Almost as soon as we got engaged in February/March, I started looking for engagement photographers. At the time that I was searching, I knew that the wedding would be in St. Pete, so I was looking for just the engagement session. I used WeddingWire, Google, The Knot, and Facebook to look for potential photographers.
My process for evaluation was to assess the photographers on:
- Their style and portfolio (similar to the wedding photographer process itself)
- Their website (Was it functional & kept up to date?)
- Their pricing, if listed
- Their personality conveyed through their website and/or blog
At first, I just contacted many photographers, and then once their responses came back I placed them all on a spreadsheet listing their name, website, pricing, pros/cons, and other comments I noticed at the time of searching.
Once I had responses, I consulted Brighton, showing him the options. He was a lot more picky that I was about this than I anticipated. He’s an artist, and I just think he has a sense about things like this. Though we are on a budget, we did not go with the least expensive option. We went with someone who had experience, and we liked his portfolio creativity and diversity.
I was very happy with our decision to go with David Newkirk.
He was professional, fun, and quick! I booked him in March (?), for a May shoot. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go, so he had some ideas in mind. I was also concerned about having green scenery and mountains in the background.
In the week leading up to the shoot, I wasn’t feeling the location he had sent me based on the shots he sent. I couldn’t articulate what I wanted, so I sent him shots from a location I liked that another photographer had gone.
I am so glad that I spoke up about this, because our location was just pure gold.
We met up at Tibble Fork Reservoir/Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon.
It’s about 45 minutes to an hour from Salt Lake City area. Dave had gone up to scout out some locations prior to our arrival, and he seemed pretty jazzed about this place.
That day, I woke up with a really bad migraine. I had a hair and makeup appointment, and had taken off work for this shoot. I had no other choice, so I went through with it. It also had been storming off and on the past few days, and on that day itself. We met up with Dave in between storms, and our timing was perfect.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots from the day! (There were about 500 edited photos in total).
(The face I was making was because someone was cooking food in the campground. I was very hungry at this point!)