Today is very special blog post and a first for my blog. Melinda (one of my former brides) has written about her experiences since meeting with me about photographing her wedding to newborn photos with Elena, her 7 day old daughter.
“I don’t charge by the hour, because memories don’t happen by the hour,” he said, as I flipped through a gorgeous leather-bound sample wedding album.
I was sitting at Panera Bread across from one of the local wedding photographers on my short list. It was a quasi-formal “interview potential vendors” meeting (the kind of wedding planning 101 meeting you read about in wedding magazines). It was 2008, and I was newly engaged to Mr. Wonderful. Booking a photographer for our engagement portraits and wedding photos was numero uno on my to-do list. Pretty pictures of once-in-a-lifetime moments was (and is) very, very important to me.
“I was shooting a wedding once where I was hired for a set number of hours and left before the reception was over,” he continued. “I found out later that I missed one the best moments of the entire day. The bride did a keg stand in her wedding dress. Can you imagine? I wish I had pictures of that!”
I took a sip of my Diet Pepsi, and smiled.
“I learned my lesson,” he said. “Now, I like to be present for the entire day. From prepping at the salon with the bride, to the happy couple driving away in their getaway car at the end of the night; it’s important to capture everything.”
He had me at “memories don’t happen by the hour.”
“I like that philosophy. A lot,” I said.
That’s how I met Steven Bridges and hired him to photograph our engagement photos and wedding pictures nearly three years ago. After our wedding, my husband and I were absolutely thrilled with the outcome of our photographs. We were so thrilled, in fact, that we jokingly call the walls of our house “the museum of us.” We couldn’t choose just one or two photos to print, so we practically printed and framed them all! Vain? Perhaps. But Steven’s work made us look pretty darn good.
When my husband and I learned we were expecting our first child in the fall of 2010, I knew I’d turn to Steven once again to capture her first days of life in photographs. Baby Elena’s first photo shoot took place a few weeks ago when she was just one week old. In true Steven fashion, he not only created amazing photographs of our newborn daughter, but he made sure each and every shot was picture perfect. Newborns can be quite finicky, but Steven was incredibly patient, pausing the shoot for feedings and mini meltdowns. Several hours later, he had a few dozen gorgeous photographs of our sweet girl. The images are absolutely perfect; now my husband and I are now in the process of converting our home from “the museum of us” to “the museum of Elena.”