You will see me doing a ton on your wedding day. I will fluff dresses, fix veils, swoop hair, pin boutonnières, all the things above and beyond just taking pictures. But there are five things you won’t see me doing on a wedding day, all for good reasons:
1. COME THROUGH THE RECEIVING LINE.
I just can’t. That’s YOUR time with your friends and family. I feel so awkward being the first one through when you have moms and dads and siblings just waiting to hug you and tearfully say “Congrats.” I will congratulate you a hundred times before the day is over, no doubt…but I will always step back to observe and capture you first. That’s just the photojournalist in me doing what you hired me to do on your wedding day.
2. DO BEHIND THE SCENES.
Maybe I am wrong, but I think this is tacky. There is so much going on during your wedding day, it never occurs to me to pull out my phone to put some crappy video or boomerang on Instagram stories. I get that it would be a great marketing tool for me…but what does it do for you? How does it add value to your experience? I don’t think it does, so my phone stays away while celebrating with you. (But let me know if you, my couples, would like something like this). Even though I keep my phone put away during your day, there will always be a sneak peek on social media (both Instagram and Facebook) within 48 hours. I promise.
3. ARRIVING LATE + LEAVING EARLY.
Car things make me nervous. Parking, popped tires…they have the potential to really throw a wrench into plans (literally in the case of the tire). Don’t be surprised if I appear quite a bit early for your wedding. Also, don’t think that I am just going to dip in you if we fall behind. That happens pretty much every wedding, so I will hang as long as it takes, and we can worry about whatever compensation happens later (most often, I am good with an extra piece of cake for the road. Yes, I am know to work for food. Sorry not sorry).
4. NOT EXPERIMENT.
I like to try new things, so I will probably use you as some sort of photography guinea pig. This is how I have shot many of my most epic photographs, so anticipate me doing something new and maybe a little unexpected to get you a one-of-a-kind specialty shot that will add that will be unique to your gallery and your love story.
5. STOP THE PARTY.
You won’t see me drinking while one the job (I am sure this is a given, but since it is one thing I won’t do, I figured I’d include it in this list.) I mean, I’ll be pushing water and Cherry Frost Gatorade all day, but as far as libations, I don’t touch it while working. Now, that doesn’t mean that when everything is said and done I won’t enjoy a Moscow Mule while packing up my gear or while partying a bit with you before I call it a night, but during the day…nope. (Again, I’m not implying that other vendors do this, but just saying I don’t. I did smoke a cigar after the ceremony with the groomsmen once, though, in full transparency.)
So, there you go. A little peek behind the curtain to see what a KLP Wedding Experience won’t include. Interesting in learning more about what it does entail? Contact me to see all the good things that go with being a #KLPCouple. I can’t wait to celebrate you and your love!
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer who provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest.