The idea of searching for your wedding photographer may seem a bit daunting, especially if you’re one of the first of your siblings or friends to get married (like me!). If that sounds like you, keep reading – the May Monthly Tidbit is going to teach you all about How to Find Your Dream Wedding Photographer. Being a traveling wedding photographer, I’m ridiculously passionate about ensuring that my couples are obsessed with my style of images, have access to help and planning at any time from me and that they receive ALL of their wedding images free of watermark, without a cap amount being placed on the amount of pictures they will receive. Each of those items contribute to finding and booking someone who is specifically YOUR dream photographer, not just a photographer that has a million awards or the most reviews. That may be a shocking thought to you – yes, being highly experienced with weddings and having good reviews is important, but connecting with your photographer’s image, personality, vision and image delivery process takes a way higher standing in my mind. Let me break it down for you:
Style of Images – NO Surprises!
If an image takes your breath away from the moment you see it, ask yourself WHY. Is it the location? Pose? A candid capture? Editing appearance? The way it’s framed or positioned?
The location, pose or non-pose, editing and framing are all a visual representation of that photographer’s personal style within their photography. Chances are, most of those items listed above will be consistent in some way, shape or form throughout all of their images. In my experience, the longer a photographer has been doing photography, the more consistent these things will be throughout their images. This is a GOOD thing – you want to be able to visualize yourself in those images and you need (and deserve) to be able to know what to expect from your end-result wedding gallery images. Choose to book a photographer that won’t surprise you with images that are edited differently than what’s on that photographer’s website or instagram.
Each time a couple reaches out to me, I ask what they like most in my images; what drew them to me. I always make sure that they’re drawn to not only me as a person, but 100% the images that they’ve seen of mine due to the natural, candid and warm style of the pictures on my website and instagram. With me, what you see is what you get – and I’m so proud of it. It takes years to hone in on your photography style and to make it very apparent as soon as you see a glimpse at an insta grid. This ensures for YOU as a bride, that you’re going to love the end result of your images, since that’s what drew you to me in the first place. With me, there’s no surprises with your images.
Help in ALL Areas.
Your photographer is someone who is typically going to be by your side from just after you get engaged, through a few weeks or months after your wedding day. I’m passionate about always being a resource to my brides throughout the entire process! Whether you want some advice about your engagement session location or outfits, are looking for a florist recommendation, or are unsure how much time you need to allot for your First Look on the day of your wedding, I’m here – I actually even create your photography timeline for you, based off of your specific wedding day! I always highly recommend booking a wedding planner to help you with all the details that go into planning a wedding, but I also am always more than happy to help in whatever way I can. It’s important that your wedding photographer keeps an open form of communication with you throughout the entire process, and is always more than willing to help (whether it falls under the role of a photographer or not!). I was the first of my siblings and friends to get married, and know how overwhelming everything can seem. I don’t expect you to know everything wedding (especially in terms of the photography side of things) – I send out a 80 page guide to my brides after they’ve booked with me, filled with tons of tips, hints and advice for you to reference throughout your entire planning season. Needles to say, I got you covered girl and hereby always vow to respond to you within 24-48 hours of receiving your message!
They’re YOUR Images!
Brides, this is SO important. When talking with a photographer prior to officially booking with them, ask these questions:
The answers to these questions range SO widely in the photography world. For example, my answers would be:
What’s most important when asking those questions, is to know what YOU want and need in the responses!
I hope this May Monthly Tidbit about How to Find Your Dream Wedding Photographer helped shed some light on a seemly daunting wedding planning task; booking your photographer. If you find a photographer whose style and personality you love, that is always willing and available to answer questions or give recommendations and whose image delivery process matches what you’re looking for, you’re bound to book your dream wedding photographer.
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