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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Zak & Melissa came to me from one of my favorite previous clients, Steven & Danielle Sanchez. Zak and his father are avid golfers. So when Zak & I were talking about their engagement photography session he mentioned he wanted to do it at the Hacienda Golf Course where Zak’s dad has been a member for years. The cool thing was, that they also brought to the engagement session their little boy Gavin. Gavin was all over the place trying to play golf and having a great time. After the Hacienda Golf Course we drove around the La Habra Heights and ran into an abandoned building/property. We decided the heck with it. Let’s do this. It kind of felt like we were on the property of the movie the “Last House on the Left”. Kinda erie! We opened up the old Garage shed to find this old 70’s model Mercury Car and began to photograph on and around it. Melissa was a trooper, down for anything! Zak & I kept our heads on a swivel in case some psycho came out of the woodwork!. Over all, fun times! Zak & Melissa will be having thier wedding at Rancho Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. Be sure to let the 2nd to the last image load its pretty sweet! Don’t forget to Leave Zak and Melissa some Blog Love By Leaving them a comment.

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After the abandoned Property we shot over to Zak’s Dad’s house. We took advantage of their Infinity pool. Pretty Sweet huh?
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As I said before, Zak & Melissa were down for anything. Check out this Animation That I created of them Jumping in the pool!

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I was contacted by Sarah a few months ago, I said myself I know this familiar voice on the other line. Sure enough it was Sarah. I’ve known Sarah for a couple years now and when she told me she was going to marry this awesome guy by the name of Michael I said I have to see that for myself! Her comment was you will because your photographing it! Michael & Sarah are outdoorsy (is that a real word?) people and they wanted their images to represent that. So we headed to South Orange County for their Engagement Photography Session to one of my new favorite spots. Here are some of my favorite images of our engagement shoot. Enjoy

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