Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Planning a wedding requires so much time and energy. The perfect place, the perfect dress, the flowers, limos, hotel arrangements and the list goes on and on. The wedding industry has grown exponentially and the latest article I read shows that the cost of a wedding on Cape Cod, MA is averaging about $52,000. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing. It's a reality. BUT, what I will say, if you are going to spend that much money on a wedding, the portion you are spending on photography should be at the top of your list. 

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We all know you need a photographer for your wedding. That's a fact. But with a plethora of choices out there how do you choose? This one is going to throw you for a loop. Use your gut instinct. Of course, do your research on the company you choose. Check the reviews, contact past brides, etc. But, the feeling you get from your photographer is key. Are they passionate about their work and the couples they work with? Do you get the feeling they will go above and beyond? If you get the vibe that you are hanging out with a good friend when you talk with your photographer then you know it's the right fit. If you get the vibe that a photographer is just telling you what you want to hear to get the job, then run - very fast. 

Here's why: your photographer is going to be with you from the very start of the day until the very end. They are going to run interference, if you need it. You will have many conversations before the wedding and they will know exactly what vibe you want to capture. Your photographer will know details of the families and will know how to handle special traditions you want to honor. Your photographer, as I see it, will be your new impartial best friend from the time you hire her/him. Don't trust this task to just anyone. 

 Chatham Bars Inn Summer Wedding

Chatham Bars Inn Summer Wedding

Here's another really important thing to ask when you are meeting with a photographer. If the company is a larger one, ask who your photographer will be and ask to meet them and see their  wedding portfolio. Some companies have a large staff and the representative that you met with may not be the person that will be photographing your wedding day. The photos that you saw on the website may not be those of the actual photographer that will take your photos. I am not saying that larger companies are not reputable, however, I am saying that you want to cover all your bases. 

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With smaller companies, like Fleeting Moments Photography, you know you are getting me - the owner - because that's the only option. You and your spouse are our number one priority. I will go above and beyond your expectations because I love what I do and want you to have the most amazing wedding day ever! My reputation is on the line and I do not take that responsibility lightly. If you love my photos, that makes me swoon. I know I have done the job of capturing your fleeting moments. You will have many moments that I will have captured that you can enjoy for years to come.

 

Written by Denise Pressman, Owner of Fleeting Moments Photography

fleetingmomentsphotos.com | 508-470-0321 | denise@fleetingmomentsphotos.com

 

ALISON & ELIAS GET HITCHED!

 

For me, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Alison and Elias found me through an app called Thumbtack. I sent them a quote for their wedding photos and that’s where it all started. Their wedding was taking place on Cape in the Summer however they lived in Stratford. The fit was perfect.

I got chills hearing about how fun the wedding was going to be with all the details they had incorporated. Alison and Elias were getting married in Brewster. They were serving local beer, having a pizza truck, and had a steel drum band playing at their wedding. One surprise that I found out days before is that Alison and Elias were pregnant! How cool is that!

On the day of the wedding, it was raining. After all, rain is good luck – right?

 

 Overcome with emotion, the groom was instantly overwhelmed by his feelings for his beautiful bride!

Overcome with emotion, the groom was instantly overwhelmed by his feelings for his beautiful bride!

The first look went off without a hitch. The groom and their son were waiting for Alison to come up to them and when she did Elias was in tears already. His beautiful bride was anxiously awaiting his reaction and their son was hiding his face with the flowers just like I asked him to. Elias turned around and just could not stop crying tears of joy. Such a sweet moment! Up until this point only Alison’s mom had seen the dress so they really did not know what to expect. Their son was so amazed to see her and told her she looked “so beautiful”. He touched her hair, her earrings and demanded a group hug. Their son left with the best man and we were able to do some formal portraits at the beach before heading back to the house.  Somehow, we planned the timing just  as there was a 5k in Brewster at the same time on the same road!

 Stunning couple - I love the Vineyard Vines touches!

Stunning couple - I love the Vineyard Vines touches!

 Paines Creek In Brewster is stunning even when it's overcast

Paines Creek In Brewster is stunning even when it's overcast

The ceremony was just perfect. The grandfather officiated the wedding and the Grandmothers had a part in the ceremony as well. There were tears had by everyone, including me. Their vows were absolutely perfect and you could just feel the love exuding from the couple. After the ceremony the families were hugging and you could just see that they were so happy to be joined together as a family.

 There wasn't a dry eye during the ceremony - including me!

There wasn't a dry eye during the ceremony - including me!

The location they chose was absolutely stunning. The house was really pretty and held tons of people. But the show-stopper was the lake at the back of the property which made the best backdrop. The ceremony showcased the water in the background - which was so stunning.

 Balcony view of the wedding guests!

Balcony view of the wedding guests!

 All of the details were planned just perfectly. 

All of the details were planned just perfectly. 

 #vineyardvines The wedding party

#vineyardvines The wedding party

The vibe of the day was love and fun and I feel fortunate to have been chosen to capture Alison and Elias’ day. They truly have become friends of ours and I look forward to seeing their family grow year after year.

Update on the happy couple: Their baby was born happy and healthy on January 3rd. Everyone is thrilled she is here including her big brother Youssef.