Expert Advice: Photography

Today we are featuring advice from our friend and photographer extraordinaire, Anna Shackleford. Anna give us details on how to choose your photographer, manage expectations, and general tips surrounding your wedding day.

Enjoy!

Anna Shackleford specializes in capturing joyful and timeless weddings. Over the past ten years she has had the honor of documenting marriages all over the Southeast. Her work not only graces the walls of the couples homes, but has also been seen among the pages of magazines such Southern Weddings, Harpers Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, BRIDES and many more.

Anna Shackleford specializes in capturing joyful and timeless weddings. Over the past ten years she has had the honor of documenting marriages all over the Southeast. Her work not only graces the walls of the couples homes, but has also been seen among the pages of magazines such Southern Weddings, Harpers Bazaar, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, BRIDES and many more.

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1. When choosing your photographer think about the type of photos you would like to see in five, ten or fifty years from now. These photos are your legacy; it is a visual reminder of where your family began. Film provides a classic and timeless look that will stand the test of time. Be sure to choose a photographer whose work you know you’ll love in the long run. 

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2. Brides should be familiar with their photographer’s portfolios and expect something similar. We believe that while the details are important, this is one of life’s rare occasions that your friends and family are all gathered together to celebrate! It’s our joy to capture these moments and details for our couples. 

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3. The best advice that we can share with a bride-to-be is to have a vendor team that you love and trust.  Surround yourself with like-minded people who have the same priorities. This will make the biggest difference not only with your experience, but also the photos that you receive. If we are spending excess time gathering details, coordinating logistics or looking for specific people it will affect the amount of time we are able to spend on curating and capturing your beautiful moments. 

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4. Having an experienced planner makes all of the difference on your wedding day! Not only will they take the burden of logistics, timing, etc. off of you, but they will think of things you didn’t even know could happen! You should be focusing on your marriage, not putting out fires! 


Thank you, Anna, for your expert opinion this week! To see more of Anna’s work, visit her site: https://annashackleford.com.

"When we’re capturing your wedding day, we’re not just thinking about the timeline and the shot list. As your mom buttons up your dress, we see the love and pride in her eyes and wonder what memories of your childhood may be running through her mind. When you turn the corner to see your beloved for the first time on your special day, we’re thinking of the way you’ll relive this moment--next week, next year, and a thousand times over the next fifty years. As you exchange your vows, we hear the love and devotion in your voices and glance at each other and smile because we know that these words mean something--a lot, in fact--and that the greatest adventure of your relationship is ahead. Our hope is that you’ll love your photos when you snuggle up on your couch to see them for the first time, as well as when you’re turning the pages of your wedding album with your grandchildren. We hope these are the pictures that you’ll be encouraged by when the going gets tough, and that you’ll be grateful for them as your sweet wedding day memories grow a little fuzzier as the years go by. These are more than just photographs to you--and they are more to us too, because we know they can have the power to encourage your marriage...all the days of your life. "

-Anna Shackleford


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