Congratulations! You have a new sparkly ring on your all-important left hand, armed yourself with a stack of wedding magazines and started your Pinterest board. You are ready to get down to planning your dream wedding!
First of all, the most important thing is to take a moment to enjoy your engagement. You will never again be able to recapture these first few days of being on the cusp of a new beginning. Paint your nails, so you feel good about showing off your ring, go out to dinner, and make a list of all the things you are looking forward to most about being married. Don’t get so caught up in the planning that you forget to soak in the joy that comes with your engagement.
You’ve probably heard that it is essential to book your photographer early in the wedding planning process, and this is true. Our calendars fill up quickly, and we like to help you in making important decisions as you plan your wedding day, such as day of timelines, finding locations with the best light and recommending vendors we know will take good care of you. But, while it is necessary to choose your photographer early, it is also important not to rush this process. Here are our tips for choosing an experienced photographer that will be the right fit for capturing your special day.
Are they a professional?
This is a big one! There are so many photographers to choose from, and many with varying degrees of experience. Don’t let price be your deciding factor when selecting a photographer. Often photographers who are new to the industry will offer introductory pricing to gain experience. This method isn’t necessarily bad, but ask yourself, do you want YOUR special day to be someone’s practice session? Weddings are filled with decisions that must be made quickly, and experience plays a great deal into your images turning out beautifully. An experienced photographer knows how to find the best light, make a less than ideal location look incredible and handle the little snags that come with any wedding with grace and patience. They won’t get flustered when things come up, because they are confident in capturing what needs to be covered quickly and efficiently.
But how can you tell if they are a professional? Ask to see a full wedding, from start to finish! An adept photographer will be able to handle both natural light and darkly lit reception halls easily. Thier work will not be grainy or out of focus but beautifully lit, and of consistent quality no matter what the situation.
Do you love their style?
Loving the style of the photographer that you choose is key to relishing your wedding photos. Your photographer is in charge of telling your love story. Make sure they are skilled at capturing all aspects of the wedding day so that no part of your story is left untold.
If you love editorial style images, then look for a portfolio with strong bridal portraits and couple posing. Documentary style photography usual captures emotions well, but will not include styled images of your wedding details. Storytelling photography studios, such as ours, focus on doing both, creating a balance of magazine-worthy photos and plenty of emotional moments because when you look back on your wedding day, you should be brought back to that moment. We want you to remember how it felt to say “I do” to your life together.
Do you like them?
Let’s be honest…not everyone you meet is is going to be a great fit. Your photographer will be alongside you on your wedding day, even more than your future spouse. You have to trust them, and you must like being around them. Choose someone who makes you feel safe with entrusting your memories of this important day. Make sure they answer your questions thoroughly and that they are thoughtful of your wants for your special day.
Check their reviews! What others say about their experiences with them is vitally important. If they aren’t trustworthy with other’s weddings, then they likely won’t be with yours either.
Pricing and Image Delivery
Setting and sticking to a wedding budget is no easy task! There will be concessions and sacrifices made, but photography shouldn’t be one of them. Many aspects of the wedding day won’t stand the test of time; wedding flowers wilt, clothes get dirty and torn, invitations get tossed but your photos? All those details are gone, destroyed by time. Photographs choose the moments of your day that stay, allowing you to relieve them. These photos are heirlooms and should be treated as such. Our studio offers fine art prints, archival quality albums, and professional framing.
Our studio’s pricing reflects our commitment to preserving your memories and the quality of our work achieved through continued education – we are always aware of new industry standards and techniques and educated in how to implement them. When you hire our studio, you are investing in your families legacy. Your investment with us isn’t going to be the most “affordable” option, but it is backed with professionalism, skilled and educated artists with the knowledge and experience to deliver a one of kind experience for you on your wedding day. You can be assured that the images you receive will not only be beautiful, they will be artfully crafted to tell the story of your relationship as well as your marriage.
Make sure your photographer has a delivery time specified for your wedding images, and also that they have a history of adhering to their promised delivery times. In addition to prints and other methods to display your pictures in your home, we also provide you with an online gallery to ensure that sharing your day with your family and friends is easy and stress-free.
Signing a Contract
This last little detail is one that is often overlooked in the wedding industry but is essential to ensure that your day is handled with professionalism and care. A good contract will protect both you and the photographer. Make sure it includes your timeline for delivery, what additional products are covered, amount of contracted time for the wedding day and other details that you discuss while in the booking process.
If you have questions for a wedding photographer, our studio would love to help you answer them. Drop them into the comment box below and will respond as soon as we can. You are welcome to message us through our contact form as well. We’d love to serve you in any way we can as you plan for this significant season in your life!