When is it TOO LATE to Book My Wedding Photographer?

March 7, 2016

There are so many things to think about after the big “YES!”. Two of the biggest decisions you will likely make first are the when and where to get married. After that there is a long list of details, both big and small that need to be addressed. One of the most important is who is to photograph the wedding. Imagine having secured the most idyllic location, wearing the most glamorous bridal gown, at the most elegant reception venue and no one to capture all these details.

Each week I get a handful of inquiries from brides looking for a wedding photographer for 6 months from now, for next month, or even crazier; next week. In almost every case I have to turn them away because I am already booked. While the thought of loosing the opportunity to work with an amazing couple is disappointing, I am more troubled knowing how difficult it is going to be for them to find a quality photographer on such short notice. The simple truth is many in-demand wedding photographers book over a year in advance. As your wedding date gets closer, it will be harder to book your first choice photographer.

Because we are living in a time where we are inundated with photography, more and more, brides are placing an increasingly higher value on quality photography for their wedding. So, needless to say, finding the right photographer is pretty important.

So when is the “right” time to contract your wedding photographer? The simple answer: book your wedding photographer as soon as you secure your venue, if not sooner. I have been booked on a number of occasions before the reception hall has been retained. Some vendors, such as the florist, bakery, limos, or even hair/make-up artists may be able to schedule more than one wedding in a day. Their services typically do not extend from the bride’s preparation through the end of the reception. Photographers, on the other hand, don’t typically schedule more than one wedding in a day. So once you find a photographer that you know is THE ONE, don’t delay.

Keep in mind that there are certain times of year that are more popular for weddings. Here in the North East, October tends to be the busiest month, so if you’re hoping to get married during peak leaf season, perhaps look into booking everything that much sooner.

What if you did reach out to your favorite photographer well in advance and he is still unavailable on your date? Don’t panic, ask them for recommendations. They may know of a colleuge with a similar style who is available.

There is certainly no right or wrong time to book a wedding photographer, however, delaying will certainly affect your options.

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Why a “First Look” May Save Your Wedding Day

February 28, 2016

What is a “First Look”? It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s the first time a bride and groom see one another on their wedding day. But more importantly when during the wedding day timeline should this special moment occur? There are definitely strong feelings associated with this on both sides of the debate.

Certainly some feel that it is bad luck to see one another before the ceremony. The origin of this superstition may surprise you. Back in the day when arranged marriages were the rage, the couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding was merely a business transaction between two families. Fathers feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding. This would embarrass the bride and her family. Therefore, it became the custom that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony. This way the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind and back out of the deal. The veil the bride wears was to keep the groom from seeing what the bride looked like until the last possible minute insuring the wedding would go off as planned.

With a “first look” the end game here is to create a less stressful day to insure the best wedding ever. There are definitely some benefits to doing a first look.

Enhances the wedding experience. The ability to relax and not hold back all your emotions is priceless. After photographing over 900 weddings I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times the groom got emotional when seeing his bride for the first time at the ceremony. Between all the guest leaning into the aisle to get their cell phone photos, the anxiety of being “on stage” and the realization of what is about to happen the only thing going through the groom’s mind is “try not to pass out”. When you have an opportunity to share an intimate moment and be at ease with one another the emotions can just flow. He can tell you how he is really feeling, how beautiful he thinks you look, how excited he is. I’ve seen this private exchange go on for more than 15 minutes. This would not be possible during the ceremony.

More time together. The truth be told, you will actually spend very little time alone with each other on your wedding day. People will be vying for your attention all day. After all everyone has gathered in your honor. Many may have travelled long distances to be with you. A first look will allow you more time to spend with each of them.

Attending cocktail hour. A first look often allows more control over the day’s schedule. This is especially true when both the ceremony and reception will take place at the same venue. This is because as soon as the ceremony ends the cocktail will begin. This only gives you one hour (at best) for ALL of your formal portraits. There are many portraits that need to be taken in addition to the bridal portraits. Immediate families, bridal party and extended families all need to be photographed. In most cases this simply isn’t enough time. An hour may seem like plenty, but when you consider the time it takes to rally the troops together and keep them all corralled during the portrait session not much time is left for the photos of just the two of you. You will probably want your photographer to spend some time in the ballroom photographing the room and all the details before your guests enter as well. Most couples would rather take this time to relax and enjoy that “Just Married” feeling and spend some time mingling with family and friends.

More/better photos together. When you have a first look you have more flexibility with the timeline. You can decide what photos are important to you, how much time you are willing to devote to them and block out the necessary amount of time. My experience has been the photos are generally better crafted, more diverse with more varied locations when a first look has been planned. The biggest obstacle to getting great wedding portraits is the lack of time.

Overall, the goal is to make the wedding experience more meaningful. A first look doesn’t necessarily diminish the tradition of seeing the bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle. You still experience that moment. When deciding whether or not to do a first look you must ask yourself what’s really important to you and what do you want to achieve from your wedding photos. Think about how you can realize these goals without adding any additional stress to your day. After all it’s your wedding and what better way to begin your life together than putting each other first.

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Giving Back 2012

February 1, 2013

Tim and Glenn continued work in the non profit arena in 2012 with Spectrum for Living. Spectrum is an organization providing clinical services for people with disabilities, staffed with dedicated professionals and volunteers whose focus is on improving lives. In June Timothy Glenn Photographers covered the Spectrum Gala at The Grove in Cedar Grove. The event honored Joe and Cheryl Marino and featured former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers football coach Greg Schiano as a guest speaker. Attendees were treated to entertainment provided the big band Bounce, can-can and ballet dancers, and a Vegas style casino night.

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In October, Spectrum held their Northern NJ walk at Van Saun Park in Paramus. The giggle therapist was on hand catching smiles with his yellow hoop. Hot dogs, cupcakes, music, dancing and of course… a walk in the park, were the order of the day. Friends and family came out on this beautiful Sunday to contribute to what turned out to be a wonderful outing for everyone.

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Diana & Bill | NJ Wedding Photographer

January 1, 2013

Well, here it is, the first post in 2013. What better way to usher in the New Year than with a post from an amazing wedding. Diana and Bill have known each other for 23 years. When a couple has known each other that long it makes it all that much more special to photograph them. Along with a tight knit group of family and friends we celebrated this awesome occasion at The Jersey City Hyatt. While it was a frigid day, Diana and Bill took one for the team by heading out on the roof top deck for some photos. Mother Nature thanked us all with some amazing light and a brief snow shower. Diana and Bill assembled an all-star cast of vendors as well; Vito from The Potted Geranium provided the florals, Eddie from Stix Productions provided video services and The Groove Shop helped everyone channel their inner dancing machine. Glenn and I are so happy for Diana and Bill and cannot thank them enough for sharing their most special day with us.

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Sarah & Erik: Jersey City | New Jersey Engagement Photographer

November 27, 2012

Thousands in our area were affected by Super-storm Sandy. Even though her winds have passed her effects continue to be felt by many. She messed with us a little bit last week by shutting down Sarah and Erik’s intended engagement session location. Glenn and I were forced to go into problem solver mode. A little quick thinking and some fast-talking by Glenn got us past some police barricades and we were back in business. Often-times when you are forced into the unexpected the results exceed your expectations.

 

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Sarah & Josh: Brooklake Country Club | NJ Wedding Photographer

November 8, 2012

Sarah and Josh picked a great day for a wedding! It was a perfect fall day. Our excitement has been building since we photographed their engagement session last year and they did not disappoint. They gave us the time needed to make great photographs and when they hit the “stage” they gave us 200%. I think it shows in the images.

 

Venue: The Brooklake Country Club

Florist: A Touch of Elegance

Hair: Depasquale’s Spa

Entertainment:  Synergetic Sound and Lighting

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Look who we ran into on the streets of Morristown, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Being the cool guy that he is, he was more than happy to pose for a few photos with Sarah and Josh.

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Deanna & Karl: The Mahwah Sheraton | NJ Wedding Photographer

November 7, 2012

We introduced you to Deanna and Karl awhile back when we blogged their engagement session. Glenn and I began our day at the Mahwah Sheraton for both Deanna and Karl’s preparations before heading to Christ Church in Ridgewood for the ceremony. We were able to spend some quality time photographing the bridal party at The Hermitage before returning to The Sheraton for the evening’s festivities. A big thanks go to Angela from Juliet Events for keeping all of us on task.

 

Venue: The Mahwah Sheraton

Florist: A Touch of Elegance

Make Up:  Donna Massa

Entertainment:  Ariel Entertainment

Planner: Juliet Events

 

 

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