We love a photographer that understands that wedding photos are more than just photos. Jenn Alberts Photography takes into account everything about you as a couple to capture the most authentic and personal moments on your wedding day. Everything from the detail shots to the first dance will be perfectly preserved for years to come when you parter with an expert like Jenn! And today she’s sharing some of the magic behind her lens.
What makes your photography unique?
I have an extensive and varied background in photography and I bring all these specialties together when I shoot! I’ve been working as a professional photographer since I graduated with a BA in photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2001. I’ve worked as a commercial photographer, food photographer, professional advertising retoucher, and now as a wedding and portrait photographer. I bring a lot of experience to a photoshoot! You can be sure that I can shoot your beautiful sunset couples kiss, your cake, and bring it all home and beautifully edit and retouch the final photos.
Art and photography are influenced by your life and surroundings so every wedding I shoot definitely has my style and technique behind it but they all look different in the end. Each wedding has unique photographs because we are bringing together my artistic eye, technical expertise, and creativity in combination with each couple, their story, their ideas and style, the venue, and whatever the day throws at us (rain, snow, sun).
What is included in your packages? What is your price range?
I have 3 packages all which include a minimum of 8 hours photography (I feel a typical wedding cannot be photographed in less time without a lot of stress!), edited digital images on a USB, and a sampling of prints. All of my packages are customizable so that I can give each couple exactly what they need. My basic wedding package starts at $2150.
How would you describe your style?
Balanced. I believe that the absolute best way to photograph a wedding day is too cover all the bases with heavy emphasis on the couples wishes. Over the years I have learned that what clients think they want in the beginning often changes as we discuss possibilities and ideas. For example, I have some couples say that they do not want any formal or posed pictures and I do my best to shoot more candids and behind the scenes photos for them but we discuss that not having a formal group shot of your family may be something that you would like to have 10 years down the road, or that a family shot may be very important to your parents.
Colorful. Brightly colored flowers, sunsets, and smiles on a newly married face, I love capturing the color and love of a wedding day.
Detail orientated. I love details! I know that most brides have spent a lot of time planning details for their wedding. I will spend the time with your shoes, flowers, rings, dress, etc to be sure you remember what your whole day looked like, right down to the details!
What should brides and grooms look for in their photographer?
Experience. Wedding photography is very different then shooting a family portrait or pretty landscapes, for this reason you should hire an experienced professional wedding photographer to capture your moments the best way possible. An experienced pro will know everything from how to organize and handle a large formal group photo as well as the in’s and out’s of a typical wedding schedule so that no photo gets missed!
Multi-Talented. Look for someone who can be a swiss army knife for you! You want a photographer with the knowledge of how to get the best sunset photos and how to light up your indoor church ceremony. A photographer needs many different skills to effectively shoot your details, candids, posed couple photos, and your fast paced ceremony.
Compatibility. It is so very important that you feel like you and your photographer will get along, and your sense of what you want and your style will go well together. Your photographer will be with you from start to finish on your wedding day and you need to like them! If you have someone who does not mesh well with your personality (too loud, overbearing, too timid) then you will most likely be irritated or not get the ideal results in photos.
Any tips or advice for wedding planning?
Ask your vendors for help! We all eat sleep and breathe weddings all summer every year and it’s likely that we can help answer your questions or we know right where to send you to find the vendor who does.
Delegate. If you can delegate and plan all the jobs that you need help with ahead of time then you will be able to sit back and relax and not have to answer a million questions on your big day. I hate to see brides rush around setting out centerpieces because the job has not been delegated beforehand. Most family and friends are happy to help and it will take so much stress off the bride and groom and they will be able to fully enjoy their day.
Prepare for something to go wrong. It is a big day, a long day, and a day full of details…. something is bound to go wrong! Just plan on at least one thing going wrong and plan to laugh about it. This is much easier said then done, but the happiest brides I see are the ones who didn’t sweat over a few bumps in the road!