5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

You’re engaged to the love of your life (CONGRATS!), and now the wedding planning begins! This is the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, so you want everything to be perfect. Wedding planning should be enjoyable for the most part, but we know that’s not always the case. Hiring a team of professional wedding vendors can be an extreme task, but we’re here to make that a little less overwhelming and more fun for you.

Here are 5 questions that you should be prepared to ask a wedding photographer that you’re interested in working with.

#1. Do you have testimonials given by past brides that I can read? May I contact them?
You want to know what a photographic experience is like with the photographer you’re interested in hiring and working with for both your engagement session and wedding day. Most photographers have testimonials displayed right on their websites, or on their profiles with The Knot or WeddingWire. You want to hear all about a bride and groom’s connection to the photographer, how they performed, what their work is like, if they meet deadlines, etc. Even ask the photographer for names and contact info. of brides they’ve worked with so that you can speak to them over the phone.

#2. How many weddings do you shoot per month? How many total weddings have you shot all together?
You would like to hire a wedding photographer that responds to your emails and questions right away and who gives you the attention you deserve. If a wedding photographer is shooting practically every weekend of the year, that’s one busy schedule with tons of brides who are seeking their attention, too! Some photographers limit the amount of weddings they take on each year so that they are able to answer questions, help with the wedding day timeline, give advice, and so on. You also want to consider the number of weddings they shoot each month as that affects when your images will be delivered to you. Ask the wedding photographer how many weddings they have under their belt. Do you want a seasoned photographer who has shot for years and has tons of experience, or do you want a new photographer just getting started in the wedding industry, but has a heart of gold and a passion for the business? There are certainly pros and cons to both, and more often than not, budget plays a role in this decision. Think about this super important investment when talking with the photographer.

#3. May I see a full wedding gallery?
Social media shares the wedding day highlights. Blog posts are super helpful, but they do not show every single image that a wedding photographer delivers to their couple. Ask to see an entire wedding gallery. This will show you the getting ready shots, the bridal party, first look, family formals, the ceremony, and the reception. What do their photos look like when they shoot mid-day in full sun? If you’re having an indoor reception, you’ll want to see what their experience is in working with off-camera lighting or flash. Think about the parts of a wedding day that you want captured the most, look at their work, and make sure you love what you see!

#4. Do you have back-up equipment?
Ask the wedding photographer for a list of their equipment, and make sure they have more than one camera and a variety of lenses to suit any scenario.

#5. Have you ever worked at my wedding venue/site before?
It’s important for the wedding photographer that you’re working with to be familiar with your wedding location. They’ll know right where the perfect spots are for portraits, will know the rules of the venue, and will have already worked with the venue staff. If they haven’t worked at your wedding location before, that’s okay! Ask them if they’d be willing to take a trip to your venue a month before your wedding day, or see if they can arrive an hour early the day of your wedding.

Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience. Be sure to do your homework and think of other questions to ask in addition to these five.

Photography is a huge part of your wedding day. You leave your reception with your spouse and your pictures… that’s it! Ask these five questions and you’ll be sure to find a great wedding photographer who delivers exactly what you want.

Delivering Photos | PASS Gallery

If you’re a client of mine, you’ll recognize this name… PASS! It’s an awesome way of delivering photos online after a session or a wedding, and I’ve used it for the last 4 years. You’ll know that I’ve also continued to use SmugMug, another online gallery storage site that I started using right when I started my business 6 years ago.

Here’s a sweet little video that PASS put together for me to share with my lovely clients.

PASS recently came out with PASS PLUS, not to be confused with PASS. If I confused you, it’s okay! They’re pretty much the same thing, but PASS PLUS is a whole lot better. There are so many amazing features that I’m really starting to convince myself that I need to make the switch to PASS PLUS completely.

Why am I thinking of using PASS PLUS, you ask? I’ll tell ya why! I want my clients to have the BEST experience possible, and what I have been doing for the last year is probably just confusing my wedding clients by providing them with TWO galleries. Forgive me, guys! The reason I gave them access to two galleries is because I LOVED the way PASS categorized their photos. I could have a section for getting ready, formals, family formals, ceremony, reception, etc. It made it so much easier to look for a particular photo! SmugMug unfortunately does not offer that option.

Here are a few reasons why I love PASS PLUS already:

  • I can upload directly from Lightroom, the software that I use to edit all of my photos in. WHAT?! That’s a huge time-saver right there.
  • It’s super user-friendly for photographers and their clients!
  • The uploads and downloads are CRAZY fast!
  • PASS PLUS is the only gallery with a mobile app. Eeek! Share your photos directly from your phone, or save them!
  • You can order prints, canvases, and other products directly from my store. Yes, a store!

I think using PASS PLUS will create a much better client experience, so I talked myself into it. I’ll keep you guys updated, of course. I can’t wait to start using this online gallery!

2018 Couples’ Choice Awards Winner

We are THRILLED to be one of the top wedding photographers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on WeddingWire.com! WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

We were recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and our experiences working with them. (Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from past clients.)

We would like to give the biggest THANK YOU and warmest virtual HUGS to all of our precious clients who took the time to share their experience with us and the world. You have no idea how helpful it is to newly engaged couples starting their wedding planning journey, and to us!

For our couples who have not yet reviewed us and would like to, please visit us on our WeddingWire storefront here. Upon leaving your review, we will add your name to the canvas giveaway and will announce the winner (chosen randomly) on February 1st, 2018. Mark your calendars, friends!

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts! 2018 is already off to a great start. ♥CCA18-Hi-Res-Suite-943x943

 

 

2017 Behind the Scenes

Guys, this is my very first BTS post! I’m super excited to share what a wedding day looks like behind the scenes and in the shoes of a wedding photographer. Of course not every moment is captured of us working, walking through muddy water, getting bitten in the ear, screaming when there is a bee in sight, etc. My team and I are busy focusing on my couple, their moments, and paying close attention to the sweet moments that happen throughout the wedding day.

Here are just a few photos that I found from a bunch of this year’s beautiful weddings. I actually started including a behind-the-scenes folder in my couple’s wedding galleries, which I’m sure they’ll appreciate looking back on and getting a kick out of.

I hope you enjoy scrolling through these photos and getting a feel for what a wedding photographer does! 2017-12-26_0001All right, guys! Let’s see your BEST pose. And, GO!!!2017-12-26_0002The cake always makes an appearance in our footage; not just because we want a bite of it. 2017-12-26_0003Heeeey, Tori! 2017-12-26_0004She’s such a wonderful second shooter/assistant! Holding my family portrait list and modeling at the same time. She’s one awesome multi-tasker!2017-12-26_0005Brandon and I were each other’s models. Haha!2017-12-26_0006Professional Dress Fluffer has been added to my resume. No joke!2017-12-26_0007Becky! I love this sweet friend of mine. She was helpful in so many ways!2017-12-26_0008Courtney’s flowers were so gorgeous! I, of course, had to get detail shots of those beauties. 2017-12-26_0009Starting out the day with Katie’s beautiful details. This is one of my most favorite parts of a wedding day! It sets the tone for the rest of the day, and from here, I can build onto my couple’s story.2017-12-26_0010Thank you to all of our couples who gave Brandon and I the opportunity to work together this year! We are so excited about becoming an official photo + video business. (Remember, we’ll be releasing our name and new look soon, so stay tuned!)2017-12-26_00112017-12-26_0012“No Katie, your piece is down here. That’s my piece!”2017-12-26_0013The wedding where I matched the bridesmaids perfectly! Ahh, a favorite.2017-12-26_0014Tori’s either getting ready to fluff Sara’s dress or looking for a bug. I sure hope not the latter!2017-12-26_0015Beautiful window light is where you’ll find me shooting details. 2017-12-26_0016Leeroy in the house! (Tori, too!)2017-12-26_0017Couples who want to do portraits in a rowboat out on the water are the BEST kind. (And don’t worry, I always wear shorts underneath my dresses.) 2017-12-26_0018Love this fun shot of Becky!2017-12-26_0019Getting ready for the cake cutting!2017-12-26_0020Goodness, Isobel’s details and getting ready space was a photographer’s dream!2017-12-26_0021Our friends from Modern Rebel & Co. and NST Pictures were awesome to work with!2017-12-26_00222017-12-26_00232017-12-26_00242017-12-26_0025Hi Marisa!2017-12-26_0026Here I come for the First Look! Oh, you wanted the bride instead? And, I promise I’m not giving Becky a dirty look. I was so worried about hurting Brittany while putting her veil back in. Eeek! LOL!2017-12-26_00272017-12-26_00282017-12-26_0029Poor posture, a crinkled nose, and double chin. That’s one heck of a pretty look on me!2017-12-26_00302017-12-26_0031My last wedding of the year, and it was absolutely FREEEEEZING, but beautiful! Brrrr.

I look forward to capturing more behind-the-scenes footage of 2018’s weddings! I can already picture what fun moments will be had. Get ready, TKP brides and grooms! 😉

2017 Favorites | A Collection of My Favorite Portraits

This year has been such a blessing for my business! Don’t get me wrong, every year since I’ve started back in February of 2012 has been so wonderful. I’ve grown so much as a business owner and artist, and I’m so thankful for the support I’m constantly given by family, friends, clients, and other wedding professionals. Your compliments, follows, and referrals mean the world to me and are so uplifting!

Recently I made an announcement about mine and Brandon’s new business venture; offering both photo and video services to engaged couples. We are really excited about this and are so grateful that God has opened up this opportunity for us! Our goal is to announce our new business name soon after the new year, and a brand new website reveal will then follow. We can’t wait to share our new look with you!

Here is a collection of my most favorite images from this past year. I had the privilege of working with such dear families, friends, engaged couples, and brides and grooms. Thank you all so much for allowing me to serve you in such a special way! ♥2017-12-21_00752017-12-21_00762017-12-21_00772017-12-21_00782017-12-21_00792017-12-21_00802017-12-21_00812017-12-21_00822017-12-21_0151.jpg2017-12-21_00832017-12-21_00842017-12-21_00852017-12-21_0152.jpg2017-12-21_00862017-12-21_00872017-12-21_00882017-12-21_00892017-12-21_00902017-12-21_00912017-12-21_0092Second shot for my sweet friend, Dianna Nicole Photography.2017-12-21_00932017-12-21_00942017-12-21_00952017-12-21_00962017-12-21_00972017-12-21_00982017-12-21_00992017-12-21_01002017-12-21_01012017-12-21_01022017-12-21_01032017-12-21_01042017-12-21_01052017-12-21_01062017-12-21_01072017-12-21_01082017-12-21_01092017-12-21_0110Second shot for the super talented Ashley Errington Photography.2017-12-21_01112017-12-21_01122017-12-21_01132017-12-21_01142017-12-21_01152017-12-21_01162017-12-21_01172017-12-21_01182017-12-21_01192017-12-21_0120This stunning wedding was featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs. Check it out here!2017-12-21_01212017-12-21_01222017-12-21_01232017-12-21_01242017-12-21_01252017-12-21_01262017-12-21_01272017-12-21_01282017-12-21_01292017-12-21_01302017-12-21_01312017-12-21_01322017-12-21_01332017-12-21_01342017-12-21_01352017-12-21_01362017-12-21_01372017-12-21_01382017-12-21_01392017-12-21_01402017-12-21_01412017-12-21_01422017-12-21_01432017-12-21_01442017-12-21_01452017-12-21_01462017-12-21_01472017-12-21_01482017-12-21_01492017-12-21_0150Getting married in 2018? Brandon still has plenty of availability for video services! Tracey is just about booked for the year (for weddings), and is currently scheduling 2018 engagement sessions, high school senior portraits, and booking 2019 weddings. Contact us to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to hear all about your proposal story and beautiful wedding plans!

Our Home Away from Home | Family Vacation to Tennessee

For the last 4 years we’ve looked forward to traveling down to one of our most favorite places on Earth; Tennessee! We absolutely have enjoyed each and every trip thus far, and can’t wait to return. We have even talked about moving there some day, God-willing.

What do we love so much about Tennessee? Well, the people are super friendly, we LOVE the mountains and how beautiful they are, hiking and being outdoors, and the food. Overall, it’s just a really happy and relaxing place to be. My late grandparents traveled there all the time, so I think it’s just meant to be that we familiarize ourselves with this wonderful state. We have so much more to explore there!

For the last 3 years we rented a cabin to stay in. It’s always neat to see what your home away from home will look like, and cabins are just the cutest! This year we decided to rent one through Airbnb, and we were pretty pleased. However, when we arrived on our first day, we found that a lot of the cabins were destroyed by the fire (so devastating!). We truly couldn’t believe that our cabin had not been touched by the flames since the cabins on each side of us were under construction.

This trip was also a little different since it was just myself, Brandon, Kipton, and Sophie. Briana unfortunately couldn’t join us, but there will be plenty more trips that she’ll be able to go on. My parents and sister normally go with us, but they were also not along for this one. Hopefully we’ll get a big family trip planned for 2018/2019!

Each year seems more difficult to leave TN to come back home, so I just think we’re meant to be there. Enjoy some photos from our 2017 family trip to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN!

10/21/172017-12-21_000110/22/172017-12-21_0057.jpg2017-12-21_0002On Sunday we went to Ober Gatlinburg for the Fall Fest. Sophie got her face painted, we rode the scenic chairlift (just Sophie and I because poor Kipton is afraid of heights), ate yummy food, and went through a maze. 2017-12-21_00032017-12-21_0004

2017-12-21_00152017-12-21_00162017-12-21_00172017-12-21_00052017-12-21_00062017-12-21_0007These phone pictures do not do this view justice. It’s INCREDIBLE!2017-12-21_0008Where’s Waldo?2017-12-21_00092017-12-21_0018.jpg10/23/172017-12-21_0010.jpg2017-12-21_0011.jpgWhat do you do when it rains in TN? Play air hockey or watch a movie! The rain didn’t last too long. We eventually headed to The Island in Pigeon Forge where the kids had a blast at the arcade, we did a little shopping, Brandon sampled some moonshine, we listened to an awesome bluegrass band, and we had pizza at Mellow Mushroom.2017-12-21_0019.jpg2017-12-21_0012.jpg2017-12-21_00132017-12-21_001410/24/172017-12-21_0020Here we are at the Cherokee Indian Museum in North Carolina. (This did not interest the kids, although they look rather entertained. LOL!) The town of Cherokee was kind of neat.2017-12-21_00212017-12-21_0022.jpg2017-12-21_00262017-12-21_00272017-12-21_00282017-12-21_00302017-12-21_00292017-12-21_00312017-12-21_00322017-12-21_00332017-12-21_00342017-12-21_00352017-12-21_00362017-12-21_0037Relaxing back at our little cabin was one of our favorite things to do.2017-12-21_00232017-12-21_0024We went out later that evening to the main strip of Pigeon Forge for a snack. Any guesses as to what we had? 😉 (Blueberry cake donuts are THEBOMB.COM!)2017-12-21_0025
10/25/172017-12-21_00382017-12-21_00392017-12-21_0040Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!2017-12-21_00412017-12-21_00422017-12-21_00432017-12-21_0044Rock climbers!2017-12-21_00452017-12-21_00462017-12-21_00472017-12-21_0048We found a cute little joint on the side of the road that allowed the kids to find gems. They loved it!2017-12-21_00492017-12-21_00502017-12-21_00512017-12-21_00522017-12-21_0053We took a little walk through our cabin’s neighborhood, Gatlinburg Falls. Okay, maybe I should say HIKE because STEEP HILLS, y’all.2017-12-21_00602017-12-21_0061
10/26/172017-12-21_0054More exploring in the national park, and then some shopping, sampling jams and jellies, and lunch at Delauder’s BBQ, a true hidden gem in Gatlinburg. The owners and staff were so friendly and the food was AMAZING! Try it out if you’re in the area.2017-12-21_00552017-12-21_0056.jpg2017-12-21_00582017-12-21_00592017-12-21_00622017-12-21_0063Later that evening we ventured out to downtown Gatlinburg where we did lots of walking, eating, and more moonshine sampling. There was even a bear sighting, and unfortunately the cops had to shoot it. The amount of people chasing after the bear was kind of shocking.2017-12-21_00642017-12-21_00652017-12-21_006610/27/172017-12-21_00672017-12-21_00682017-12-21_00692017-12-21_00702017-12-21_00712017-12-21_00722017-12-21_00732017-12-21_0074This was our last full day of vacation. We rode another super fun mountain coaster and played at this playground. We were not looking forward to leaving such a fun place, but we made some pretty neat memories and can’t wait to go back!

Until next time, TN! ❤

Skye + Sean Strausbaugh | Historic Acres of Hershey | Elizabethtown, PA Wedding Photographer

What does racing have to do with Skye + Sean’s love story? EVERYTHING. It all started back in 2009, when they didn’t officially meet. Sean was working for Jesse Hockett and Skye was Miss Thunder on the Hill at Grandview Speedway. Jesse won the USAC Wingless Sprint Cars feature and it just so happens that Skye was the person standing right in front of Sean in the picture that was taken.

A couple years later in 2011, Skye’s dad, who’s name is also Sean, was already hurt and done with racing. Her dad was best friends with Mike Heffner, owner of car #27. Sean was now working for Mike and Daryn Pittman, and that’s how Skye’s dad and Sean became friends. She always looked at Sean as just that, her dad’s friend. He would come to their house or they would meet him for dinner. Skye says she hated it; no girl wants to hang out with their dad’s friends and feel like the outcast.

As Sean would say “It all started in turn 1.” Skye remembers Dirt Car Nationals at Volusia when it did nothing but rain that Friday night, and they didn’t cancel until about 1AM. That’s when Sean did what ever he could to get her to talk to him. He messaged her multiple times that weekend on Facebook, and he was very concerned if she needed a ride to and from the track since Skye’s mom and step-dad’s house was in a private gated community.

Two weeks after Dirt Car Nationals, Sean came back to Pennsylvania, and the rest is history!

The beautiful pair held their stunning wedding on December 2nd, 2017 at Historic Acres of Hershey. It was a chilly day, but so gorgeous! Lots of laughs, love, dancing, and pine cones. The reception space looked magical! (See for yourself down below!)

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Strausbaugh! Thank you so much for the wonderful privilege of photographing your wedding day! ♥
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Vendor Credits:
Photographer | Tracey Krick Photography
Second Shooter | Rebecca Shivers Photography
Venue | Historic Acres of Hershey
Dress | Justin Alexander from In White
Florist | Nature’s Harmony
DJ| Klock Entertainment
Videographer | Moving Memories Video
Cake | Cozze Cakes
Catering | Patty Armburst and Company
Bridesmaids Dresses | In White
Groom and Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Make-Up | Karalee and Cassi Pinder
Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas