Thursday, January 9, 2014

vendor crush: hagerty photography

So it's time for me to celebrate one of my favs!

I met Sarah with Hagerty Photography a while back and I have to say this woman is unforgettable! I don't know if its her rockn' red locks or her cool bohemian style that I am so gaga over...but what I am sure of , is that you haven't checked her out yet- you are missing out!

Here is her interview with M2B:

What inspired you to start your business?

I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember. From the excitement of capturing the perfect shot to the satisfaction of chronicling life unscripted, I was hooked from the start. My formal photography training in college gave me the fine-tuning I needed to move from a girl who loved snapping photos to a professional photographer with a defined style. Turning my passion into a full-time business with my husband has been an indescribable experience.

What’s truly amazing about my job is that I continue to be inspired every day. At any given moment, you might find me with a bride and groom saying, “All right, we’re done for the day.” Then something will catch my eye – gorgeous contrasting colors or a one-of-a-kind backdrop – and we’re on to the next shot. When I find a great composition with emotional lighting, I get so excited. My clients can attest to the fact that I’m practically giddy when the subject, the setting, and the lighting come together perfectly. How many people can say that they feel giddy about their job? Now that’s inspiring.

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

While this doesn’t happen at every wedding, my favorite part of the day is when the bride and groom have a special meeting before the ceremony. There are no crowds, no vows, no toasts or bouquet tosses yet – just the bride and groom sharing this private time together on the most important and exciting day of their lives. When the groom catches a first glimpse of his stunning bride, and the bride sees the look of total trust in her groom’s eyes, I often find myself having to hold back a tear. To be able to capture the emotions of this moment is so special to me.

The photos from this pre-ceremony shoot are relaxed and natural. There is no rush, as this time is planned into the schedule; and when we’re done, the fun begins. The rest of the day will fly by in a beautiful blur, but this time of calm and togetherness before the festivities will stay in the couple’s minds for years to come.

What is unique about the service you offer?

Our photography style is organic. We not only capture your special moments, we capture you We always have two photographers, two angles, and two perspectives on the scene, to ensure that not a moment is missed. in the images.
A wedding day is all about the details, so our brides appreciate the quality in our images as we celebrate everything from the fabulous fabric of her dress, to the cute freckle on her shoulder as she dances with her father, to the frosting on her husband’s nose as they share their first bite of wedding cake.
We’ll spend a lot of time with you - from the initial meeting to the pre-wedding shoots, including engagement, bridal, boudoir, and the rehearsal dinner. We’ll also go over your must-have pictures beforehand so that, on the day of your wedding, we can orchestrate the images while you sit back and savor every moment.

By the time you say, “I do,” we’ll have a strong sense of who you are and what you want to see as you turn the pages of your wedding album. We’re not strangers when we arrive at your wedding; we’re friends who are eager to celebrate your day and to tell the story of your wedding through our photos.

If a movie were made about your business, what would it be called?

Well, that’s an interesting question. I think the title of our movie could be Life in Focus.

On one level, we spend our days focusing on the lives of our clients. We’re capturing a very specific and special time in their lives, as they get ready to set off on a new adventure together.
On another level, as my husband and I turned my once part-time photography business into a full-time profession after the arrival of our first son several years ago, our lives seemed to suddenly come into focus. We’re now following our passion for a living, and feel more than ever that our goals are focused in the right direction.

What is your favorite cheesy wedding song?

I always look at my husband, Nick, when “I Got A Feeling” by the Black Eye’d Peas is played at the reception. Whether a DJ plays it or a band covers it, this song brings everyone to the dance floor. At this point in the night, the bride and groom are relaxed and feeling on top of the world, and the guests are just so happy to celebrate right alongside them. Nick always catches my eye when Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” comes on. It captures the hopeful spirit of the day in such a classically cheesy way that you just have to love it. If both of these songs aren’t played at some point in the night, we’re quite surprised. They seem to be on every wedding reception playlist.

What is your favorite wedding cake flavor?

Well, it’s hard to find a moment to grab even a nibble of wedding cake when you’re on the job. But, if someone were to save a slice for me for later in the night, I’d be happiest to find a cake with fruit in it! A lemon cake, a layer of raspberry, or a sliced strawberry topping sounds delicious to me.

What is the best advice you have for a bride in her planning process?

I would absolutely recommend meeting with a wedding planner. If hiring a planner from start to finish isn’t in your budget, then have a wedding planner there for the day of the wedding only. Your ceremony, reception, and all of the special moments in between will not only look amazing, but they’ll seem to flow together effortlessly. Leave the details of the day in the hands of a professional and enjoy a stress-free, gorgeous wedding that you’ll love to look back on for the rest of your life.

We have had so many amazing weddings with Sarah & her team, we are super lucky to have such talented folks at our finger tips!

Here are just a few of our favs...

These are just a few of our favs!

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