Name: Chelsea Collins
Business Name: Chelsea Collins Photography
Industry Category: Wedding Photography
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Spending too much time and money planning details of their wedding that aren’t even “them” — doing certain things just because tradition says so, but not choosing to do things they really love.
What's the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Make your wedding day completely unique to who you are as a couple. The music, food, decor, etc. should be a reflection of who you are. Hire a planner or coordinator so that stress is super minimal, and create a schedule that allows you to relax and enjoy the day.
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
During a given wedding day, you spend 95% of your time with your wedding photographer. I believe that not only should you love their work, but also ‘click’ with them on a personal level. Meeting with your photographer(s) face-to-face before booking is so important so you can determine if they are the best fit for you and your fiancé.
What questions should couples be asking that they don't know to ask?
I feel that asking your photographer “is wedding photography your full-time job?” is very important. Photographers who are able to dedicate all of their time to their job & craft will be more responsive to emails/messages and will be able to go the extra mile for you and your fiancé. I think that also asking your photographer why they chose this profession will be a good indicator of how they will treat you during the wedding process. Photographers, especially wedding photographers, should be passionate about what they are doing and consider it an honor to photograph your wedding.
What is the best piece of advice you have for a couple planning their wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, monogrammed napkins don’t really matter. Focus on the things that mean the most to you, and don’t be afraid to think outside of the traditional wedding box.
What's the most unusual wedding you ever did?
The most unusual wedding we ever did took place on a boat. The ‘party boat’ did several laps through the harbor while guests had dinner and danced all night. Once the boat docked the couple had their grand exit. It was pretty awesome but definitely different than anything we had ever photographed before.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked?
Our most memorable wedding took place in Key West, Florida. It was so memorable for several reasons: First, it was one of the first weddings we had ever photographed, so we were so giddy & excited. Second, it took place in KEY WEST of all places. The weather was perfect; I photographed the whole wedding barefoot, and it was just the most beautiful place. Third, we decided to make it a miniature vacation for us since we had just found out we were pregnant with our first child. We splurged the whole weekend by eating at fancy restaurants and getting desert after every meal. It was truly an unforgettable weekend for so many reasons.