3 Steps in Choosing a Wedding Photographer
1. Look for a photographer that you truly like their particular style of photography. There are a wide range of styles available for you to choose from. The two most popular styles are currently ‘Traditional’ and ‘Photojournal’ / ‘Contemporary’. Traditional is all about doing perfectly staged poses with very few or no candids. Photojournal or Contemporary is more about capturing undirected, spontaneous emotion and expression to tell the story as it happens with little or no direct photographer involvement. A note to look for: Just because someone says their style is photojournalistic doesn’t necessarily make it so. There IS a difference between candid snapshots and true photojournalistic images. Just because a photographer takes a few images in black and white doesn’t automatically make them a photojournalist. Look for someone that specializes in and has extensive experience in your favorite style. A few studios, like The Perfect Image, offer a proportionate blend of both. Look for a photographer that evokes an emotional response from you with their images. If they can do that with the photos from a strangers wedding, just think what they can do for yours! View sample photos with your heart as well as with your eyes. 2. Look for a photographer that you really “click” with personality wise. Other than your bride or groom, there is nobody you spend more time with on your wedding day than the photographer. Make sure it’s someone you can have fun with and truly enjoy working with throughout your special day. It should go without saying that you actually need to MEET with this person so don’t contract with a studio until you know exactly who you will be spending your day with. Contrary to what many photographers may think, photography should NOT be the most important part of your day. However, having a great time and experiencing all the love and emotion of that day IS. Don’t spend it with someone you really don’t care for just because they are cheap! 3. Last but not least, of those that meet the above two requirements, then and only then shop for price and package options. Set an approximate budget for how much you want to invest in your wedding photography but don’t be afraid to go slightly over or under if you find the perfect photographer for your specific tastes. Planning your wedding and choosing all the best vendors can be both challenging and exciting. A unique situation for most couples. Hopefully this has helped shed some light for you on the field of wedding photography and will help you sort out the range of prices available. Selecting the best photographer based upon your particular tastes will have the longest lasting impact on your wedding memories of any other pre-wedding decision you will make. We hope these suggestions will help you in making that difficult choice.
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