Kasha & Xavier's Engagement Photo Session, Marietta Square Georgia

I met Kashaa nd Xavier on a Sunday morning in Marietta Square for their Engagement Photo Session. Marietta Square is a great location for pre-wedding photography. It's also one of the best wedding venues in Georgia and my couple looked amazing on such a gray, foggy, drizzly day - it reminded me of England!

Low Light Challenge

I had to be mindful of where I positioned them not only to stay dry but also in being able to what little light was available. By carefully adjusting their positions I was able to create many stunning portraits for them.

The Photo Session

Kasha asked me if the bad weather would affect the photo session "only to the extent that it provides a creative opportunity!" I replied.

With light rain and fog, we started out by the municipal buildings worked our way across to the park in the Square.

Marietta Square

Marietta Square, which is really close to The Marietta Hilton and the Gone With the Wind Museum is a nice mix of old and new buildings. On quiet Sunday mornings the park offers so many unique backgrounds that are idea for Pre-wedding photography.

Creative Photography

I always look at the challenges, particularly with weather, as an opportunity to create something special for my clients. Having the right equipment and experience to photograph on difficult weather conditions is critical to success.

Wedding Venues in Marietta

A couple of great venues nearby that I haven't, but would love to shoot a wedding at. The Whitlock Inn, Marlow House and The Top Floor. If you are looking to hold your celebration around Marietta Square or The Marietta Hilton, please let me know - I would love to help you with the photography for the day.


Happy at Marietta Square Photo Session

Happy at Marietta Square Photo Session

Beautiful rainy day portrait of Kasha & Xavier

Beautiful rainy day portrait of Kasha & Xavier

All Smiles on Marietta Square!

All Smiles on Marietta Square!

5 Secrets to Selecting the Right Wedding Photographer

Are you recently engaged and starting to plan your wedding? Have you begun looking for the perfect close-to-home or destination wedding venue and wedding photographer? If yes, my post might help you with asking the right questions in selecting your ideal wedding day photographer.


Secret 1: Connecting

Speak with your prospective wedding photographer on the phone. On your wedding day you’ll both spend a lot of time with your photographer, so it’s really important that you connect and can work together. The phone is the perfect place to have that initial conversation. I offer a free Zoom/Skype consultation to discuss your needs and help you find the right level of photography coverage for your big day.


Secret 2: Style

The photographers style. Look at your prospective photographers wedding portfolio on his or her website. If you like the style ask a few questions about specific images. Questions like, the image with the tears on the brides cheek, how did you shoot that? The grooms boutonniere photo, at what time during the day was that shot? What style do you call this type of image? As a Certified Professional Photographer I will document your day as it naturally unfolds in. I have the skill and experience to adjust you, your bridal party and guests to get the most beautiful, natural looking images possible.


Secret 3: Portfolio

Ask to see a complete wedding day from a previous client. This is super easy to do with Skype or Zoom and you’ll be able to look at a complete day from start to finish and not just a select few of the images that are viewable on a website. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask if the photographer shot the image or if it’s from a second shooter or an assistant. I always share with my couples which images were from second shooters that made the final edits that way they know they are getting what we agreed to when they hired me.


Secret 4: Cameras

What camera system do you use and what’s your favorite lens? Is a great question. Nikon has been my choice of camera systems for many years and I have a selection of cameras. and always bring back up cameras and equipment to weddings. Lenses are super important as the lens directs the image/light to the sensor, which usually means, higher quality lenses produce a superior image.

I have a wide selection of Nikon & Sigma lenses. I always bring some of my specialty lenses from other manufacturers like Sigma (the Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is one of my favourites).

You should consider the genres of photography on your wedding day. From fashion, with the dress and grooms tuxedo etc., products, using macro lenses for rings, cufflinks etc. and back to products with shoes and of course portraits. Each one looks better when we use the lens designed for that type of photo.


Secret 5: Certification

It doesn’t hurt to ask if the photographer has any type of certification or other supporting credentials. The peace of mind knowing that your photographer has the craft and technical expertise to photograph your big day is priceless. Photography, like a lot of industries, continues to change with technology. Photographers who invest time in learning and continuing education are valuable not only to clients but also to the industry at large. I am a Certified Professional Photographer, CPP and a member of PPA. Being a CPP means I adhere to a strict code of conduct and I am accountable to PPA at all times. I continue to learn new things every day to better serve my clients.


If your prospective photographer checks all the boxes, I’m pretty sure he or she can shoot at any wedding venues, any weather or challenging situations to produce awesome photography that will document your day to perfection.


I hope my post helps you with selecting the right photographer for you both on your wedding day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

I shot the posted wedding photographs at The Grande in Kennesaw

Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Although I haven't shot weddings there, some of the photos remind of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia and similar to Indigo Falls, Dallas Georgia

Bride and Groom on Rock Spring, Atlanta Church steps

Bride and Groom on Rock Spring, Atlanta Church steps

Smiling Groom getting boutonniere assistance

Smiling Groom getting boutonniere assistance

Happy Bride Twirling in the barn at The Grande In Kennesaw, Georgia

Happy Bride Twirling in the barn at The Grande In Kennesaw, Georgia

Excited, smiling Bride getting ready next a mirror

Excited, smiling Bride getting ready next a mirror

MARIETTA SQUARE GEORGIA - ROBYN & CHRIS' ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRPAHY SESSION

I met Robyn and Chris around 10 O'clock in the morning a few weekends ago in Marietta. The weather was absolutely perfect with just a very slight chill to the morning air. The plan was to start in the park and wander around chatting and see where the engagement photo session took us.

The Park in the Square
The park in the middle of the square was as charming as ever with flags everywhere. We shot by the fountain and with the stars and stripes as a backdrop.

Then we headed off to the side streets and alleys around Marietta Square which is a stones throw from the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta. I am always looking for interesting backgrounds like painted brick, old doorways, windows, colorful murals to create unique photos of my clients. With a bright sunny morning on hand we were on the lookout for beautiful light bouncing off walls and pavements to create stunning portraits for Robyn and Chris.


Gone with the Wind

During our session we found a great location with awesome light adjacent to The gone With the Wind Museum and we we able to capture some awesome images and later create some fantastic pieces of wall art and prints from our session.


I'm very excited for their 2019 wedding and I'm in hopes they'll choose a venue in the vicinity of Marietta Square for their wedding celebration and wedding day photography.

Message me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation. - Chris

Marietta Engagement Photography

Marietta Engagement Photography

Happy Couple Marietta Square Engagement Photos

The Three Most Important Things to Think of When Planning Your Wedding

About a week ago I sat down tointerview local bridal boutique “Impressions Bridal” and the manager Sheilah Barnhart. The interview was part of a project I started early in March and will most likely take me a few months to complete, however we’ll talk about that at a later date. 

After our interview had finished I asked a question “In your opinion what are the three things a bride to be should be aware of as the wedding planning process starts?”

Sheilah didn't answer me right away, she stopped and thought for a minute and then said “I think a bride has to find the absolute right dress. It’s got to be comfortable, look beautiful and make the bride look and feel like a million dollars on the the big day. . Next, the photography, these are memories that are being created on that day with family, friends and loved ones. The day needs to be captured and an album created so as husband and wife they will have the images of the day forever. Thirdly, (with a huge smile on her face) the band or DJ have to be the best!  If there’s a celebration there needs to be something to get people up on the dance floor and have a good time and it’s those great times that people will always remember.”

Sheilah Barnhart is the manager of Impressions Bridal, Kennesaw Georgia.

Chris Cottrell is a Professional Photographerbased in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia

 

The right dress
Chris Cottrell - Photographer
Wedding Reception Dancing