One of my biggest beliefs when planning any event is the importance of investing your money in what matters to you most. For me, that was photography, hands down. The way I look at it, we spend so much time, money, sweat and tears into planning our event, and in the end our pictures are the beholder of those memories. Those pictures are your means for transportation back to that very space and time years later when your family is huddled around an album, reminiscing about Uncle Norman’s wild dance moves.
However, I have seen time and time again, couples who spend a whole lot of money on party favors and other details that few will remember, and then in the same breath decide that the photographer they want doesn’t fit into their budget. Trust me, your guests will survive without their bubbles!
The worst part is, most people end up carrying out unnecessary and expensive traditions just because they feel they have to. You don’t have to. Invest that money towards something more important to you – please! Invest in a great photographer. Do your research! Find a photographer with a shooting style that makes you light up time-and-time again. For my husband and I, that was Jill DeVries Photography based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I can vividly remember the first time I saw Jill’s photography. My friends hired her as their wedding photographer back in 2011, and from the moment I laid my eyes on just one of her pictures, I became obsessed. So, without further ado, let me tell you a little bit about Jill.
Her ability to use natural light and capture your surrounding environment is phenomenal.
She captures the big picture of the day by making sure to not only focus on her subject, but also to appreciate and understand that the beauty that surrounds us is just as important to the shot as we are.
And at the same time, she makes sure to capture those small details that we would all otherwise forget about.
No matter how awkwardly camera shy you may be, she has an amazing way of making you feel completely comfortable.
She is stealthy! I had so many of our guests comment on how great our pictures turned out, and how they never even noticed that she was around. This technique makes for many great candid shots of your friends and family just being their normal, beautiful selves.
And most importantly she instructs you without being pushy or too posed. Jill and her team are known for their candid-style photos, and as I like to put it, they eliminate the ‘cheese’, if you will. I know, at one time or another, we have all wished that we could hire a professional photographer to follow us around and ever-so-magically capture all of our adventures. Well, those are exactly the kind of photos you will get with Jill. She captures the real moments, in the most beautifully candid way.
She accomplishes this by allowing your day to progress naturally. She won't interrupt a moment by asking you to strike a pose, because she understands the importance of capturing the real moment as it's happening. This way, when we look back on our pictures we are able to be brought back to that very feeling; the feeling of seeing a best friend you haven't seen in a very long time, and the love you felt at the very moment they ran to you and embraced you in the most sincere way.
And it's these pictures that we end up appreciating the most.
To put it simply, she is one talented woman. By the end of the day she will feel like your new best friend, and for my husband and I she is one that we intend to keep around for a long time. Can anyone say baby pictures? :)
Check out her work at jilldevries.net. I guarantee you'll fall in love.