Choosing The Right Knoxville Photographer

A guide to help you choose the Knoxville Photographer that’s perfect for you

Finding the right photographer for your wedding can be a daunting task. There are lots of websites to sort through, blogs to pour over, and advertisements everywhere. The good news is that with a little time and effort, you can do your own research and find a Knoxville photographer that is just right for you.

Start close to home

Think of it as an investment

Actually like being around your photographer!

Interview your photog like a pro

Start your search close to Knoxville.

A great way to start your photographer-seeking journey is by asking friends and family if they recommend anyone in and around Knoxville. Chances are good that a photographer who’s worked well with people close to you will also work well with you! So many of my referrals are word of mouth, and those couples generally end up not only being my clients, but my good friends as well!

Using Facebook and internet searches are also great ways to find local photographers. Once you’ve found a few photographers you’re interested in working with, don’t be shy about reaching out!

You should also think of it as an investment

It’s no secret that great art is expensive, and this can be the case for photographers as well. Remember that these images are an investment – in yourself and in your family. Your images will become family heirlooms which is why I offer print products built to last a lifetime.
Although choosing the least expensive photographer may seem like an attractive option, there is most likely a reason they’re so cheap! If budget is the main concern in selecting a photographer, find out if your dream photographer has a payment plan. (Hint: they should!)

Pro tip: You don’t have to be an art expert to decide whether or not you like a style – just browse through their portfolio.

You need to actually like your photographer!

Have you ever met a new friend, significant other, or business contact that you just “click” with? Your personalities should fit as though you’ve been besties for years! Finding the right photographer should feel this way as well – at least to a certain extent! Trust me on this!

Because you want your photographer to bring out the best in you on camera, it’s essential to find someone you feel comfortable with and can capture who you really are. This special chemistry will make all the difference in the final images!

Interviewing your potential Knoxville photographer.

So you found a photographer whose work you love? Awesome! the next step to take is to pick up the phone (or schedule an in-person meeting) for a little interview. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions you want to be answered and feel out if it’s a good fit for you and your family. I’ve created an interview outline here for you. But feel free to add your own questions and ideas to the list!.
Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: I first started this amazing journey over 10 years ago in college. Though I majored in Finance, all it took was one photography class and I was hooked. It has been a dream career for me for over 8 years!

Q: Why weddings?
A: I could (and should!) write an entire blog about why I love weddings so much. But in essence, this is one of the most significant days in my couples’ lives. It feels like I get a day pass into these amazing families and I get the privilege of capturing these moments so they can enjoy them for generations. I love being helpful every step of the way, keeping it fun and relaxing for my couple! It’s a pretty big deal! And I love every second!

Q: How many images will I receive?

A: My goal is to tell your story… fully, completely, and beautifully. I do not have a specified number of photographs I deliver because I believe that is restrictive and will not portray your full story. With that said, you can expect to receive 500 to 1000 edited images, depending on the nature of your celebration.

Q: What products do you offer to display images?

A: I offer a wide range of handmade, archival quality photo products to make your memories last for a lifetime in beautiful physical form, including albums, gallery canvas, hand-retouched prints, and more!

Q: How do I know if you’re the right Knoxville photographer for me?

If you’ve read this far, you have learned a lot about me, and what a professional wedding photographer should do for you. Do you feel like I’m someone you would want to spend a day with? (Remember, your wedding photographer is a vendor you’ll actually spend time with on your wedding day, so it’s important that they don’t creep you out.)

Do you think I seem like someone you trust to make the kind of photos you want to see of your wedding day? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, you should email me right now. We should have a chat and get to know each other a little better.

Also, it’s ok if I’m not the perfect wedding photographer for you. Hopefully, you’ve learned a little something here to help you find the perfect professional wedding photographer for your day. No matter what, remember: It’s your day, and it should be perfect on your terms.

Why Buy An Album?

Photographs are meant to be printed. There is nothing quite like an exquisitely designed, handcrafted photo album to display and preserve your imagesin a way that everyone can hold and enjoy. Although online galleries and digital image displays are becoming an increasingly popular, inexpensive way to display photographs, there is still nothing like a physical photo album.

Albums are books that tell your story. Well-designed albums inspire and elicit a wide range of emotions in incredible detail and brilliant color. So many photographers will spend hours or even days to craft a design that shows off your images as individual works of art. Albums are well worth the investment – they will last a lifetime and make your images accessible to anyone, anytime! That is why wedding couples have the option to purchase their prints and albums after their wedding. I want them to be 110% excited about the process and I make it super easy with a personal online store!

Wanna learn my top tips for picking your wedding venue? Check it out here!

Think we’d make a great fit?

Let me be your guide

Your experience on your wedding day is truly everything. As your photographer, it is so important to me that you are relaxed and enjoying every bit of your beautiful wedding. Let’s do this… contact me right now!

Elly M.

Until next time!

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