I remember my wedding like it was yesterday (it wasn’t). I agonized over details, like how many jelly bellies of each flavour were going into the guest favours, or which team of horses were going to pull our horse drawn carriage. I get it. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, you’ve planned for it, maybe cried over it, you’ve poured yourself into making sure everything is aligned so that when you are walking down the aisle and your eyes meet, you know that your day is as perfect as your love for each other. When the confetti is thrown, the candles are extinguished and the guests have gone home, you’ll have memories, and images. I’ll tell your love story, capturing those little details, the big moments and bigger smiles. I am a story teller, creating the perfect blend of lifestyle images and posed portaiture. When you look at your images in a year, or five, or ten, you’ll be instantly transported back. You’ll remember the smells, the smiles, that look in his eye as you walked down the aisle.
I’m a documentary lifestyle photographer who believes that wall art is important. We’ll get those perfect poses and we will also get those perfect moments, Unguarded, Unscripted, Unbelievable. I can’t wait to tell your story.
When you meet a prospective photographer, it’s important that you feel comfortable with them. Your wedding photographer is going to be spending your entire day with you and providing you with an experience, as well as your final product – your images. If you are not at ease with them, it may bring back memories that aren’t positive, colouring the way you see your pictures, no matter how beautifully they turned out.
Be sure to check your photographer’s portfolio, shooting style and brand. If you are looking for a photographer who uses a lot of colour, bold looks and striking black and whites but hire a photographer who finishes their photos in a very light, airy and overexposed style, your final product will not be what you expected. Ensure you communicate to your photographer exactly what you are looking for in terms of final product.
When the venues are booked, several considerations should be taken. Are the formal photos indoor or outdoor? Is there a backup in the event of rain? Are there mulitple photo locations planned? What time of day are the wedding portraits being taken?
Together, we will determine the optimum locations for your venue, taking into account bright sunlight versus open shade, time of day and amount of photography time per location. If the wedding location is in the Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Camrose, St. Albert, Tofield or Vegreville area and is new to Carla Lehman Photography, we will scout the location in order to ensure the best results.
A well prepared photographer is one who knows exactly what her clients wants for their day. A CLP couple will meet with me for a pre-booking meeting to ensure that I’m the right fit for them. A questionnaire ensures that I have a complete timeline of the day, addresses, contact information, special shot requests and can be fully prepared prior to the wedding day. A complementary engagement session gets my couples in front of the camera, used to my style of direction, and I learn how they like to be photographed. A pre-wedding meeting to finalize details (and have some fun together) is all part of the experience to ensure that I know exactly what my bridal couple is expecting, what I am going to deliver, and we get to have some fun together, building that relationship.
Budget is important, absolutely. To help you in making the best choice when planning your photography budget, some things to keep in mind: An “expensive” photographer is a trained photographer with hundreds of hours of shooting and learning under their belt. A professional photographer has the experience to understand how to pose, how to properly light, how to use environment for show stopping images and how to tell the story of a wedding day. A “budget priced” photographer is often just starting out and may not have the same level of training in posing, understanding and manipulating light, or post production to finish images. Be sure that you know exactly what you are investing in, check portfolios, websites, and spend time talking to prospective photographers. You’ve spent the last year or more planning your wedding, focused on the little details, agonized over the dress, the shoes, the flowers. When your day is over, the dress will lovingly be packed away, the decorations stored or sold, the flowers will wilt. What you will have is memories, and your story. Your images should tell that story. While you consider your investment in your day, the details and the dress, also consider that an investment in a professional photographer is an investment in a day of photography that results in a lifetime of memories. Click here to see collection information for Carla Lehman Photography weddings.
We chose Carla for our wedding photography in Camrose, Alberta after friends recommended her and we couldn’t be happier! She is incredibly talented, with an eye for the little details. Her passion and creativity show in every aspect of her photography. And on top of all that, she is a wonderful person. Carla is genuine, caring and fun, and was a perfect fit for our engagement pictures and wedding pictures. We had bridal party members and wedding guests comment on how easy it was to be around Carla and how fun she was. We didn’t just find a talented photographer for our wedding, we found a photographer for every stage in our life, and most importantly we made a great friend. We honestly can’t say enough great things!