First COVID, then a downpour on their wedding day—sometimes things just don’t go as planned. But you can’t hold back love! Margaret and John still exchanged heartfelt vows and celebrated with the closest friends and family at The Barn at Cranberry Creek wedding venue.
However, given the circumstances, the happy couple opted for a reshoot later so they could capture all of the love and laughter in color. They had a different photographer for their actual wedding day, but they preferred to switch styles for a more natural look.
The wedding party was happy to accommodate their wishes, and the crew met back up at The Barn at Cranberry Creek in Winston Salem, NC for a sunny photoshoot. The group re-enacted the entire day, and we had a blast. I’m so glad they did because the reshoot was flawless! The sun was shining, and we had a gorgeous glowing sunset to get those dreamy couple’s portraits they wanted.
Wedding at The Barn at Cranberry Creek | Winston Salem Wedding Photographer
I book a surprising amount of wedding reshoots. Some couple’s opt for smaller packages or less experienced photographers to save money, only to realize later that it just doesn’t work out. Or, like Margaret and John, the uncooperative weather just didn’t allow for those sunny shots throughout the property that they were hoping for.
My biggest recommendation for couples is to do your research up front and select a style that you know you’ll love forever. For instance, we paid a lot of money 10 years ago to get trendy wedding portraits. Now, we’re stuck with these off-kilter, optical illusion-looking photos that don’t authentically represent the moments of our big day. I’m left with just a handful of good ones, and I don’t want that to happen to you. Memories fade over time. Photos are the best way to keep them alive and vibrant, allowing you to relive those moments again and again.
6 Things to Do Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer
1. Check out their editing style.
I want you to see my editing style up front, so I’ll share full galleries with you before booking. I keep it classic and natural, with a few pops of color now and then. My style is true to color and reflects your actual skin tone while highlighting your natural beauty. That way, when you look back at your photos in ten years, they really look like you, not a fad editing style.
2. Consider avoiding trends. Will your photos stand the test of time?
You should love your photos and relive the day in detail years from now. Light and airy photos are pretty, but they blow out the whites and you can’t see the details. Dark and moody can be a bit heavy, and well, moody. It’s artistic and creative for certain types of shoots and portraits, but not ideal for a full collection of wedding photos.
3. Book with someone you truly connect with.
Communication and connection are key. You won’t hit it off with every photographer you reach out to, and that’s ok! Personalities mesh differently. Go with someone you like and trust to have your back. You’ll be with them all day.
4. Do your homework. Check ‘em out first.
Even if you get a referral from a friend, make sure you love their work before booking. Photographers are artists, too, and we each have our signature style and ways of capturing life and love through our lenses. So, look at their full galleries, and check out their past work at similar locations or venues.
5. Check the rain plan ahead of time.
Believe it or not, some photographers opt to just “wing it” on the big day. That doesn’t always work out well. I check the weather a week before the wedding, and I’ll get in touch with you about the backup plan preferences if need be. (Some couples like to take cute rainy-day photos beneath clear umbrellas, some shoot under covered areas and inside, others postpone their couple’s portraits and do them on a clear day.)
6. Set expectations up front.
Finally, make sure to go over everything, read the fine print, and check all the boxes. Both the photographer and the couple should discuss their expectations up front so there are no surprises or inconvenient miscommunications the day of. My goal is that you can sit back, enjoy your day, and rest easy knowing I’ve got you covered!
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