Meet Lynda and Anthony - I’ve known her for many years now from back in my days as a club photographer…so for them to ask me to photograph their Vietnamese Wedding in Dallas, I was totally honored and humbled!
Funny story, they actually met at another wedding I had photographed in Richardson a few years back so to see their love life unfold before me was quite the experience - they’re huge football fans so a part of their engagement session was actually at the Frisco Cowboys practice facility.
Anyways, please enjoy the preview of their day and special thanks to my team and to the following vendors!
Wedding Planning: http://www.loveandsparrows.com/
Photographs are a major piece of your wedding that are going to last with you for a lifetime. The wedding cake, flowers and other décor might be as important for the day but it all ends as the day ends. Besides, the most important thing needed to capture it all is a top-caliber wedding photographer! But what a wedding photographer might reveal for your special day remains a mystery until after the fact. So, to help you out with choosing the right fit for capturing all of the memories that you are going to make, here are some helpful tips:
Choose a Style
When it comes to photography, the camera can make a whole new world out of your real one. There are many styles of photography that you can choose from as a signature for your wedding. If you want your day to be all about those spontaneous, candid pictures, choose a documentary style. If you prefer the old classic album like your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding album, go for portraiture. Fine art usually involves more photo-touching by the photographer.
They can infuse their own artistic skills to a greater extent and make your wedding photographs look natural. It is reality based; the only difference is that the reality is shaped by your wedding photographer. Furthermore, edgy and bold is an offshoot of the last style, only it includes some out of the box thinking (such as unconventional bridal or bridesmaid poses) on part of the photographer. This style challenges old photographic traditions and infuses Dutch (tilted) angles and unconventional framing in your photos.
Read reviews and do your research
Recent newlyweds, especially in Dallas, often have great things to say about how they planned their entire wedding. They are enthusiastic in sharing it on Facebook, Instagram, and in person.
Meeting your potential photographers in person by holding an interview is often more enlightening than any amount of review reading or album views alone. So, call them to see if they are even available on your wedding dates. This is very important.
Make sure your personalities match
If the photographer does not show much interest in your idealized vision of a wedding, or does not vibe with you on a personal level. Your image on their camera is also going to be inhibited and perplexed. So make sure to do your due diligence.
General wedding photographer packages range from $2,500 to $15,000 depending on where your photographer is based, the number of albums that you want, and how many edits that you need on your favorite photos. If you are willing to pay top dollar, make sure that you are paying for exactly what you want.
SAY HELLO :)
I first met Patrick when we used to work together at Methodist and he had recently moved down from Minnesota. They brought him in because he was a genius and I wasn't doing enough work...or something like that ;) We'd always go to happy hours afterwards and talk about everything from politics to work to girls and how difficult it was to meet someone down to earth here in Dallas. I would agree with him, nod my head and order another round. After I left my day job, I ran into him again at Community Brewery in Dallas and...lo and behold! He has a beautiful lady wrapped around his arms, Emma! We caught up over a round of beers and I could tell he was quite smitten by her. Fast forward and he calls me up one day for Happy Hour...and to ask me to shoot his wedding! Of course I was honored to...I knew I would have a lot of fun because the wedding would be at the Museum of Modern Art in Ft Worth! Emma told me that we would have TOTAL creative freedom over our process and that she did not want to hold us back. So with our teams' creative juices flowing...we got to work. We cannot express how much fun we had that night capturing all of the emotions, the love that Patrick & Emma had for each other and their friends and family. And for me specifically, just getting to see all my old friends again. What a night, so much fun! Big thanks to Bumble Bee Occassions for helping us with our day, the Modern Art of Fort Worth for hosting, the Stevie James Trio and Pastor Dave Tucker for officiating duties! And biggest thanks of course to my team-mate and friend Robert Yu!