An open letter to our clients
Dear future client,
First off, I want to tell you how stinking excited we are that you are considering letting us into one of the most emotional days of your new lives together. I know everyone says that, but we REALLY mean it. We get so emotionally involved during your special moments that we truly feel as though we are photographing you through eyes that love you because we DO love you! You are investing in us, and you should expect to be invested in, in return. We want you to get to know us so that we can start to get to know you. So let's cover a few things about us, so you can decide for yourself if our vibe matches yours.
We are very involved in the prep of your wedding day. Because we're here to serve you well, we want to make sure that your wedding day experience is as magical as you've always dreamed! From the moment you book us, we will friend you on Facebook and add you to our Support Group (more on that later). Throughout the process, we will check in with you and offer valuable resources along the way. We do, after all, attend many weddings per year, so if you give us the opportunity to help make your day just a little bit easier, we are SO excited to help! We always help with the wedding day timeline to ensure that you get the very best pictures without sacrificing the other notable moments from your day.
We travel a lot. Every year, we make sure to take a trip somewhere new together. The quality time of playing around in a new city (or country) is crucial to the bond we have together. And because we travel on our own, we don't feel the need to take a vacation at your expense. So if you are planning a destination wedding (which would be AMAZING), know two things: 1) We are SO DOWN. Seriously! We love photographing weddings, and we love traveling and experiencing new cultures, so when we get to combine the two, it's the best thing ever. 2) When you do fly us out to your epic destination wedding, rest assured that we are there FOR YOU and only you.
We have a Support Group on Facebook for all of our couples. This group is so fun! It is full of all of our past and future couples, and chances are, at least one other couple is getting married in the same region as you. We post in there to help you get to know our personalities, share tips for you to consider while you are finalizing your wedding plans, and it's also a place for you to ask advice from people that are in the same position as you (or recently were). It's another value-add for you to use to help you along the way!
We are a hybrid photography team. You've probably heard this term already in your search (but if you haven't, I'm about to explain it). What this means is that we shoot both film and digital photography. Throughout the wedding day, I will shoot as much film as I can, supplementing with digital in those tricky situations where the film doesn't perform best. Jaron will be at my side, shooting digital, getting a fresh perspective, and also digital backups of my photos, just in case something happens to the hard film. Why do we even bother with film, you ask? Because it's probably the reason you were drawn to our work in the first place. The depth of the colors achieved by film are so inherently rich and beautiful, and they are just unparalleled by digital, in our opinion. So I shoot film wherever I can, and then to stay responsible, we shoot digital to fill in the gaps!
We are getting married again soon. We got married very young, and have since experienced life differently, making us want to reinvent our own wedding experience. Because of this, we are actually in a unique position. We have planned and executed our wedding, and we are also in the midst of planning and completing another! So we can give you our perspectives from both sides of the coin!
We are very transparent. We hate beating around the bush. If there is something that needs to be said or done, we will say or do it. We are indeed an open book. We are more than happy to talk about the weird, awkward, and challenging things because if we don't, all that does is cause more issues down the line. So come at us with those budget questions, don't hold back on your concerns or worries about your wedding day (or anything for that matter). We will be 100% up front and honest with you. What you see is what you get, so if you're reading this and jiving with what I'm telling you, guess what? We will be friends, and we will be your dream photographers.
We do all our editing in-house. Taking that a step further, I am the one that does all of the editing. I wish I could tell you that our photos come out perfect in-camera, but in reality, they sometimes need a lot of tweaking to come out looking like our signature style. And not just digital, but film as well! Every photo we deliver is edited individually to look just as amazing as the rest. The art side of this photography thing is what inspires me to be creative with my imagery. We both want to deliver breathtaking images to you, for the sake of saving those moments to keep memory of your amazing wedding day, but we also really love to create work we are proud of. This isn't just a job to us; it's something we are passionate about.
We love sushi! Random, and not crucial, but you should know we're obsessed! Salmon and horse mackerel for the win. If you don't like sushi, that's totes cool, we won't sushi shame you, but if you DO, hit us up, and let us show you our favorite sushi joint! We're always happy to oblige!
All this to say, we care about you, and we care about the way you feel about your wedding day experience when you're looking back 70 years from now. We love, love. Cheesy, but true. We are so excited to celebrate the love of so many couples each year, and we can't wait to celebrate yours!
Hannah (and Jaron also agrees!)