February 22, 2022

Why You Should Pick a Wedding Photographer You Connect With


Erin & Jimmy
Market Hall Raleigh NC Wedding


Jules & Spencer
Emerald Isle Engagement session


megan & Danny
birkby VA wedding
Now Trending




follow @arikashelest

Get a taste of wedding days with sneak peeks of my favorite images, tips from local vendors, updates about your favorite photographer, and as always lots of pretty pictures!

 The blog

As you start to plan your dream wedding, you are going to start looking at wedding photographers. Chances are, you are looking for not just a style, but for someone, you can trust. That is why one of the most important things to me as a wedding photographer is to not just be on your wedding day team- but also sprinkle in some magic so that the experience is more than just having your pictures taken. I think that getting your photos taken should be FUN! That is why today, I wanted to share why you should pick a photographer you connect with.

North Carolina wedding photographer
Raleigh wedding photographer
Why You Should Pick a Wedding Photographer You Connect With
Colorful wedding photographer

We are going to spend all day together.

You want a wedding photographer you can jive with and feel a connection! The three of us are going to spend a lot of time together on your wedding day. From getting ready to the portraits, to the dance floor – I’m there to capture it all! That is why I think picking a photographer you feel comfortable with is a HUGE deal!

I take my job seriously and will work hard to make sure your timeline is perfect and that your albums are incredible. But I also love to have fun! Trust me, we will bust out the music during your engagement session to keep things exciting.

Like a former client, Emory, told me: “We could tell that our personalities would just vibe well and that you were someone we would get along with even if we just met on the street. You made us feel super comfortable from the second we started speaking with you. You are not only insanely talented at your job, but you’re also incredible to work with, and so easy going, which makes the entire experience great!”

Are you looking to see Emory and Nic’s incredible day? Check out their wedding, here!

Why You Should Pick a Wedding Photographer You Connect With
Why You Should Pick a Wedding Photographer You Connect With
Couples portraits at Raleigh Union Station
Couples portraits at Raleigh Union Station
Raleigh wedding photographer
Couples portraits at Raleigh Union Station

It starts with an email but ends with a party.

I know that your wedding photography experience is MUCH more than just your wedding day. That’s why I work with my couples to create a memorable experience, from that first email to your final dance to your album design.

One of the first steps of working together is meeting! Once you email me, I’ll send over the investment guide and get to know your story. We will hop on a call and talk about all things wedding. From the vision to your style, I’ll get to know what makes the two of you so dang special. Because trust me, you two are pretty special!

“Arika and I hit it off beyond belief when we first met, and every session felt more like meeting up with my friend. From engagement photos to bridals, to the big day, we loved working with Arika every step of the way.” – Sarah + Zach

And when it comes to that final reveal of your pictures, I can’t wait to see your smiles! I just had a sneak peek gallery reveal with Ashlynn, and she was so excited! “You were literally the highlight of my entire day. All my bridesmaids said the first time I smiled all day was when you got there! I wouldn’t have gotten through the day without you!” Seeing your reactions are one of the top reasons I love being a wedding photographer.

You can see more of Ashlynn + Dylan’s colorful wedding, here!

Bridal portraits at The Machaven Rocky Mount
Colorful wedding photographer in North Carolina
Wedding at The Machaven Rocky Mount
Colorful wedding photographer in North Carolina
Why You Should Pick a Wedding Photographer You Connect With
Sparkler exit at The Machaven Rocky Mount

Finding a wedding photographer you connect with

Let’s create an experience that is joyful + fun! With AJP, you get more than incredible photos of your most fabulous day. You get a friend who captures both the big moments and the spontaneous can’t-believe-that-just-happened moments. Ready for your greatest adventure? I know I am! Reach out today, and let’s get this party started!

“Arika, you have blown us away again. THANK YOU SO MUCH! You’re the absolute best! I am so glad that we found you to capture our special day!” – Stephanie

The comments +


Love fun emails? Want education & wedding help directly to your inbox? Sign up for my newsletter list!

Get on

the list

* indicates required