Today is the start of something new!
I have been meaning to do this for a while and am so happy to finally be getting around to it. I have a list of some of my preferred vendors that I love to work with and I believe all of them deserve recognition for their excellence and awesomeness. I usually give this list to brides who are in need of vendors, but I thought I would share a little bit about them here with the rest of the public so you can see for yourself how great they can make your wedding day, which is why I am using today to introduce my new ‘Vendor Spotlight’ blog series.
Elizabeth of eGolden Moments! I thought it would be appropriate to feature Elizabeth as the first vendor in my ‘Vendor Spotlight’ series because she is one of my closest wedding vendors friends. I have had the pleasure of doing several styled shoots and a wedding with Elizabeth, four of which have been published online or in print. She’s an amazing photographer and person, and I always have such a great time when I get to collaborate with her. See why for yourself below!
Q & A
Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: I have been a photographer for around 5 years. I got my start when I was working for a small newspaper in the middle of nowhere Kansas. The paper was so small that they didn’t have a photographer on staff. I was quickly thrown into the role and realized I actually liked it more than reporting. I loved the raw emotions I could capture, so I decided to move back to Kansas City and start pursuing my dreams.
Q: Give us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I’m left handed. I’m incapable of communicating without sarcasm. My cats are my life. I have an unhealthy obsession with chipotle. I’ve been to all 50 states. Is that too much?
Q: What is your favorite part of photography?
A: I love the raw emotions that can be captured. Photography is so different than any other art form because you’re freezing a moment in time. Especially on a wedding day, there are no do-overs, and I feel so honored to be part of such a special day. This sounds super cheesy, but it’s true. Plus, I get to eat the best food every weekend. That’s pretty cool too.
Q: How would you describe your style of photography?
A: I describe my editing style as very real and vibrant. I want your day to look exactly as you imagined, so I don’t apply filters to add a darker or lighter feel. I do tend to lean toward light and airy because you do want your day to look like a dream, but a very realistic dream. As for shooting style, I use my journalism degree to really delve into photojournalism. Throughout the majority of the day, I’ll capture moments as they happen. I’ll never force a fake smile, except for maybe one or two pictures, but those are really just for your grandparent’s mantle anyway. I’ll pose you in ways that look good while giving you cues to act natural. I absolutely love greenery and blurry backgrounds, so I’ll put you in locations that focus on nature more than anything while still making you the center of the image. One aspect of my photography that really sets me apart is I always schedule a sunset session. With these images, I bring out the sky to truly show you the beauty of your day.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: I’m a sarcastic crazy cat lady who was no filter. I’ll tell you the truth regardless, and most people appreciate that about me 🙂
Q: What kind of packages do you offer couples?
A: All my packages are all inclusive. They all include an engagement session and two photographers, and only differ based on hours you need. The hours range from 8-12, and I prefer working my 10 hour package because that gives every couple the best coverage. I’ll be there for the majority of getting ready through the exit.
Q: What advice would you give brides to help them find the best photographer for them?
A: 1. Pay attention to editing style and how it matches your personality and vision for the day. If you want your day to be true to life, find a photographer who edits that way. If you have a vintage vibe going, find a photographer who will edit with more moodier tones. Keep in mind that no photographer will change how they edit, so make sure it aligns with what you want.
2. Pay attention to shooting style. Do you want mainly candids, posed photos, a little of both? Also pay attention to how the couple looks in the images. If you believe the bride isn’t posed in the most flattering way, chances are the photographer might not know how to pose for all body types.
3. Pay attention to the feeling you get from looking at their images. Are you happy, do they make you smile, are the images just pretty but they don’t make you feel. This is all important in figuring out if the photographer will capture emotions on your wedding day.
Side note, always ask to see a full gallery. Photographers will always post the best of the best, but it’s always a good idea to get an idea about how they photograph a wedding day from start to finish.
Q: What is your favorite part of photographing wedding day?
A: I absolutely love the first look and the first dance, but my favorite part will always be the sunset session with the couple. It’s the most intimate and beautiful part of the day.
Q: Other than photography, what do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Spare time? What is this? I work a lot. During busy season, I tend to edit a good 15 hours a day. When I’m not editing, I’m catching up on tv shows with my husband. We’re currently starting Game of Thrones from the beginning and I have an unhealthy obsession with Grey’s Anatomy.
Q: What are important must-have shots to tell your photographer?
A: When it comes to must-have shots, I always recommend trust your photographer. Every photographer will get moments like your first kiss, bride walking down the aisle, dress hanging, etc, so don’t feel the need to write down every single moment of the day that needs capturing. I always recommend letting your photographer know if there’s something out of the ordinary that you want captured. Examples may include a generations photo (your ring with the ring of your mom and grandma), your flower girl in your wedding shoes, etc. These are moments that are unique to every wedding, so be sure to let your photographer know if there’s one image that you must have.
I told you she was awesome!
If you want to hear more from Elizabeth or inquire for your wedding day (which I suggest you do), you can find her here. And if you want to see more of her gorgeous eye candy, you can follow her here and here!
Thanks for reading!