When choosing me to work with you for your wedding, you are not only getting beautiful photo memories, but a complete wedding experience. Think of me as your wedding guide. I'm heavily involved in helping construct your wedding day timeline. (Remember, I've been to a few of these before...I've found what works and what doesn't!). I'm also there for the "I didn't know she does that!" stuff. Need to remind a bridesmaid what to pack in your bag for you? Did she pack your hotel key? Who has your cell phone? Did you bring your lipstick? I gotchu. Mom can't figure out how to bustle you? I gotchu. Crazy Uncle Bob wants to pull you aside for more photos? I gotchu. Kids aren't looking at the camera or behaving? I GOTCHU.
I assist with timelines, family formal shot lists, venue scouting, making sure the your Aunt Sue isn't bothering anyone, you get the idea!
Every wedding couple will get to chat with my prior to the wedding to discuss their wants and needs, as well as their vision! I make sure to go over details such as Family Formal shot lists and to note of any family circumstances to be aware of on the wedding day.
If I have never shot at your venue before, I make an effort to location scout the area and grounds before the wedding day. This is to ensure we already know where we will be shooting ahead of time!
I'm here to help you figure out what outfits will translate best on camera! I always suggest wearing what you feel comfortable in, but you may want to avoid some colors and patterns.
I am heavily involved with helping you create your wedding day timeline. With years of experience, I know what the best flow for your day might be!
You're not awkward, I promise! I'll be talking to you from behind my camera the whole time, telling you how to pose and giving you prompts that will help you feel at ease.
Before every wedding I ask for a list of family formal shots you'd like. I'll organize the list into an efficient order to make this part of the day go smoothly! I also ask if there is any family drama or disabilities that I may need to be aware of as well.
You get it all! You get your un-watermarked high res digital downloads via an online gallery. You can even order prints and albums from the gallery Shop!
You can download all of your high res digital downloads right to your computer! You can download the images in either high-res quality (great for printing), or web-size (perfect for sharing on social media).
Linked to the gallery is a complete Shop! Here you can order prints, magazines, albums, cards, calendars, canvases, frames, and much more!
Discounts are sent out throughout the year for the Shop! So keep an eye out for those too! They may be on your anniversary, the holidays, or just because!
While you can design your own album through the Shop, I also offer design services for those who would like a more professional eye. Then you can upload the layout designs and order it yourself!
After working with me, be warned that you are now part of Shelly Anderson Photography family! I'll be on social media liking all your life achievements and I'm always down for a glass of wine!
Along with your outfits, I also can help you decide WHERE to do your engagement sessions! For some inspiration, check out my blog post on it!
Top 20 Colorado Engagement Session Locations
Engagement Photo Outfit Ideas and Inspo
My approach to every session is the same....yet different. Does that even make sense!?
While I view every person, every couple, and every wedding as unique, I still approach each shoot with a creative eye. I see every photo shoot as an experience. .I want my clients to walk away with a diverse photo gallery. We will get your "traditional shots", (you know, the ones great for Save the Dates and Thanks You cards), but we also spend most of the time experimenting!
For weddings, there are two parts of every wedding- the portraits, and then the party. For the "portraits", such as of the wedding couple, or the bridal party, I like the imagery to be very natural. I value posed actions rather than poses. Movement rather than formality. Spontaneity rather than stiffness. My favorite photos of every session are the in-between moments. Below I talk about how I achieve this.
For the "party", it is more documentary. I turn my camera on to the guests. I like to see who was laughing, who was shedding a tear, who was hugging, who is dancing. THESE are the photos that create that warm and fuzzy feeling when you look back at your wedding photos. It is the only time in your life that you will be getting all of your favorite people under one roof. They are just as important to your wedding day as you are!
you're not awkward.
leave that to me.
That's Ok! In fact, my absolute favorite shoots are with people who think they are "awkward" in front of a lens! My couples who feel vulnerable are the ones who actually giggle the most during shoots! (And I love me a good giggle sesh). Before every shoot, I have a pep talk with my couples to 'warm them up', explaining how to move and walk and hold each other. But throughout the session, I'll still be guiding you, posing you, directing you, and talking you through the entire shoot from behind my camera. I even give some strange and silly prompts for the sole purpose of getting a genuine laugh out of you!
Before our session (or your wedding), we will be in communication. For engagements, I can help you decide what to wear, and we chat over locations and timelines. For weddings, I send out a questionnaire about a month or two before the big day. In the questionnaire, I get all the details about the day (addresses, guest count, shot lists, vendor information), as well as go over the wedding day timeline. I usually like to scout out the venue if I hadn't been there before as well .We make sure we have everything all set so that on the day of the wedding, things can run smoothly and efficiently! I'm pretty type-A with that stuff!
After the photo session, I get to play some more! When editing images, I like to keep things warm and inviting. I also want to keep your images timeless, yet also give them a fun film like feel. The goal is to have imagery that is creative, yet not dated. I love adding black and white images to the gallery as well! I think they create such a nostalgic feel to the images.
At a photo shoot or a wedding, I'll be continuously talking to you from behind the lens, making you feel comfortable at all times! That being said, there are certain aspects to a wedding day where you will barely see me. Think of me as a ninja, everywhere and no where at the same time! During the ceremony, I'll quietly be dancing around the edges to get all angles; I want to capture your parents crying in the front row, as well as your friends dabbing their tears in the back. During the reception you'll see me on the dance floor with you though! I'm always where the action is. So while during portrait time I'll be directing you and your bridal party, I'll be much more documentary the rest of the day; letting events unfold naturally. While you will always be my main focus, I know that weddings are the one time if your life when all of your bret friends and family are under one roof. I make sure to also turn my camera on to them, as they hug each other at cocktail hour, cheers for you during speeches, and laughing away during dinner. They are just as part of your wedding day as you!!
- hey, this is important!!
I like to get your photos back to you as soon as I can! I've gotten editing down to a science at this point, and can get your images back to you pretty quickly. I like to send you your final gallery about 2-3 weeks after your wedding if I can! I find it's best to see your photos in a timely fashion so that you can really remember all the specific moments. I want you to still have that best man speech fresh in your mind when you see the photos of everyone laughing.
After your wedding, you're not done with me! I hope to be in your lives forever! Keep an eye out in your emails for discounts that pop up for the gallery Shop! I also offer album design services for those special memories. Albums make excellent anniversary or holiday gifts! I may randomly message you even months after your wedding just to say hi, or to let you know that your wedding will be featured in a magazine or online blog. The fun never ends with us!