Happy Friday and it is time for a new featured post on Champagne and Cake. Today we are taking a trip to Chicago to talk to T.R.U.E Stories Media about some awesome wedding photography tips.
CC: Tell us a little bit about you and your company?
TSF: I always wanted to run my own production company, and I finally got the courage to step out and pursue my own opportunities. I incorporated my company in 2011 as T.R.U.E Stories Film Inc. Since then, we have grown into two distinct brands: T.R.U.E Stories Media for all of our video services and T.R.U.E Photo for all of our photography service
I always wanted to run my own production company, and I finally got the courage to step out and pursue my own opportunities. I incorporated my company in 2011 as T.R.U.E Stories Film Inc. Since then, we have grown into two distinct brands: T.R.U.E Stories Media for all of our video services and T.R.U.E Photo for all of our photography services.
C&C: What advice would you give a bride when choosing a photographer?
TSF: Invest in quality. I’m not just talking about the quality of the images; obviously, that’s key, but I’m talking about the quality of the photographer. Make sure you are dealing with a true professional. I understand that everyone has to stick to their budget, but your photographs are not a place to cut cost. The photographer should be near the top of the priority list with the cake and wedding gown. Twenty – thirty years from now, you will want to have beautiful photos that reflect your amazing experience to share with your children and grandchildren. Take the time to research photographers and study what they produce. The last thing you want to do is throw away your money on someone who doesn’t know their craft, won’t listen to your wants and needs, and has no integrity as a business owner.
C&C: What is your photography style?
TSF: I like to shoot candids as much as possible. I love catching people in the moment. I rarely do staged portraits at weddings. My portfolios for each wedding are 80% candid picture with vibrant & saturated colors.
C&C: Should couples create a shot list?
TSF: Always. It is important to include special shots you want, even if it seems obvious. Never fail to mention what you want, so you and your photographer can discuss what will work.
C&C: Do you recommend taking pictures before the wedding or after?
TSF: Some couples prefer a first look, that’s pictures before the ceremony. I find that the best time is immediately after the ceremony and before the reception when everyone’s nerves have settled.
C&C: During the day of the wedding, if there are questions from you or the bridal party, what is the best way to communicate quickly?
TSF: We prefer not to bother the couple much on the wedding day. We rather have a third party communicate between us, because the couple is already swamped with people. Relaying all messages through the wedding coordinator is the easiest. They can direct changes the couple wants. If they don’t have a coordinator, we suggest they appoint someone to be the primary communicator throughout the day. Our job is to please the bride and groom, not every person attending the wedding. The bridal couple is our client, and trying to listen to everyone gets very confusing.
C&C: How can a couple get creative with their photos?
TSF: Be themselves. I always tell couples to imagine they are on a relaxing date. Enjoy the glitz and glamour but don’t let it stifle you. Be free! Be happy!
C&C: Any final suggestions?
TSF: Once again, invest in quality. Do not cut corners on the photographer. I’m not saying spend loads of cash and get every imaginable shot, but choose the company and the shots carefully. Make photography a priority and invest in a professional who produces great photos and whose aim is to please you.
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