An important aspect of my business for my wedding clients is to be sure they are the only couple that weekend that I document, and for most months, I like to keep it at two couples only.
I’ll let all the fellow photographers sit there wide-eyed at me like I’m crazy as they soak in that last piece of information.
If you’re not a wedding photographer, you may not know that on average, photographers document 1-3 weddings every weekend for 6-10 months out of the year (depending on where you live). One of my years working as a wedding photographer I jumped on the kill yourself working bandwagon and did this, too.
As a part of my goals for 2017 to make our home life more purposeful and wiser, I chose not to take on multiple bookings in a weekend and definitely not more than 2-3 BRP Couples a month. You can read more about why Brittany Renee Photography chooses quality over quantity in my Rejecting Inquiries post!
In between, because I love documenting weddings and and special times, I am a strong second photographer throughout most of the season. This year I was lucky to spend most of my second shooting season alongside the same primary photographer, Brooke Danielle Photography. We service different clients, different locations, and we both approach things similarly but with a slightly different style. Together we make a pretty good team! We have a lot of fun working together (check out my InstaStories nearly every Saturday for our shenanigans!) and on the odd weekend we aren’t documenting weddings, sometimes we get together. You can also find us texting each other throughout the week like crazy moms.
Today I’m sharing one of the first weddings of the season we shot together which took place at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal on an unusually warm day in April (like… blazing hot, we thought we might die kind of hot). I do love it when weddings are close to home. Thank you so much Brooke for having me along.
Check out their bridal party!! So many friends!
Originally Joel was to have some getting ready photos at the Golf Club where his fiancée was getting ready at, however, last minute changes had Joel and the guys getting ready at his home.
Unfortunately, I have T-Mobile and don’t get service unless I’m practically a metro area. Joel’s parents house was off the grid on my Google Maps and after spending 20 minutes trying to find his house, driving back and forth to spots where I could find service to look at the map, then back again to this crazy spot it kept telling me this house was, I decided to make a call. Of course, since they were not my bride and groom, I called Brooke up and said that our best bet for groom shots was to have him just meet me with the guys at the church. That way the guys would be early, we could hide Joel away from his lovely bride, and the guys would have a chunk of time to be able to get decent portraits done.
It was about this time that we all felt like we wanted to literally melt into the cement. For an April day it was beyond hot! You’d never know by the looks of how much fun they all had, but seriously… that was like an August heat in the spring.
Angela and Joel were surrounded by their family and friends in a beautiful reception with the mountains as their backdrop. A sweetheart table framed by mountains is always a good thing. I was so thrilled to be in air conditioning, but it was great fun working with my friend again and helping her serve her couple.