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.
We spent an amazing day on home turf at The Wilshire Grand Hotel with Sarah, Erik, their friends and families. Sarah and Erik decided they would see each other before the ceremony began. This was music to our ears because it gave us plenty of time for the portraits. Having completed all the formal photos before the ceremony allowed them plenty of time to just hang and relax with their family and friends. The moment The Jason Craig Orchestra hit the first note the dance floor erupted and didn’t let up until the very end of the night. Here are a few of our favorites from the day. Thanks for a great start to the 2013 season guys!
We first met Lindsey and Ryan in May 2011. It has been wonderful getting to know them over the last year or so. They are passionate, fun, confident and willing to do almost anything we ask of them – a perfect couple. I met up with Lindsey and her girls at Creations Salon where she works. I knew immediately that I was in for a high energy day. After a beautiful ceremony at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford and a awesome portrait session at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside we partied the rest of the night away on home turf… The Wilshire Grand Hotel.
Timothy Glenn Photographers were very honored to be asked to participate in The United Way’s 14th annual “Night of Miracles” Gala on May 3rd 2012 at the Pleasantdale Chateau located in West Orange, NJ. “The Night of Miracles” is the United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s premier event of the year. The 2012 Event Chair, Robyn Pitts announced that TV Personality and Celebrity Event Designer, Samantha Goldberg has been selected as the gala’s “Designer-Orchestrator”. This year’s event honored individuals who are building healthy communities through their work in the areas of education, income, health and developing community linkages/service. In its first thirteen years, the “Night of Miracles” raised more than $2 million for united Way and local communities.
Vinny Vella (Casino, The Sopranos, Law and Order, Analyze That) holding court.
Samantha Goldberg (Celebrity Event Designer-Spokesperson and Television Personality) and Tony Ray Rossi (Donnie Brasco, Analyze This, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Law and Order) dance the night away.
I am a little behind in my blogging so I will get right to it…
Plain and simple, Nicole and Michael were just a pleasure to photograph. Completely relaxed and ready to have fun. The Manor in West Orange is a venue that we visit often, but never tire of. The gardens are always meticulous kept and provide a fantastic backdrop to the bridal portraits.
This was one spent ring bearer.
We truly have the greatest couples in the world as clients! It warms our hearts knowing that they appreciate us. Glenn and I hope that they know that the feeling is very mutual. These were some of the notes that we received this week.
September marks our 10th. anniversary as Timothy Glenn Photographers. Glenn and I celebrated this milestone by opening our new office in West Orange, New Jersey. We are now located at “THE LOFT” which is inside The Wilshire Grand Hotel. All our points of contact will remain the same. You cannot reach a landmark event like this and not thank all the amazing couples that have welcomed us into their lives and shared so much of themselves with us. Not to mention our wonderful families who have spent countless weekends home alone waiting for us to return from that late wedding. Glenn and I are excited at all the future holds for us. Here’s to another great 10 years!
Our own Tim
Camuso was mentioned in an article by Rhonda Bassat-Rivera, a wedding planner
& consultant, and the founder of West Orange, NJ based Bride Ideas. The article titled “Be a bride,
not a micromanager!” appeared on NewJerseyNewroom.com in their Life
section on February 10. Check it out at: