Hi, friends! It’s time for another vendor spotlight! I love that as a wedding planner I get to introduce so many couples to their prospective wedding day vendors. A lot of people ask me how I go about finding the right fit for our clients and it comes down to a couple key things- one being style and the other being budget. Every wedding is different and that’s what I love most about serving today’s couple. I truly believe that each couple deserves to find their dream team of vendors and I love that I get to help our clients navigate their search! So whether your wedding style is traditional, modern, bohemian, sophisticated, elegant, or somewhere in between, trust us and know that we will find you the vendor that fits your style & budget best.
Today’s vendor spotlight is a new friendor that I met over the weekend at our client’s Courtney & Ian’s wedding. Courtney & Ian’s wedding at The Lumber Exchange Event Center in downtown Minneapolis went so smooth, it was amazing! Every single vendor that showed up crushed it and delivered to ensure that Courtney & Ian had the best wedding day possible. What I love about working weddings is that at every event I get to meet someone new in the wedding industry. In today’s blog, I’m excited to highlight Rachel of Rachel Lahlum Photography. Rachel and her second shooter Caitlyn worked together as a dream team on Courtney & Ian’s wedding day and it was awesome to see both of them in action. Not only was Rachel efficient and timely at capturing Courtney & Ian’s wedding day, she was super friendly and fun to work with. We loved working alongside Rachel and hope to work with her again in the future. Now, let’s get to know a little bit more about Rachel of Rachel Lahlum Photography.
Q. Tell us, how did you get started in photography and what do you love most about your work?
A. My journey into wedding photography began while I was still in college studying writing and mass media communication -- I'd been working for my college newspaper, and some very brave friends asked me to photograph their weddings. I LOVED IT. But, I also knew I had a lot to learn. In 2012, I began second shooting for as many different photographers as possible to learn and grow, while also developing my own style of shooting and working with couples. I also began working for a meetings and events production company full time as a project manager and photographer. Both jobs have grown exponentially, and I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything other job. What I love most about being a wedding photographer is creating a set of stunning wedding images that will never be 100% recreated, based on the personalities of each couple, the weather that day, and the unique touches they've brought into their special day.
Q. Best advice for a couple looking for their wedding photographer?
A. Hands down, I believe you should choose someone you like. You should love their images of course, but your photographer's personality should be a good fit with yours. The relationship built between a photographer and a couple is extremely interpersonal -- they're a stranger you choose to capture the one of most intimate moments of your lives together. Even though you'll become friends throughout the process, an initial trust and interpersonal understanding will benefit both parties, and result in photos of your best you.
Q. When you aren't behind the camera capturing magic, what do you enjoy doing?
A. Weddings aside, what I love most is spending time with my family. I've been married since 2014 (Nick and I met on Halloween; he was dressed as Prince Charming - no joke). In 2017, we had our little girl, Gwen, who amazes us every day with something new. Aside from general time together, our favorite things are traveling along the north shore, hiking, and visiting breweries (Nick works for a brewery in Northeast Minneapolis). We have two cats (Loki and Lola), and a dog (Indy). I also enjoy cooking, and lately have been diving into some watercolor painting.
Q. What is your favorite spot in Minneapolis right now? (Personal or wedding related)
A. My favorite photo spots in Minneapolis are the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, from SE Main Street, and Father Hennepin Bluff Falls Park, both in Northeast Minneapolis. The future of both of these locations is not set in stone, as the city of Minneapolis doesn't maintain them as parks. I doubt they'll be around much longer, so I'm enjoying bringing couples to those locations while they're still accessible.
Q. What's on your playlist/podcast/audible?
A. Because I spend a lot of my time working (two full time jobs will do that), I spend my commutes listening to crime podcasts and storytelling podcasts. The content is 100% unrelated to anything I do in real life, but I enjoy the glimpses into other parts of life and human nature. A couple of my favorite podcasts are "Criminal," "This American Life," and "Radio Lab."
Q. What will couples love the most about working with you?
A. I'm organized and detail-oriented, but also easygoing and relaxed. I love the carpentry proverb, "measure twice, cut once," and adapt it for the process I take when planning a photography schedule with the couples I work with. We meet twice during the pre-wedding planning process to develop a custom timeline and shot list to ensure we're finding the best balance for your day. That all said, I also understand there are so many moving elements -- sometimes things don't go as planned, and that's okay too. I like to "roll with the punches," so to speak, so if a family member is late to family photos, or hair and makeup go a bit longer than initially expected, we'll still make it happen (and we'll do it without panicking -- I promise it will be okay). I also believe in meeting couples where they're at when it comes to their comfort level of being photographed -- this means I may set a couple up with a pose, but then provide a prompt or let a moment unfold naturally, depending on the personality of each couple. Aside from great photos, my goal is for each couple I work with to have a seamless, stress-free and fun photography experience.