Today I’m delighted to get to talk about Elissa R Photography in Austin, Texas. Elissa is a super active member of the APW community (as a vendor and as a reader), and in the past year, I’ve been delighted to watch her business grow by leaps and bounds, thanks in large part to Team Practical. She’s honoring that and more today with a giveaway. Yipee!
First off, thanks to some positive reviews by Team Practical brides, Elissa is proud to be in So You’re EnGAYged vendor listings. She’s so excited about this that she decided to host a giveaway of a photo session to a LGBTQ couple or ally in the Austin Area, redeemable before the end of the year. If you’d like to enter this giveaway (and how could you not, knowing how Elissa’s last APW giveaways turned out) leave a message explaining why you’d like to win it, and why you think it’s important to support pro-LGBTQ vendors during wedding planning.
But that’s not all! Elissa R Photography is offering a 25% discount to the first two APW couples that book her (mention this post), and a 10% discount to all other APW couples. With wedding packages starting at just $2,200, you should run not walk to book Elissa R. Photo. It’s been a joy to see Elissa’s work change and grow over the last year as an APW sponsor. Her work has such clarity, voice, and emotive personality. Each of her weddings seem to capture the spirit of the couples (not just stylish pictures, which she also does fantastically well). So book her while the going is good because I can guarantee that these rates won’t last.
I asked Elissa why she loves working with APW couples in particular, and boy did she get it right. She said:
I feel that, since I was once a bride planning my own wedding and using APW as one of my main resources to keep me grounded and sane, I can relate to what APW readers are going through. For the most part, I’ve found APW couples to be absolutely sweet, trust me when I am working, and love what I deliver. And that, to me, is all I can really ask for. I want people to hire me because they like my vision, the final product that I share with them and with the world. I think APW reader Rachelle said it best in a tweet: “I love my guest pics too, in a very different way. But Elissa captured exactly how the day felt for me.” I feel like APW folks and I are on the same page and know that it’s about the moments and the marriage, not just the pretty “things.”
But it may be Elissa R Photography’s artistic philosophy that makes her absolutely perfect for Team Practical. Elissa told me:
I aim to make beautiful photos out of honest moments. Someone recently called my work “frank” and I considered that a huge compliment. My number one priority is to do what is best for the couple, which sounds obvious, but a lot of the time I think photographers can start to live in their heads and shoot just for their portfolios or their egos, thus neglecting what is important. I shoot for the story. I shoot for the moment. I try to imagine what is important to the couple and what will continue to be important to them when they show their wedding album to their grandchildren in fifty years.
And that’s what a wedding photographer should be doing… shooting for you, shooting for your grandkids, shooting for your mom, shooting for the memories. Not shooting trendy shots for the blogs, or their portfolio. But working for you. And that’s what Elissa does with her clients.
Plus, she’s now offering a free engagement session with every package, thanks to her experience with recent APW clients. This story explains exactly why you want to work with Elissa and what you’re getting when you do:
The last time I had a sponsored post on APW I gave away an engagement session to a really awesome couple. I met up with them in Houston and shot their sweet engagement session, then they changed to become Margot and Richie Tenenbaum and we shot their absolutely fantastic Royal Tenenbaums session. (Made infamous by How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Plan My Wedding post by Rachelle!) We became friends, added each other on Twitter, followed each other’s blogs, and by the time her wedding came around, I knew exactly what was important to her, what she had spent extra time on, and I was so pumped to be a part of her and Stephen’s wedding. I realized that while I loved showing up at weddings and shooting my heart out and giving these gorgeous memories to the recipients, I liked it even more when I knew them better. As a professional I do my best to get to know folks before their wedding day, and sometimes it’s inevitable that we won’t meet until the day of (such as an out-of-state couple), but it gave me so much more satisfaction to know the ins and outs of my clients’ personalities before I showed up and shot this really important event. That is a long-winded explanation for why I’ve started to include engagement sessions in all of my packages, absolutely free, as a way to get to know clients before their wedding.
And that is why you want Elissa R Photography at your wedding. Not because she shoots amazing photos (though she does), not because her rates are affordable (though they are), but she cares about capturing you, exactly who you are, exactly as you are. And that’s priceless.