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It's time to hire a wedding photographer and you don't know where to start? We're here to provide you some key tips to consider when starting your research. We've reached out to one of our favorite photographers, Nicole Sepulveda Photography, for her take on the matter as well!
Nicole Sepulveda Photography
Nicole started her photography journey at the Academy of Art for Fine Art originally majoring in Illustration. Photography fell into her lap by accident, but once she learned the mechanics of a camera, the rest was history. Nicole has been a photographer since 2002 and loves, "being able to work on projects (whether they are weddings or commercial gigs) and seeing it come together with the collaboration of multiple people." One of Nicole's many talents is capturing those perfect candid shots! But something you might not know is, "the candid portraits that people think are completely organic are actually directed; and it takes time to get the photos you see in photographers' portfolios!" So be sure to take into account photography timing when selecting how many of those amazing wedding shots you want for your memories!
3 Tips to Consider
We asked Nicole for her top three tips she'd give as advice to couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer. The first tip Nicole gives is, "be mindful of 'portfolio' work versus what the client gets in their gallery. Be sure to ask to see a recent real wedding; this is likely easier to do in person or via Zoom as not all client galleries are accessible through email." This will ensure your expectations of what the photographer is able to provide are clear and you know exactly what you are paying for ahead of time!
Not all wedding photographers are their own private business, some work under larger media companies or studios so if this is the case for you, Nicole advises, "when going with a studio or business that has multiple photographers, make sure you've seen the photographer's photos and know exactly who you are getting before booking." Photography is an art form like anything else and everyone has their own take on it, so it's important to be on board with the style and aesthetic that a photographer is able to provide!
The last tip Nicole gave us was, "make sure you vibe with your photographer! You're going to be together all day, and no matter how great their photos are, if your personalities clash, it's going to be a long day!" The last thing you want is for any unnecessary tension on your wedding day!
We'll end this with one added piece of advice from Nicole - "Don't sweat the small stuff, be sure to take time throughout the day to just take it all in. Weddings take forever to plan, and the day goes by in a blink. Take a moment to just be present every so often to engrave it in your memories."
"It's no surprise that I chose the same photographer as my older sister for mine and my now wife's wedding. Professional is an understatement when it comes to describing Nicole and her artistic level of storytelling. She is everything you would want in a photographer for any event! Nicole is prompt, knows what she wants, and will do whatever she can to achieve it. What stood out for us was her flexibility. If things out of her control went south she adapted quickly, which is hard to find in a photographer these days. She is easy going, knows how to make her clients laugh, feel comfortable, and show them a fun time while getting the shots she envisions to tell her story. Nicole is a truly talented artist and performs under pressure effortlessly! Best of all, she is very affordable. If you're looking for a wedding photographer, then look no further, Nicole is the be all end all." - 25 Eight films
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Photography: Nicole Sepulveda Photography
Planning, Design & Production: Tan Wedding & Events
Venue, Catering & Accommodations: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Florals: Strelitzia Flower Co.
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Cake: Flour & Bloom
Live Music: Soultones
Paperie & Signage: Linda Wilmarth Designs
Tux: Hugo Boss Paris
Officiant: Montgomery Green
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