This is the last post in my Engagement Session Value series. Posts One and Two talk about more of the technical aspects of wedding photography, but what if I told you that I don’t want you to think of me as your wedding photographer? I’m sure you’re like, “But Christy, that’s your job.” And you’re right. That’s technically my job title. But I didn’t fall in love with wedding photography because I love the way a camera feels in my hands or the challenge of understanding all the in’s and out’s of my camera’s settings. I fell in love with wedding photography because I truly love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
No two couples are the same. The way they met. Who reached out first and how. What they love most about each other. Their favorite things to do together as a couple. The list goes on and on. I view the couples that I work with (notice I didn’t say “work FOR”)as more than just clients. We are a team and I’m your biggest cheerleader. I will do everything I possibly can to make sure you have an incredible wedding day. I never ever ever want to feel like I’m running a transaction-only business. That’s not something that I want to make a lifelong career of. A lack of personal connection is part of why I felt so unfulfilled at my old full-time day job. I want to be more than just a wedding photographer to you.
Building a relationship with my couples is really my favorite part of an Engagement Session. Hours and hours of practicing in front of the camera with your photographer holds no value whatsoever if you can’t be comfortable just being around each other. So let loose. Joke around. Show me pictures of your fur baby! Help me understand who you both are and what makes your story unique. I don’t get fired up about taking photos of two models that have no connection to each other. What gets me amped is finding ways to photograph two people who love each other and making sure their personalities shine through in the final images.
Be sure to come back in the next couple weeks and check the Personal category of my blog where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things that I love so that you can get to know a little more about me outside of the photography world.
View Chandler and Sean’s sweet fall session HERE!
Christy Hunter is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Seattle, Washington.
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