Ok, so now that your engaged, Now what? Where do I start… After the dust settles from the excitement of your engagement. Most couples try to figure out where to start with their planning endeavors. The majority of the time the first thing that is thought about is “Where should we get married?” Once that is taken care of, usually the next step is to start shopping for your photographer. Lately, with the increase of quality that digital cameras have to offer, you are finding more and more people calling themselves “Professional Photographers”. We would like to give you a few tips on what to look for when you are soliciting Wedding Photographers.
- The Photographer’s Visual Perspective: It is sometimes referred to as the photographer’s eye. Here is where you need to take notice to what the photographer sees during the day of events. How do these images make you feel? Are they unique or do they look like every other photographer’s work you’ve looked at. Do they look extremely staged? Does the bride and groom look uncomfortable? Does they look like they are having fun? Are they romantic enough for you? Are they too riske for you? Do they tell a story? Finally, which photographer’s work puts a smile on your face and do you feel connected to.
- The Photographer’s Experience: In my opinion, experience is a big factor. It’s important that the photographer that you are gravitating to has experience dealing with the day’s hectic people and schedule. Don’t base your choices on costs. Wedding days consist of lots of emotions, personalities, and sometimes egos. The question you should ask yourself is “Does this photographer have what it takes to deal with my families diverse dynamics?” It’s important for a wedding photographer to be “Chameleon Like” to fit in with the mother of the groom that can’t stand the new wife… Or the overly eager wedding coordinator that has her job to do. Even your crazy uncle Leo who decides that the line at the appetizer bar is more important than the family photos that he’s supposed to be in. With experience comes patients and an understanding of what a client’s needs are. We are contacted 6-8 times a year to create an album for clients who’s photographer has either gone out of business or just handed them a disc of images. This is a dis-service. It is important that your photographer has the ability to create these memories for you to enjoy with your family.
- The ole’ Switch-e-roo. Now that you’ve decided on what studio will be photographing your wedding. Be sure to get in writing that the photographer you chose (hired) will be the photographer that will show up to your wedding. Some companies offer multiple shooters to choose from. Others offer services and often double, and even triple book weddings on any given day. Sending any photographer to cover your event. Make sure that the photographer that you interviewed and who’s work you fell in love with, will be the same photographer that will photograph your wedding.
Finally, A photographer with an easy going personality with experience that is flexible enough to fulfill your needs would be your best choice. Ultimately, you should love their photography and there products that they have to offer. Great photography + great personality+ great products + awesome experience = Happy Clients (Bride & Groom)
These are just a few tips to help you choose the right wedding photographer f0r you. We hope that this article was helpful for you while you are planning your beautiful wedding. I wrote this article to share an insider’s point of view. It’s through experience and having had the privilege of photographing hundreds of weddings that I consider myself both an expert on wedding photography and an expert wedding photographer. I really hope that you’ve found this article useful in your search to get the best wedding images from your wedding photographer.
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