Wedding Photography Secrets


Creating elegant, romantic wedding photography for clients is no easy task, but then again, neither is choosing the right wedding photographer. Where do you start? What questions do you ask? What should you look for in a wedding photographer?

There certainly is no shortage of opinions online today about wedding photography, or for that matter anything, but who are you going to listen to? Having spent the past 20 years photographing weddings, I have learned (sometimes the hard way) all of the little things that go into making wedding day photography run smoothly so that we can capture all of the gorgeous, romantic images from  your day. Another thing I’ve learned is that an informed, educated client will generally make the best decision for their needs and in the end be happier with the results based on an informed decision.

It is for this reason that we spend a good bit of time at the initial consultation informing brides of the top things to consider when looking for a wedding photographer, so that they choose the right photographer for them. These considerations are important no matter which photographer a bride chooses, because professional wedding photography is a significant investment and in the end, the client should be thrilled with the photographer and the results. As experts in wedding photography, professional photographers, in my opinion, have an obligation to help the bride navigate this process so that we ensure that we both are a good fit for each other. With that being said, below are a couple of secrets most photographers may not tell you, but should be considered before deciding on your photographer. If you would like the full list of all 5 secrets, just simply contact us through our contact page here and request the 5 secrets info sheet.

1. Your Photographer Can Make or Break Your Entire Wedding Day!

Believe it or not, the photographer you select to photograph your wedding can make or break your wedding day.  Why?  Because you will typically spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than any other professional.  The personality and professionalism of your photographer is critical to how smoothly and romantically everything goes for you on your wedding day.  Your photographer determines this by the way they help you plan your wedding, the way they treat you and your loved ones, and the way he conducts himself throughout the day. Weddings are very dynamic events and having someone with years of experience that knows how to handle challenging situations and still capture great photos is something most brides don’t consider, but should.

2. Photographic Style – Are They Emotional Story-tellers?

This is really important, if you are looking for photographs which will be PRICELESS to you for years and years to come! Only a professional wedding photographer with years of experience will know where to be and what do in order to capture the romantic moments on your wedding day as they naturally happen.  Again weddings are very dynamic and for the photographer it is much like a chess match where the photographer must be 2-3 steps ahead of what’s going on in order to NOT INTERFER WITH THE EMOTIONAL ROMANTIC FLOW OF YOUR DAY and also know how to properly capture those romantic moments for you. That only comes with many years of experience, and should be evident in their work.

Shelly & Victor – Wedding Sneak Peak

What a gorgeous day, at the historic Wagner House in downtown Clayton, for Shelly & Victor to tie the knot. Sometimes it’s hit or miss with November weddings, but it was great day temperature and weather wise for their special day.

We truly enjoyed being able to photograph Shelly & Victor’s wedding and loved the setting, which made for some gorgeous images. It’s always fun photographing a wedding at a venue for the first time and seeing what unique images you can create for the bride and groom. The staff at the Wagner house was fantastic to work with also, helping with anything we needed.

It has been such a unique opportunity, going back 5 years to Shelly’s sister Ashley’s wedding and seeing how they leaned on each other make it through the their big day. It was evident how much they love each other by the words & tears shared during Ashley’s toast. Ok, enough mushy stuff! Shelly, Victor, we truly hope you two have a long happy, life together, and enjoy this sneak peak of images, as there are many more to come!

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Now that she’s married…Shelly’s bridal

What a beautiful bride and dress! Those two elements along with the fantastic location setting, culminated in some gorgeous, elegant bridal portraits for Shelly (and mom – who gets the wall portrait 🙂 ). I love shooting a new location, especially one as gorgeous as the historic Wagner House in Clayton, NC. It’s challenging yet fun to study the natural lighting offered up at each new location we shoot. This place did not disappoint, if you know what you’re looking for, with large windows inside, for soft diffused lighting along with some great front porch lighting with perfect soft, indirect light coming in from the front of the house, for the porch images. Of course we supplemented with a touch of off camera strobe, but only just enough to compliment the natural light and give a sparkle to the eyes. We even got a little creative with some artistic HDR images at the end. That was really the only way to maintain proper exposure on the house, the bride and the bright sky all at the same time, plus it just looks cool! Stay tuned for some wedding images…Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1022 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1046-Edit Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1062 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1065 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1089 Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1096_HDR Shelly_Hilliard_Bridal_Portraits-1101_HDR