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So, here’s your current situation:

You are looking for a Wedding Photographer, but they’re everywhere. Everyone is claiming to be a professional. But how do you really know? You check reviews, but sometimes that’s not enough. How are you supposed to decide on such an important decision?

You need to ask yourself some questions first about what is most important to you?

  1. Someone to help organize the day
  2. Deliver in a timely manner
  3. Quality of photographs
  4. Quality of product from photographer
  5. Excellent customer service
  6. Price
  7. Flexibility on your day
  8. Responsive to communication
  9. Dependable
  10. Creativity
  11. Charisma with your guests or family members
  12. Ability to go above and beyond

What is your end goal? When your wedding day is over how do you envision it went. Think about it. I am going to give you some serious things to think about!

You start with your brides and bridesmaids getting your hair and makeup done photograph the bride and her girls, along with any family members in the room with the bride. Details are captured, but hair and makeup ran late and now you have to rush missing a ton of shots. You get to the ceremony and it starts late because important members of the wedding party are not there. The photographer decides to take a creative shot and completely misses the first kiss. The ceremony is over and you are rushed off the ceremony property without getting all of the family/wedding party photographs you wanted. You get to the reception, and the majority of the wedding party is drunk so no one is listening and going in every direction. You do the required reception activities, dancing, cake cutting, and eating. You look at the clock and the 5 hours you hired your photographer is over and they are leaving.

NOW, if you hired a PROFESSIONAL this is what you didn’t realize.

A professional knows that hair and makeup run late about 99% of the time and would have shown up early to photograph the details, dress and little things that go on the bride. Because a professional knows that once the items are on the bride they DO NOT come back off. You can’t go back and re-shoot the dress once it’s on.

A professional would have a PLAN B for every situation. A professional would only take a creative shot if they have something in place so they don’t miss the first kiss. Or a plan B on what to do if it is missed.

A professional can plug out family photographs super fast, and can be aware of the situation before it happens. If they notice that the wedding party is getting a little tipsy, they would have gone and grabbed someone from the reception to help get everyone in line or another family member to make sure everyone is safe and capable of functioning.

One last thing is a professional comes to you first before they leave. They take their time because they know that sometimes the best shots are after hours.

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. When deciding who to trust. Trust a professional!

Krystal Thornton Photography strives to achieve above and beyond customer service. It’s not your job to worry about the logistics of your day. You have planned it and successfully hired professionals that understand your vision. Your professional is who you lean on during your wedding. You and your fiance’ sit back and have so much fun and allow us to navigate the day for you.

Pricing:

When looking for pricing you have to look at the amount you are paying. Are you paying someone enough to fix a problem should it arise? Are you paying them enough to be able to go above and beyond? If you are paying a photographer enough to break even they will NOT have the means or the resources to able to deliver the customer service you deserve.

At KTP you ALWAYS talk to a person. We are booking 2019 and 2020 Brides and Grooms right now. I would love to chat on the phone with you and answer any questions, or just help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

You only do this once, make sure you rely on the people with your best interest at heart!

And this is an amazing time for YOU because right now KTP has a SUPER CRAZY DEAL.

Collections start at 2999 and go up from there!

When you book your Wedding Photography on or before January 1, 2019, you GET:

**Additional Photographer

**Additional Hour**

**Save your date for $100 down and signed contract (normally 50% of the collection)

I have a question, and here’s the NO BS!

I truly believe that Krystal Thornton Photography is right for you, and I would love to work with you. I think that when it comes to choosing the right photographer for your wedding day, you should choose someone with experience, knowledge understanding and your best interest at heart.

Please take time to share this post to help a bride and groom in planning! TIA

Krystal Thornton Photography

(269) 599-2094

300 Manchester Rd; Jamestown, NY 14701

www.kthornphoto.com

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Chelsea + Jimmy Wedding–Kalamazoo Michigan

My first wedding for 2018 could not have been any better!

I first met these two lovebirds when I photographed their engagement session.  I was a huge fan of these two right from the start!

The wedding day forecast anticipated rain, which changed for the better the day of the ceremony.  On January 27, 2018, the weather was perfect.  For a January wedding day, we had sun, and quite a bit of warmth coming in at a WHOPPING 47 degrees for a winter day. WOO HOO!



Chelsea and Jimmy met at the job they both currently work at.  One of the first things I noticed about Chelsea and Jimmy is that whenever they are within a close proximity of each other Jimmy will grab Chelsea’s hand to hold it whenever he can.  He looks at Chelsea like she’s the only person in the world, no one else, no worries, just calm, pure, love.



Chelsea got ready at their home in Gobles, Michigan.  Jimmy has gone through each room and has remodeled the entire house with his bare hands and Chelsea by his side.  He did his best to make sure the basement was done in time for the girls to get ready there.  Creating a bar, and adding a palette design to each pole in the basement.  The rustic feel fits perfectly with Chelsea and Jimmy.  They are definitely country at heart.

The style for the wedding fit these two perfectly with cowboy boots for the girls and just a vest for the guys.  The ceremony was held in Gobles, Michigan at the Gobles United Methodist Church, that Jimmy’s family attends.  The officiant for their ceremony was Paster John Brooks and Jimmy’s brother.  During the ceremony, they braided rope connected to a cross made by Jimmy with palettes from their yard.


Chelsea and Jimmy (98 of 1126)


Chelsea and Jimmy (324 of 1126)


The Grimes have 3 pups Maddi, Ellie, and Sadie.  Ellie was supposed to be the ring bearer and they decided to keep her home so she wasn’t locked away from anyone during the ceremony.


Chelsea and Jimmy (682 of 1126)


After the ceremony, we scooted back to their home to photograph the newlyweds with their wedding party and their pups.  We also went and re-created their engagement photo holding the Jack Daniels bottle.  After we were able to capture the photographs they wanted we headed to the reception hall which was located at Old Mill in Plainwell, Michigan.


Jack Daniels


There were meatballs, chips, and salsa for an appetizer and a BURGER BAR for the dinner, and dessert was donuts from Sweetwaters.

The toasts were performed by Chelsea’s dad Ed, Best Man and Maid of Honor.

Chelsea gave a speech right before she danced with her dad that was quite emotional.  Chelsea’s dad had to have a major heart surgery in September, all while planning her wedding.  And I can understand how emotional, and stressful this can be during what is supposed to be the happiest time in your life.  Thankfully, Dad (Ed) pulled through quickly and is doing great!

The ‘Party’ started when Chelsea’s brother Ed rapped to Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby and pulled everyone onto the dance floor. He is evidently a pro at this performing it at every wedding he can.  I’m pretty sure you can hire him, just contact Chelsea 🙂


Chelsea and Jimmy (1036 of 1126)


Chelsea and Jimmy (1037 of 1126)


I wish these two all the happiness this world has to offer.  Congratulations Chelsea and Jimmy Grimes!

To book your wedding contact:

Krystal Thornton Photography

krystal@kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

www.kthornphoto.com

Hiring your wedding and engagement photographer tips!!

 

Ahhh!  It’s that time of year again when the weather warms up, people are outside more, the birds start chirping and the grass gets greener….!  Hopefully soon anyway.  This is my favorite time of year.  When all of the newly engaged couples start contacting me for engagement photos and they start looking for wedding photographers.   Ahh, love is in the air.  Super excited for this year, I have several weddings booked already and I am hopeful to get several more.





So here’s a couple of things I want you be aware of when looking for your photographer.  Make sure you find someone that meets several of YOUR criteria when looking around.

  1.  Make sure that your personalities fit together.  Just because you contacted a photographer and even met with them.  Doesn’t mean that they are the right fit for you.  These are your most precious memories that they are dealing with.  If you are not comfortable with them then it will show in the photos.
  2. Find out how long their turn-around-time is.  This could be very important, depending on if there is a holiday or an important event coming up and you want to give some of the photos as gifts.  You want someone that will meet your time frame.
  3. Can they handle stressful situations.  Sometimes during a wedding a situation will arise, how are they going to handle this disruption to the timeline…
  4. What if they get sick…  Do they have someone that could cover them if something should happen and they are unable to make your special day…
  5. Ok, so you have a photographer in mind and you see their packages and you know what you want.  Customer service is not on the package, Does this photographer have customer service skills, are they willing to deliver beyond the package…
  6. And lastly, what type of editing will they do to the photos?  This is HUGE, because if you have a photo of the entire wedding party and someone’s eyes are closed, will they Photoshop different eyes on them?  You need to know the extent of the editing that they will do before you hire them.
  7. Most importantly COST.  You want something FAST, CHEAP, and GREAT QUALITY.  As the old adage goes, you can pick two of those. What is FAST and CHEAP is not always GREAT QUALITY.  Please remember this.




This is YOUR wedding day, and there are so many important decisions that you have to make.  Make sure you consider all options and remember in 50 years when you look back on your day, what do you want to remember most from it?  The cost, the quality of the photos, the lack of photos, or that you took your time and picked the best photographer for you and your fiancée and received the best quality photographs of a memory that could never be duplicated.

 

Words for Wednesday

Well, here is something about myself.  I am such a softy.  I have been to so many weddings in my entire life.  And, I still find myself crying at each and every one of them.  I am so emotionally invested in weddings.  They are such a happy and beautiful time.  In fact I keep tissue in my camera bag because of this!

It also amazes me how well the bride and groom hide their nerves on the wedding day.  Even after all of the weddings I have been to, it’s amazing how much love is there during that time.  There are some many people that cry during the ceremony and the reception.

If you find yourself thinking ‘I don’t want to cry during my wedding’.  Ignore that voice.  Go ahead and cry, let the tears flow.  Blubber like a baby, ugly cry if that’s your way.  Do what YOU need to do to express yourself on YOUR wedding day.  Don’t feel that you have to stifle any emotion.  EVER!  Whether it’s your wedding day or not.  It’s NOT human!

So, here’s a secret for you.  YOU are SUPPOSED to cry on your wedding day.  You are SUPPOSED to feel an overwhelming amount of emotion.  This IS an emotional day.  If people that go to weddings don’t even know the people that well.  And, THEY cry.  Let it go.  Cry!  Cry those extremely overwhelming happy tears!  This is supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience and the whole point is to enjoy it in its entirety.

Besides, when you have your make up done they use waterproof make up, and usually spray some solidifying spray to keep it from running in tears or sweat.  So, if you hold back your emotions, it’s not because you think your make up will run.  It’s honestly because you are afraid of what other people will think.  And your wedding is NOT the day to worry about that!

Marcie Kobriger and John Bollinger Wedding



News Channel 3 Anchor Marcie Kobriger and John Bollinger were married on September 3, 2016.  It was a gorgeous day.  Marcie and John were married on the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball field.  It was such a beautiful ceremony.  So many people showed up to celebrate these two.  It was a joy and an honor to be a part of such an awesome wedding and reception.  The day was AMAZING!!  I wish these two all the joy in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contact me anytime for questions!!!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com



Why Book Krystal Thornton Photography



What you get when you book with Krystal Thornton Photography.  You get a customized email just for you on Clothing, Make-up, Skin and Posing tips to help your session run as smooth as possible.  There are NO session fees so you only pay for product and photos you WANT!!  You get to customize your very own package without being told what items you can and cannot get.  You get at least an hour of photographing, and each image fully edited for online viewing in your very own gallery.  And that is just for family, senior, engagement boudoir and other smaller sessions.

If you book me for your wedding day, I come with my wedding box.  In it there are emergency supplies like: extra toothbrush, bug spray, sunblock, tide stick, clothing tape, sewing kit, ponchos and so much more!  It is my goal to make sure that your special day runs as smooth as possible.  You not only get a photographer you get a friend for life!!!

Here are reviews on my website from past clients: Krazy for Krystal

Be prepared to be awed!  I am here to help you through every decision in your photo session.  Customer service is a huge deal to me and I want to make this experience one that you and your family or significant other will remember forever!  Contact me anytime day or night with any questions you may have!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotograph@gmail.com



DeGraw Bridal Shower


On Sunday August 14, 2016 Sarah DeGraw had her bridal shower at Southern Exposure.  This was my second time photographing there. Such a beautiful bride-to-be and such a beautiful venue.

The weather was absolutely beautiful, the shower could have been held outside. On of the first days this summer that hasn’t been scorching hot.

It was a joy and a pleasure to photograph this shower, not only do I know Sarah personally she is my cousin through marriage.  She will make a beautiful bride.  Tung is a lucky and very blessed man.

If you have any questions about any event you may be hosting soon contact me at:

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com