The sweetest couple married at the sweetest place on earth… Hershey, Pennsylvania. It doesn’t get much better than that! Beautiful wedding picture locations, Hershey kisses, and cupcakes topped with Hershey chocolate bars! I get hungry every time I look at the photos! And their union, a complete celebration! I met them about a year ago as they were looking for wedding photographers. As soon as I met them, I knew I would love to have the opportunity to shoot their wedding. Their love for each other is just so evident! Well enough talk, I’ll let the pictures tell their story!
see what I mean!
Okay, I couldn’t decide…The slight dapling of light in the image above, pure and untouched but then adding some additional lighting to really help see the moment…Both capture their first dance, both capture their love, but both speak of it in different ways…anyway you look at it, their love is beautiful!
Alicia, my trusty sidekick (from Alicia Horst Photography) and friend got this awesome picture of the bouquet toss and fire pit picture below!
Um…yeah…the reception was just a little fun! We had a blast!
Thank you so much for choosing Hershey Photography for your wedding day pictures. It was an honor! You are such a great team and I can’t wait to see how God uses your marriage!
Why do I choose to photograph weddings? Weddings are demanding, exhausting, and stressful. They take up precious weekends when my family is home. The weeks after are just as tiring as I spend at least 60 hours getting the images ready. Yet I still love to do them. Weddings bless me to my core. Handing the bride and groom an album of their day brings me to tears. Preparing canvases and prints for their walls makes my heart sing. Sure you say. Isn’t she a little dramatic! I can say without reservation, no other photographer would have a reason like mine to be so motivated to do weddings, and to do them well.
The first few reasons
may hopefully echo other wedding photographers. But my last reason will match none, at least no one (photographer or not) I ever met…
5. A hopeless romantic…I love love. I only want clients who truly love each other and are excited for their day. I want to be able to connect with you. If we don’t have a connection, I fear I wouldn’t be able to capture your wedding day to its fullest. You don’t deserve that! I only choose clients when I am bubbling over with excitement for them…when I feel like their day can’t come quick enough. My husband says every movie needs to end with a beautiful wedding for me to like it. Cheesy, predictable, lovey, wedding…YES, that is ME!
4. Love details and moments…adding up to tell the whole day. And details poured into weddings are endless…the details serve as reminders…they bring up stories and happy memories of dress shopping, hours of making table favors with friends laughing, the handkerchief that used to be your grandmother’s that still seems to carry her scent and definitely her memories…
Moments are just as valuable…moments interacting with each other (and not the camera), hugs, happy tears, looks of love and moments of laughter, or even a flower girl wide-eyed in the midst of a real life fairy tale wedding.
3. New eyes…weddings are such an amazing time already filled with creative ideas and beautiful things…and it gives me the opportunity to capture the beauty in creative ways, maybe even ways no one else has ever looked. Whether it be a beautiful backyard DIY wedding or one at the most popular venue, your love is what makes your day beautiful and perfect.
2. Challenges…I like them. Weddings are hard. It makes me work harder and helps me stretch myself to do a better job. They are long and they don’t go perfectly. Things go wrong. You can’t get a redo. You miss a moment, it is never to be recorded again. Sometimes Uncle Bob jumps in front of you and missing that moment isn’t your fault, and you have to be able to let that go. You shoot at one venue and go back again for another wedding, the lighting and everything in it looks completely different, a new challenge.
1. My Never Again!… okay, I’ll give you that my reasons above are probably very similar to the reasons of other wedding photographers. But my deepest drive, my strongest motivation, is like NO ONE else’s and is the top reason why I decided to enter wedding photography, my own “never again.”
Last week I got a phone call. The phone call pierced my heart and prompted this post. It was a short phone call. Just a few sentences that went something like this. “Can you come in a half hour to photograph a wedding? The photographer cancelled last-minute.” I stood there with my littles surrounding me, looked down at their big wondering eyes, recalled my battery was almost dead with no backups ready, confirming the only answer I knew I had to give but pained me to say. I don’t know what happened and if they found someone but it still burdens my heart. Why am I a wedding photographer? This is why. I value your day, your story. This phone call confirmed my “never again” driven by another story from 15 years ago. A completely different story. My own story.
I have no wedding photos, no story to show and share. A few cherished snapshots with a throw away camera from a guest and a few shots from another. But otherwise, I have nothing to show my children, nothing to be passed down to my children’s children. I have no beautiful album, prints or even digital files for my husband and I to sit down and reminisce, or for my children’s little loving hands to flip through. I have only the fleeting memories recorded in my head.
Why? Oh we paid decent money for a photographer, in fact it was our 2nd most expensive part of our wedding (food being the first). We valued photography and were willing to pay for it. 15 years later people are still trying to find photographers for the same price we paid. I remember the day. It was beautiful and unseasonably warm. I couldn’t stop smiling. Our photographer took pictures. We had a great time. We left for our honeymoon, completely unaware of the phone call we would receive upon our return. The photographer’s wife in tears. The photos did not turn out, some sort of mechanical failure. I don’t remember what I said…I remember trying to make her feel better. I remember crying and clinging to my husband after I hung up. I remember being thankful we got a full refund. But it is a blur, a shock not realizing how fully devastating this would be. I do not blame the photographer. We should have looked into it more. What would he do to ensure our photos for the day? Did he have more than one camera, more than one shooter, and securities in place?
This is my motivation…”Never Again”. Barring a freak of nature, I have done everything possible to ensure this would never again happen. No one else’s story will be lost but told beautifully and fully. Motivation unlike anyone else’s…yes! As I hold your album, I cry happy tears that I could give you such a treasured heirloom. I rejoice to see your pictures on your walls and handing you a flash drive overflowing with your story. Your wedding day is a cherished treasure to me, and I treat it like that. I take the pictures not just thinking of that day, but the years down the road when your grandchild’s chubby little fingers lovingly flip through your album. My whole being does everything to protect and preserve your day with beautiful memories! Dramatic…yes, but a glimpse into my own “never again” story reveals why.
I may not be the right photographer for you, but if you are looking, please look carefully. Value photography. The cake will be cut and eaten, the dress hung up or given away, and what is left is love and memories documented. Find someone who will ensure a “never again” and handle your day like the treasured gift it is. And if you think that someone could be me, I would love to chat and hear your love story…
Mom contacted me and said she just wanted her pictures to be who they were, not everyone had to be looking at the camera…right away I knew I would like her! Photographing life as it is…
And then I met the whole family at their favorite park…and I loved them all. You would too. I know it! They are just one of those families where love abounds and blessings are counted.
I love photographing their interactions and love for each other…but I always try to get some more traditional shots too…
Shooting until the sun would let me no more…
An amazing family! I can’t help but smile as I remember this beautiful fall day spent with you! I loved meeting you and was so blessed by the time I spent with you! Thank you for showing me around your favorite park! I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time I am in Bucks County.
Not my usual kind of post…but I am determined to enjoy this crazy Lancaster County winter and THIS day God has given me!
Every day we have is a gift…may we all find the beauty in it and help to make it even more beautiful by our actions and words…
As I was driving to Longs Park, I watched this
giant mammoth cloud rolling in. Not good…these fall days already quick to get dark and now this cloud ready to overtake the sun. I pulled in and rushed this poor couple immediately into pictures. They had never done something like this before and were nervous, but man they rocked it!!!
These shots above were the only ones we got with sun and the rest of the time that cloud covered any precious light we had. I really had to push my camera and choose locations so carefully to find any possible light but we had such a good time!
This couple is endearing. You meet them and you just want to hang out with them. They put you right at ease and make you laugh. They are so kind and loving. He is a doctor and she is a nurse. Talk to them about their work, and immediately you hear the passion and love for what they do and the people they care for. I am so thankful I am going to be their photographer and can not wait for their wedding day!
I loved our time together! Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day! I am super excited! :)
Meet Mr. and Mrs. S! They are so perfect for each other! Mr. S was so relaxed and Mrs. S was so full of fun and laughter! They had worked so hard on all the details of the wedding day to make it absolutely amazing! I am so glad I was asked to be a part of their wedding day! I went with the groom and groomsmen, while Angela Perez Photography (who is awesome!) took care of photographing the bride and bridesmaids. I met the guys and right away felt at ease…they were so fun to work with and were so good to me! Whatever I asked them to do, they would just do it without any man grumblings! :)
AND not only did they do it, they rocked it! Serious looks right into laughter, and they even insisted on helping me move the furniture…Thank you!!!
As soon as I saw their socks, I knew that we were going to have a great time together!
Oh Baltimore, how I wish I could take your beautiful architecture back home with me! These doors would definitely be on my “take home” list!
We had some fun in the board room while waiting for the ladies.
I think Mr. S was President Obama…
We met up with Mrs. S in the library for some first look pictures! She looked amazing!
Oh, and THE shoes…I think we were all drooling over them!
I just love the way he is touching her hand…
On the limo bus heading to the wedding…the soon to be Mrs. S was so excited! Just seeing her smile makes me smile! I love being a wedding photographer! And the church, well let’s just say that would be on my “take home” list too! Baltimore again did not disappoint!
Congratulations! Could their smiles say any more?!!
Now for a few more photos and reception time…
May God bless your marriage and may you have lots of laughter and joy! Thank you for allowing me to photograph your wedding day! It was an honor and a blessing to be a part of it!
Dear Internal Revenue Service,
As I took my Christmas break to prepare for my quarterly and yearly taxes, my heart was filled with…thanksgiving, yes truly! Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t typically enjoy paying my state or federal taxes. In fact, I am still not sure how much I will owe to you. But without you, I would not take the time to reflect on 2013, but would have jumped into 2014 blindly.
What I have learned from trying to prepare my taxes (please send sympathies to my poor accountant who has to attempt to make some semblance of my bookkeeping):
-Without you, I would not have been forced to take time to realize all the opportunities I had this year. My taxes will show you how very busy this first full year was at Hershey Photography.
I became an LLC.
I had the honor of being published twice in my first full year of business, with another publication due in 2014, and another lined up for 2015.
I was entrusted to capture several weddings, a complete honor to me…ask me about my own wedding photos sometime and you will know why I hold this in such high esteem!
I met new families, many of whom already have me on their calendars for 2014.
I had the opportunity to photograph some amazing senior girls who encouraged me and I am now blessed by their friendships. One even surprised me with a birthday gift!
I was given the opportunity to bless adoptive families by photographing this amazing time in their lives! I walked away from these shoots feeling like I was the one being blessed!
I was able to cuddle precious newborns (oh, and take a few pictures too!).
I was able to expand my business with things, like cameras and lenses, and diffusers and other techie gadgets that make my life and job much easier…
And the list continues…
So my dear IRS, I thank you! Thank you for the time of reflection. Thank you for pointing me back to God. I am in awe of how His Hand has directed this measly little photography business with piddly me as the owner, someone who has no business sense whatsoever, who hates money and hates keeping track of it, someone who never even dreamed her life would look like this two years ago (or even at the beginning of 2013).
AND I end with the biggest and most blessed highlight of Hershey Photography in 2013. It truly makes my heart quicken, my eyes moisten, and my hands lift in praise to a God who did this ALL.
On December 31, 2013 I sent money to an orphanage in Africa where I have friends who are directly involved with this ministry. Hitting send was the most amazing thing Hershey Photography had the opportunity to do in 2013. Nothing else compares. How can it when you know that because of this money, these children will have a FULL month of care, a place to live with those who will tenderly care for them, have working utilities, and material needs met. Love on a Mission was more of a success than I could ever dream! Now to grow and press on, doing more in 2014!
Thank you for your continued support of Hershey Photography, LLC.