Finding the right photographer for your Wedding Day can be a little challenging.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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".
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.
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
Sheilah Barnhart is the manager of Impressions Bridal, Kennesaw Georgia.
Chris Cottrell is a Certified Professional Photographer based in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia