- 4 years ago
In 2017, DH and I will celebrate 10 years (!!!) together, and 7 years as husband and wife. We celebrate the anniversary of when we met as much, if not more, than our wedding anniversary, because it was such a special time, and we knew we had each met “the one” almost right away.
A little later this year (early-mid fall), we want to do a special anniversary photoshoot. We haven’t had any professional photos of us taken since our wedding day, and a lot has changed since then. Our wedding was absolutely wonderful, relaxed, and a perfect reflection of “us”, but there is one thing about it that wasn’t so great – I was very, very sick with Lyme disease (which was still undiagnosed at the time of the wedding) and when I look at our photos, I remember the joy, love, and excitement, but also the terrible pain I was in. I felt like an old woman in a 24-year-old’s body. I can also see how inflamed my joints were, and the fatigue in my face. I felt beautiful in my dress, but also completely worn out.
I was finally diagnosed, and after a year of treatment, felt like a whole new person. I am fitter, stronger, healthier, and happier. DH also feels more confident now than ever before. Beyond my illness, we’ve been through a hell of a lot together over the past 10 years, and have grown as individuals and in our union.
The reason I’m telling you all of this is because this anniversary photoshoot is going to be “wedding reminiscent” in style. I will be wearing a simple white dress, and DH will wear a suit, but with his collar unbuttoned, and no tie. I might have a small posy/bouquet of flowers to hold (not sure yet).
We would like to have the photos taken in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, where we moved to a few months ago. We are avid hikers and rock climbers and we spend a great deal of our time exploring these mountains.
When it comes to choosing and booking photographers, I actually don’t have much experience. For our wedding, we hired our close friends who were in the process of starting their photography business and were trying to build their portfolio (best decision ever – I think we paid less than $400 total and got INCREDIBLE photos, including an engagement shoot!)
I would hire these friends again in a heartbeat, but they now live several states away, have a brand new baby, and are on hiatus from their photography biz.
So, when it comes to finding a photographer, booking, and making sure we get what we’re looking for, I have a few questions that I’m hoping you Bees can give me insight on:
1. Most photographers seem to offer wedding packages (not what we need) or “portrait”/”family” sessions. Do anniversary photoshoots fall under this category?
2. For Bees who have done anniversary shoots, what do you think is a smart price-range? We don’t need a bajillion photos. I’m thinking 20-30.
3. Anything else I should keep in mind when contacting potential photographers?
Thanks in advance for your help 🙂 I’m really excited that we’re doing this!