Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Newly Engaged? Four important tips on choosing a wedding photographer

Are you newly engaged and feeling a little lost on choosing vendors for your upcoming wedding?  Here are 4 important tips when it comes to picking your wedding photographer

1. Ask for personal recommendations
The best wedding photographers will tend to develop a reputation and may be known locally to your friends and family.  Start your search by asking people you know and trust if they have any recommendations, either through personal experience or word of mouth. Talk to people you know who have gotten married in the last few years and ask about their experience.  If a friend recommends the photographer she used for her wedding ask to look her album of photos (keep in mind that people have different tastes and ideas for what makes good wedding photography)

2. Go with your gut
Don't underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. When I meet with a couple, one of the first things I tell them is that the photographer will be shadowing their every move, and the more comfortable they both are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out.  Once you've evaluated each photographer's work and fees and narrowed down the options, it's time to make your decision. Don't forget that you'll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer. Do you and your fianc√© genuinely like this person? Do you feel like the three of you click? Is the photographer excited by your vision when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way or are they timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting? These are excellent questions to ask yourself.

3. Having great images you will love
Photographers have different styles, make sure that you love the work of the person that will be photographing your wedding day.  If you decide to go with a wedding company ask to meet with the person that will be photographing your wedding and also get to see their work.  In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces but is bold enough to go out hunting for great images and who, above all, puts you at ease and doesn't irritate you in any way.

4. Consider the value of the photos
Price will no doubt be a factor in your decision, but try to think carefully about the value of these photos and what they mean to you. It will be hard to value them quantitatively as they are a record of the biggest day of your life . You will want a photographer that will capture the emotion of the day as well as all the key moments. Your wedding book is an heirloom and worth the investment.

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