“Elizabeth is a truly amazing and incredibly talented photographer. If you are considering having her take your wedding photos, engagement photos, baby photos, ANY photos, seriously do not wait and book her now before someone else does because she is simply the best there is. Both my husband and I are artists in Atlanta and we have the privilege to work around a lot of talented photographers but when it came time to choose someone to photograph our wedding, there was no doubt that Elizabeth was the best choice. Working with her is an absolute joy! She is so fun to be around and puts everyone at ease with her calming demeanor. She is organized and professional, and she gets the most incredible pictures in just a few shots so that you can relax and enjoy the day, all the while knowing that you have the best photographer on your team documenting all of those beautiful details and happy moments that pass so quickly. She loves what she does, and you can tell. Five stars is not enough when it comes to Elizabeth. My husband and I could not be happier with the gorgeous photos that she took of our wedding at Shiloh Farm, and we truly loved working with her. Thank you, Elizabeth!”
Mrs. Julie Torres
(link to Julie and Alexi’s fairytale wedding here)
“Elizabeth is everything you could ask for in a wedding photographer. My (now husband) and I live out of state, and she was always quick and easy to get in touch with. She was incredibly sweet and positive throughout the whole wedding day, everyone instantly felt comfortable around her. We had some issues with the our flowers being delivered late, and she was completely flexible about the scheduled pictures being rearranged. To top it all off, we got all of our wedding pictures within a week of the wedding and I can’t stop looking at them. They’re stunning. Most other wedding photographers were out of our price range, and I’m so glad we were led to Elizabeth because she is worth it! Hire her!”
Mrs. Kathryn Graham
(link to Kathryn and Tyler’s beautiful wedding blog here)
“Elizabeth was truly AMAZING! Not only does she taking gorgeous photos, she easily directed us into poses that were natural and comfortable when we normally avoid taking pictures of ourselves. She caught intimate glimpses of us that really showed our love at our wedding. Elizabeth was everywhere and yet never seen. I don’t know how she pulled that off, but we are dazzled. And to top it all off, Elizabeth captures the light perfectly for captivating images of people and scenery, no easy feat!”
Mrs. Veronica Oakler
(link to Joe and Veronica’s magical wedding blog here)
“Elizabeth was a true find. After many meetings with photographers in Tallahassee she was our first choice, by a long run. The quality of her work far outweighs the cost. Actually, I was shocked she doesn’t charge more. She’s lovely to be around and her eye for detail is astounding. If you want the best, look no further. Love love love my wedding and boudoir photos.”
Mrs. Nicolette Wanous
(link to Nicolette and Matthew’s beautiful wedding blog here)
“In April of 2016, we booked a New Years Eve wedding for our daughter at Shiloh Barn and Chapel in Tallahassee. Since we live in Pensacola and our daughter in Tallahassee, our wedding planner, Dent Ward, was kind enough to invite Elizabeth to our first meeting to try and save us time in interviewing several photographers. Dent had worked with Elizabeth many times and thought she would be a good fit. How right she was! From our first meeting, we all felt comfortable with Elizabeth and didn’t even interview anyone else. She was professional yet so personable, very organized and upfront about her fees and what she offered for those costs. She was never hard to reach, always promptly returning texts, emails and phone calls, something that was crucial since I live 3 hours away and couldn’t conveniently meet. I can’t say enough about how fantastic Elizabeth was on the wedding day!! She arrived right on time, ready to roll. Not only did she keep 1 bride, 1 groom, 8 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen and 2 parents of the bride on schedule before the wedding, we all had enough time before the ceremony to actually relax. Things could not have gone smoother. My husband even commented on how “non dramatic” and professional Elizabeth was for the entire event. How many times do you hear that??? And of course THE PICTURES!!!! From the “first look” to “the details”, to “the ceremony”, to the “last goodbye” I’ve just never seen anything photographed so well. The saying goes that “pictures just don’t do something justice”. I can tell you that is not the case with Elizabeth. We went to such lengths to insure everything was perfect and Elizabeth absolutely captured it perfectly.”
Mrs. Peggy Wilson (Mother of the Bride)
(link to Jill and Andrew’s magical NYE wedding blog here)
“Elizabeth is not only sweet, but so professional and passionate about what she does!! And it shows in the beautiful pictures and wonderful moments she captured on our wedding day. She offers great customer service and communication! Answered all our questions and offered great suggestions. We consider her now our friend! We will also be using her for future photographs of our family and special moments. Highly recommend her!!!”
Mrs. Maria Overton
(link to Patrick and Maria’s beautiful wedding blog here)
“We have found a photographer and friend for life!! Elizabeth came into the picture after some disappointing results from another photographer. During our first consultation, she was incredibly professional and organized. She went out of her way to address the fears and concerns we had while also making us feel like the only customers in the world. We had so much fun during our engagement session and she captured us exactly how we see ourselves as a couple. Her demeanor is incredibly sweet and caring, which instantly made us feel at ease in front of the camera. She is so humble, but incredibly passionate about her work. Her energy was amazing- it kept us entertained and our hearts smiling for hours. When it came time for the wedding, she showed her excellent eye for the perfect locations while taking the time to ensure each shot was perfect. If she wasn’t already perfect enough, her turnaround time for editing was second to none. We had all of our wedding pictures back before we had the chance to think about them. Choosing Elizabeth was the easiest choice and the best choice we could have made. Even though she lives 3 hours away from us, we will always make the trip to have her capture the special moments in our lives from this point forward.”
Mrs. Kayla Kinnaman
(link to Chris and Kayla’s beautiful wedding blog here)
“To say that Elizabeth Birdwell is amazing is an understatement! Elizabeth is a pure delight and joy to work with, she listens to what the bride and groom wanted to make sure she captured every moment they wanted. She made suggestions of what she thought would be stunning photographs and they were. As the mother of the bride you want your daughters wedding day to be perfect and hiccup free. Elizabeth was a huge part of our daughters wedding day being hiccup free and we have the most stunning photographs to capture the day forever. We have received compliments from family and friends and friends of friends who have seen them. Elizabeth has a true gift with the camera and it shows in every photo she takes. We could not be more pleased and she will be our family photographer especially when we get to add grandchildren to the mix!”
Mrs. Leitta Williamson (Mother of the Bride)
(link to Suzanne and Alan’s beautiful wedding day here)
“I knew Elizabeth Birdwell was going to be a joy to work with from the first time I met her at our engagement photo shoot! Her beaming smile and upbeat personality easily put me and my (now) husband completely at ease; which is saying a lot because my fiancé, like many men, was not too gung-ho about spend an hour having to smile. 😉 However, she made the process so easy and fun and we really enjoyed ourselves and the photographs came out so beautiful! I think my husband did even better than I did with Elizabeth! She really has a knack for creating the best environment for capturing the love between two individuals.
Elizabeth kept in touch and was readily available for questions in the time between our engagement photos and the wedding. As our big day was approaching, she kept me extra excited by texting me about how excited she was to shoot us and gave me all the information I needed to be prepared. The morning of the wedding, she arrived with a huge smile on her face and really helped contribute to the already wonderful day! She took the most amazing photos that I will forever cherish. Not only that, but we had a really fun time with the photos, starting with getting ready in the morning and ending with jamming out and getting down at the reception! Even though the family and wedding party photos can often take a while when people really want to get to the reception, Elizabeth made the process quick and easy (she had amazing patience with my crazy family!) and all of the photos are perfect! I cannot wait to use Elizabeth in the future and I will HIGHLY recommend her to anyone on the prowl for a *perfect* photographer.”
Mrs. Katy Joyner
(link to wedding blog here)
“If I’m honest, the wedding pictures made me more anxious than just about any other piece of the matrimonial puzzle.“Really?” you say. “Of all the things that could stress you out at such a hectic time, THIS is what made you sweat? Uh-huh. Yes. It sure did. I’ve just never been comfortable in front of the camera. After all, we’re not just talking about getting cute happy hour snapshots to post on Facebook. We’re talking wedding photos– print in large format and hang proudly above your mantle kind of thing. Whole other ballpark. But not having photos from our wedding was far more unspeakable a terror to me than having to endure the “smiling” and “cheesing,” so I pressed on. I would have to grin –pun intended– and bear it. After meeting Elizabeth in person and hitting it off, we chose to do engagement shots, and even though I went in a little anxious, she made us feel very comfortable and coached us through every shot. The results were so much better than I’d hoped! Then it was our wedding day. My whole family — mother, father, sisters, aunts, nieces, kids, grown-ups and everything in between — all under one roof and it felt so natural having Elizabeth there in the middle of them all. She made sure we got all the photos we wanted and was saintly in her patience with the relatives who weren’t paying attention when it was their turn to smile and cheese. And the photos turned out spectacular. They look like us, but us at our best, which was something that was very important to me. I wanted us to look natural– to capture who we are together — and I am happy to say Elizabeth did that for us. She brought out the best in us to the point that this girl who hates looking at pictures of herself had a hard time picking which ones are her favorite! It was a great experience, and I wholehearted recommend Elizabeth to anyone looking for a friendly, personable, reassuring, soothing photographer who also happens to be dang good at what she does! You won’t be disappointed.”
Mrs. Julie Delorme
(link to Julie and John’s wedding blog here)
“Have you ever just met someone an instantly became friends? If you haven’t, you haven’t met Elizabeth. When on the search for a engagement/wedding photographer, I was at a dead end with looking at the same captured moments by local photographers in town, and all I wanted was different, then I found Elizabeth. Her pictures captured my heart the moment I laid eyes on them, and the warmth in every smile of every photo she took was incredible. I knew at that moment I had to have her! The first time we met I felt like she was a long lost friend I hadn’t seen in a while, as our conversation was like best friends catching up. She has a way of making someone feel so comfortable within an instant!
When it came time for engagement pictures, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement rise as I knew she was going to capture every shot I had dreamed up on my Pinterest board! With every shot she took as the sun set over White Dog Plantation that evening, I knew she was the perfect photographer for me! This woman has a gift, not just behind the camera, but for making someone love every minute of every moment she is capturing! I can’t wait for my wedding day, and to be able to look back on the beautiful pictures she creates, and for all my photos she takes for as long as she’s snapping pictures! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, she’s one in a billion!”
“When Elizabeth asked us to write a testimonial about our experience with her, my husband and I were at a loss. As he so eloquently put, “I can’t put into words how awesome she is.” And as I told Elizabeth, “I don’t know how to fit everything I’d want to say about how wonderful you are into anything other than a book.”
We feel extremely lucky to have Elizabeth as a friend let alone as our family’s ridiculously talented photographer. We’ve been fortunate enough to have her capture so many important and meaningful times for us including our wedding day, my pregnancy with our son and then countless milestones after he was born. I think it’s easy to feel uncomfortable and self conscious when someone is taking hundreds of photos of you but it is literally impossible to feel uncomfortable when working with Elizabeth. She has this way of making you feel relaxed and confident and making a photo shoot fun. Elizabeth has a gift for capturing beauty in every shot she takes and it is very obvious that she is passionate about what she does, it is not just a job to her.
We recently moved to Texas and still plan on making it back to Tallahassee to do shoots with Elizabeth. If that alone isn’t a testament to how much we adore her and her work than I don’t know what is! I have and would recommend Elizabeth to anyone wanting beautiful memories captured by a sweet wonderful photographer who will roll around in the grass just to get the perfect sun flare.”
Mrs. Eadon Webb
“Our experience with Elizabeth Birdwell is something we will never forget! I emailed Elizabeth inquiring about a photoshoot for our five year anniversary and she responded that very day. From her very first email Elizabeth’s passion for photography and friendly personality was obvious. We had a date set to shoot at Shiloh Farms, an incredible outdoor location, that we were both very excited about. However, the Tallahassee weather can be very unappealing with rain and mist lasting for days on end. After planning FOUR different sessions that all got canceled due to the unsavory weather, Elizabeth promised we would persevere until we found the perfect day to shoot on, and we did.
The day of our photoshoot we met Elizabeth for the first time and immediately felt comfortable around her; she had us laughing and smiling the entire session. Not only was she an absolute pleasure to work with and be around, but she takes phenomenal photographs. You would think it would be more difficult to perfectly capture our relationship and our personalities in a photograph, but she made it look so easy.
We are so grateful for Elizabeth and the photographs she took for us; we will cherish them forever. We can’t wait to work with her again!”
“As we looked through the breathtaking photos that Elizabeth took for us, my husband, who generally doesn’t have much to say about pictures we take, told me “These are the BEST pictures we’ve ever had done!” I must agree!
I had been following Elizabeth’s work on Facebook for some time and was always in awe of every photo she posted, so I finally reached out and got our session set up. I was literally counting down the days because I was so excited!
Elizabeth was the most responsive and easy to work with photographer I’ve ever dealt with. She always got back with me in a super short amount of time, always so nice and happy, and was so open to what we wanted to do for our pictures. I could tell she genuinely wanted our pictures to be the best they could possibly be! Even just emailing back and forth to set the plans, I felt like she was an old friend who I had known forever!
When she arrived for the session it all went so smoothly! Since we wanted to have our horses in the pictures I was a little nervous that she would be uncomfortable around them and wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but her calm and easy-going way made the horses comfortable, made US comfortable, and we got some pictures that I’ve only dreamed of being able to take! We had the BEST time EVER taking pictures and I’m constantly looking ahead to the future, and any excuse to take pictures, because I can’t WAIT to do it again!!
Her talent and ability to capture the most amazing moments in a beautiful way is unparallelled. Her use of natural light attracted me the most! Her pictures are so colorful and bright, you can’t help but be happy and smile when you look at them!
My husband and I both agreed, Elizabeth will be OUR photographer from now on! Her incredible work will adorn the walls of our home for years to come. Thanks Elizabeth!!!
“One thing I noticed right off the bat about Elizabeth -other than her amazing portfolio – was how quickly she responded to my inquiry for pricing! If I remember correctly she responded within 24 hours of me sending an email to her. The next thing I noticed was how kind and friendly she was. Her email was so enthusiastic and I could tell that she was excited about the shoots I was interested in as well as photography itself.
I think overall, other than the turnout of the pictures themselves, what impressed me most about Elizabeth was how much fun she made the shoot for Chris and me. I couldn’t believe how relaxed she made Chris! He is normally super shy and can get really stiff during pictures – but she got him to relax and actually enjoy the process! Chris even mentioned at the end of the process how much he liked Elizabeth and enjoyed working with her – a huge feat because he doesn’t like me very much after I make him take pictures ha!
If you are looking for a photographer that will go above and beyond to get the photos you want, if you are looking for a photographer that brings enthusiasm and fun to pictures – then Elizabeth should be your first choice! I can honestly say that no one else will shoot our annual portraits (at a minimum) other than her- she’s the best!”
“Elizabeth has been our “go-to” for family photos as our family has grown. She worked well with our son from the time he was 6 months old. She patiently waits for our little one to smile at the camera instead of curiously investigate the person behind the camera. Additionally, Elizabeth Birdwell has been an asset to our company, Majestic RE Investments, in taking excellent listing photos! We don’t know what we would do without her! She is responsive, professional, and willing to do whatever it takes for “the”shot! We love that Elizabeth is a text away for our business and personal photography needs.”
“Elizabeth is a consummate professional with an artist’s eye and an angel’s heart. She will find that special place, that special moment, that special view that captures the emotion of your event. She’s simply wonderful!”
“My family and I have had two amazing sessions with Elizabeth. When I signed up for a session I had only seen her work online and had never met her before. The first session was held at a plantation and it was absolutely picturesque. Once we met her she felt just like one of the family. Of course, this is a member of the family who is extremely patient, super fun, creative and works with the elements of wherever you are at. This particular shoot we had swarms of little bugs that Elizabeth didn’t even bat an eye at while she swatted, sweated and took amazing pictures. Then we had our incredibly white Bichon roll in animal feces and Elizabeth got some of the most incredible pictures of him from his “good” side!! Our second shoot was just as fun and amazing as the first and Elizabeth was once again a dream to work with. Her energy is so amazing and she absolutely loves what she does and it comes straight from her heart. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking at capturing any and all moments of life.”
“I absolutely loved working with Elizabeth. I contacted her after seeing a friends photo’s online and thought they were absolutely stunning. She definitely has a talent for capturing just the right moment. I booked a mini session with her for our 2014 Holiday Cards and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of our session. We brought along our “fur babies” and she was so patient and sweet. She captured our family perfectly. I look forward to using her services in the future.”
“I would love to start out by saying what a wonderfully nice person Elizabeth is. So with that being said, it just makes for a great experience being in or having my children’s pictures taken by her! Her work is absolutely amazing & she’s a fun person with super ideas on the setting, times of day, poses etc. She’s forever stuck photographing my family. We love her & her work 100%!”
“Our family met Elizabeth Birdwell on a sweltering hot summer night. Working with us wasn’t easy; We are a complete zoo. The very first thing Elizabeth did was take my older boys off on a secret mission, which established trust and cooperation- immediately. Elizabeth is kind, patient and a true artist. She was able to capture each chid’s dynamic personality through her lens. Thank you Elizabeth Birdwell Photography! We will cherish those captured moments for a lifetime.”
“Working with Elizabeth has been an incredible experience from every angle. Her ability to connect with people is evident in the amazing moments that she captures. My family doesn’t exactly jump for joy when I tell them we have a photo session coming up– but when we meet with Elizabeth they aways have SUCH a great time!!”
“Elizabeth’s pictures are absolutely gorgeous! She knows exactly how to catch the right shot. The photo shoots are relaxing and fun and she takes the time to find out exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s the location, the lighting, or the photo itself. Also, we look forward to viewing her sneak peek photos that she posts on a regular basis. She does a great job illustrating the photos; they really capture moments that will be remembered forever. We look forward to many more photo shoots with Elizabeth Birdwell!”
“I had always loved Elizabeth’s photos hanging on canvases in my OB-GYN’s office. However, I used someone else for my first maternity session and older son’s baby plan pictures. After not being totally satisfied, I decided to call Elizabeth for my maternity shoot for our second son. Not only was she available, but we immediately felt completely at home with her! She made the process completely painless for my fiancé, who used to hate getting our pictures taken. The best part was that I love every picture she took, which is not an easy task! I have used Elizabeth for newborn, baby plan and engagement photos and I will always use her! Her photographs are above and beyond my expectations after each session! It feels like Christmas when I get to see them!!”
“The moment we met Elizabeth we felt like we had known her for years. She makes you feel that comfortable! She truly has a gift with working with people and her love for photography shows when you see the photos she takes of you and your family. We can not thank her enough for giving us the gift of the gorgeous images of our family that we will cherish forever, and that is the reason we have her photograph our growing family year after year.”
“Elizabeth captured one of my most treasured memories – the pure joy and happiness of our daughter and her dog. We set out on the adventure with the hope of having one great picture of Kate, but we ended up with the most epically wonderful pictures of our daughter and her life long best friend. She is amazing!”
“There are a handful of truly special days in a Dad’s life and one of them is the day you get to walk your beautiful daughter down the aisle to the love of her life. Its one of those days with little room for mistakes because you want it to be perfect and memorable. The most important decision that is made in planning a wedding is choosing the photographer, because there are no retakes, no do overs…you have to get it right the first time. We choose Elizabeth to capture this special day for us and we are so very pleased we did. From start to finish Elizabeth was there for our family, capturing all those special moments for us to enjoy for years to come. What Elizabeth does with her camera is just amazing and she has this sixth sense about what to look for and when it’s going to happen. And when we saw the pictures she took we were blown away with the quality. She not only captured the experience, she captured the joy. It’s this joy that will be remembered by our family and shared with our daughter and her husband’s children and their children. We are indebted to Elizabeth for not only being a crazy talented photographer, but for understanding how truly special this day was for us and giving us a wonderful collection of photos to remember that day. We love Elizabeth…and as the Father of the bride…I am deeply grateful for her.”
“I knew I loved Elizabeth the moment we first chatted via email. I had booked a shoot with her and of course my 6 month old decided to get a huge bruise on his head the day before our appointment. She messaged me back letting me know that she could work with it and all would be well. Such a positive person! She also let me know that because I told her I loved all things vintage, she had acquired an amazing vintage couch and had it placed in the middle of a field! Talk about above and beyond! She has been our family photographer since that very first shoot and we would never think of looking elsewhere. Elizabeth has taken all of our yearly portraits, maternity photos and most special to me, she photographed the birth of my baby boy. It is rare to find a photographer that puts a family at ease enough to be invited to the birth of a child. Elizabeth is honestly one in a million. It’s so wonderful to fully trust and believe in a photographer. I have never been disappointed in her work. She is light hearted, relaxed and kind. Elizabeth works with professionalism and her art is truly incredible. She captures my three wild boys’ personalities in her photographs and any mother knows how priceless that is. Our family aways leaves our shoots with her smiling and ready to schedule our next session. Thank you so much Elizabeth for always being there for us, for capturing the most precious moments in our family history and for being a true friend. We love you!”
“My husband and I absolutely loved working with Elizabeth! From the moment we first met her at our engagement shoot, we instantly felt comfortable and at ease. We both consider ourselves to be un-photogenic, but our pictures turned out absolutely amazing. She was full of so many awesome ideas for fun and creative shots that it was easy to just let go and let her do her thing and we’re so glad that we did. I’ve said over and over again that the money we paid Elizabeth for our engagement and wedding photography was the best money that we spent for our wedding. To any bride-to-be looking for an amazing photographer, I highly recommend Elizabeth Birdwell, you’ll be so happy that you chose her!”
“The engagement photos Elizabeth took of my daughter and her fiancée completely exceeded my expectations. The images are absolutely beautiful, and Rachel and Jake had wonderful fun day with Elizabeth. I am so glad they chose Elizabeth Birdwell Photography for their engagement photos. She is an amazing photographer and these images will be cherished for years to come.”
“Every little girl dreams of what her wedding day will be like…full of love, laughter, and happily ever after! Our wedding day was just that, but it was also full of rain…lots and lots of rain! My positivity was sinking fast as Saturday, March 26th approached and it was still raining cats and dogs. Elizabeth was one of my saving graces that day. I had every photograph pose I wanted planned out in my head, but the weather was surely showing my vision was crumbling fast. I can’t even begin to tell you how much Elizabeth turned that around for me…and how she knew exactly what to do! She is like a breath of fresh air, and definitely the sunshine on our cloudy and wet wedding day! My girls loved her as much as I did (and the guys surely enjoyed giving her a hard time)! Some photo shots didn’t happen, but the ones that did were out of this world amazing (and better than the ones I had planned out in my head)! She took her time with every shot, every pose, and every person that was involved in our wedding to ensure that we got everything and more! When she posted the initial sneak peeks, I can’t even begin to tell you that feeling I had in my heart! Pure joy, happiness, love, overwhelming peace knowing that even with the rain, she made that day incredible for Michael and myself! I find myself repeatedly looking through our wedding pictures, and I feel the same exact joy as I did in the moment that I said “I Do” to my best friend on that rainy Saturday! I’ve cried, laughed, and smiled so hard skimming over those wedding photos that mean more to me than anyone will ever know! Thank you Elizabeth for being such a wonderful human being and for loving what you do! You made our wedding day more than you will ever know! I am so thankful that Michael and I have these pictures to look back on and to one day hopefully share with children and grand children!”
(link to Brittany’s wedding day blogpost here)
“We thoroughly enjoyed our session with Elizabeth. She knew exactly where to go, had ideas for all sorts of poses, and best of all, everything felt so personal. She truly captured our personalities and style. After a great experience at the photo shoot we waited patiently for the pictures. It didn’t take long at all to get them and WOW!! Her work is absolutely fabulous. The pictures are ones we will cherish always and Elizabeth is to thank for such remarkable work. The subject may be part of what makes a good picture but her talent is every bit as essential.”
(link to Cami’s session blogpost here)
“My fiancé discovered Elizabeth Birdwell Photography during the chaotic planning phase of our upcoming wedding. Anyone who has been there knows that for most couples this phase of the wedding planning consists almost solely of two primary parts; the first part is the bride-to-be frantically vetting the endless list of potential vendors lining up to take their money, and second is the groom-to-be constantly complaining about it. We were no different, and to be completely honest, I was in full Ebenezer Scrooge mode. A steady dialogue of “You spent how much for that!?” was the daily topic of conversation. To be fair, there is an unlimited stream of unscrupulous vendors whose sole purpose it is to separate unsuspecting brides from their money, and as the groom we feel responsible for dishing out the daily dose of reality (and for the record, the answer is no, we are not spending money for pine cones to decorate with, we can pick them up in the yard).
So when my significant other told me I needed to meet for dinner with yet another vendor I admitted grumbled (and possibly said something to the effect of “please, just shoot me now”). Begrudgingly I turned off Sports Center and accompanied her to Panera, (one of my fiancés favorite spots), all the while grumbling and offering my objective and unbiased opinion with such statements as, “why can’t we go somewhere manly, like a steakhouse” and “don’t think I’m eating one of these puny salads and calling it dinner.”
When the vendor showed up I was intent on discovering just how this one planned on suckering us out of our money and giving us as little as possible in return (I mean seriously, who tries to sell a North Florida boy pine cones!) However within the first few minutes I realized this one was different. She was interviewing us to see if she felt like she would be a good fit for the team we were assembling. There was no discussion of money. She offered humorous stories about her childhood and she was, to quote my fiancé, “So much fun to be around! She’s the kind of person I want to be friends with even after the wedding” …I had to begrudgingly agree, Elizabeth was different than the others, and doing a darn good job of winning me over. This annoyed me to no end, because I’m supposed to be the voice of reason, and here I am (gasp) thoroughly enjoying the company of the wedding photographer.
I have been in the publication industry for about 10 years at a large outdoors magazine, so I am exposed on a daily basis to some of the best outdoor photographers in the business. When I quizzed her about her equipment (finally something I felt comfortable with), I found that she had spared no expense in getting a professional grade setup. I was starting to panic, I hadn’t found any vendor yet that I couldn’t find SOMETHING to complain about, and I was determined to keep my batting average at .1000! After more pleasant conversation and a cheerful goodbye I finally had to admit to myself that I had lost the battle at dinner, but I figured I would win the war on the day of the photo shoot.
Like almost every other potential groom, I absolutely hate having my picture taken. So I knew I would find something to complain about during the photo shoot. The ride to Shiloh Farms on the day of the engagement shoot consisted of a mix of me scheming of things to complain about and battling the queasy feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. It was a feeling kind of like sea sickness, but without the fun payoff of catching a big fish. This would be our first experience with actually using a vendor, and I was braced for a minimum of 2 hours of pure misery and plagued by the nagging question in the mind of every groom, “why can’t we just go the courthouse and find a judge so we can skip this torture and go watch ESPN?”
However, when the actual photo shoot started Elizabeth did something I would describe as nothing less than pure magic. Although she was completely professional, she was also able to do the impossible and make us (and by us I totally mean me) totally comfortable, and not only make us comfortable, but also make the entire experience actually enjoyable! We are a blended family (we have a yorkie and a chocolate lab) and Elizabeth was even able to incorporate our VERY energetic “kids” into several photos. By the time the shoot was over, two miraculous things had happened. First, I realized that not all wedding vendors are evil. And second, I discovered that this whole wedding experience thing might not be so terrible after all!
So If you are a fellow groom-to-be, reading this while scouring countless reviews of various photographers and considering the services of Elizabeth Birdwell Photography I would offer you this piece of advice. There are many photographers out there who can give you a quality product, but look for that rare photographer that can give you a quality experience as well. Otherwise you will probably wish you had looked instead for an available judge at the local courthouse so you can get home in time for Sports Center.”
Tracy Brad Green, M.Eng.
Woods ‘N Water Magazine
(link to Tracy and Tricia’s engagement session here)
“Elizabeth has a gift for capturing the very essence of an individual’s personality in her photography. The first sneak peek she sent us after our session was of our daughter. The first thing that stood out to me, besides her blue eyes, was the look on her face. It’s a classic look of hers that let’s you know she is ready to take on the world. Photo after photo captured moments and looks that beautifully portray our family, how we interact, and our love for each other.
The amazing thing about all of this…we just met her the evening of our session. And that’s what you should know about Elizabeth – you’re not only getting a gifted photographer but a new family friend. My daughter was literally rolling around in the grass laughing with her within 15 minutes. The entire session felt like we were on a fun family outing that just happened to be caught on camera.
As I look through the moments captured during our session and as I peruse the photos on her website, there is a common theme – she is telling a story. The story of your wedding, your child’s birthday, the story of your family at that moment in time. It’s her interest in your story that enables her to capture such beautiful photos. And her lovely translation of a family or significant moment is what will amaze you.
Some other things worth noting: her editing is amazing, she is quick to respond at every step of the process, she is fun, professional, knows her stuff, and without a doubt, goes above and beyond to ensure you’re happy with your photos.”
(link to the Wilson Family’s session here)