So you’ve found the perfect person to spend your life with and you’re ready to get married! That’s great news, but what about everything else?
From picking the perfect dress, tux, shoes, rings, and venue, there are so many things to do, it can be massively overwhelming (at least there’s cake tasting right!) Of all the things on your checklist, picking a photographer should be the easiest.
Your wedding day should a beautiful, stress-free celebration of the consummation of love. It should ring in the newest era of your relationship, solidifying what you and your mate have been building over time and of course you should have pictures of every memory made at this amazing party, but that is not always the case.
Unfortunately, photography is actually something a lot of couples choose to skimp over until the last minute. If time has taught me anything, it’s that this can be a huge mistake. Yes, your family and friends will have their camera phones or quick shot cameras to grab what they think will be ok pictures for Facebook or Twitter, but will these be the portraits you want to hang on your wall or post on your desk.
Even better will these photos be a good enough quality to create a beautiful album with which you can truly cherish your memories and let’s not forget the fact that your guests should be enjoying your nuptial celebration as much as you are, RIGHT?
Having a photographer (or two) there for your sacred and most intimate moment as a couple takes the stress and chaos away from worrying about great quality portraits. Even more so, having a professional who you’ve communicated your vision with is even better. Your photographer will not only be more of a portrait historian to help you recap the every unique moment over and over again, but they will also be able to keep things moving along for you (if you’ve taken the time to explain your wish list with them).
Now, you definitely don’t want to pick just any photographer. Talk to a few, find out their training, experience, and prices as well as get to know them through their portrait style. Then have a conversation and see if this photographer is the right fit.
The right photographer should make you feel important since this is your big day. You should know that your wedding is as much of a priority to him or her as it is to you and they understand your expectations. Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions about their policies or verbalize what you expect. Trust me your photographer will appreciate this.
If mother/daughter portraits are or a little bridal boudoir are on your wish list, but preparatory snaps are not, explain this so your portrait artist can capture more of the moments that are more significant. If you need a little help keeping your brother’s, best friend’s sister out of the family only portraits, take the time to express this so on your big day your photographer is ready for the hard moments of politely explaining their “time is limited and they have special requests from YOU their client that must be fulfilled, but your guests will have plenty of time during the reception to snap selfies with you” (YES, this does happen).
By talking about the key points and possible challenges you’ll face on your big day, the right photographer will be ready to help guide you through the big day and minimize the things that might slow down your progression from engaged to wed.
So breath deeply knowing that from bridal party brunch to the first dance, having a trusted, professional photographer there for you will be one of the best decisions you’ve made AND while you’re looking at photographers keep me in mind.
My bridal packages start at $700 and are perfect for nearly any budget!