How to pick your wedding photographer
When choosing something as important as your wedding photographer, you’ll of course want someone that has a unique style and makes you look your best. But how do you know which photographer will be best for you? For starters, make sure you look at all your options and narrow it down by preferred photography style. Choose a photographer that will best showcase the unique idea that you have for your wedding. Remember, your wedding day is all about you. As a wedding photographer, I understand that everyone who is there, is there for you and therefore it’s a team effort. Between wedding coordinators/planners, hair and makeup artists, florists, bridal attendants, videographers, and wait staff, we all have to be on the same page. Therefore, your wedding photographer should be someone who knows how to work well with others and has a friendly personality.
Meet your wedding Photographer
Make sure you meet your wedding photographer before the actual wedding. Some of the best weddings I’ve photographed have been weddings where I don’t only feel like the bride and groom’s photographer, but also, their friend. The better we get along, the more creative we can all be together. A good way to get to know your photographer is by doing an engagement photo session before the actual wedding. Not only will you be getting beautiful engagement photos that you can use for your invitations, save the dates, sign-in boards, etc, but you’re also feeling out your photographer and how well you guys vibe. That way, when your wedding day arrives, it’s like meeting up with an old friend again. Remember, the more natural and comfortable you feel, the better your photos will turn out! Also, make sure you have an initial meeting with you potential wedding vendors. If they live out of state or too far for you to make it, you can always set up a Skype meeting. Since I used to live in New York I still get inquiries from the east coast, and have done many Skype meetings sitting at my desk in Orange County.
Of course, you can not forget that you inevitably have a wedding photography budget that you want to stick to. My take on that is that a mediocre photographer can make an amazing wedding venue look simply mediocre. Whereas an amazing photographer who has a good grasp of lighting, composition, and is good with improvising in all kinds of environments can make a challenging looking venue look spectacular. Keep in mind that after the cake has been eaten, the flowers have been taken away, the dress has been hung up for good, and all your relatives who may have traveled from afar have gone home, all you really have are your memories. Therefore it’s a smart idea to put those memories in someone’s hands that you can trust. Look at it as an emotional investment. These are the memories that you will show your future kids, and photos that will remind you of how special your spouse is to you.
Picking your wedding photographer may be a long process but it shouldn’t feel like work when you’re speaking with your photographer. During my client meetings, I speak very honestly and open about how I approach your wedding day. It’s something that should be taken very seriously but at the same time, be as enjoyable as possible for you. Let us do the hard work. You’re the stars for the day!
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