FLORIDA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER- LIZ GOLDEN, J’ADORE STUDIOS
Memories on your wedding day are captured in two ways- through your memories, and through the lense of a professional (I hope!) photographer. I always encourage that you hire a great photographer because you want the photos of your wedding day to be just as good, if not better, than the way that you remember it! Time has a funny way of making us forget the details that we so carefully planned for months. Our father’s face the first time he saw us in a wedding gown. The tears that our guests shed while we were wrapped up in the loving gaze of our new spouse. The laughter during those carefully prepared speeches.
This week I want to introduce you to one of my favorite photographers, Liz Golden with J’adore Studios! She is a Jacksonville based photographer that happens to travel the globe capturing all the beauty of your big day. Recently I asked her a few questions that I thought you might be curious to know too! Here is what she had to say…
|What is your favorite part of the wedding day to photograph?“I have a couple of different moments. I love the getting ready photos because the excitement and anticipation in the room is almost palpable. Both parties can’t wait to see each other but there’s always a silent moment, when they look at themselves in the mirror for the last time. It’s almost a reliving of every wonderful moment that brought them to that point.I love first looks when we get to do them. The couple can talk to each other and get the jitters out together. The grooms reaction to his bride is an honest one because no one else is watching.Last but not least the after ceremony portraits. These are the very first moment of a brand new chapter and I get to document it. I seriously have the best job ever!”|
What detail is your favorite to capture? “I’m a sucker for a fabulous dress.”
When looking for the “perfect backdrop” for a couple, what do you look for?
“We have been privileged enough to have shot around the world and never say no to an awesome location but it’s all about the perfect light and the couple. I focus mostly on the relationship and showing their love for each other.”
How many hours do you invest in a wedding outside of shoot time?
“Haha! Countless! We spend a lot of time editing and perfecting the photos for our couples.
What do you wish more couples understood or asked you about their wedding day?
“1. Cell phones and cameras. For the love of all that’s good, have an unplugged ceremony. Nothing is uglier than cell phones, cameras and iPads everywhere in the beautiful ceremony space. Encourage your guests to be in the moment with you and allow your professionals to document.
2. Vendors. Hire professionals. Your friends cousin that’s just starting out who will do it for free is a big no. I have never ever known someone this worked out for.
3. Timeline. I’ve been very fortunate to have couples that trust me and allow me to have a say so on their timeline. As I mentioned, light is important and to create the images my couples love, we have to “chase the light”. The day is to be documented beautifully but it’s also time to spend with family and friends. Our goal is to get those images without taking more time than necessary.”
If you could plan your own wedding again, what would you change?
“I can honestly say not a thing! We had the best day ever and that was because of our family, friends and amazing vendors.”
What should couples keep in mind (in regards to challenges or advantages to photography) when choosing a venue?
“How is your plan B? It rains in Florida. Do you like your rain plan at least almost as much as your outdoor option?”