Finding a wedding photographer can be stressful and downright scary. More than any other vendor, your photographer will determine how you remember your wedding day, and it can feel overwhelming. We're here to help make the decision a little easier on you by explaining exactly what to expect when you have Sadie & Kyle shoot your wedding or portraits.
A lot of people are nervous in front of the camera. I am nervous in front of the camera and I'm a professional photographer! The key to making great portraits isn't being comfortable in front of the camera, it's being comfortable with your photographer. Your job is to be you and out job is to capture that. You don't have to strike a pose and hold it, in fact our best images are made when the couple is fluidly moving. You're not posing in your everyday life, so you'll likely look less natural when you pose during portraits. Now, of course, we will do some traditional poses to cover our bases, but at the end of the day your favorites will likely be the ones where you're being yourselves. Don't be afraid to laugh and make each other laugh, those images look awesome!
We try to avoid it, but sometimes we put people in poses or situations which don't feel comfortable to them. If we do that to you, let us know! There's no use in spending 15 minutes on a pose or location you hate and won't like the final photos. When it comes to critique, we have thick skin. We also recognize what's right for some isn't right for all and, while one couple may love a photo holding hands walking down the beach, another might not. That's cool, we love individuality and we want to work with it, not against it.
Of course, we're not going to be silent the entire time. It's much more likely you'll hear one of us saying "nice, I like that" than nothing at all. What we mean is that many couples may hear the shutter, but no real direction and feel awkward and not know what to do. If you're hearing the shutter go, then you're doing something right! Even if you don't hear the shutter, we are likely just getting ourselves into a position to take a photo, but if we're not actively giving you direction then it simply means we're loving the interaction you're having, so don't get nervous!
At the end of the day, the most important aspect of making great portraits is feeling comfortable with each other. This is why we include an engagement session with all of our weddings. We want to get to know each other and get comfortable with each other. In that very rare instance where you just can't get comfortable in front of our lens, we want to know so we can correct it and make sure we'll make incredible images at your wedding.
Sadie & Kyle