is perhaps the most important element. Websites and social media are easy ways to make sure the photographer’s style is congruent with the vision STYLE you have for your special day. It is important to see a whole body of work rather than just a few of the best ones of the wedding. By seeing an entire wedding you can properly evaluate the work as a whole. Ideally the photographer is trying to tell the “story of the day” through the lens of his or her camera. Each of us sees the world quite diﬀerently and because of that we are blessed with a variety of diﬀerent photo styles. One is not better than another necessarily; they are just diﬀerent, like jazz and rock n roll. You as the client want to pick one that you connect with on a visceral level.
does matter. Clients, especially the bride, will be interacting with the photographer more than PERSONALITY any other vendor that day. I have known a few extremely talented photographers that were also extremely diﬃcult to work with. Some clients might be able to deal with this, but I ﬁnd it completely unacceptable. I feel you should ﬁnd someone who you can trust to exceed expectations and ensure you not only photograph great, but that you also have a wonderful experience as well.
is invaluable for the wedding photographer and something that you will want to research well. EXPERIENCE Would you rather have a surgeon that has done 6 operations or one that has done 600? Deﬁnitely 600. You don’t want someone learning or honing their skills on your special day. Things don’t always go as planned at the wedding. Ideally you want someone who can roll with the punches and come home with extraordinary images not EXCUSES. Word of mouth from past clients, vendors and venues, will steer you in the right direction. Don’t be afraid to ask the photographer for referrals from past clients as well.
the “b” word. Budget certainly plays a huge role as well. I myself would love to have a Maserati BUDGET but alas. Your coordinator will be a great help with deﬁning and helping you stick to your budget. While it is important, it is also important not to settle for something you don’t want. Don’t be afraid to ﬂatter the artist, (they love that by the way) tell them your situation, and see if some mutually beneﬁcial custom package can be worked out.
In the end you want it to be a good ﬁt! Remember the photographer is evaluating you as well. Bringing in “lists” from the internet stating bride and groom or cake cutting shots may cause them concern. Many modern photographers are looking for real moments to happen and capture rather than checking oﬀ listed shots. A small list of maybe 20 shots, usually family groupings is ok, but hopefully you have chosen someone that does not need to be reminded to take some of the bride and groom together. Photographers welcome suggestions and want you to be happy with the results. Ideally you will pick wisely and trust them to do their thing. You would not tell the surgeon how to operate on you, would you? An engagement session is a great trial run to see how you all work together. Ideally after that there is a rapport and trust between you and the photographer. They will know how to make you look your best and have learned something about your personality. Most Photographers would prefer to have a happy client whose expectations they can exceed rather than telling you they can walk on water- promise you the world, and deliver mediocrity. I would happily refer a prospective client to someone else if I did not think our visions were aligned, rather than just make the sale. At the end of the day you want someone you jive with, feel you can communicate with, and who has a rock solid reputation. Happy Wedding Planning! DAMON’S EXPERT TIPS: Day Before
Try not to consume too much alcohol and get a good night sleep the night before the wedding. Be on TIME! Make sure your bridesmaids or groomsmen are on time as well. It will make a big diﬀerence in your photos. Relax as much as possible and try to be mindful and immerse yourself in the day.
Work with your photographer and planner to ensure that you will have suﬃcient time to get those must have images. Veils are sexy and make for awesome photographs. Back of the dress shots give a diﬀerent perspective and also can provide an establishing shot of the venue. The little details are important as well. Once you get to the reception, the hard part is over. It is time to let your hair down and have fun with friends and family.
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