Embarking on the journey of wedding planning can be both thrilling and daunting. To unravel the intricacies of this magical process, we sat down with Alison Hillman, an experienced wedding photographer renowned for capturing the essence of love stories. Join us as we delve into Alison’s insights, offering a compass for couples navigating the labyrinth of wedding preparations.
Common Mistakes in Wedding Planning:
Q: What common mistakes do you see couples making when planning a wedding?
Alison Hillman: Letting people “should” all over them. Weddings are so full of tradition options. If you think it’s dumb or a waste of time/money, don’t do it! The day should reflect you. Wedding planning can be loaded with stress. At the end of the day, you can lose your mind over things that determine whether or not you make it down the aisle and say those vows.
Hiring the Right Photographer:
Q: What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding when hiring a service like yours?
Alison Hillman: Look through their portfolio. Think about what you envision for your portraits. Are there must-have shots? Don’t be afraid to speak up. Make sure your photographer is doing a consult. You will be spending a lot of time with them. Personality and talent are both important.
Insider Insights into Wedding Photography:
Q: What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know?
Alison Hillman: Photography is pretty cut and dry. You need to decide if you want basic portraits. Or do you want someone who is a storyteller? Someone who can dial into your day. That will dance with your bridesmaids to the Cupid Shuffle. There are many different styles and vibes. You should figure out what meets your preference. Make sure to ask about your photographer’s insurance coverage.
Must-Ask Questions for Vendors:
Q: What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?
Are you insured? What does that look like? Do you use a portrait or lifestyle approach? What vendors do you love working with? Why? What is your turnaround time on the photos? Do you provide a preview? (If, yes) When do we get to see that?
Best Advice for Wedding Planning:
Q: What is your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
Alison Hillman: Ask your vendors who they love working with and hire your other vendors from there. It’s going to make your day so much easier. Vendors who are easy to work with, usually make up for any talent they lack.
Unusual Weddings and Memorable Moments:
Q: What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?
Alison Hillman: I don’t really find things unusual. Each wedding that has aspects that represent the couple makes me love my job even more. I find that to be so cool and unique.
Q: What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
While I’ve gotten to shoot quite a few, getting to capture my best friends’ weddings has topped the cake. “Wouldn’t you have just wanted to be a guest?” No. I find myself watching the photographer to make sure they don’t miss anything.
Connect with Alison:
For those eager to explore the magic of Alison’s lens, visit her website at weddingpicturesstl.com.
Alison Hillman’s seasoned perspective provides a compass for couples navigating the intricate world of wedding planning. From avoiding common pitfalls to understanding the nuances of wedding photography, her insights serve as a valuable guide. As you embark on the journey to your special day, let Alison’s wisdom be the beacon that illuminates the path to a truly unique and unforgettable celebration of love. Happy planning!