How to Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer
Similar to seeking out the perfect spot to have your wedding, picking the right wedding photographer will impact your experience during the event as well as your memories of it. After the vows are made and the champagne is sipped, all that will be left are a few souvenirs and the photographs that remind you of the big day (and, of course, a lovely spouse!).
Make the most of it and find the wedding photographer that will provide you with the best shots and experiences not only of the bride and groom, but also of the many friends and family members who come. Promises Bridal and Formal Wear has a list of wedding photographers for brides to peruse through while picking out wedding dresses in Eureka, CA, but how do you pick a photographer, anyway?
Word of mouth is still one of the most sought after types of marketing for good reason. Ask your friends, family members and co-workers if they know any excellent wedding photographers. They probably have some horror stories, too, so take note of who to avoid. Be careful, though — everyone’s wedding is a bit different, and one bride’s taste may not suit another. Take a look through your friend’s wedding album to determine if you like the style and technique that was used.
Come to our Eureka bridal shop and peruse work and packages from local photographers who have provided us the info. We try to do whatever it takes to make your wedding less stressful, so we offer this as a resource to our brides.
Here are a few websites where you can see user-created reviews of local photographers:
Wedding photographers need to have a near hair-trigger reflex to capture the most impromptu, genuine moments of a wedding, and preparation is key. You’ll know he’s serious if he has at least two cameras, usually each with a different lens. The window to capture a moment is brief, so there is no time to switch out the lens in a single camera (and no one wants a close-up with a wide angle lens!).
Experienced wedding photographers may also bring a second photographer along, and this is also a bonus to the bride and groom. Throughout the event, too many interactions happen simultaneously for one person to catch it all, but two photographers can cover much more ground. Often the more experienced of the two photographers will focus on the most important and iconic photos, such as the kiss and the throwing of the bouquet.
Wedding Photo “To-Do” List
When considering different wedding photographers, ask what shots are on their “to-do” list at any wedding. If you have a few of the details of your event hammered out, the photographer may
also be able to discuss photos that would take advantage of your venue.
While the classic photo set-ups should be on their list, some of the best photos don’t come out of those, so see what else they have and what they’d be willing to do. Capturing tender family moments, detailed shots of wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses and other moments throughout the wedding should be high priority for them, too. The posed images of the wedding party are often the ones that get printed up and sent to all the relatives, but if you will be sharing your whole album on Facebook or elsewhere, everyone can enjoy the unposed, more genuine moments from your wedding, too.
Are they approachable?
Shepherding people for posed shots is practically an art form unto itself, and good wedding photographers have this skill. No one will give a real smile to an unpleasant photographer (at least not a real smile).
Once you’ve found the perfect wedding photographer, book him for the date! Find out ahead of time if a back-up photographer will be available if the one you hired is unable to make it for any reason.