Happy Thursday Lovelies,

On the blog today is the sweet and lovely Elizabeth Nord from Elizabeth Nord Photography. Liz and I have had the pleasure of getting to know one another these past few months and have become fast friends. Today, she’s sharing her story and some great tips for couples to think about when it comes to photography for their big day.

A little about Elizabeth 

She met her sweet husband when she was 16 and has been with him ever since.  They’ve been married for 6 years come this May.  They have a “fur baby” named Charlie.  Mexican food is her favorite food and she has a weakness for anything sour – especially sour patch straws.  Her favorite animals are dogs and elephants.  She absolutely love to travel and explore new places, especially Europe.  Her favorite trips so far have been Italy, Paris, London, and Ireland.  She like to cook, but only when she feels like it. She isn’t good at sports.  She used to play softball, tennis, and be a cheerleader, but  didn’t really enjoy any of them. Her first couple of years in college, she was a Musical Education major concentrating in voice.  After her continued stage fright, she realized that this was not going to be her profession.  She played piano for many years but has not played in a long time.  She hopes that one day she will  have a house large enough for her to put a baby grand piano in the living room.  Her family and friends are her world.

How did you get started?

I had been saving up for a “nice” camera and had about $500 saved up.  This was a BIG deal for me at the time as I never saved for anything. I was so excited and was telling my  husband how much I had saved.  He apparently mentioned my savings goal to his mom who decided she wanted to buy me a Nikon D300s and kit lens for Christmas that year.  I was so excited, but I was clearly overwhelmed.  I didn’t even get it out of the box until later that night when I finally got the guts to take it out of the box and play around with it.  I fell in LOVE! I began photographing nature, my dogs, and any one that would let me take their photo.  I took my sister on photo shoots around Nashville often and began to get a few random jobs here and there.  I moved to Knoxville a year later and decided to take photography classes at night (on top of pursuing my economics degree during the day).  One of my professors encouraged me to open my business, so a few months later, Elizabeth Nord Photography, LLC became a reality.  From there, my business has continued to thrive, excite me, and push me to new limits! I’ve loved every moment! In September of 2014, I became a full time photographer.

What is something couples should think of when considering a photographer for their wedding?

Think about whether or not you want to do a first look or see one another for the first time as the bride is walking down the aisle.  I’m surprised at the number of couples I talk to that haven’t even talked about this prior to meeting with me.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but I’m just surprised!  This determines the entire timeline for your wedding day, so knowing this definitely helps the photographer know about how many hours you’ll need coverage for. Another thing, I would ask to make sure they are going to be the ones shooting the wedding.  It’s been popular lately for businesses to hire associate photographers and to hire other photography business owners to shoot their weddings for them.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but I would just ask them to make sure you know who to expect on the wedding day.  I would also make sure you see those individuals’ work, too.  It’d be so sad to expect the same results from each person, when in reality no photographer has the same shooting style/results.  Better to be safe than sorry!

What is your style when it comes to photography?

I would say that my style is modern, clean, and classic.   It is a cross between portrait and photojournalistic.  I love the semi-posed portraits, but at the same time, photojournalistic shots are typically my favorite and most emotional photographs.   My shooting style is very hands on.  I won’t let you sit there with no idea what to do.  I’ll direct you the entire time and give you actions to carry out to achieve the look and feel that I want to portray.

What is your favorite part of the wedding day?

Gosh, this is a hard one.  I think my favorite part is the bride and groom portraits.  This is the time (either after the first look or after the ceremony) where the bride and groom finally get some time to just be together, be themselves, and let the emotions flow.  I just love when my brides and grooms relish in this moment, hug each other tighter, and whisper sweet nothings in each other’s ears.  I feel like this is the time of the day that I get to photograph the sweetest moments between the two of them and this is also the photos that will most likely be framed in their home and take up the majority of their wedding album.

What are things couples can do to make a photographer’s job easier on the big day.

One thing that comes to mind is during the getting ready shots at the beginning of the wedding day.  Ask your bridesmaids/groomsmen/parents to help clear the room of the “junk” before the photographer arrives.  Otherwise, the “junk” (the trash, alcohol bottles, purses, jackets, etc) will be in the photos.  I try to avoid these items as much as possible, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.  If you clear the room of these things before I arrive, it makes the getting ready photos that much easier and beautiful!    The other thing I would suggest, is telling all the family involved in the family portraits where to be and when for the portraits.  It can take forever to find Uncle Bob for the family portrait after he’s already bolted to the cocktail hour area and is amongst 150+ other guests.