The Secrets Behind A Husband & Wife Photography Team

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Wedding Wednesdays with Em Series | Lynchburg Wedding Photographer

There are so many photography teams out there these days. I know that for a newly engaged couple it can be so OVERWHELMING to narrow down the search and today I am hoping to shed some light on why you deserve a husband and wife team.

Engagement Session Introductions

James and I included an engagement session with our EHP Experience for a very specific reason. We, of course, want you to have beautiful photos of you two to remember such an exciting time in your life but that’s not the main reason. We have seen how important it is for us to meet and get to know our couples.

The groom especially is always nervous for photos and at this session we are able to meet and get those nerves out of the way. This also takes away the awkward vibe on wedding days!! Who wants to be followed around all day by a stranger?? On your wedding day we show up and you feel relieved, not nervous. Knowing both photographers on your wedding day can change the feel for the bridal party, family formals, and of course portrait time with you guys!

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Wedding Day Prep

James and I are very involved with the wedding day details. That may be odd for wedding photographers but we take our job very seriously and that means we need to know the “why” for your wedding planning decisions. I want to know why you are including your grandmother’s special ring or your mother’s pearl necklace because that is very special for your story and I want to make sure I get some beautiful detail shots with them!

James and I discuss the questionnaires in detail once our couples finish filling it out. We work on memorizing bridal party names days before the wedding so that on the wedding day we aren’t saying “hey blonde lady in the back”, we try to call everyone by NAME. We have met very few photographers who do this but there are some husband and wife teams we know personally that do!!

Now I’ll be honest, after the wedding day I can’t guarantee I will remember ALL the names but on the wedding day James and I find that its so much easier for directing bridal parties and family formals! Not all husband and wife teams do this but I will say I ask a lot more of James on wedding days than I would ask another local photographer assistant (sorry babe). :)

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So this one is another perk for a husband and wife team. We carpool and save our clients on travel expenses. Travel more than 2 hours away we do require specific accommodations to ensure there are no issues with traffic or unexpected car trouble. When require at least a one night stay and we can stay in one room instead of two!

For our winter brides, I have James as my chauffeur in case there is bad weather! For everyone’s safety I stay off the roads when it snows but James is one of those crazy drivers that LOVE to drive in the snow. So in the winter months, I rely on him to get me to weddings and shoots.

James’ role on a wedding day is so much more than my second shooter. He knows what I need for my EHP blog posts, what my couples need for their final galleries, and is always prepared to capture those candid moments. I never have to second guess or wonder if he “got the shot”. We have really honed in on our strengths and weaknesses this past year and together we can depend on each other to help when needed, be consistent, and prepared on wedding days to give our couples our very best.

I love him so much and it’s really cool to see 4 years into our life and business together how God uses our marriage to impact so many couples with our talents and teamwork!

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This one sounds like a basic thing for a “head” photographer and a “second shooter” but this can make or break wedding days. Not only does there need to be clear communication on the wedding day but the photographers need to know each other’s unique lingo and phrases.

What I mean by that is if I say something in a weird way or word something wrong James is fluent in “Emily Lingo” to know what I am trying to say. I do have a slight lisp and can get majorly tongue tied when I am in the zone on wedding days. I know that if I had to explain myself to a new second shooter every wedding I would be wasting so much time.

James and I have also mastered the language of head nods, raised eyebrows, and body language. So during a ceremony or quiet moment of prayer we can still communicate without interrupting anything. I know these are very specific examples but we have totally done these things on a wedding day!! haha :)

Bonus Pro Tip for Photographers: We use our Apple Watches to communicate on the wedding day using the Apple Walkie Talkie App! That works wonders for us because we don’t need to get our phones out to text or call! It’s so convenient to hit one button on your wrist and be able to contact each other even when we are 20 minutes (or further) away at different wedding day locations.

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Simultaneous Coverage

The bonus tip for other photographers leads me to my next secret behind a husband and wife photography team. This one can happen no matter what if there is a second shooter. One of the most helpful things about our husband and wife team is, I can be the ladies and James can be with the gentlemen.

James plays it cool if bra’s and other female things are left out in the prep space when he’s checking in with our bride. I know that if he had to cover the ladies by himself he would feel weird (same with me if I had to cover the guys). At our own wedding it was important to us to have a lady with my girls and I, and have a man with James and his groomsmen. That is one reason why we chose the phenomenal husband and wife team beyond Mullins Photo Co.

Working simultaneously with the two groups of the bridal party also saves time! We would never photograph a wedding by ourselves because something would be missed. Candid moments in the prep spaces, extra funny photos with bridal party, ceremony details photos, etc. Staying with each group also helps us coordinate portrait time before the ceremony.

James and I photograph the bridal party separately and guide everyone through the day up until the portrait time and the ceremony. We coordinate bridesmaids and groomsmen photo locations to be separate from each other (which can be tricky at a smaller more intimate venue) and then carefully set up the first look.

Keeping our Walkie Talkie app on hand (haha get it?? yeah I’m lame) we keep everyone on schedule with plenty of time to spare before guests arrive. This couldn’t happen if I didn’t have James working on the other side of the venue (or anther location sometimes miles away). James and I have even had to change up timelines to fit wedding day emergencies too, so relying on James to change things up but keep my expectations for photos is a huge relief and help for me (and in turn, my couple)! :)

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Invested Beyond the Wedding Day

This is by far the biggest secret for our husband and wife photography team. Four years ago we were in your shoes. Excited for a lifetime together and relieved to finally have FUN and enjoy our “Best Day Ever” that seemed like it would never get here. We have also overcome the struggle and challenges a new marriage brings. I talk like we are way older than we are… we still have those hard times challenges.

As a husband and wife team we rejoice in your special day a long side of you and capture those precious moments you’ll remember forever. Once the wedding day is over our photography services are finished, yes, but our experience continues! We love keeping up with our couples after the wedding day and love hearing life updates about their friends and family we met at the wedding.

We pray that whatever life brings for our couples, that they will keep each other and their marriage a priority. In an age where divorce is so common, we hope and pray our couples beat the odds and remember the sweet tear worth vows exchange at the alter. Marriage is a beautiful thing and James and I consider it an honor to play a small part of our couple’s wedding experience!

Until next time,