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Dan Jones, Wedding Officiant

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Wedding Photography Advice


Why is a Taos wedding officiant writing a blog about wedding photography? I get to see a lot of of wedding photographers in action, that’s why! I think I have some good insights.

As with any vendor you’re engaging for your wedding day, interview them! Get a sense of their style and demeanor. Check out their website. Your wedding day should be something you enjoy. You don’t want to be continually wondering if your photographer is capturing the shots you want. Your photographer should be creative, organized and flexible.

Deanna Nelson with Poetic Images by Deanna is an example of a wonderful wedding and portrait photographer here in Taos. She is all of the above. She is dependable and attentive to your wishes. I utilize her services for the packages I offer and she is super easy to work with. Even for a one hour elopement shot she’ll spend time on the phone with you before your big day to learn what style of shots you want.

Deanna balances on a large rock to take a good photo of the newly married couple.
Balancing on a boulder, Deanna captures this couple on the love bench in the SpiriTaos gardens, complete with sacred Taos Mountain as a backdrop.

Yes, I said elopement wedding packages! Check out my wedding packages: they’ve been very popular and make planning a breeze. Beyond the package I’m happy to recommend other local vendors to round out your planning.

I assume you’ve thought about what kind of wedding photography you want? Natural shots, posed, some of both? Interior/exterior? To some extent your venue or unique wedding location will dictate the types of shots you have available. If you want shots in a field of sagebrush, you don’t want to book my lush SpiriTaos gardens for example.

What I most like about Deanna is her willingness to get the right shots. I remember one wedding where the couple was leaving during the unfolding of a spectacular sunset. Deanna had already given them more time than they’d paid for. They were eager to leave. But she wanted to keep shooting because the light and the beauty were incredible.

Taking a great wedding photo at the Rio Grande Gorge
Deanna knows the right angles to capture it all — the Rio Grande Gorge with bridge and river, mountains and breathtaking scenery. And of course the kiss and the flowers!

I’m including a few shots of her at work. Not of her work, but showing how she works. She is creative and knows how to get the shots you’re seeking. She’s willing to lay down in the dirt, climb a mountain or contort herself – all in pursuit of the perfect wedding day photo.

Come on out to Taos, New Mexico for a memorable wedding experience. Deanna and I would love to work with you to assure your planning is easy and your wedding photography is extraordinary!

The photographer lies down in the dirt to get an amazing photo during the ceremony
Deanna got the shot and then stood up from this with cactus spines in her back and covered with dust.

Want more information on this topic? Email Dan at Dan@EmbracingCeremony.com

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