Chicago Wedding Photographers
Hi y’all! I’ve been down the DIY rabbit hole the past couple of days (our invitations must go out this weekend! EEP!!), but before we talk about that, I’d like to discuss something (else) that gave me great anxiety: photography.
I felt pretty overwhelmed when we set out to look for a photographer. We didn’t want to skimp here because, after the day is over, the photographs are obviously some of the few physical pieces that remain…but we also knew the expense could very easily get out of hand, and we wanted to try not to set fire to our budget just yet.
Additionally, I was concerned because a) I am an awkward person and knew I would feel silly in front of the camera and b) I am pretty un-photogenic. That’s not fishing for compliments—it’s just something you learn after 33 years of consistently terrible photos.
Anyway, I knew I would eventually have to figure it out, so I took the plunge one day and started cruising online reviews for photographers in our area. I looked at some of the “big studio” type of photographers, but they all felt cold and corporate to me. Then Robert Gigliotti came up on the screen. I clicked through some of his sample photos and felt some of my anxiety recede. He seemed to be in our price range, and his photos were beautiful.
I contacted Robert and we met with him a few days later. He was totally understanding about my nerves and made sure to clarify what style we were looking for—and what we didn’t want (we’re not really stare-pensively-off-into-the-distance people, for example). We also liked that Robert IS his company and his brand, and clearly takes his business and reputation very seriously. Benjamin and I pretty much made our decision on the spot!
A couple of months later, we got together in downtown Chicago to do our engagement shoot. I think this was rather early compared to most (almost a year before our wedding), but we really wanted a wintry background to frame our save-the-date picture. I’ll be honest: I was super nervous. How can you really know how they will turn out until it’s already done? I remember saying to Benjamin, “If we only get even two or three usable pictures, I’ll be happy.”
“Flocked trees” is one phrase I learned during this experience. | Photo by RRG Wedding Photography
Well, bless my boots if I didn’t love a ton of the pictures Robert took that day! He was great at directing us and courteously showed us some of the shots on his camera as we went. We were thrilled when the proofs came in—it was actually difficult to choose one for the save the date.
Middle of the street: weird to shoot, lovely in photos | Photo by RRG Wedding Photography
So after all the worry that I initially felt, we ended up hiring the first photographer I contacted. I think this is partially due to the fact that when it comes to decisions, I am definitely a “satisficer” (any Gretchen Rubin fans out there?), but I also believe we just got really lucky in finding Robert so early. And now we’re totally confident in his ability to capture our wedding day, awkwardness excluded.
I love this one of Ben. | Photo by RRG Wedding Photography
Anyone else go with an indie photog? And did you do an engagement shoot? I WANT PICS!