Choosing a Wedding Photographer

February 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

Over the past few years, we have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful brides. We know that planning a wedding can be a somewhat daunting task, so we’re pleased to introduce a series: How to Choose and Book Your Wedding Photographer. This will be the first installment in a series, and we genuinely hope that it helps!

 

The first thing to do before you even start to look at wedding photographers is to take an honest inventory of your own personality. Don’t start searching through hundreds of photographers’ websites and be overwhelmed by the different styles and options and combinations of portraits.

Instead, start with considering yours and your soon-to-be spouse’s personalities. Are you fun-loving? Do you  like spur of the moment activities? When you take pictures on your own are you more likely to flip the camera around and take it at arm’s length? Or do you stop strangers to ask them to take perfectly posed pictures? Do you like to show affection in your photos? Or do you just want to be near your loved one? Do you smile? Or do you prefer more serious, editorial poses?

Once you thought about these questions (be honest!), you can start to peruse wedding photographers. With all of these ideas in you head, you will have a pretty good idea of exactly what you’re looking for. 

If you prefer posed photos and traditional layouts, that’s what you’re going to want to see on your wedding photographer’s website. Your going to want crisp images that look flawless.

If you prefer more spur of the moment pictures that you sometimes take yourself, you’re going to want to see those things on your wedding photographer’s site. You’re not going to mind photos that are a little more artistic. You may not mind a fish-eye lens or photographs that depend on the depth of the field (that is your background is blurred while the central image is crisp). 

Whatever you decide, make sure you’re going with your gut. Don’t allow anyone to talk you into a style of photos that are not going to make you happy for the rest of your life. After all, they are your memories and you should see them exactly as you dream them!

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