We are a husband-and-wife team from two different worlds, united by our passion for photography. Daniel worked in fashion and advertising in his native Australia, while Kelli worked for magazines and newspapers in the United States. As fate would have it, our two worlds collided, magic happened, and we decided to get hitched.
Our Southern Belle meets Southern Cross love story took an unexpected twist when, prior to our wedding in 2004, we couldn’t find a photographer. All we wanted was cool, creative, timeless wedding photography, and what should have been an inspiring and exiting experience for us quickly became frustrating.
As natural-born creatives, we decided to design our own blueprint for our vision of what wedding photography should be—from the emotional impact of the imagery to the process of working with a wedding photographer. In fact, our blueprint was such a hit and friends loved our magazine-style approach so much, we started photographing their weddings. And in 2005, we officially launched our company.
These days, we proudly call Birmingham home. We live and breathe all things weddings. We're also obsessed with our two slobbering basset hounds, Jenna, the rescue dog, and Scarlett, our blind girl and resident diva. When you call us, you'll probably hear Scarlett adding her two cents to the conversation. (We’re so sorry, but she's just flat-out bad.)
Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography + Our Clients = Creative Collaboration
Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography exists to provide an ongoing evolution of fresh, creative photography that delights our clients and stretches us artistically. Whether shooting at the Sydney Opera House, at a 100-year-old hacienda in Spain, or in a Birmingham church, we strive to interpret modern images that are fresh, modern, yet timeless.
Our #TayloredBrides crave creative, emotional images that capture those candid moments and tell the story of their love and their wedding day, along with every gorgeous detail they have worked so hard to plan. They want a wedding photographer who works with them to create the bigger vision, offer suggestions, coordinate with with wedding professional team, and someone with whom they feel a creative connection. They reject cookie-cutter poses, and embrace the more artistic side of themselves as individuals and as a couple. And, often, they look to us to put them at ease and draw the more creative side out of them.
Whether your wedding style is classic, modern Southern, all-out glam or romantic creative, our magazine-inspired wedding photojournalism will capture your day beautifully.
8 Essential Questions Every Bride Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding Photographer
1. HOW DID YOU TWO GET INTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
"We were each doing other types of photography for years (Daniel worked in fashion and advertising in Australia and Kelli for newspapers and magazines in the USA). When we were getting married in 2004, we got so frustrated trying to find cool, creative, quality photography. So we ended up designing a photography blueprint for the wedding ourselves. Friends liked our magazine-style approach so much that we started getting requests for other people's weddings. We've been photographing weddings together since 2005 and we've enjoyed every minute of it."
2. YOUR WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT PORTFOLIOS ARE GORGEOUS, BUT WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS?
"The fact that we've photographed hundreds of weddings and we come from editorial, magazine and fashion backgrounds makes us unique. We approach every engagement session and wedding like we are shooting for Martha Stewart Weddings. We scout the venues and locations ahead of time, collaborate with you on color, lighting and other details. We make sure you walk into your wedding day with no surprises so you can relax. Then, we step back and allow the magic of your wedding day to unfold.
"We direct you to the most photogenic spots, suggest a head tilt here and there, watch for shine and brush away stray curls so you look fantastic. But we let you and your groom share all your incredible moments together and with family and friends. Our clients consistently say we're fun, laid back, and we make everyone incredibly comfortable. Good pre-planning is a huge part of that. Our clients tell us we capture who they really are. We believe you have to have two photographers to ensure no detail is missed.
"All our photography also includes extensive enhancement, color toning and color correction. We don't just perfect a few of your images, or even the first few hundred--every image is edited by hand. We take every image to its best possible result so that if you have new favorites 10 years from now, it will be just as amazing as your initial favorites. We prefer a natural style and do not believe in extensive retouching that alters physical reality. We think you're fantastic just the way you are.
"Lastly, all of our packages include both of us, as well as the personal use printing rights that other photographers charge $500-$1,000 for."
3. WHAT KINDS OF BRIDES DO YOU WORK BEST WITH?
"The brides who choose us are obsessed with great photography. They love clean, chic, color-rich images and gorgeous, clean black-and-whites that will look as great in 20 years as they do today. They know that trendy special effects date quickly, like those giant-sleeved dresses from the 1980s. Our brides crave creative, emotional images that reflect their wedding day, along with every gorgeous detail they have worked so hard to plan. They want the photos to tell the story of the day and of their relationships. We also work closely with our brides through the planning and we love sharing advice on everything from lighting to vendor referrals."
4. DO YOU USE A PHOTO LIST?
"We use a limited list. If you've dreamed of a special photograph since you were a little girl, we want to create it for you. We also plan diligently to make sure we don't overlook any essential family portraits. But we also know how much time those posed photos can take up. We work with you to manage them efficiently. Our expertise is in those exquisite candid, photojournalistic photographs that will still be your favorites on your 50th anniversary. If you prefer a lot of posed or staged and cheesy pictures, we're probably not the best fit for you."
5. DO YOU OFFER ENGAGEMENT PHOTO BOOKS AND WEDDING ALBUMS?
"Yes, and they are amazing. We offer a selection of some of the finest custom wedding albums in the world through Queensberry of New Zealand, with flushmount and fine-art albums. The photos can stretch across two pages and they are an incredible way to tell the story of your wedding. We also offer premium coffee table albums that are a modern choice for an album, or a more economical choice for a parent album. Albums are professional grades with the highest quality photographic printing and binding workmanship. Unlike many consumer albums that fall apart after a couple of years or have muddy print quality, these will become family heirlooms."
6. IT ALL SOUNDS GREAT, BUT WHAT ABOUT DETAILS LIKE LIABILITY INSURANCE, BACK-UP EQUIPMENT AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS IN CASE YOU GET SICK?
"We do carry business liability insurance, we're licensed and we pay taxes. Wedding photography is not a hobby for us. We always bring plenty of back-up equipment. And we'd have to be at death's door to miss your wedding. If one of us got sick, we have a terrific back-up plan: The able-bodied one of us can lead the photography coverage with one of our many professional wedding photographer friends. We have a slate of pro photographers we can call on, and who can call on us, in case of an emergency."
7. THAT'S A RELIEF. CAN I TALK TO SOME OF YOUR OTHER BRIDES OR THEIR MOMS?
"Of course! We stay in touch with most of our couples and they are always offering references for us. You can see their comments right now on the Raves section of this web site. We also have a lot of awesome comments from them, their family and friends on our Facebook pages under Kelli Hewett Taylor or Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography, LLC."
8. YOU'VE ANSWERED ALL MY QUESTIONS. HOW DO I MOVE FORWARD WITH HIRING KELLI + DANIEL TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT OPTIONS?
"First we need to find out if your date is still available. Popular spring, summer and fall dates book up as much as a year in advance. Call or text Kelli at 205.478.8019, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have the date, we can schedule a complimentary consultation to get to know each other and see if we're a good fit for each other. We also have album samples so you can see for yourself that our print quality is as beautiful as our web site. We have three payment options: 50% down with the balance due three weeks before your wedding, We also accept credit cards and debit cards to offer a full range of budget options."