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We love our fellow wedding vendors! Working with a great team of vendors on a wedding makes the day go smoothly. We love meeting other wedding professionals that exhibit the qualities we aim to provide in our services: great communication, teamwork, and a positive personality! This week, we are featuring Hannah Bell of Southern Bell Photography! Read more of our interview with Hannah on her passion for wedding photography, favorite moments, and more about her business.
How long have you been shooting weddings?
I shot my first wedding ten years ago and I’ve been shooting weddings ever since. I love documenting couple’s love stories and being there during all the moments that matter most.
What inspired you to start working in the field?
I started my business shooting portraits and as I started expanding to weddings, I learned I love it! I got to spend more time with my awesome clients and be there behind the scenes during one of the best days of their lives. I get to share in the magic of special moments like the groom seeing his bride for the first time and all the giddy laughter & happy tears that accompany a couple saying “I do”. It’s a very special and personal profession and I enjoy every moment of it.
As a photographer describe your process?
My process starts with a complimentary consultation with an interested couple. We discuss their love story and wedding vision and if we agree I’m a good fit for their wedding, they’ll pay a deposit & sign a package agreement to officially book! I continue to get to know my couples through their engagement portrait session and check-ins via email and phone to coordinate details for the wedding day.
What are your favorite moments during the couple shoot?
I think one of my favorite moments during a wedding is the exchanging of the vows. It is such a sweet, intimate moment that never gets old.
How many shooting hours would you recommend for our particular wedding?
The amount of coverage a wedding needs depends on many factors. A small, short micro-wedding will need less coverage than a ballroom wedding reception that goes late into the night. I’ve found that for most couples, 8 hours of coverage is enough to cover getting ready, portraits, the ceremony, and the most important moments of the reception like first dances and cake cutting.
Is there a wedding style you haven’t done yet?
I have never shot an Indian wedding and I’d would love to! South Asian weddings are very vibrant and colorful with many unique traditional such as bridal henna/mehendi.
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