I had the pleasure of meeting Nolea Giering, Owner and Lead Photographer of Captivated Beauty Photography. She offered some great insight for newly engaged couples and informed me of her favorite wedding moment. I hope you enjoy this short and sweet vendor spotlight!
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
I love photographing weddings because you get those absolute “I love everything about you”& such true happiness photos.
What is your favorite wedding memory?
My favorite wedding memory would have to be when a bride included her father in the wedding even though he was too ill to attend. She took his photo & put it inside of her bouquet.
Do you have a favorite wedding photo?
That’s a tough question, as there are so many favorites, but yes, I definitely do have a favorite.
Any advice you can provide for those thinking about starting a wedding photography business?
RESEARCH!!!! And be open to learning! There is no specific price for your talent, but don’t ever sell yourself short!
From a photographers standpoint, do you have any advice for couples looking for a wedding photographer? What about those who already booked and are trying to prepare for the big day?
Make sure you look at all aspects of what a photographer has to offer. The saying “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true. Memories shouldn’t break the bank. Be open to those just starting out & most of all….be patient. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”
Why did I change my “Day of Coordination” package to Wedding Management? Great question!
I offered Day of Coordination for a few years; however, I never just showed up on the day of the wedding and started working. For me, that would have been impossible and if I truly did work that way, it would have been a disservice to any couple who booked me. Day of Coordination always started well before the day of the wedding and I love being involved with my clients from the moment they booked EMK Events. Whether it was 2 months out or 15 months, I did regular check-ins, was involved with the vendors, and answered any questions my clients had.
When the day of the wedding came around, I was extremely prepared to implement my client’s vision. This was made possible by consistent communication throughout the wedding planning process. I kept a record of all email communications, contracts, and anything else I needed to ensure the wedding would run as smoothly as possible.
Even though the name may have changed, our process has not. It has been simply updated to match what we truly do and now couples can have a piece of mind, that their wedding management is not limited to only the day of.
The greatest part of the wedding industry is that everyone you work with has a common goal, to make your day spectacular! They go out and put their best foot forward to help your day be as beautiful as you imagined.
So how do you choose which wedding planner to work with? You should choose them based on how well you trust them, can they meet all of your needs (as well as your budget) and most importantly, do you mesh well with them. Let’s break these 3 items apart.
First, the trust factor. You should feel comfortable enough with your wedding planner to trust their advice, processes and decisions. Ask as many wedding related questions as you can. The planner you are inquiring with, will happily answer all of them. If you feel the trust is there, book them!
Second, meeting all of your needs. You may receive recommendations for a planner but realize they don’t offer the services you really need. If they only offer full planning services and you’re looking for wedding day management, that’s ok! Explain this to them and they may even be able to recommend a planner that can help with what you are looking for! You’ll also need to take your budget into consideration. A seasoned planner may have higher prices. This is not to rip you off, but rather because they are well sought after and have a limit on how many couples they take on each year. Comparing two planners based off of pricing is extremely difficult. They will both have different personalities, processes and experience.
Lastly, Meshing well. This is important! In some instances, especially with full wedding planning packages, you and your planner will be communicating very often. If you prefer a more professional approach, and that helps your trust factor, choose a planner that makes you feel like you will build an amazing professional relationship. If you’re looking for a planner who is more casual and you want your interactions with them to be more on a friend level, then find that person! Choose someone who can give you that “we just became best friends” feel!