Shanna Paxton Photography – Remember Your Wedding Day with Meaningful Photos

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Shanna Paxton likes to look for ways to make wedding photographs truly memorable. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography.


By Margo Greenman

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Shanna Paxton, a photographer in Olympia, recommends consulting with multiple photographers before selecting one to shoot your special day. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography.

Your wedding day is easily the biggest day of your life. But amidst the emotions, music and celebration, sometimes remembering all the precious moments from your big day is hard. Having vibrant photos that capture the essence of the day make reliving your wedding special and fun, which is why it’s so important to have your wedding documented by a photographer you respect and trust.

Choosing the right photographer

Shanna Paxton of Shanna Paxton Photography says choosing the photographer that’s right for you and your future spouse is paramount to ensuring your wedding day is documented just the way you want it to be. “Don’t be afraid to consult with eight different photographers,” says Shanna. “Look at their portfolios and match their style to your personality.” Shanna admits she met with four different photographers before making her selection, and she based her decision on the photographer’s style, how well they worked together, and — of course — price.

Make your photos memorable

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Shanna Paxton likes to look for ways to make wedding photographs truly memorable. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography.

After you’ve selected a photographer to work with on your wedding day, Shanna says it’s time to get creative. Whether you decide to keep things simple or go all out and trash the dress, your wedding photographer is here to bring out the special moments of your day and highlight the love you and your spouse your share.

Shanna says if your wedding has a theme, this can be an extra special way to bring your photos to life. Accents like a formal backdrop for a Hollywood theme or colorful capes for a super hero themed wedding can add personality and charm to any wedding shoot. Of course, if you would rather keep things simple, Shanna recommends incorporating balloons, bubbles and other items that will add simple, subtle charm to your pictures.

“The best thing I can recommend is just being willing to share yourself,” says Shanna. This can mean photographing a couple at the place where they got engaged or incorporating a meaningful memento into the backdrop. The options are limitless, and any good photographer will help you generate ideas.

Help your photographer help you

Providing your photographer with a schedule for your wedding will help your photographer with everything from capturing candid shots to staging group photos. Shanna recommends having taking family and bridal photos directly after or before the ceremony and scheduling bride and groom photos at the end of the night.

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A well coordinated schedule of events makes sure that no special moment is missed during your wedding. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography.

Are there specific poses you want to pull off with your bridesmaids? What about specific guests you would like the photographer to focus on? This is all information you should share with your photographer in advance of your big day to ensure no memorable moments are missed.

Remembering your big day

Most photographers will provide clients with digital files via a file sharing website or thumb drive. Shanna recommends creating a physical version of those photos as soon as you get the digital files so that you don’t forget and put it off. Whether you order an album or get creative with your prints, there are lots of ways to relive your wedding. (And don’t forget to backup the digital files somewhere safe. Shanna recommends keeping a copy of all the photos on a thumb drive in a safety deposit box — you never know what could happen).

Interested in learning more or hiring Shanna Paxton Photography for your big day? Join Shanna and Jeff Paxton at the Olympia Bridal Bash on Thursday, October 15 at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club. Call ahead to schedule a 20-minute consultation with Shanna Paxton Photography.

For more information about Shanna Paxton Photography, including special promotions for Olympia Bridal Bash-goers, visit Shanna Paxton Photography online.

For more details about the Olympia Bridal Bash, follow the event’s Facebook page.



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