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Small Talk:: The Advantages of Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer

Laura and Mark were engaged and on a tight budget. They were making plans for a lovely afternoon wedding at University Circle Botanical Gardens. Because a friend offered to take their wedding photos, they initially planned to forgo a professional, however after we had an opportunity to discuss the importance of hiring a pro-photographer, they decided to secure my services.

Over the past several years I’ve noticed a growing trend; Friends and family members photographing weddings. Initially it may seem like a great way to cut the budget. Technology has been advancing, which largely includes DSLR cameras. So many couples see this as an advantage.

However, because there are a multitude of variables that may happen on a wedding day, it’s important to consider why a pro is worth the investment.

A professional understands how to anticipate, bypass and solve problems effectively. This may include unrelenting weather, tight timeframes, and/or a multitude of last minute changes.

A professional should also understand the following:

  • Timelines
  • Dark areas (church, reception, etc.)
  • Overexposure (related issues — squinting, etc.)
  • Ceremony restrictions
  • Photograph locations
  • Anticipating moments (first kiss, etc.)
  • Being prepared for the unexpected
  • Promptly delivering photographs
  • Having an emergency plan secured to safely arrive at wedding and reception site
  • Photograph backup system

Aside from knowing that a professional photographer will handle any potential problems, the biggest difference between hiring a friend and a professional are the services the professional will ultimately deliver. A stunning album, beautifully delivered photographs, and a flawless wedding day experience. To pull off this wonderful accomplishment requires a very skilled professional.

Elizabeth Pruitt Photography — Published!

Did you know that Elizabeth Pruitt Photography has been published in print in The Knot magazine and The Cleveland Jewish News Bar Bat Mitzvah magazine, and featured nationally in both Bridal Guide and Love Olio?

November 10, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Stephanie Uptmor - Congrats! Beautiful!

November 10, 2014 - 9:18 PM

Jay Ream - Congrats Liz!

November 10, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Shauna Rodriguez Harper - You have a special talent! Nice!

November 10, 2014 - 10:50 PM

Janosik Amy - One photographer everyone needs to have at their big day!!! Thanks again….

November 11, 2014 - 12:07 AM

Abby Budin Dippel - This is so great!! Were our pictures in a magazine or on the blog?? Id love to get the magazine!

St. Clarence Wedding in North Olmsted Ohio

Meryl and Ryan’s beautiful May wedding ceremony was held at the Olmsted Community Church, located in Olmsted Falls, near North Olmsted where their reception at Saint Clarence Pavillion was held.

Their color theme was violet and pink — Two of my favorite colors! They opted for a ‘First Look’ at their home. After that we headed to East 4th street in Cleveland, then back to Olmsted Falls for some photos around town.

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Christian Dela Vega - Their first dance could’ve been “Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX or “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus.

K-Ci & JoJo won out.

April 11, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Selective Sound Entertainment - Amazing work every time! We always look forward to working with you!

April 11, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Jeremy Jay R Rich - Not only are you such a talented photographer, but you are also an amazing person! Elizabeth Pruitt you Rock!

April 12, 2014 - 6:15 AM

Michele Renard - Beautiful photos!

Kristina and Jerry’s Engagement Session in the Cleveland Flats

In case you didn’t know, the Cleveland Flats is an awesome place to shoot photos! With a combination of urban architecture and bright colored bridges and murals, the area makes for a wonderful session.

Kristina and Jerry’s wedding is approaching quickly and I’m super-excited! Here’s a few of my favorites from our session:

I absolutely adore this mural! What a fun background. 

This location — it’s a hidden treasure. Can’t say it’s the safest area to venture into, but we did it. Success! Think the photos matched both Kristina and Jerry’s personalities and outfits.

We finished off at a bridge. Standing underneath softened the light making for some pretty pics.

Can’t wait for the wedding! I’ll be seeing Kristina and Jerry very soon.

Windows on The River Wedding in Cleveland Ohio

I photographed Leah and Jake’s wedding at two of the most beautiful locations in Cleveland, Ohio. Their wedding was held at the exquisite City Hall Rotunda on Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland, followed by a reception at Windows on The River on Sycamore Street, also in Cleveland.

Leah and Jake work in the same profession, so they probably share a lot in common. But besides their profession, they share so much more. Jake adores Leah and Leah adores Jake. You can see it in their eyes, the way they kiss, and the quiet moments they spend in each other’s arms.

Leah and Jake’s day ran flawlessly thanks to wedding coordination by Angela Wish from A Wedding Wish, which is located in Medina, a small suburb of Cleveland. Angela specializes in finding wedding photographers for engaged couples.

Marriott at Key Center Wedding, Public Square Cleveland Ohio

Marriott at Key Center Wedding, Public Square Cleveland Ohio

We started the day photographing preparations which included Leah putting on her wedding gown, a few bridal portraits, and some beautiful moments at The Marriott at Key Center, located on Public Square in Cleveland.
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As the wedding ceremony began, seeing Leah beam as she walked down the isle of the City Hall Rotunda was quite a moment.
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City Hall Rotunda Wedding Euclid Ave Cleveland OhioEast 4th Street (E 4th St) Cleveland Ohio wedding photography

Leah and Jake chose East 4th Street (E 4th St) as their first wedding photograph destination. I absolutely adore photographing in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio! It’s just such a wonderful, urban landscape that creates an interesting juxtapose with wedding parties.

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Our second wedding photograph destination was around Wade Lagoon at The Cleveland Museum of Art on East Blvd in Cleveland.

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Details, details, details! Couples spend so much time planning their wedding day. Photographing the ‘little things’ is incredibly important.

Windows on The River Wedding Cleveland Ohio

Windows on The River is one of my favorite Cleveland venues to photograph weddings! It really showcases the Cleveland buildings and Flats area.

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Windows on The River Wedding Cleveland Ohio

What a wonderful day filled with emotion! It was an honor to photograph Leah and Jake’s wedding in downtown Cleveland. I can’t thank them enough for working with me.

 

November 27, 2012 - 4:05 PM

Julina - These are sooooooo lovely!!!!

November 27, 2012 - 9:27 PM

Debra Wenger Kunze - Beautiful!

November 28, 2012 - 1:49 AM

Angela Metz Wish - What fabulous photos – great work Lizz! Congrats again Leah and Jake! The Perfect couple and A+ Vendors make my job easy! :)

December 3, 2012 - 12:23 AM

Cherie Simpson - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photos – thank you so much for sharing!

December 3, 2012 - 2:40 PM

Carole Ann Taylor - Beautiful couple!

December 4, 2012 - 6:16 PM

Diane Trainer - Beautiful photos, what a beautiful bride and groom…

May 30, 2013 - 1:25 AM

Rita Perid - Your pictures are amazing! great eye.

July 11, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Dan and Melissa - I love the bouquets! Gorgeous shots!

August 22, 2013 - 7:46 PM

Trevor from Nova Scotia - A stunning bride and fantastic coverage of the day! Your images are wonderful!! I love the shot of Leah and her dad during their dance!

September 8, 2013 - 2:47 AM

wanweier - Leah and Jake’s!!!

March 14, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Stacy Squires Photography - stunning photos