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5 things wedding photographers wish they could tell you

Welcome! I will run through 5 things wedding photographers wish they could tell you. But many don’t, because it may offend some of their potential client base.  As I see it, most of my clients would not be put off by this, or this comes naturally since they’re hiring a niche wedding photographer. Let us begin.

1- Avoid impulsiveness

Of course any of these 5 categories apply if photography is a priority item for you. You probably dated several assholes before meeting your future spouse, and have learned valuable life’s lessons throughout the process. Naturally, when deciding to marry someone, it’s a careful decision. Why wouldn’t you put the same effort into finding the right wedding photographer to document your story as a couple coming together with your loved ones present?

I’ve witnessed plenty of stressed out brides who are anxious to complete all the tick marks. Bad decision. Yea, it’s a stressful, time consuming process. Working smart saves wasted time, and making decisions not based on impulse and emotion are generally more solid decisions. Be willing to invest time where it matters. Look at many, decide on a style, talk to a few, choose one. Hiring the first person who tells you what you want to hear is an impulsive move.

What I offer as a photojournalist style of wedding photographer is for a specific client, and not for every couple. Suppose a couple comes back to me and says they like my work, but decided they wanted a different style and feel to the photos. I applaud them for making an educated choice that’s right for them. That’s better than being hired for the wrong reason. It’s best to hire based on signature style and personality / overall experience you’ll have with that photographer.

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Avoid micromanaging-

It’s better to hire the right professional wedding photographer whose work and vision closely matches your own. Understand that not every photographer wants to see your 478 page list downloaded from a wedding resource blog. If a photographer has to reference a list, they aren’t paying as much attention to what’s happening around them. If a photographer has to be told to take a photograph of the first dance, you shouldn’t be entrusting them to begin with.  Definitely make your expectations known, but pick a photographer whose style of working fits you in that regard. Once you know you hired the right pro, to  certain degree, leave them alone and let them do their job.

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Look at complete galleries –

This would only apply to photographers you’re strongly considering, based on what you’ve seen from them, and overall experience with them so far. When you reach this point, it’s worth your time to do this.  Seeing more than a few select photos from each wedding will show a signature style and level of consistency, if it exists. Sample albums, their wedding blogs, or client / guest galleries separates the pros from the dubious.

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Take random wedding blogs & Pinterest boards with a grain of salt-

I think you understand the premise, that someone else’s Pinterest board doesn’t mean that trying to copy it yields the same results for you. I’m not discounting the value of getting good ideas and tips, if used logically.

The “must do lists” on many wedding blogs, there’s a personal agenda. Of course, for example, a photographer who works with his wife will tell you that a husband and wife team is necessary. Or you have to have two photographers, or else you will miss stuff. Rubbish. There are well known and world renowned wedding photographers who work solo, or with a second shooter. That isn’t what makes or breaks a photographer, hate to break it to you. 🙂

Bottom line, if you like how a photographer tells a story and you love them and their work, there’s no reason to want it done any differently. Pre-requisites like backup equipment, use of proper contracts, having liability insurance  etc. are just part of what a professional does.

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Read their contract –

A professional wedding photographer works with a contract, end of story. Whether you’re hiring a complete opposite of me, like a fashionista or portrait wedding photographer, or a documentary photographer like me, the rule applies. Always make sure image delivery times are stated, for example within 30 days or 60 days after the event. Indeterminate photo delivery terms are where a lot of people get in trouble. Approximations aren’t good enough either.

I’ve seen frantic brides on forums or social groups ask how to get photos from their photographer. My first question is always “what did the contract say?” That contract is to cover our butts, and protect your investment as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this 5 things wedding photographers wish they could tell you article. Do comment or ask questions, if you’re so inclined.

Vanderbilt Marriott wedding | Nashville wedding photographers | John and Amy

It’s been a kick ass wedding photography season, and what a way to wind down the 2018 wedding season! I met Amy and John earlier in the year, and they were very clear on their objectives for their wedding day. They wanted to enjoy and be present for their wedding day, and make it an adult wedding so they could celebrate with friends and family. It only made sense to hire a documentarian to organically photograph those real moments of human interaction at their early December Vanderbilt Marriott wedding.

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The final few moments after bridal prep before the ceremony. They were discussing John and the groomsmen being downstairs at the bar getting the party started. Sure enough!!

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Amy says two can play that game. The couple has been together 6 years, and decided to bring it to the next level, and they did indeed! It was quite an energetic celebration, led by planner Carlie Moore.

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John eagerly watches his bride make her entrance.

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It was a heartfelt, emotional ceremony with their friend officiating, for that personal touch.

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Amy enjoying a sweet moment with her dad 🙂

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Cocktail hour begins, and business picks up.

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The VIP’s make their entrance!

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The couple met through their mutual interest in running, and through mutual friends, so it was all an organic, serendipitous experience. They love outdoor activities like hiking and camping, traveling, and of course enjoying cocktails with friends. After a delicious in-house catered dinner, the reception was officially under way.

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Precise Entertainment cranked out the tunes, what an energetic reception! The bar staff earned their keep throughout the night as well. 🙂

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Pay special attention to the next few photos, lol.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos and narrative from this energetic and entertaining Vanderbilt Marriott wedding with Amy and John, by Nashville documentary wedding photographer, Jay Farrell.

Jay Farrell Photography | best of 2018 weddings | Nashville wedding photographers

It’s been an amazing wedding season, it’s been my honor to serve many great couples and document their kick ass wedding days! Their stories told through the eyes of an observer, not an intrusive orchestrator, which is what documentary / photojournalist wedding photography is all about. Human interaction and emotion it’s purest, most organic form. Enjoy this video, the Jay Farrell Photography best of 2018 weddings, thanks for a great season. Youtube Channel here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Jay Farrell Photography best of 2018 weddings slideshow. Notice the beat matching with the music? My clients enjoy the same amenity. Can I tell your story? 

Festive Fall wedding | Terian Farms | Nashville wedding photographer

I had the pleasure of doing engagement photos for Tiffany and Mikey over the Summer, while they visited Nashville for wedding related business. On a lovely but brisk November day, I joined them once again to document their Festive Fall wedding day at Terian Farms.  It always feels like coming home seeing Teri, the horses, and Ruby the cat.

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I always like to show the weather in my photos rather than make it look like something different. This gives you an idea. It’s fun to document surroundings and banter between wedding guests as I await the ceremony.

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As everyone paid their reverence, Tiffany made her way to Mikey. In the end, that was her goal, and to enjoy time with her friends and family.

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Terian Farms wedding ceremony

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Terian Farms wedding ceremony

Tunnel vision on the couple only would only sacrifice moments like this with onlooking guests, a nice part of the story.

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. King! You did the thing! And I’m an accidental poet. You’re welcome.

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Some charismatic entrances to the reception area!!

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The couple enjoys their first dance.

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I love the emotion in these parent dances, makes a documentary photographer feel their own pulse.

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Business was picking up at the bar, this crowd would not disappoint. They brought the energy to the venue and dance floor.

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The speeches encouraged a lot of laughs and blushing, was a fun period of the event to capture.  Followed by a delicious catered dinner by Sammy B’s.

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As you can see, I love the sinister combination of light and shadow, mixed with motion and energy.

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Photobooth props made a photogenic group of true partygoers. DJ Todd cranked out the tunes and kept feet moving and bodies shaking. Heat lamps kept the venue warm and body heat generated made for a great series of wedding reception photos.

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Shoot for the weather, if this gives a clue.

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The day retired to the night, and the last call and last song was cranking. What a great celebration and party it was, and no one went home early. That’s how you know an event is a success.

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It was 26 degrees F outside, but somehow these sparkler sendoff photos were in focus, lol. I hope you enjoyed this sweet Festive Fall wedding at Terian Farms. Congratulations Mikey and Tiffany!

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Fall morning wedding | Warner Park and City Winery | Anne and Brian

I had only emailed back and forth and enjoyed a phone call with Anne and Brian prior to their gorgeous middle Tennessee Fall morning wedding. They value life experiences such as travel, art, exploring, the outdoors, and wanted to enjoy time with their loved ones at their wedding. Posing for photos away from their own party did not fit into their plans, so my documentary style of capture suited them perfectly.

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Anne and Brian and their families had a room block at SoBro guest house in downtown Nashville, and Nashville Wedding Stylists did the hair and makeup work.

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This was a very interesting progressive wedding, in multiple locations. This provided a nice variety between peak Fall colors and the urban indoor brunch reception. We made the journey to Percy Warner Park where the couple rented the entire area and really adorable cabin style shelter. The temperature was perfect with the sun, and the setting was beautiful.

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Yup, I like sinister lighting and shadows, it keeps boring photos away, like an apple a day. A proud dad walking Anne to the ceremony venue at the park.

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Officiant Chance Dillon performed the ceremony and got these two lovebirds married officially, while guests eagerly observed.

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Brian unfortunately cut his finger while uncorking, but he quickly bandaged the damage and went back to the celebration.

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I love the play of light and shadow as Anne’s dad walked back to the car, reminiscent of my street photography. Many of those principles and methods I use at weddings.

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The limo took the couple back to downtown Nashville to City Winery to enjoy a lovely brunch reception.

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The fun of studying human emotion and interaction is what tells the story of a wedding day.

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Photographing through glass is something I like doing for the illusion and reflection, in wedding or street photography.  Part of my artistic passion as a journalist.

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City Winery reception

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The laughter, happiness, and energy captured are what my couples value most when they get their wedding photos delivered. Moments with loved ones who they sometimes don’t get to see often.  Or in this case. with friends from around the world.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed Brian and Anne’s Fall morning wedding followed by the reception at City Winery. Congrats you two 🙂