You have been warned this is a pic heavy post…
Pretty pictures… we want ’em. We also want a photographer that will be ok with non-pro paparazzi and plays well with other vendors, I talk a little more about our vendor requirements here if you want to read all of the randomness.
You see my dad doesn’t just like playing with motion pictures, he also likes photographs as does my sister and a few other guests. These people will most assuredly have a camera on them at the wedding, they will probably try and sneak shots alongside the pro. AND we want them to do their thing too because that is a good time for them. We absopositively do not want a photographer that is snippy and tells people to go away or worse yet points at people and says “you here”, “you move”. So impersonal. Oh there was a laundry list of wants, likes and “oh no they didn’t” to consider. They included things like we get the rights to our own pictures, maybe they set up a faux-to booth, they were fun, they liked people… So we looked and looked.
There was something really surprising to us that we didn’t anticipate at all, at least half of the photographers in the Kansas City Area mentioned G-d on their website. Some of them are fantastic photographers but we didn’t want to risk it because our photographer is going to be interacting with all of our guests, and they are going to spend a fair amount of time with us. After creating spread sheets, showing websites to our nearest and dearest we reached out to 3 photographers that had pictures that captured emotion and were modern…
* See the ground in this photo???? It covers an entire patio, I saw a photo of Melissa’s from 2008 that made me fall madly in love… sadly the venue is in Chicago (Prairie Production)
** be still my heart a pic with a pup gets 5 gold stars from me
So Thanksgiving Week a year ago I sent out the following e-mail to all three:
The first response back was from Heather, she was a cool cat like us and has the same anniversary we will have, so she doesn’t work that weekend. Boo, I really liked her work and she had experience shooting in our venue… onwards and upwards.
Then I heard back from Melissa Lin Ellis and Aaron Newell with BlueRue Studio. Both were available. We had phone conversations with both of them, and both were very nice but one stood out from the rest… we scheduled only 1 in person meeting (gasp) for our next trip to Kansas City…
Our 1 singular meeting was scheduled with Aaron Newell of BlueRue Studio… We instantly connected with him, he was funny, we could see hanging out with him having a beer, he actually wanted to do a same-sex wedding, and you see he is a Gorilla (Pitt State anyone???). Pitt State happens to be Sweetie Scone’s alma mater, once that tidbit came out of the wood work they couldn’t be stopped… He was totally ok with the “must play well with others” requirement, he was down for a bunch of kidlets running amok and having a harem of amateur photographers prancing around. The best part… engagement pics and a disc are included in the package AND for a minimal price he will come to our rehearsal/welcome dinner and capture the pre-party! We no longer needed a faux-to booth if we had a photographer for both the reception and the rehearsal!
Did I mention we are totally enamored with Aaron? He is freaking fun and we have a blast with him every time we meet up… sooo that’s the scoop, did we do good?