Photos that truly reflect your love story + investing in photographers that will invest in you

Pinterest… I love it! It is a candy shop of creative ideas. However, it can sometimes become overwhelming when planning  your wedding. Looking though dozens of images can cause confusion and muddle up your true style. So, in the mist of all of this, how do you get on track to making sure your engagement photos and wedding photos truly reflect your love story?

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Horn Photo & Design-0077 It’s ok, we have you covered:) Right from the beginning, when we receive an inquiry about our photography, I send back an email getting to know a bit more about you as a couple and  your love story. This is key to capturing your truest self and your love story. The email will ask all about your main details of the wedding; location, time, date and your contact information but, I also include my favorite question:

What Are The Top Three Things We Should Know About Your Wedding?

With this questions I get some of the most brilliant, witty, lovable answers and they are all different. The next step is the consoltation, we ask you about your love story in person or via Skype so we can all see each other face to face. Visual interaction is pivotal, we get to see first hand how you interact as a couple. Allowing us to see the unique love you share.  During this consoltation we ask how you meet, how the proposal went down, and how would you describe your relationship.

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From here we mover on to planning your engagement shoot. I have handcrafted an email to help walk though choosing the location and a few prop.  I like to stress a few props, to many can again become overwhelming. There can be pressure to collect or make props and buy multiple outfits in hopes of making the pictures really different or trendy. But trust us, even without a single prop we can make your photos truly reflect your unique love story. 

Here is the email I send out a few weeks before the engagement shoot.

“I have you scheduled for Saturday March 8th 2014. The exact time of the shoot will depend on the location. I know we had talked about Philipe Park in Safety harbor, is this the location you really love? (We starve to be open + honest with our clients so we can provide you with photos that capture who you truly are.) We want your engagement shoot to genuinely reflect how you love, your truest self, what makes you giddy and the journey you walk hand in hand. 

A few questions to ask yourself when choosing your location:
Where do we spend most of our time?
What do we like to do as a couple?
Where did he propose?
Where was our first date?

If your anything like me, you get caught up in work, family, friends and…well life, right?. We go through our day not realizing how our “everyday” is beautiful, personal and unique. The challenge here, is to take some time to think about your love story and how the journey is unfolding, than revealing that in front of our cameras.

Your love story could be you reading a book on the couch with your head on a pillow in his lap while he is drinking a warm cup of coffee. This followed by making a wonderful meal together and then enjoy a glass of wine on the porch as the sun sets. We can document that in a way that shows the true beauty of your love. Or maybe its walks in the park with your dog, stopping for an ice-cream cone and then taking a nap by the ocean. Whatever your journey is OWN IT, it’s beautiful!”

Once we have our Date, Time, and Location nailed down we will look into the theme, feel and any props for the shoot. Again, congratulations and we look forward to working with you soon.”

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Following the engagement shoot we then prepare for the wedding. Now that we have gotten to know you on a personal level this part becomes a breeze.  From all of our communication leading up to the wedding, we genuinely know you as a couple and your love story, giving us a creative edge to capture your beautiful wedding day.

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Ok so now that this post is über long I will stop here before I talk your ear off. We hope this helps. The key to getting photos that truly reflect your love story is investing in photographers that will invest in you. 


Michelle Horn


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