I’ve been listening to my parents talk about their experiences as wedding photographers and have come up with a few ideas on what a bride and groom should think about when choosing their photographer. Preserving the moments and memories of your wedding day is very important, right up there with feeding me. Not only is it a reminder of the joy and happiness of the occasion, but it stands as a legacy for years to come. Here are some key things to look for:
Style – Look at their website, Facebook page, etc., and make sure they shoot in the style you are looking for. Is it journalistic wedding photography you are looking for? It is the hardest style, by far, to master so make sure you pick somebody who really has it down. Did somebody say “down” that must mean I have a treat in my future. Drool. Don’t forget, my dad was trained for years as a photojournalist. He gets it!!
Personality – Would they work well with you to get the photos you are looking for? Are they personable? After all they will be in your face with their camera all day long. Will they interact with your guests in an appropriate manner? Mom and Dad often come home dog tired after shooting but almost always feel like they made new friends. And why do they call it “dog tired” anyway? Unless there is a ball, food or a dinghy ride to be had, I am always tired. Oh, I guess I answered my own question. Woof.
Experience – Ask to see samples of their previous work. Make sure it is more than just one or two photos because anyone can get lucky occasionally. Dad says a broken clock is right twice a day. Ask to see an entire wedding they shot, not just a handpicked portfolio.
Availability – Are they able to meet your needs for the day? Can they be where you want them to be when you want them?
Pricing -Find a photographer that fits your budget. However, this is not the area in which you want to pinch pennies. Your wedding photographs are the gateway to all of your memories. Long after that cake topper has freezer burn, it is your photographs that need to stand the test of time. By the way Real Deal Wedding Photography is very affordable.
I took a nap and just woke up with a few additional tips for the bride and groom:
Interact with your photographer, don’t be afraid to show your emotion. Wag your tail, it is your big day.
Communicate to the photographer what your expectations are. You might want to show them images from magazines or friends weddings that illustrate what you are looking for.
Allow enough time to get all the photos that you want and don’t try to rush through them. Dad says I tend to rush through my dinner. I can’t help it, I am always so hungry.
Book an engagement photo shoot ahead of time. This allows you to get to know each other and establish a relationship and rapport. I just sniff tails, but you humans seem to find that awkward.
Remember that your photographer is the one that creates the images that will help you remember your special day in the years to come. We pride ourselves at Real Deal Wedding Photography as being personable, experienced, flexible and reasonably price. These things are important to us because we are passionate about our work. Isn’t that what you want in your photographer? I’m just sayin’…