A big thing in the wedding industry is pictures. It's not necessarily a big thing. More like a HUGE thing. Your wedding photographer is, like, EVERYTHING!! When you are researching vendors you are looking at everything in pictures first. You want your wedding to be beautiful! Even if you are planning a small, intimate elopement, you want it to be beautiful. Not to mention romantic and perfect!
I'm a wedding officiant. What kind of pictures can I possible have to use on my website to express what I do and entice you to look further? I've taken thousands of pictures with my phone for the thousand of couples I've married. They captured the moment for what it was but camera phone pictures really don't translate into a pretty website. I don't have pretty cakes or flowers to show or even pretty dresses or table linens. I have words. That's my job. Other then signing marriage licenses, I find the right words and deliver the right words in the right way at the right time. It makes it difficult to put together a website that realistically expresses what I do in pictures.
It's a photograph that catches the attention of a reader. And it has to be the right photograph. When I was in third grade I had to do a report on Benjamin Franklin. I took the easy way out, and instead of reading what the children's encyclopedia actually wrote about Franklin I reported that Benjamin Franklin invented the kite, instead of experimenting with electricity, because the picture had him flying a kite. My father quickly corrected me, I think. Or maybe he helped me after my teacher told me to go home and do it again. It was too many years ago to remember!
I've collected some great single pictures from some great photographers who have shared their work with me. Otherwise, I've gotten creative with Google Images to fill in the gaps. A picture of a civil ceremony is different from a formal wedding which is different from an elopement. I do all those things. Sometimes I do all of those things in one day. Sometimes, I marry couples in secret, so I have to be careful with pictures too. I might marry you today, but everyone you know may think you are actually getting married next June. Oh, the secrets I keep!
Last year, I was absolutely blown away by the gift of the photographs currently all over the top of my website. I had a Small Family Wedding at the Indiana State House on a Saturday afternoon in September. I often never know what to expect, having only communicated by email or phone or text before a wedding. I just hope I wear the right outfit for the occasion. That can be more complicated that it sounds. Sometimes the couple is in jeans or shorts on a Saturday evening and don't want a ceremony, just their marriage license signed. (I got dressed up for this?) And sometimes they are in a formal wedding dress and a suit, on a Thursday afternoon. You just never know unless you ask and sometimes it just seems too obvious to ask! This particular Saturday I met Casey and her Camera. She was running around taking care of a beautiful bride, capturing all the perfect pictures. She even had particular instructions for me so she could get the best shot. I always welcome instruction!
I didn't get to know Casey better until a few months later she sent me all these wonderful pictures! I was blown away! I was so excited to have pictures to market all the wonderful small weddings I do. 8 years and over 2500 weddings later, my business is about small weddings. Civil Ceremonies and elopements happen just about every day. You can't get married at the courthouse so I fill the need. Over the past few years, as couples have realized they can't just run to the courthouse and get married, this new kind of elopement, or small family wedding has started to become popular. Just immediate family as guests, if there are any guests at all, a fabulous dinner or weekend in a fancy hotel, and an AMAZING photographer!! Brides are still going dress shopping and getting their hair and makeup professionally done. There are still emotional first looks with their bride or groom, and/or father. The iconic Indy wedding photo's are still taken on Monument Circle or any of Indy's other popular spots. It's all just being done on a small, more intimate and more affordable scale.
Casey and I have done several of these elopements. One was all scheduled and performed within a few days just last week. The couple found the pictures and the idea won them over immediately! We have more being scheduled as January, and all out wedding planning season, gets into full swing. When I say the pictures are EVERYTHING, I really mean it. I know my job as a wedding officiant is important and what I do is different for everyone. Some people choose me for me and others choose me because they simply need to hire someone to fill the need. Hire a photographer who is passionate about photographs and capturing your moments. Casey recently said that she just considers herself a fly on the wall capturing the moment.
I know there are a lot of camera's out there and many people who know how to use them. But, a professional photographer is something different. They have a whole different perspective of what makes a great photo and great photo shoot. They plan ahead, they scout out the area. They take into consideration the time of day and where the sun will be at that time. They've already purchased a photography pass to have access to some of the prettiest private gardens. They can suggest photo's you didn't even think of that will be the perfect memories for years to come. I highly recommend Casey and her camera. Check her out on her website. You can read about her here. She loves exclamation points as much as I do!!!!!! You can contact here here.