My Ideal Wedding Photography Client

What's your ideal client? was the question that stared at me from my computer as I sat at my desk in Kennesaw Georgia in the USA. I began to reminisce the fantastic client's and couple's weddings I have the honor photograph over the years.

Engaged

Although I love all my couples and have become friends with all of them, I had to be honest with myself and now you as your read this.

Wedding Photography

So my ideal client is 38 to 50 years old. Second marriage, may or may not have children from a previous marriage. They view their upcoming wedding as the most important thing they've embarked on in many years and.....

  • They're open-minded to different photo ideas

  • Love the creative side of photography

  • Delegate all the key parts of their wedding day

  • Love their families

  • Want a custom designed wedding album

  • Love wall art created from their photos

  • Enjoy a healthy lifestyle

  • Totally trust me to capture the day - they can relax!

If you know a couple who fits "my ideal couple" I would be grateful for the referral.

I have photographed weddings at Little Gardens in Atlanta, The Grande, Juliette Chapel, Smith-Gilbert, Omni Hotel, Ponte Vedra Inn and Lodge to name a few. I'm looking forward to my upcoming weddings and shooting at Embassy Suites, East Cobb Center, Marietta Garden Center, Gardens at Kennesaw, The Whitlock Inn, The Magnolia House and The Brickyard.

Are You Recently Engaged and Looking for Wedding Day Resources?

As an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, I speak with lots of newly engaged couples and also other Wedding Vendors. Sometimes I get into conversations with people about On-line Wedding Vendor listings. I often hear "We signed up for XYZ on-line and we've received dozens of emails from vendors that we have no interest in!

Unfortunately it's a side effect of our digital world and the big players are big because they have marketing programs that will automatically send you ads.

Wedding Venues


One of things I've learned, is that the Wedding Venues Near me and wedding vendors like myself are small businesses, that don't have the time and resources to continually market to prospective wedding clients.

Groom Tuxedo Vest

Groom Tuxedo Vest


Modern Maid of Honor

One of the best, little known resources for a Maid of Honor is Modern MOH. Modern MOH have an absolutely brilliant library of resources for the Maid of Honor. From what your responsibilities are to your MOH speech on the big day. The great thing is that they won't bombard you with unwanted advertisements for other vendors you might be interested in. This is a fantastic resource for Maids of Honor and I would highly recommend checking it out.

Victorian Style Door at Wedding Venue

Victorian Style Door at Wedding Venue


Here Comes the Guide

Recently I was talking with Rhonda Eggert at The Whitlock Inn and she shared with me "Here Comes the Guide". I was so surprised when I went to their website and took a peak! It's one fo the best organized and easy to find things, website I have ever used. Beautifully designed, easy to read and an absolute pleasure to spend a little time on. The restricted, vetted vendor list is set up not to be annoying to people who register with them which has got to be a huge plus for the Bride to be. Here Comes the Guide is one of the best resources for todays Bride.

Wedding Venue in North Georgia

Wedding Venue in North Georgia


Basic Invite

If you are looking for a place to set up Wedding Website without being subjected to all the ads that the big ones send you check out Basic Invite. Primarily a great resource for custom and stock designed Save-the Date cards, Wedding Invitations, Baby Shower cards and Holidy cards, Basic Invite offer a free, easy to set up and customize for your needs, Wedding Website. You can add your gift register stores, your awesome Cottrell Photographers Engagement Photos and more. Plus if you do order paper products from Basic Invite you can get a 20% discount by using my coupon code: COTTRELL20

Rings and Invitation

Rings and Invitation


Wedding Photography Under $2,000

I hope you found this post helpful and as one of Atlanta's Best Wedding Photographers under $2,000 please feel free to contact me with any questions.



Bright, Sunny January Wedding at Juliette Chapel in Dahlonega Georgia

Zoe and Brandon got married in the middle of January at Juliette Chapel, Dahlonega. Juliette Chapel is a beautiful country, wedding venue in North Georgia, just a short drive from Atlanta. It was a gorgeous, but cool day and the sun shone the whole afternoon and into the early evening.

Bride and groom prep

Zoe and Brandon got ready in the adequate, but small bridal rooms in the adjacent reception hall, and the atmosphere was full of laaughter and excitement. Brandon and the guys took no time at all!! Zoe, her sister and best friends were being pampered by the hair and makeup artists and took the amount of time that they wanted.


First Look

The couple had decided on a first look, which I carefully orchestrated for them. It was an emotionally charged few minutes which took place outside or the reception hall and right before the ceremony.

The ceremony

The ceremony was an intimate affair in Juliette Chapel. With the late winter evening sun streaming through the large windows it could not have been more perfect! During the ceremony the officiant, Reverend James Hamp had the guests and bridal party and the photographers laughing with his quick, witty humor. It was so relaxing with all the laughter and it truly was a beautiful way of involving everyone in the ceremony.


After the ceremony

The reception was in the adjacent reception hall at the venue. They chose Juliette Chapel because because it was a little out of the city, but not too far as to make it a long drive. The ambiance with being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ability to totally personalise their day made it so special. It was a relaxed, but not rustic wedding, which meant people could totally have fun without the fear of breaking anything. I love shooting Juliette Chapel weddings because the surroundings are absolutely amazing. All around the buildings are great vistas and and intimate little areas to photograph the Bride, Groom and families etc.


For dinner they self catered which meant everyone got their favorites!!, which was such a great idea. The cake was amazing and created by Chef Pavla of The Bohemian Bakery. The first dance was a good old traditional wedding shuffle, and they finished off the evening with the craziest garter throw and bouquet toss!! Which made it very difficult to photograph as I was laughing so much!!


One of the most memorable parts of the day was the bride and bridesmaids outside in the chilly, January air in their little kimonos getting their photos taken, because it made everyone laugh and the photos came out so beautifully.

The Three Most Important Things on Your Wedding Day - Atlanta, Georgia

Last Wedding Season I sat down to interview local bridal boutique manager Sheilah Barnhart. We were at “Impressions Bridal” in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia. The interview was part of a project I started early in March of 2017 that centered around wedding venues near me and wedding vendors in the North Georgia area.

Wedding Planning

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

Sheilah didn't answer me right away, but stopped and thought for a minute and then said.

Wedding Gown

“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. The dress has to fit right as she could be in it for a many hours".

Wedding Photography

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, wife and family will have the images of the day forever". As a Certified Professional Photographer (PPA) I couldn't agree more and when the big day is over the photos are the visual record of the day.

Wedding Entertainment

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.” Some of my favorite DJs to work with are With Class, Celebration Crew and SE Events in Norcross near Atlanta.

Flowers and Wedding Cakes

Additional to Sheilah's comments, I would add the flowers for the day. Three of my all time favorite floral designers are Mike Whittle in Marietta, Moonflower near Athens GA and Liz Stewart in Jacksonville Beach Florida

Wedding cakes, I like them all! Bobbie Ruth's are awesome as are Gabriel's In Marietta.

Photos shown are from The Grande at Kennesaw, Bluff View Art District, Rock Spring Church


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

Chris Cottrell is a Certified Professional Photographer based in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia