{Photography} how's a girl to choose?

I will say that checking the venue off my list has been a HUGE relief.  Thanks to this weekly blog keeping me focused and on track, I feel organized and relaxed.  I truly feel like the fun has begun! So when I say beginning this photographer search is difficult, I mean that it's an enjoyable challenge. There are SO many fantastic photographers out there, and every recommendation my friends have given me looks awesome! So..... how's a girl to choose? In a nut shell (or bullet list), here is what I am looking for in a photographer(s):

  • Someone who's cool, fun, easy to work with, yet still diligent enough to make sure they get all of the important shots. (The last thing I want to worry about on our special day is the photography. I feel like that should be a gimme. slamdunk. no prob. right ladies?) On that note, I think it is MAJORLY important to hire someone who has shot a wedding before. Sure you may have a friend who's a great photographer, but taking photos of a wedding is a different animal. What are your thoughts on this?
  • Detail shots
  • candid special moments
  • fun group shots
  • photos of everyone having a blast, not just me and my hubby.... I mean, how many pictures do we actually need of us?
  • I think I need 2 photographers (minimum) to get multiple points of view, and to ensure we don't miss anything major.
  • I like a vintage inspired look (ala mid-century). A little black and white would be nice mixed in with some soft colored shots. I don't like anything too photo journalistic.
  • When I envision our pictures I see them as soft, romantic and candid.... not bold, crisp, and posed.
  • Someone "affordable." Photos are VERY important to me, and I'm standing my ground on spending money on a quality photographer, but I don't want to go overboard with our budget.
My bestie, Shana, is getting married in Maui this June, and said that this task was kind of easy for her because her planner gave her a list of 5 to call. Being that her wedding is in Maui, her options are simple. Try living in the land of lights, camera, action. Although my planner is giving me a list too, searching for a photographer in LA gives one major sensory overload.
My other bestie, Kaci, got married in Seattle a few years ago and gave me a good pointer. She suggested that I meet with the potential photographer to make sure we like him or her, and that our personalities mesh well. This is a great point, because like many brides will tell you, you spend a lot of time with your photographer and I can only imagine how that would be if they were super annoying, or rude, or even worse- boring. Because of my acting/TV background, I can tell you that chemistry with your photographer is imperative. The more comfortable you are with your photographer, the more natural and organic your photos will look.
I like to compare this hunt for a good photog to looking for a new toothpaste. You go to the toothpaste isle at the grocery store and there are tons of fancy looking boxes, all with pretty bright colors and the promise of making your teeth look and feel fabulous. Most of them will probably work great for you. But how do you choose "the one?" Most likely off of a friend's recommendation, right? .... Ok, so maybe pictures at your wedding are a little more important than toothpaste, but you catch my drift ;-)
I have mentioned before that I am a very decisive person. I find something I like, then I go for it without reservation. I'm sure once I narrow it down to 3 I'll be able to make a solid choice. Here are some inspiring photos from photographers that close friends of mine have recommended.


How did you find your wedding photographer? Did you meet with them before? Were they experienced with shooting weddings? Please feel free to share your advice!

Photographer {Check!}

Look at me go! My photographer of choice was Jason + Anna Photography. They shot Ryan and Lizzie's Wedding back in May, and are coming back to shoot ours as well. I am very excited about where they are as photographers now and how much they will advance in the next 6 months. Each wedding I see is progressively better and better, and I can't wait to see what they can do with ours.

Here are a few of the shots I love from previous weddings:

I have booked several and still have a few more that I need to find! It is kind of hard searching in a budget these days, but the sooner I get these people out of the way, the sooner I can put 100% focus on the details and getting everything done and ready.


Venue Caterer Photographer

My bridal look is complete The bridesmaids look is complete

Still Need:

Cake Rentals (I have to decide on this first) DJ Florist

I think that is all I need. Any vendors I forgot? Also, does anyone have any recommendations for vendors in the Monterey/Carmel area or the Bay Area? Oh and don't refer me to highly priced people cause all that money went to my dress and the venue. I need as cheap as possible!

{Real Wedding} By Jason + Anna Photography

This wedding looks so fun, I wish I would have attended. This couple definitely showed off their style through these amazing details and some unthinkable additions. This mix of vintage and rock fits incredibly well together to show off each style and the combination of the two.  I know I am definitely yanking a few bits and pieces of inspiration from this wedding. Oh and this affair was shot by Jason + Anna Photography who are incredibly talented photographers.

{Real Wedding} Ryan and Liz: Ceremony

This ceremony was so amazing. The lighting, the breeze, the trees and flowers; the setting was perfect. The ceremony was performed by a family friend and was completely tailored to fit their style and their vows.

Photography: Jason + Anna Photography Florals: Wildflower Event Florals Programs: Designed by Liz. Check out her Etsy Shop Venue: Murietta's Well. Livermore, CA Dress: Vineyard Collection (for sale!) Bridesmaid Dresses: Express, H&M, Forever 21, etc. Boys Attire: Express for Men

See the rest of this wedding: Getting Ready, First Look, Ceremony, Reception

{Real Wedding} Ryan and Liz: Getting Ready

Over 3 months later, and I finally got this posted! No doubt you have seen this wedding by now. It was first featured on Style Me Pretty, The Knotty Bride, Hi-Fi Weddings, Love and Lavender, and I think there were a few more than that. Thank you all so much for featuring Ryan and Liz's wedding! It is so much fun to see it constantly popping up all over the place. After looking through over 900 photos of the day, I have chosen a batch that will give a bit more of an insight into their amazing day.

All photos were taking by the unbelievably incredible Jason + Anna Photography. And let me tell you, they really were that incredible. I swear Anna is the MacGyver of weddings. It all started when she helped one of the bridesmaids put on faux eyelashes, then by having a perfect color cardigan for a photo we were doing, and lastly, she was able to help us work out a last minute secret surprise for Liz and Ryan. On top of all that, they were so nice and amazing, and are now doing both mine and Melissa's wedding as well! So, we obviously highly recommend these amazing artists!

So here we go with this rustic and romantic Livermore winery wedding!

Getting ready is definitely one of my favorite photo opportunities as far as weddings are concerned. And this was definitely a fun time for all of us!

Photography: Jason + Anna Photography Venue: Murietta's Well. Livermore, CA Florals: Wildflower Event Florals Dress: Vineyard Collection (for sale!) Bridesmaid Dresses: Express, H&M, Forever 21, etc. Boys Attire: Express for Men

See the rest of this wedding: Getting Ready, First Look, Ceremony, Reception

Dresses and Sparkles

I check Jason and Anna's blog on a daily/twice daily/hundred times daily basis because I am anxiously awaiting the very first pictures from Lizzie's wedding. I have had a chance to poke around a little bit and have found SOOO many amazing shots I wanted to share, but this one is my favorite. While we wait (well you may not be, but if you were there, you would be anxiously awaiting!) for the first amazing shots of Lizzie's wedding to surface, here is a little something to hold all of us over for right now! Jason and Anna were pretty incredible. I can't wait to share more about this whole event!

Source: Jason and Anna Photography