Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A note from Callie, Administrative Assistant and newlywed!

Callie Beall, Administrative Assistant at Tara Marie Photography


Callie and Tara's sister, Sara, who came to help work, babysit, and clean house one day a couple weeks ago. (Apparently only redheads are allowed to work here.)


    Hey Everyone! My name is, Callie Beall, the newest member of Tara Marie Photography. I have been married now for a little over 5 months! I know 5 months of marriage doesn’t seem like a long time but when you are looking back from now to your wedding; a lot goes on between then. Life goes on, and you get caught in the everyday shuffle. Since I have been working here I have noticed a lot of brides going through some of the same wedding planning stresses (BUDGET) that I had to deal with; so I thought I would offer a little advice from the viewpoint of a recent bride.
        I spent almost a year planning my wedding/reception, and it lasted maybe 4 hours. I really did love planning my wedding (I sometimes even have wedding planning withdrawals). I spent many hours on wedding blogs, getting ideas for the flowers, the cake, make-up, hair, songs to dance to, how to decorate everything, etc. Most of us (brides) drive ourselves crazy to make sure everything is perfect. And for me, a recovering people pleaser, it was easy to forget what the day was all about. Believe me, there were several times that I googled places to elope to. But I wanted our family to be a part of it, so I kept on planning. And honestly, my wedding was the best day of my life. The vows were said, the cake was cut, the dances were danced, and everything went perfectly. Every once in a while, I like to look through all of my wedding pictures to re-live the day. And every time that I do, I get caught right back up into the emotions of it all over again. And right about then, is when you realize how important your wedding photographer was.
         Every bride has their top priorities (where the money is going) when planning their wedding. My top two were the venue and the photographer. Lately I have noticed, a lot of people don’t think that the photographer should be a top priority. But what a lot of people don’t think about is, when it is all said and done the only thing that you have after the wedding day is the photography (well, you probably will have some leftovers and leftover wedding cake is amazing btw).  And of course, everyone wants a photographer at their wedding and for them to take pictures of everything. Not everyone realizes how important that person is though. So I just wanted to give a few pieces of advice to consider when choosing a wedding photographer.
        I spent a lot of time flipping back and forth between wedding photographer’s blogs and websites. I chose someone based on their website, without meeting them in person. I really recommend that you meet your photographer in person. I think it can help ease some of the worry knowing that your wedding photographer is excited to be there and passionate about photography. The pictures that I got from my wedding are great. But one thing, I did not think of, was making a list of pictures that I really wanted to have from my wedding for my photographer. There were a lot of shots I assumed I would get from my wedding that I didn’t. So make a must-have picture list. The biggest piece of advice is to make your photographer a top priority!! Everyone is on a budget, believe me I understand this. To cut costs at my wedding, I borrowed a dress, and we cut all of the flowers from the gardens at my wedding venue. I worked involved my family. I mean my mom was definitely VIP (she played florist and coordinator for the day).So there are some places, you can cut costs. But photography is definitely not the place you want to go cheap. Because five months later, when your husband is working nights and you’re feeling sappy, all you have are the pictures (situation may not apply to all, but you get the idea). Pick a photographer you love. Pick a photographer that loves what they do. My wedding day meant so much to me and I am so glad that I had a photographer there to document it. I never want to forget things about my wedding, and the pictures are my tangible memories of the big day. CB

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