Meet Sharma Shari!
Sharma Shari, geek wedding photographer extraordinaire, is both a member of the Bridechilla Wedding Directory and one of our community admins! Sharma is based in Florida, but shoots weddings all over the southeast US & Puerto Rico, she loves to travel and is happy to go wherever you want to be married!
Read on to get to know a little more about Sharma and see some of her delightful geeky wedding photography!
Tell us about how you got started in the wedding business and what you love most about working in weddings!
I got into wedding photography kind of by accident. I wanted to try it but wasn't sure. Another photographer in my area invited me to assist her on one of her weddings... and just like that I was hooked. I love when the couple is having fun, I love to capture that their expressions!
Who do you love to work with?
My ideal clients are couples that are not afraid to express themselves on their wedding day. They would add any nerdy/geeky element if that is what they love. And more importantly, they will plan their day as they want. Traditions or not.
How do you help your couples "keep their chill" during the wedding planning process?
I like to remind them that the most important thing is that they are getting married. Everything else we can fix or have delivered to the venue. They are marrying each other!
What makes you unique and different from other wedding pros?
I am very open. I love celebrating their uniqueness no matter what. I will be there for them during the day, not only taking photos but making sure they are having fun. If they are having fun, I can capture it!
What is your favorite wedding related memory?
Seeing one of my couples throw the best "Hallowedding" ever. She wore a very fitting and beautiful black dress, they walked themselves down the aisle with the White Stripes song, and had the party of the lifetime at their favorite brewery! They did it their way...and even the mothers were jumping on the dance floor!
What is one thing you wish more couples knew about wedding planning or wedding photography?
Before contacting any vendor, sit down and talk about money. How much do you want to spend? Look around and research the reality of the type of wedding you want with the amount of money you want to spend. That will help with the price shock while asking for quotes. As far as Photography goes, I wish they would be true to themselves and acknowledge the importance of photography for them instead of just telling the potential photographer you are too expensive. In my case, I take care in planning my pricing, I know how much my work is worth. It is ok if photography is not your priority and you decided to have a low budget for it. But don't tell a vendor, any vendor, you are too expensive! I better way to approach this is by telling: Your work is amazing but you are out of my budget. Thanks! Also, always let the vendor know that you are going with another one. We really appreciate that you are taking the time to let us know!
Share 3 fun facts about you and/or your business!
- I am a geeky and nerdy person. If you are having a wedding full of fandom puns, more likely I would understand all of them. And will dress accordingly to your fandom.
- I love books, coffee and wine (with no particular order of preference)
- The more details about your wedding I know, the more excited I get. I love geeking out with the couples, especially when I see them excited about planning their day!
- Bonus - I am Puerto Rican, so I speak Spanish!