Choosing your wedding photographer should take just as much consideration as choosing the right venue or wedding cake. This is not an area that you just want to brush off and choose whoever is recommended from your family or who has the best price. You will want to be able to cherish and show off your wedding images for the rest of your life so you want to take the time to carefully choose the best photographer for you and your fiancé. These steps will help guide you to finding the perfect photographer to shoot your big day.
How would you describe your style?
What You Want to Know: Every photographer has their own unique style. Some photographers will take stunning traditional photos but may struggle with the creative personal portraits you want and vice versa. Knowing what style your photographer specializes in will immediately let you know if they are the one you should be considering.
I have a clean, modern, photo journalistic style. My style is based on authentic looks that tell the story just like you remember it.
Have you shot a wedding similar to ours?
What You Want to Know: If you are planning a big wedding with over 200 guests, you may not want to go with a photographer that has only shot small and intimate weddings. This is also important for the location as well. Does your photographer have experience shooting in low lighting? Large venues? Small private gardens?
My Depth of Experience
I have shot in several indoor and outdoor venues in the states and oversees. I have captured beautiful images in the brightest of days and darkest of nights.
How many weddings do you typically shoot in a year?
What You Want to Know: Some photographers may only shoot a small number of weddings per year. This may be because they work more closely and spend more time with each of their couples. Other photographers may only do photography as a side job. Also consider asking how long they have been shooting weddings and what other types of photography they do.
Over the last 7 years I have learned that my magic number is 15 weddings a year. At 15 weddings I can deliver the high level of customer service that my clients require.
What does your typical wedding day schedule look like?
What You Want to Know: This will give you an idea of how early you can expect your photographer to show up and begin shooting on the day of and how late they usually stay. This will also let you know what you can expect on your wedding day in terms of what types of photos they tend to include throughout the day.
First Curl to Last Dance
My approach to telling your wedding story is full day coverage from first curl to last dance. As soon as you and your girls start getting ready I will be there.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced when shooting a wedding and how have you handled them?
What You Want to Know: This answer to this question can be very telling. If the photographer says they have never had any challenges you might not want to go with them. There is always some kind of setback on the wedding day from the weather not cooperating, traffic throwing off the timeline, wardrobe malfunctions to equipment malfunctions. You want to trust that your photographer can handle the stress and be honest with you to ensure that they can assist in helping everything run smoothly.
Stress free is for me
Once as the bride was getting ready she realized the seamstress forgot to pack the belt / sash for her wedding dress. I immediately reached out to a local bridal shop and I was able to drive and get a backup sash so the bride could go on with the day. Throughout the day I am focused on stopping stress so you can have a smooth wedding day.
Can you describe what your post process is like?
What You Want to Know: Not only will this tell you just how long you can expect to wait for your edited images but this will also give you a clear idea of what techniques your photographer uses. How many images can you expect? How many of these images do they retouch? Can you view the complete set of images? How can you get prints made? The editing process will take at least a month so you want to make sure the wait is worth it and the final product you receive is something you will be able to cherish for years to come.
After the big day
You can expect to see your images within a month of your big day. We will post sneak peaks on Instagram and other social media sites. Once you receive the link to your online gallery you will see all of your images edited by hand. A good mix of black and white and custom edits will be highlighted throughout your album. You will then be able to order images online or schedule an appointment to design your heirloom album.