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5 Reasons Why It Doesn’t Matter Where Your Photographer Lives

Planning a wedding is an exciting journey, whether it’s one you’ve planned out in your head all these years or one you are figuring out one day at a time. But it can also be an overwhelming process, especially when it comes to choosing your vendors.

The first few steps might have been pretty easy: setting the date, choosing a location, finding a venue. However, one of the next few (and most important) steps to be done early in the process is selecting a photographer. After all, they’ll be the one capturing every detail you took so long to prepare – from the stunning dress you wore to the intimate moments of your first dance.

So why limit yourself to a select group of photographers who live in the location of your venue?

Searching the globe for the perfect photographer who can best capture your once-in-a-lifetime day is not only for the elite! Here’s why you don’t need to care where your wedding photographer calls home.

The Internet makes it easy to find your dream photographer!

The worldwide web makes communicating with potential vendors a breeze. Did you see a stunning image taken by a Floridian photographer, but you live in Wyoming? Contact them and ask if they travel!

Even if you prefer to stay within the US, you still have 50 states full of possibilities when it comes to a wedding photographer. Most professional wedding photographers are experienced travelers, so we know the ropes when it comes to meeting with you on your big day.

Many of the beginning stages of planning with a distant photographer – such as signing contracts, completing payments, reading online reviews, and talking over FaceTime/Skype – can be completed entirely online. And we’re here to help you every step of the way!

Shop by style, not by location. 

Are you a super creative couple who loves the idea of a DIY wedding? Make sure you find someone who focuses on these details and captures them in a style you love! Are you part of an emotional family that hugs and cries at the drop of a hat? Find someone who gets those little moments better than anyone.

Do you love the total documentary, fly-on-the-wall look? Your perfect photographer for this style may not be in your hometown. What about a photographer who can pose everyone in your 26-person bridal party to perfection and can still make it look like a masterpiece? They are out there!

Every photographer has a style and focus that excites them – and it shows in their work. Try to match your wedding personality to a photographer’s style, and you’ll be the happiest couple in the world when you look back over your photos for years to come.

You can save money!

That’s right: it can actually cost you less to import your photographer than to hire one close to home. Everyone is budget conscious; it is a legit concern and you aren’t alone.

If you live in places like Chicago or New York, you live in one of the most expensive cities in the US for wedding photographers. While these photographers are likely worth what they charge and need to keep up with higher costs of living, it doesn’t mean their packages will match with your budget. Consider bringing in a photographer from a location with a lower-priced market!

In some cases, you might be able to pay their full package cost, flight and accommodations – all for a lower price than hiring a local. It may take a little more work to find the perfect person, but we all know that saving money while still retaining quality can be a huge help when it comes to wedding planning.

“Are you familiar with XYZ Venue?” 

One of the most commonly asked questions I hear from my couples is, “Have you shot at our venue before?”

It’s totally understandable why this seems like a good question on the surface. You may want to see what weddings look like at your venue, or what the photographer has done there before. And besides, it’s exciting to see your chosen place, all dressed up and captured beautifully.

Here’s the thing: when we shoot weddings, we’re looking for light or ways to create the best light for our location. This helps us capture the mood or emotions of your big day with feeling, color and intimacy. Light is light; how we control, manipulate or use that light is what sets photographers apart from the amateurs. Whether or not we have shot in your venue before does not affect the light we use.

Get a unique perspective!

You can go the safe route and choose a photographer who has shot at your venue before with the same few poses, in the same locations, with the same setup each and every time. There is comfort in that—I get it!

However, if you’re choosing a photographer for their overall style, they will bring a fresh set of eyes to your wedding day. You want images that evoke your day the way you envisioned it, not images that are limited to a habitual set of pictures that look unoriginal.

Your wedding photographs won’t be cookie-cutter unless you want them to be. A photographer that experiences a new place will have an excitement level that is through the roof, helping to spark creativity and unique, beautiful images of your big day.

Contact Brandi Image Photography, No Matter Your Location!

I love that the trend in weddings is moving toward more personal ceremonies and locations. Less focus is being placed on how a wedding “should” look and more on the couple’s personality and story. Your photos are a huge part of that! It’s how you’ll remember your day, your moments, your details.

Here’s the bottom line: choose your photographer for how they will capture your day, not for the place they call home. I love traveling to new venues, new towns and new countries, especially for such an important moment in life! Some of my favorite images have been captured in foreign places, and I can’t wait to add a few more.

Click on Say Hi! up top and tell me all about your dream wedding day! I’d love to be a part of it.

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2016 was an amazing year! I was lucky to work with some of the best in the business, all over the US and the UK! My clients brought me to Stratford-upon-Avon, Washington DC, Nevada, New York, Cleveland, Texas, and all over my home area for incredible celebrations! Some faces have been with me for years, others just joined the BIP family in 2016, but you are all so special to me. I am forever thankful to each and every one of you for being your generous, beautiful, loving, fun selves. We made lifelong memories and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Cheers to 2017! New faces, new celebrations and new destinations!

Here is a smattering of my favorites from the last year, enjoy!

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There was no doubt Cameron was going to be a beautiful baby girl. With parents like Laura and Zsolt, there are only beauty and sweetness to pass on. This incredible couple has been with me for their engagement session, their wedding, maternity and now with their first session as their own little family of three. I feel honored to have been able to capture these incredible moments and can’t wait for more to come!

Cameron was born and was immediately a source of joy for the Gaspars, and she did her part to give them some concern too. She had a few little issues and loved the hospital so much, she decided she wanted to spend an extra 10 days there. All is now well and she undoubtedly loves her nursery at home more. Isn’t it the sweetest little room you’ve ever seen?! I am in love with the wall of books, the monogram and the crystal chandelier. Every little detail is completely perfect. Even the little crocheted dumbbell and kettlebell! Mom is the owner of Bay View Boot Camp in St. Pete and Dad is an Olympic athlete so there’s no surprise this little one would be introduced to the tools of the fitness trade from day one.

Christmas is a magical time and it was made even brighter by Cameron’s arrival. Her little candy cane outfit was adorable! You can see all of this and more in the newborn session images below. Thank you guys for introducing me to your sweet new baby girl. I look forward to watching her grow with you. Happy new year!

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I have been wishing for a very long time to photograph a wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate. So, I was nothing short of ecstatic when Kaitlyn proposed her wedding be there. I mean, perfect location, beautiful couple, sweet love, blue skies and a quality team, who could ask for more?

Kaitlyn & Vaughn know how to throw a party! These two have a love story that has already withstood so much, the next 70 years should be a piece of cake! Their strong love, plus Kaitlyn’s creative eye made this wedding a wonder to behold.

Vaughn is a total, lovable goofball! For proof, just see the singing into hairbrush image below, it’s just the tip of the iceberg! I have had the pleasure of calling Kaitlyn my friend for a few years now and I enjoy every minute with her. She is a bubbly, bright spirit with a love for words as strong as her love of nature (and Vaughn). In fact, I really wish she was writing this blog right now as that is my weakest link and she is so strong.

However, you’re stuck with me. Thank goodness I speak in photos and have them all below for you to experience their amazing day! Trust me, it was exquisite, wondrous even. The love between K & V, their families and friends all gathered, was palpable.

I am so grateful to have been asked to photograph their incredible day. I hope you two are enjoying your wandering honeymoon!

Venue: Powel Crosley Estate | Sarasota, FL

Rentals: All Event Rental

Entertainment: DV8

Gown: WToo Gia | CC’s Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe Artistry

Caterer: Affordable Catering

Floral Design: Bee Ridge Florist

Cake: Max & Jonah

Officiant: Wes Morris

Video: Sunshine City Films

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What is the purpose of wearing all black to a wedding? Couples, guests, other photographers and even my parents have all asked why I, along with so many other photographers and videographers, wear all black to weddings. Curious? Here’s a few reasons why I do it.

  1. This is a simple trick I picked up from an incredible wedding photographer in NY named Susan Stripling. During her workshop, she brought up something so obvious once stated that I wondered how I never thought about it before; wearing black clothing can provide a clean backdrop when necessary. Doing a detail shot in a crowded room with no where else to go? Have your black clad assistant stand behind your jewelry/shoes/flowers for an instant, non distracting backdrop. Voila!
  2. No color casts on your subject. I love to shoot anything with backlight or angled light. Therefore, because the light is usually shining on me and being bounced in the direction of my subject, so is any color I’m wearing. White usually isn’t a problem as it will act as a reflector but uhm, no white to weddings, that’s the bride’s color. Red is the worst for color transfer! A photographer posted a bridal portrait she’d done where in a few of the close up images, the bride had a strange red hue. The comment string was endless, “Is it a failing card?” “Is the white balance on auto or messing up?” “Did you use a gel on the flash?” and she kept giving a no to each question. Finally, I asked what color outfit she was wearing and yep, you guessed it, red. Her red dress simply cast that color onto the bride’s skin and white gown. Green can be just as bad as casts can make the poor subject look sickly.
  3. We want to be “invisible”. It’s the same reason stage hands wear black, they’re not to be seen. We want you to dismiss us as soon as you notice us so you can focus on the event at hand. Not being a distraction is part of our job during a wedding ceremony and that’s one way we manage. After all, when Aunt Mildred wanders around up front in her fuchsia dress to catch her iPhone images, we’ll let her take the spotlight.
  4. I sweat. I’m human. Even though I have tried every antiperspirant/deodorant under the sun looking for the magic bullet, I haven’t found one (there may be a future blog post there, lol). Plus, I live in Florida, on the west coast, a popular place for beach weddings. Even in January, with all the running around and gear I carry, I’ll probably sweat. Black doesn’t show it. Any other color will show that wet line across my torso from my bag strap against my body and that is the last thing I want you to see. It’s really unattractive. Some photographers don’t wear black and that’s fine. I’m not knocking the colorful, personality driven choices of my colleagues. What they wear works for them and that’s awesome. This is simply my reasoning for why I wear what I do. No worries, I’m not planning to rob a convenient store after your wedding.

Now, because this is a photo blog, an obligatory photo of me, shooting a wedding with the amazingly talented Carolina Araujo of Blue Lane Studios.

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