Thoughts on Hiring Someone You Trust

"Shannon,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful job you did shooting our wedding yesterday.  We could not have been more blessed to find you and get the opportunity to work with you not only yesterday but for our engagement shoot as well.  You have such a gift and we can't wait to see the pictures when they're finished!!  We're blown away by how smooth everything went and how great you were at helping organize everything and just really helping with EVERYTHING throughout the entire process.  You totally made a somewhat overwhelming thing so easy for us and it allowed us to feel so comfortable and have so much fun!  You guys were a blast too!!!  We had so much fun having you there, you felt like another one of the gang to us : )  

Looking forward to seeing everything - the sneak you posted was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!!!   Take care Shannon & we really hope that we see you again when we are in town : )

Tim & Andrea"

I've been having a lot of conversations lately, both with friends, clients and potential clients, about the concept of trusting a photographer.  In general, hiring a photographer can feel very overwhelming, primarily because there are so many people to choose from. There are always friends or family members who will offer to do it for free or for cheap, or newbie photographers who will charge low rates to boost portfolio material, and then there are true professionals that you may have trouble deciding between. Any of these people could be the right decision for you.

My encouragement to you is to make sure that your choice comes down primarily to trust - not cost, not loyalty to certain individuals, not fear, not convenience.

I remember first meeting Tim and Andrea early last year for a consultation. I noticed right away that Andie (I can call her that now because we are buds!) was getting overwhelmed with the wedding process and worrying about the details and the itinerary of her wedding day. This is a natural reaction, considering she doesn't do this every weekend and has a lot riding on the hope that all would turn out perfectly.

I remember telling her, "I think what it comes down to is trust. You have to find someone you trust. Someone you trust to understand your wedding vision, and to fight for it. Someone you can take all those worries and what-ifs and hand it over to them, so you can truly enjoy your day. Find someone who's taste you trust, who's artistic vision you trust, who's skill set and experience and expertise you trust. Go with them, whether it's me or someone else, and your decision to trust will make all the difference."

Fast forward a year later and I received this most joyful email the morning after their wedding. I can't tell you enough how delighted I am that Andie and Tim chose to trust in me, and allowed me to not only photograph their day, but truly to help ensure that everything with our timeline went smoothly and that their day was carefree.

These images are the result of clients who placed full trust and confidence in my artistic abilities and my professional experience, who let go of worry and chose into believing in me, and the result - in my opinion - is absolutely beautiful.

Ps, be on the look out for much more to come from this wedding on the blog soon. : )