Unless you’ve been raised around a camera your whole life, the idea of getting in front of a camera for an hour or two may seem a little daunting. Don’t feel bad – we all get a little apprehensive about this, but Tri-Cities wedding photographer Kadee Fillers of Kadee’s Approach Photography has the notorious skills needed to set her clients at ease. With that in mind, I reached out to her about tips every bride and groom can use to relax and let their true personalities shine through for the pictures both before, during, and after the big day. Read on for her tips, found below!
1. Meet with your photographer before you book him or her to make sure your personalities mesh well.
Nearly any photographer will tell you that this truly is key to finding the perfect wedding photographer for you. After all, this person will be with you more often than any other person throughout the day! You won’t be very comfortable if the person stresses you out.
Kadee details that at the very least, you should have a conversation with your photographer on the phone prior to booking. “I often speak with clients on the phone first, and that’s when I explain everything about the way we work, as well as get a feel for their expectations for their day,” Kadee details. However, she always tries to schedule a face-to-face meeting prior to the wedding, and she meets with her clients as often as they need to feel comfortable. “[Meeting before the wedding is] great for both the client and the photographer because the bride and groom can focus on each other, and the photographer can focus on capturing their personalities,” she adds.
2. Have an open line of communication with them throughout the entire process.
Having good communication with your wedding photographer ensures that he or she is aware of your wants and likes, and it gives you an opportunity to feel assured of this fact.
Kadee adds to the previous point by explaining that this need for great communication is why they limit their number of weddings each year. She never wants to be so spread thin that she can’t respond immediately to a client! “It’s all about the service,” she details. “Whether they call, email, or text, we make sure we respond quickly so they know they’re not just a number to us.”
3. During your photo session, forget about anyone being around except your fiancé (or new husband or wife!).
When you pose in front of a camera in a park – or nearly anywhere, for that matter – people tend to pause and gawk. I’m not quite sure why…but they do. Just prepare yourself for this fact, and also be prepared to forget about it all!
“Brides and grooms can sometimes get a little overcome by all the stress of posed pictures around a lot of people,” Kadee explains, “but they’re easily relaxed when they get away from it all.” She adds that on wedding day, she always makes sure that the new couple gets around 20 minutes of “alone” time, where they get precious moments away from the crowd. Whether this happens before or after the wedding, Kadee always makes sure she gets these shots because they’re the most genuine!
Kadee’s Approach Photography was founded five years ago and prides itself on giving clients a laid-back yet professional experience. Kadee describes that they have a tried and true process for capturing you both before and during your wedding day, but they also understand that unexpected changes often occur. They adapt well to these changes and always make sure they get the best shots available!
Kadee always has a second shooter at events to capture the little details and creative aspects of the day, and quite often, these second shooters are other professional photographers in the area.
Kadee graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in photography and considers her art a work in progress, as she is constantly growing and improving on her skills by learning from her clients. She has a mad passion for fashion and actually believed she’d go into fashion photography one day. That is, until a professor noted that she was more focused on making sure the models looked comfortable than making sure the clothing looked its best. That’s when she knew her true calling was for portraiture and photojournalism, and she’s never looked back since!
Kadee’s husband and business partner often comes to photo shoots and weddings with Kadee to assist, and Kadee states that they simply adore getting to capture such important moments of true love together. “It’s seeing moments like that,” Kadee describes, “that we both believe make our marriage stronger.”
Images courtesy of Kadee’s Approach Photography.