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Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you need a good photographer who can document it all and not miss the small details. A professional wedding photographer uses high quality equipment, their experience and talent to capture the special atmosphere of your Big Day. Wedding photography may seem like a luxury, it is a luxury, but the images you receive increase in value over time. They are what help you remember the rest, but most importantly to many – they help you remember the love.
We were lucky enough to sit down with one of our favorite photographers, Arika Jordan.  She is creative, energetic, and absolutely magical! 
Arika Jordan Photography | Poppy & Co.
How long have you been shooting weddings? What inspired you to start working in the field?
I have been shooting weddings for 5 years now. I was shooting tons of seniors & sorority things in college, and when my cousin needed a photographer for his wedding I stepped in. I loved it so much, and after my own wedding knew I wanted to focus more on weddings. I am an emotional and empathetic person, so weddings attracted me just like it those dang military homecoming videos on Youtube. I also have a love of history. I majored in history in college, and in a way I am still working as a historian, preserving peoples memories for years to come.
Arika Jordan Photography | Poppy & Co.
What style(s) of wedding photography do you specialize in? Which is your favorite?
I specialize in posed and documentary photography. I love capturing gorgeous portraits, candids, and the party. My styled is bright and colorful, I like true to life color with a little pop.
What's your favorite part of a wedding day, and time of year to shoot?
My favorite part of the days emotion wise is the ceremony, and father daughter dance. I usually cry during both of these and they are just so special. Shooting wise, couple portraits are my favorite, because they get to spend some time together alone for the first (and sometimes only) time on their wedding day. I get to capture all the love, and they get to relax with each other & laugh for a little bit. My favorite months to shoot are April & October, the weather is always the most ideal. In other months its either too hot for the guys or two cold for the girls. Nature is at it's peak in these months.
What do your standard packages include (from shooting hours to prints and files)?
My standard package include 8 hours, two photographer, digital online gallery, engagement session and print release. I do a minimum of 8 hours because that is the ideal amount to capture the whole wedding day. Don't skimp on the photography!
Arika Jordan Photography | Poppy & Co.

Do you recommend your clients to do a first look? Why?
I always recommend a first look. It gets the nerves out, gets the couple more time to spend together on their wedding day, the walk down the aisle moment is usually more emotional, and not as nerve wrecking. I think there is a little bit too much emphasis on the walk down the aisle. The wedding day is about the couple, and they should be able to spend the most time they can together on their day. When there is no first look, they get a max 4-5 hours together on their wedding day, and only about 15 - 20 minutes to spend time alone together during couple portraits. If they do a first look they get to spend cocktail hour together, with their guest talking so when it comes time to party, they've talked to everyone and go enjoy the dance floor. The first look also gives the couple the chance to see each other for the first time with no restrictions. They can embrace kiss, talk, love on each other, joke, laugh, without pressure of all their family and friends starring at them. Logistically it is also the way to make the day smooth!

How do you get to know a couple before the wedding? 
I get to know my couples from their first email. I ask questions, make sure we are going to be a good fit. I make sure we follow each other on social media, and we get to keep up with each other in our daily lives. The engagement session is where I really get to know them. I see how they work together, what makes them laugh, we make some inside jokes, they get comfortable in front of the camera, and its a grand old time.
Arika Jordan Photography | Poppy & Co.
How do you help couples compile their shot list?
I have a standard shot list I run through my head on the wedding day. It's a routine. I do ask for a list of their family and help them with their combinations for family formals. I also ask about special out of the norm shots. Sometimes it's a picture of them holding their parents wedding photos, sometimes its them grabbing each other butts! When I was first getting started I had brides give me 100+ shot lists, of shots that I knew I needed to get. Now 5+ years in my couples trust me to know which images to get!
 

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