When Cindi and I decided we wanted to do photography for-realsies together, one big factor was “think of all the cool people we’ll meet!” And we definitely have had the opportunity to meet some of the most awesome folks we wouldn’t have otherwise. Not just our couples and families, but their friends, families, dogs, cats, butchers, caterers, nannies, dentists, chimney sweeps… everyone.
The prospective client meeting is one of the funnest (yes, I’m making that a legit word) parts of our job. It’s also one that tests the nerves more-so than others. It’s like a blind date really. Our first chance to really get to know each other without resting in the warmth of the email safety bubble.
A lot of people look at this as the job interview — and really, it is; a hire or not hire decision will be made — but we like to think of it as a little bit more than that. Job interviews make us think of measuring capabilities, competence, and the ability to deliver on demands. All very important, but it can’t stop there. Finding a capable photographer is the easier first step, finding one you can trust can be the more challenging key.
Sasabune, one of our fave sushi spots, specializes in omakase (from Japanese 任す, entrust). Your dining experience is placed in the hands of the chef. He gets to flex his creative muscle, while you get to enjoy innovation and surprise.
When we say “trust,” we don’t mean someone who won’t con you. We just simply mean someone who fits you and understands your unique style/vision for your day so that they can (and will) be as thoughtful about your day as you will be. At the end of the day, that’s what we need to make sure we’ve captured — your story, the important little details you’ve poured a little bit of yourself into, the essence of your personalities revealed in the fleeting candid moments, and the emotion created by all the important loved ones you’ve surrounded yourself with.
It’s tough. While most of your day will be carefully orchestrated, we believe that it’s the in-between moments that ultimately define the day as yours. This is where you just have to you lose control and have to trust that your photographer understands what it is that you will treasure for years to come. While you can plan and define the formal posed portraits that you need, it’s ultimately up to the photographer to know where the beauty is hidden in the unscripted, and be there to capture it.
Being there for reactions can be challenging. You never know who may say what, and how it'll go over.
The ideal photographer is different for everybody. Regardless of who yours is, our advice in searching for one: Find someone that’ll enable you to step back and will deliver what you didn’t even think to ask for.