloping you need to look for a photographer that has experience in photography, but also time spent on the trail and knowledge of leave no trace behind.
Will this Photographer bring two camera bodies or a second shooter? This may seem silly, but we are working with technology and you never know when something may go wrong or break. It is always best to be prepared! A professional should have two camera bodies, and if they do not then hiring a second shooter is always a good alternative.
Will the Photographer give me a contract to sign? Yes, you want a contract! A contract protects you and the photographer. It also should fully disclose what is provided in your package, time that will be spent with you, payment information and when you can expect to receive your images.
You want to ask yourself if you like this Photographer’s style. Each photographer has a different style in which they shoot and edit. Looking through the photographer’s portfolio can help give you an idea of the colors and over all mood that photographer leans towards. When looking through the photographer’s portfolio it is also key to look for consistency. You want to LOVE your photographer’s style because you want to LOVE your images at the end of the day. Not sure what you’re looking for or have questions??? Always feel free to ask the photographer questions!
Now, let’s talk about your budget! So you have found someone you like and can trust, but are they within your budget? It is important to have a budget and to stick with it, but it is also important to hire a photographer that can provide you in focus high quality images that you will love and be able to cherish forever. The average wedding photographer in the Phoenix area is $3,000 where as the average for a wedding photographer in Seattle is $3,500-$7,000. According to Wedding Wire, the average cost of a wedding photographer in the US is between $1,200-$3,000 and photography should be 12% of your overall wedding budget. I do not like to get all into the numbers, but I think that setting a budget is important to do with the basic understanding of how photographers price their packages. A few things that go into a photographers cost are taxes, insurance, gear, editing software, marketing, time spent in prep with the couple, time spent at the wedding or elopement and time spent editing.
I hope that all of this information was helpful to you! If you have any questions please feel free to drop them in the comments or send me an email! If you are feeling overwhelmed looking for a photographer do not fret! Make a list of the photographers you like and organize them by budget, style, what is included and their experience/reviews. Never feel like you can’t reach out and talk to the photographer, we are all here for you to help make your elopement or wedding day everything you wished it was!
Vendors involved in this shoot:
Coordinators: @morgankbeauty @ashlyarts
Dress & Veil: @gracestyleandbridal
Jewelry: Bear Ridge Trading Post Heber, AZ
Moss chairs: @kyliekirklandphoto
Sedona Elopement Photographer - Devil’s Bridge Adventure Elopement Celeste & AJ’s Anniversary Adventure Session
These two said their vows to each other two years ago during an intimate backyard wedding. Sadly, they did not receive many wedding photos. This lead them to me, for an adventure anniversary session in Sedona! We hiked four miles with their best hiking companions (aka Huskies), Calypso and Nova to stunning views in Red Rock country. The location was perfect and we photographed until there was no light left. Our hike back was not a disappointment either, because we had a full moon showing us the way and a little cooler Arizona temperatures!
I want to share something Celeste wrote on social media because it completely embodies what an adventure elopement is all about. "Four years together, four years of climbing, and enjoying the views with you. This anniversary shoot was a complete representation of how I feel about you AJ. I will climb mountains, in any condition, and push myself, mentally, physically and spiritually, just to enjoying the view with you." - Celeste
I could not have put this in better words myself. Eloping in state parks, national parks and anywhere else you can adventure is not just about the breathe taking views, but also about the climb and journey together. I am so thankfully that I can create moments like these for my clients and be apart of something so beautiful in life.
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Also, huge shout out to Foothills Floral Gallery for providing the lovely bouquet and floral head crown. Foothills Floral Gallery always provides me with beautiful flowers for my sessions!
Are you thinking of Eloping soon? Please feel free to reach out to me, I would be happy to help you plan and photograph your Elopement!
Let's get personal for a second! I have always felt with love and in relationships there should be no rules. I have always thought each couple should have their own way of 'coupling' with no outside shoulds and should nots influencing how you love each other. You may have already guessed this from my love of elopements!
This gets me to the topic of couple's photos. If you love someone, why should you wait to take pictures with them until you get engaged??? If you are like me, then you live with your partner, but that does not always mean you're engaged. I personally like to decorate my walls (a lot lol) and I like having great pictures of us to do so. Couples pictures do not always have to be formal either! You can simply call me and say, me and my partner are going on this awesome trip near by and we would love to have a few photos done! This would literally make my day and you two would have lovely images to cherish that moment together for a long time.
Now let's get romantical and book a couples session :)