We first wrote about how to pick a wedding photographer a few years ago. We would see so many couples just starting out with the whole wedding planning process and they had so many questions they didn't know where to start. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you couldn't put two words together to save your life? Who can make decisions like that? These tips helped them make the right decision.
PERSONALITY - gotta have some
This is a biggie. Personality is what you're hiring, what you're inviting to your wedding and reception. If a photographer's images are stunning, but you're uncomfortable with or put off by him/her in any way, guess what... your images will show it.
You know that smile you flash someone who throws a camera in your faces and yells, "SAY CHEESE!"? Well, we call that the "show me your teeth" smile. If you aren't completely comfortable with your wedding photographer, that type of smile is exactly what they're going to capture.
We want our couples to be able to relax and have fun every time we are around, whether we're taking pictures or not. This translates into natural looking smiles and great photographs vs. fake smiles and over-staged photos.
STYLE - does it match yours?
Another thing to keep in mind is the photographer’s style. Can you see yourself in their pictures? When you're surfing the ‘net, which photographers stand out from the others?
Here is something you may not know – no two photographers shoot the same way. The closest they can be is similar. Style is what separates one photographer from the next.
When you’re looking at their work, you will see how they see. Do their images speak to you? Do they move you? Are their photographs unique or do they look similar to every other photographers' work? Can you see yourself in their images? Do the people in the images look comfortable? Happy? Do their images tell a story?
Which images or websites do you find that you are comparing all others against? This is usually the right photographer for you.
BUDGET - it's good to have one
This is the last-first thing to consider when choosing the perfect wedding photographer. It is very important and should not be taken lightly, but do not pick the photographer based on price alone. The old saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more true than it is with wedding photography.
So here it is, you searched and searched and found the perfect photographer to capture your wedding day in the style and vision that you want. You find out that this photographer is a little (or a lot) more than you had budgeted. What do you do? Don't give up! Many times the photographer will work with you on creating a custom wedding collection that will fit within the budget you can work with. We put together custom wedding collections all the time for those who want us to capture their wedding day. All you have to do is ask!
Plain and simple, we are wedding photographers. We love hanging out with couples who are head-over-heels in love with each other as they celebrate the biggest day in their lives.
We photograph each wedding with the enthusiasm of our first, the experience of our 1000th, and the drive to create unique and award winning images. We would love to sit down with you and hear the story of how your relationship grew into a wedding date.
We would love to share our story with you and let you know how we can photograph your day, give you beautiful, artistic images, and preserve these memories it in a custom wedding album. Are you ready?