Choosing a wedding photographer
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Angie Kay Photography and Design
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I am elated with how many couples are interested in booking with me or have already booked with me for your 2017 and 2018 weddings. I can't wait to capture these moments for you. If you are still in the consideration process of choosing your wedding photographer please keep ALL of the following in mind whether you choose me or someone else.
One of your most important vendor choices is who will capture the events of your wedding. What you put in is what you get out, and you surely do not want to have lackluster photos to remember your big day! Anyone can take a decent picture, but it takes a skilled photographer with great experience working at weddings to capture all the special, irreplaceable moments you and your partner will share on your big day. A friend or relative may own a DSLR camera, but you should hire a professional to ensure the day is properly documented and nothing is missed. There's only ONE CHANCE to get this right and you can't afford any the days festivities to be missed.

 


Take a look at their portfolio. Does their image style match you? (Soft, vibrant, vintage, artsy). Are their images appealing to you?

• Are they bright and vibrant or are they dull and soft? See if they have shot in a variety of settings. (Indoors day, indoors evening, outdoors day, outdoors evening or even all at the same event.)
• Check their indoor image quality. Are all of the images over exposed due to improper flash use or did they utilize natural light as much as possible? If no natural light was available how did they use their flash?
• Are the images equal in lighting throughout the entire scene or are parts of it too bright with other parts too dark? You want to make sure you see a variety of shots from the day to be sure they can adapt and shoot every scenario that may happen. Your getting ready lighting will be different from your ceremony lighting. Your ceremony lighting will be different from the lighting when your DJ starts entertaining. Lighting is HUGE when it comes to capturing a complete wedding event.
Just because a photographer has a degree or $10,000 worth of equipment does NOT mean they can accurately capture your day. The equipment does not make one a photographer. Their vision of what they SEE and pay attention to during your day does. Brilliant photographers imagine a shot in their mind moments before it actually happens. This enables them to be ready to take the picture and make sure they have a clear shot with their camera. This only comes from experience.

 

Notice in their portfolio if the images are just posed and staged looking or are they candid. (The subjects in the shot were not aware their photo was even being taken)
• Is the couple obviously having a private moment with tears in both of their eyes as they do their "first look" ,
• Is the father of the bride dancing with his daughter , tears streaming down his face knowing his little girl has grown up and moved on ?
• Is the bridal party obviously telling a story of something funny remembering a time and the entire group is full of facial laughter?
• Does the bride have a look on her face as she says her vows that just SCREAMS “I am completely in love with you” ?
• Did one of the children at the reception do something adorable that grabbed the attention of all the guest? ALL of these types of photos TELL A STORY. You want YOUR story to be told for years to come.

 


Patience: We all know wedding days can be a little hectic. Sometimes not everything goes according to plan, so it is important to have a photographer by your side who is patient, calm, and ready to deal with any curveballs. As a bride, you will probably also be quite stressed, so a photographer that is very understanding with a level temper and supportive nature is best. Hand in hand with being patient, it is important for the photographer to also be flexible. Sometimes the schedule of the wedding gets pushed around or delayed, so it is great if the photographer can adjust to these changes and still deliver excellent service.
Communication: Experienced wedding photographers are strong communicators. They know how to communicate with their clients in order to provide them with a product their client wants. This means that they will speak up about ideas they may have for certain shots or poses and will also be open to your suggestions. While you want them to be confident in their work, make sure they listen to you and any concerns you have. These communication skills also involve verbal and written skills, which are important for establishing the contract you both agree upon and making the overall process of working together run smoothly and successfully. Whatever you do, DO NOT hire a photographer who does not offer you a signed contract up front with your agreed upon details clearly laid out. Trust me when I say this is for your protection as well as theirs. A week after the wedding when your sneak peak shots start coming back to you is NOT the time for “ but I thought you said.”

 

 

To ensure you are hiring a wedding photographer that meets all of these requirements, having a consultation meeting is a wise choice. This way, you can converse with the photographer, see how you two get along, and get all your important questions answered up front. If a photographer will not have a personal consultation with you, RUN. There is a reason they do this and you don't want to find out what that reason is after monies have been exchanged and half your days events were missed.

 

 

I hope you find this information helpful and have a little bit of insight as to who I am and how I view my passion. I take capturing your wedding very seriously. I will capture you as you and I will tell YOUR story in the most creative of ways. Every photo I have captured and frozen time in over the years is what has led me on my journey to YOU ! Thank you for considering me as your photographer. I am already excited to work with you !!!

 

 

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