If you’re getting married, you’ve likely been doing your research about wedding photographers. Maybe you’ve already decided on specific shots, locations, and types of shoots. Wedding shots are a given and don’t forget about the ever-popular sundrenched engagement shots. Heck, even proposal photo shoots are growing in popularity these days. But there’s another kind of photo shoot to consider, too. One that may seem a little less obvious, and that most newlyweds-to-be aren’t thinking about when they’re caught up in the frenzy of planning a wedding: Anniversary photos.
The aforementioned “wedding planning frenzy” makes it easy to overlook monumental moments after the big day. Sure, maybe you’re planning to save the top tier of the cake, toss it in the freezer, dig it out one year later and get to chompin’— I can’t be the only one who thinks that’s kind of gross, right? — but that’s probably about it.
Now, imagine this: The event you’ve been planning for months (years?) has come and gone. Now the fun really begins. First comes the honeymoon. For some couples, the start of marriage also marks the start of moving in and living together for the first time. THAT can definitely be an adventure! Careers change, goals form, couples move, families even start to grow. The first year of marriage is a wonderful whirlwind of change, and by the time you get around to your first anniversary, you’ll have grown in a multitude of ways. Those 365 days make two wide-eyed newlyweds seasoned and wise. Who knows, you might not even recognize yourself! This is one of many reasons that any wedding photographer worth your salt will tell you anniversary photo shoots are a must-have.
Ask any happily married couple, and they’ll tell you the same thing: They love their partner more now than the day they married them. That’s right. On day 497 of the marriage, sitting on the couch eating takeout, these couples swear they love each other more than they did on the day they committed their lives to each other. The day they dressed their best and declared their love in front of their closest family and friends. Seems crazy, right? Relationships evolve over time, and it’s worth documenting. Every happy surprise and blip in the roadmap of life is worth looking back on. And your I, your favorite Jacksonville wedding photographer, know how to capture each and every picture-perfect moment you want to remember. Anniversary photos are just as important to document your history as a couple!
Let’s face it. We look our best during weddings, especially when they’re our own. And it doesn’t hurt that I know every trick in the book to make you look amazing. But it’s not every day a person dresses in a fancy tux or bustling ball gown, curls cascading and lipstick popping, beard trimmed, and hair freshly styled. On a day-to-day basis … we tend to look a little more real. So, think of anniversary photos as a chance to document the REAL you! The snorting from laughter, matching-sweater-wearing besties you and your partner have grown into. With anniversary photo shoots, your photographer isn’t just capturing your wedding day, they’re capturing the essence of a budding marriage.
Take progress photos. That’s what people tell you when you’re trying to achieve a goal. Sometimes, you just don’t realize how far you’ve until you see a tangible memento. In the long book of marriage, you and your partner have just finished the first chapter. And pictures make for a much more exciting read.
By the time your wedding rolls around, you’ve already formed a relationship with your wedding photographer. They know what kind of photos you like, how comfortable you are in front of the camera, how to pose you. The list could go on and on. You’ve formed a unique connection, something that takes time and effort to build. Don’t throw that away! Just because the big day is over doesn’t mean the big moments have come to an end.
If you haven’t guessed by now – weddng photographers also take anniversary photos! Your wedding photographer knows the best way to capture your best moments. So reach out! Let them know if you’re considering an anniversary photo shoot. Then watch them capture your shiny new marriage in a new way, as joyful as ever … but now, with even more love.
If you’re looking to do an anniversary photo shoot in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, or abroad – let us know! We travel the world to celebrate your beautiful marriage.