Some of our most memorable moments in life are all experienced without stopping to take pictures, but through the art of photography, we can capture heartbreak, fury, insecurity, bashfulness, and incandescent happiness. If you could have your own personal photographer to document those life-changing moments, wouldn’t you want to?
When we get married, we don’t have time to stop and take pictures of the guests arriving, the preparations, decorations, the ceremony, and everything in-between, which is why we hire wedding photographers to do it for us. Wedding photographers capture all those emotions you’ll want to remember in fifty years. I had the opportunity to chat with Paige Overturf, a destination wedding photographer based out of Tennessee, whose work was featured on the cover of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine for the July/August 2016 edition.
“How do you go about choosing a photographer?”
Paige explains that there are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer. “How do you vibe with the photographer? You are letting them into some once-in-a-lifetime precious moments. It’s important you get along on a personal level outside of photography.” The way you feel about a person is incredibly important in any situation. If you hired a wedding planner, I’m sure you interviewed several before making your decision. That process should be no different with finding a photographer. You don’t want to be stressed on your big day because you don’t get along with the photographer.
In addition to personal connection, you’ll want to consider their portfolio, how you feel about the work they’ve done so far and if they offer what you want. Finally, how is their reputation? If you were to hear about your photographer candidates by word of mouth, what would they have to say? Are they professional, playful, precise, sloppy, or hard to relate to?
“How would you recommend budgeting for a photographer in your overall wedding plans?”
With every couple Paige works with, she asks, “Why do you want a photographer at your wedding?” When you know why you want something, you typically understand the value of what you’re getting; you decide what is most important to you. In this way, you can set your budget accordingly. Some photographers are going to be more expensive than others, but consider what they’re offering in their price. For example, they could include the cost of their time and service, editing photos, ordering prints of your choice, the finished photos via sharable disc or similar means, and travel, if you are like Paige who has photography tours to different regions throughout the year.
“How do you plan the types of pictures you want? The themes, settings, etc.?”
If you are hiring someone with the creative eye and skill, you expect them to be able to perform to the standard you’ve seen from their previous work. Picture planning comes down to communication: your ability, as the client, to be able to voice what you want, and for the photographer to listen.
“I first listen to what they want and run with my creativity to give them the best experience I can deliver!” – Paige Overturf
“What are your thoughts and advice on staged versus candid photos?”
“It’s all about tapping into emotion and capturing real moments. So, whether that be staged or candid, my job is to photograph my couples and their day so when they look back years down the road they feel those wedding day emotions all over again through their photos,” Paige explains. There are photos that are typical of being staged, including the bridal party, the groomsmen, the bride and groom; perhaps you’d like each half of the couple to take photos with their family all dressed up as well. Then there are the moments when the bride is getting ready: one of her friends makes her laugh, she’s adjusting her hair, just-so. The groom the moment he sees his bride walking down the aisle. These are the moments you can’t stage – the moments you’ll want to remember forever.
“What are some unique or memorable photo ideas or stories?”
One of Paige’s favorite photos was a long-time dream of hers. She had a couple that was open to trying her idea out. The finished photo ended up on the cover of the wedding magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. “We swam out to about four feet of crystal clear Guam water. The photo was half under water with fish swimming around and half above water with the couple kissing. We had a grand time!!”