Today I spent some time chatting with one half of the dynamic duo that is Appalachian Wedding Photographers. I was able to learn a little about their process and just have a good time with Emilie without all the hustle and bustle that is a wedding day. Curious about what we talked about? Check it out below!
1. How long have you been shooting weddings?
Emilie has been shooting weddings for 14 Years and Chad has been shooting weddings for 5 years. That's a combined 19 years of wedding experience! Who better to assist you on your big day?
2. What would you say your photography style is?
Emilie would describe their photography style as documentary or photojournalistic. Their clients often refer to their photography as geared toward capturing emotion rather than posed.
3. What is the best advice you could give to a bride before her wedding day?
Emilie recommends that the bride have all her plans written down and shared with everyone important so no one has to ask the bride any questions on the day of.
4. What surprising lessons have you learned along the way in your career?
Emilie learns something from every wedding. She learns how to be a better support person for her clients as well as how to drive her creativity rather than drive a repeated effect.
*Pro-tip: when you're writing your guest list highlight everyone you will need a picture with so you don't have to worry about it later!
5. What's next for you?
What's next for Appalachian Wedding Photography? Emilie and Chad are dialing back. In 2020 they committed to only taking 20 weddings - and they only have 2 weekends left! They have chosen to instead really connect with their couples and spend extra time with them instead of filling up their calendar just for the heck of it. That is a photographer who is truly committed to your wedding.
6. What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?
Emilie wants to be remembered as being sincere. She wants her legacy to be "you deserve my best." She told me a really touching story today about how she printed out little label maker stickers that say "you deserve my best" for each of her kids as a reminder that they deserve her best and that her clients deserve her best. She may struggle some days but at least she is trying. It was truly an amazing statement to me and I will be printing out a "you deserve my best" sticker as a reminder for myself.
7. If there was one thing you wish all bride's knew before starting their wedding planning journey and marriage journey what would it be?
Emilie wants you to know that you need to put aside what everyone else's dream is for their wedding and really brainstorm what your hopes are for your day. Your wedding day needs to be a reflection of you and your fiancè so you two are woven throughout the plan. She also wants to remind you not to invest beyond your means.
Check out more of this awesome team at https://appalachianweddingphotography.com/