One of the greatest things about being a part of the The Barn Team is getting to work with so many incredibly talented people. We work with the best photographers, videographers, caterers, DJs and other vendors in the state, and their talents constantly amaze us! For us to recommend a specific vendor to you, we've got to know firsthand how talented they are. We only recommend to our brides the vendors we've worked with personally... The folks who have proved time and time again how great they are! I've told you all about two of our preferred photographers recently, Ken Gehring Photography and Shingleur Photography. Today, let's talk about another one of our very favorites, Tryston Hines Photography! She's shot several weddings and engagements at The Barn, and we just love her!
Tryston Hines has been into taking photos since pretty much forever. "I've always had a camera in my hands," she said. "Back when disposable cameras were cool, I would buy ten at a time and just fly through them. I took pictures of anything and everything."
During high school, Tryston said she began taking photos “more artistically.” She purchased her first DSLR camera after she got married, but photography didn’t become more than a hobby until her friends started asking her to take photos for them.
“I upgraded my equipment a few times, and before I knew it, a business had been formed,” she said. “I didn’t get into photography for the money (it takes a lot of time for photographers to make names for themselves). Being a part of my client’s most precious moments is such a blessing and it helps me keep loving what I do.”
Tryston has been photographing weddings for about five years. She does around 20 to 25 in a typical year. She also takes lots of photos of cute babies! “I also see about 15 babies every three months for their first year sessions and many of them are from my past brides and grooms,” she said. “I love to keep my people around!”
I always ask photographers why they think couples should spend a bit more on a professional photographer, rather than asking a friend or family member to take their wedding photos. Tryston summed it up perfectly, so I’ll let her tell you in her own words why a professional photographer is one of the most important things to splurge on for your wedding.
“At the end of the day, when the wedding is over and the cake is eaten, what you have left over are your pictures. Memories fade and weddings are so crazy to start with that it’s hard to remember all the little things that brides pour so much work into. If you’re going to invest in a wedding it only makes sense to make sure that later on your images reflect exactly how you remember your day. As a photographer it’s my responsibility to be the bride’s eyes and make sure that when she looks back through her pictures she can remember how she felt at each moment, and sometimes share moments with her that she might not have seen. Anyone can snap an iPhone pic, but professional photographers tell a story, and in my opinion weddings should always be seen as a beautiful love story. I always tell my brides to think about what they are going to wish they had done 10 years from now. Budgets are important, but so are memories and they should be captured in a way that’s just as beautiful as when the moment happened. A family friend or an amateur photographer might make sure to snap the most important moments like the first kiss and the formals, but might not get the small things like all the details, the mom wiping a tear from her eye as she watches her daughter say “I do”, the father of the bride laughing with the father of the groom, the flower girls twirling across the floor. There are so many magical moments that make up a wedding day and I truly feel it takes someone experienced to anticipate those moments and capture them correctly.” – Tryston Hines
While Tryston has photographed several of our weddings, she's also taken a bunch of other photos at The Barn, including family portraits, senior portraits and maternity portraits.
My favorite thing about Tryston’s wedding photos is that she not only takes gorgeous portraits and detail shots, but she also takes plenty of candid photos. When you look back on your wedding photos, the ones of your family and friends dancing, having a great time and interacting with one another will be just as meaningful to you as portraits of you and your spouse. You will value the candid photos of you and your new husband laughing or crying together just as much as you’ll love your posed photos!
“My style is very natural,” Tryston said. “I try to focus on moments rather than poses so that when my brides see their images, they might look like they were through the eyes of a guest or even through their own eyes. Of course I do formal portraits, but my emphasis is definitely on special moments that tell a story.”
For couples who are searching for their perfect wedding photographer, Tryston had a few words of advice: “Always meet them in person!” she said. “Make sure you’re a good fit personality-wise and ask all the hard questions up front.” She said a couple needs to know more about the photographer than their wedding package prices. She suggests that couples check out a photographer’s recent galleries and ask to see photos from weddings at their selected venue.
“I love to meet up with people who are interested in booking over coffee, so we can just sit and get to know each other a little better,” Tryston said. “Then we can discuss pricing and find the best fit for her.”
Tryston’s wedding packages include from five to seven hours of wedding day coverage, with the option to add more time. Her engagement sessions are two hours long, “because I think it takes a while for people to get comfortable and really get a feel for what it’s like to be in front of a camera,” she said. “It gives me time to visit with my couples and laugh with them, and set up a relationship for a successful wedding day shoot.”
She also offers hour-long bridal sessions. She even offers boudoir sessions exclusively to her brides! Each wedding package includes a disc of images with print permissions, as well as a print credit that can be used for professional prints, albums or canvases. Tryston also has professional second shoots “so I can make sure that every moment is captured,” she said.
Tryston's wedding packages range from $1,250 to $2,450.
Finally, I asked Tryston to give me some feedback on her experiences with The Barn. We love getting feedback, and we never get tired of hearing what our couples and vendors have to say about us!
"I always love working with The Barn girls," she said. "The attention to detail is wonderful and it makes my job much easier because I don’t have to put on any other hats than just photographer. Everything is in its place and looks magical- every time. I just have to show up and do my thing! It takes a lot of stress off the brides to not have to worry about where things are and getting things ready. They just need to bring their dress and smile."
See why we love this lady?! She is one of the very BEST.