I sat across the table with her in a crowded Starbucks coffee shop when she told me that she didn't even know where to start. As we both had an iced cold coffees in hand, a small part of me thought, "Well, I'm a photographer, not a wedding planner." came across my mind, I still knew I had to help her. This was the among the first weddings I had ever shot.
She was engaged for a short while, but hadn't started planning and was a bit overwhelmed when she saw all what Auntie Google came up with. As I sat there listening to how many things she found online and how lost she was, to be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed as well, but I couldn't let that get in my way. I was very transparent with her and told her that I had never planned a wedding, let alone coordinate one at all. I was so accustomed to being just a fly on the wall and documenting the days as they unfolded. But this was was a whole different game.
However, as I was helping her write out her wedding plans and wedding itinerary as time progressed, I came to realize that this was not only a great way for them to get ready and plan their day. But it was another chance for me to become a sort of VIP to them. I was there to help guide my client to choose the perfect locations to photograph where there was beautiful light, how long certain parts of the day are expected to be, and what I would need from them as their photographer to make sure that they receive only the best images possible.
Needless to say, I low-key became a photographer wearing multiple hats.
To break down what I did for my client, I thought I would share exactly what I did to guide her into one of her most memorable days of her life.
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