December 2013 - Greg Moss Photography - Archive

Elise and Jonathan are just the nicest couple you can meet. I enjoyed working with them and photographing their wedding so much, it was just a good time. Of course I have enjoyed photographing every wedding I have photographed in Western Mass and this one was no different.


Elise and Jonathan decided to have their first look before the ceremony which I am sure they found very helpful on a couple of levels.

The first off which this gave them more time for their Bridal portraits which in turn gave them more time to enjoy their Cocktail hour. I don’t think they are alone in wanting to attend their cocktail hour, I hear this as a concern from many of the couples I meet with that are planning their wedding day schedule.

The second benefit from having the first look before the ceremony is that it reduces a ton of stress. Once Elise saw Jonathan before the wedding she was so much more relaxed and was able to enjoy the wedding that much more. It so much easier to see each other for the first time when you don’t have all the eyes from the ceremony on you.

Unless you have a strict traditional belief on not seeing each other before the ceremony then I would highly recommend the first look before the ceremony.

Elise and Jonathan’s wedding was my first wedding reception at the Lord Jeffery Inn. The Staff was so helpful and what a beautiful historic looking building.

Having been an Executive Chef for well over a decade before I moved to Western mass and photographing weddings full time I tend to be a little critical of wedding food. The portions were not huge, although the right size for me, the quality was amazing. The beef was extremely tender and flavorful. I can’t wait to stop by for Sunday Brunch some time, after talking with Elise and Jonathan they said it was also incredible!

Okay Let’s see some photos.




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Love it.

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I love their porch.

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Getting ready to sneak up on Jonathan

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Sneaking up for the first look.

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What a amazing church!

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The Lord Jeffery Inn

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Bridesmaids watching the first dance

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5 Big Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing
Wedding Photographer

Hi my name is Greg Moss and I’ve been a professional photographer since 2005. I’m
originally from Seattle but moved here a 1.5 years ago and love the area. Lot of rain but not as much as back home.

Anyway, enough about me. I wanted to share with you the 5 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid
When Choosing A Wedding Photographer. I put this together to help you make the right
decision because I know how stressful it can be planning a wedding.

Hope this report helps you and please feel free to contact me with any questions or if I
can help in any way.

Big Mistake #1: Hiring a family member!

The beauty of digital pictures is that so many people can take up the wonderful hobby of
photography. Some of my friends and family take beautiful photos and some of them are

Many well-meaning friends and family offer to photograph the wedding for free which
can be very attractive. This is all good until after the wedding when you learn that they
don’t know how to shoot in a dark venue without dark blurry photos. Even worse is if
they don’t have a proper backup system and loses your precious wedding day photos.

The one thing you’ll look at and treasure ten, twenty, thirty years after your wedding
day are the fond memories you’ll feel as you look your pictures from that day.

Big Mistake #2: Hiring Based on the type of camera equipment the
photographer carries.

Here is a big warning for you:

Be careful of the photographer who spends a lot of time talking about the camera
equipment they shoot with. Photographers love talking about their gear, heck it’s one of
my favorite topics, but the job of the photographer is to show you amazing images. It’s
not talking to you about equipment.

Big Mistake #3: Not meeting your photographer before reserving your date
with him.

I do not care how amazing you think photographers imagery is on their website or the
prints you have seen, you need to meet with them in person before you reserve your
wedding date.

This is one of the most important days of your life and there is one person there to catch
all those memories – the photographer!

Make sure your personality clicks with the photographer. You want every part of your
wedding to be special and the photographer plays a huge role in this. Take a little time to
sit down and chat over coffee.

Big Mistake #4: Not Paying attention to the photographers style.

Make sure you can see a consistent style throughout the photographers portfolio. This is
crucial when deciding to who to go with. There are different styles such as dramatic, all
candid, posed and photo-journalistic.

I’d be happy to explain these in more detail for you. I’d be happy to talk over the phone
or just send me an email with your questions. My number is 413.274.7347 and my email is

If his style is all over the place you won’t know what style you will end up with on your
wedding day. Of course make sure you love his style whether it is high key, dramatic, all
candid, or posed and photo-journalistic.

Big Mistake #5: SIGN A CONTRACT!

This is to protect you!

The contract reserves your wedding date and protects you and the photographer. If the
photographer does not have a contract run for the hills.

Seriously, I’m not kidding about this. Please make sure you follow this one tip from this

Hope this report has helped you and wishing you the very best wedding.

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