You’ll make A LOT of BIG decisions when planning your wedding. Hiring the right wedding photographer and wedding videographer are two of the biggest. At the end of the day, when all of the cake is eaten, the flowers are dead, and the guests have gone home for the night, what will be left? Only photos and video. They’re the only tangible memories you’ll have of this once in a lifetime event. That’s why it’s super important to hire the right person for this very big job. No pressure, right? Let me make it a little easier for you. Christina Montemurro is one of the most talented, experienced, and reputable Pittsburgh wedding vendors I’ve had the privilege of working with. She’s also kind and incredibly approachable, making her a true joy to be around. All of this, coupled with her incredible photo-taking and video-making skills, make Christina an easy pick for your wedding photographer or videographer! Here are just a few of the many reasons why!
Christina takes a holistic approach to weddings.
A wedding isn’t just a big fancy party you throw for all of your friends. It isn’t just a day when you get to wear the most expensive dress you’ll ever own. It’s quality time spent with your bridesmaids in the morning. It’s the emotional moment you see your spouse for the first time. It’s promising your vows in front of others. It’s family portraits you’ll cherish always. It’s seeing all the time and effort spent planning finally come to fruition. It’s wanting the night to last forever and ever. Each moment, hour, event of a wedding day is intricately connected to the next. And while they pass individually, they’re experienced as a whole. It’s the exact way Christina approaches a wedding. She isn’t only excited for portraits, she doesn’t just pay attention to the reception details, and she certainly doesn’t find dance floors to be boring. All of the elements of your special day get her excited, and they all receive the same amount of care and professionalism. For Christina, it’s about the complete package and no part of your wedding goes overlooked.
Ten years of experience make her ready for just about anything.
Only have 15 minutes for family portraits? Christina will make it work. Is your venue dimly lit? She can handle it. Don’t really feel comfortable in front of the camera? This lady will work her magic. A decade of photographing weddings and various other events have prepared Christina for all kinds of scenarios. She has been in just about every situation you can imagine, and she’s always come out shining. Being in this industry can be tough but Christina has developed quick reflexes, great communication skills, and a flexibility that doesn’t allow her to be faltered.
Classic wedding photography will never go out of style.
Just like with fashion, music, and decorating, there are trends in photography. But there’s one style that will always stand the test of time. Christina’s approach to editing is simple – a little bit of color correction to help the photos look their best but nothing overdone. The colors are vibrant, and the images are true to what you would see with the naked eye. Sometimes we look back on old fads we embraced and say to ourselves, “What was I thinking?” You absolutely do not want this to happen with your wedding photos! If you want to be as happy with them in 10, 20, 30 years as you are now, classic is the way to go!
You won’t need to ask, “Where should we take our photos?”
Any photographer worth their salt will know of the best locations for portraits, both indoors and out. Christina takes it one step further. She has created a comprehensive digital guide to the photo hot spots in and around the city. Her Pittsburgh Wedding Venue and Photo Location Guide is chock full of every spot imaginable – from cityscapes to natural scenery and everything in between. Rain in the forecast for your wedding or engagement photo day? Fear not. Christina’s guide can help you pinpoint an alternate indoor location quickly and easily with filters that allow you to find just what you’re looking for. Where was this thing when I got married?!
Her films aren’t just fancy music videos.
Christina’s talent in capturing wedding days doesn’t stop with photography. She’s also a videographer whose work I count among my favorites. And like with her photography work, Christina takes a storytelling approach. Wedding days shouldn’t just be seen; they should also be heard and felt. That’s why her wedding films are an artistic compilation of movement, spoken words, and captured emotions. Not only will you get to see yourself walk down the aisle, but you’ll get to hear those sweet vows spoken. You’ll get to relive your first dance and you’ll laugh all over again at the best man’s speech. The auditory parts of your wedding day are just as important as the visual ones, and Christina’s videography is a beautiful mix of both.
Christina isn’t afraid of the dark.
Remember when I said this lady is ready for just about anything? That includes poorly lit venues. A beautiful, natural light-filled space is every photographer’s dream, but they’re few and far between, especially in Pittsburgh! Some of my favorite venues in the city are dark, gritty, and – let’s face it – a photography nightmare. BUT if you’re good – and I mean really good – you can make it work. And Christina is really good. Her knowledge of lighting means that she can overcome any dark space. Where this skill really comes in handy is nighttime portraits. There is nothing like capping your wedding day off with a quick evening photo session and Christina’s are always killer!
Wedding planning will be much easier.
Ten years of working in the wedding biz teaches you A LOT. Being the generous and helpful person she is, Christina doesn’t keep all of this expertise to herself. On her blog, she posts tons of helpful articles and tips that will make planning your big day a breeze. From 5 tips for efficient family photos to what, where, and when to feed your wedding vendors, and even advice on how to have a friend officiate your wedding ceremony, Christina is more than just a photographer or videographer. It’s like having an honorary bridesmaid or extra wedding planner with all the advice she provides!
Still need some convincing? You can view more of Christina’s work in both the Pittsburgh wedding photographers and Pittsburgh wedding videographers section of the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide, or watch this quick clip below! Then, be sure to visit her website and give her a follow on Instagram!