I would like to introduce you to Laurel McConnell, one of Get Hitched Give Hope’s co-founders! She is the gifted photographer behind Laurel McConnell Photography and is one of those people who is beautiful both inside and out. We love Laurel at GHGH and are so blessed to have her on our team for this year’s event!!!
Laurel, how long have you been a photographer and what do you love most about it?
I have been a photographer, since 2001 – going on 11 years! I love… the people. The love. The excitement. The emotions. The flowers. The fashion. The fun. And sometimes the cake.
Why did you get involved with Get Hitched Give Hope?
I’m a co-founderWe wanted to create an opportunity for all types of wedding industry businesses to participate in a great cause, while giving brides and grooms something awesome in return!
How are you helping out this year?
I am a board member, marketing-consultant-on-demand, and sponsor via an awesome auction item. I will be auctioning off a two-hour engagement session on location complete with editing of the images. Your 20 best images will be retouched and showcased in a sweet guest book with lots of room for your guests to write little love notes to you. How cool is that?!
What inspires you?
Fun people!!!! And great light, of course!
If you could pass on your advice to an engaged couple, what three tips would you give?
1. Allow more time than you’d think for photography, you might just have a blast exploring and hanging out with your main squeeze! Let your photography time be an experience because this may be the only time you get to spend together before guests arrive and you’re pulled in 18 bajillion directions.
3. Choose a venue that has some great photo locations in the immediate vicinity. Changing locations multiple times wastes time that you could be spending having a ball and gives Trouble an opportunity to come over for a cocktail.
3. Hire a wedding planner and coordinator. They will be worth their weight in gold with the knowledge they bring and stress they extract!
Thanks Laurel! How can we stay in touch?