What to Look For in a Wedding Photographer – The Basics

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The Basics:: What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

People are always coming to me and asking, “Okay, we want to hire a great wedding photographer that is worth the investment, but how do we know we’re hiring someone good?” My answer is this: do your research! Be ambitious, be straightforward, and don’t be afraid to ask for and express what you want. There are many things you won’t want when hiring a wedding photographer, so make sure your photographer has the proper skills, equipment, and experience. There can be dangers of hiring someone who isn’t quite qualified and up to the huge task of photographing a wedding, putting your precious photos in jeopardy.

It always helps to ask, ask, ask! I personally never get tired of answering client questions. I not only expect it but I welcome it! Clients and potential clients can always feel comfortable to contact me with any questions or thoughts. Wedding photography is so much more than just pulling out a camera and snapping a few pictures of the day. It takes careful planning, effort, interest, ideas, and creativity.

Wedding Photographer Proficiency:: Technicality versus Creativity

Many variables are integrated when a photographer shoots a wedding. There are the technical particulars that photographers should be completely comfortable with, such as proper exposure, setting the correct F stop, knowing how to measure Depth of Field, finding the right Aperture, and so on. These are the fundamentals of photography and your wedding photographer should be well versed in these concepts. Along with this, the photographer also should have a substantial amount of creativity involved with the technical part of his or her shooting. A wedding photographer may be able to work by the book when it comes to shooting a wedding but if there is no creativity involved, the pictures will often times fall flat and not have the interesting qualities they could have. So, make sure your wedding photographer technically knows what they’re doing but also has an artistic angle when it comes to their photography. I personally favor a photojournalistic style, so while there have all the technical aspects of shooting a wedding, this offers a unique and artistic perspective when shooting your wedding!

Wedding Photographer’s Character:: Charisma and Personality

Although a technical and creative photographer is crucial when hiring a proficient wedding photographer, you also want to make sure that they have a friendly and outgoing personality. During a wedding day shoot, there are often times people running around everywhere and the craziness of the day becomes infectious! You want to make sure you have someone that can easily and kindly direct people and gather them together for photos and such. Having a friendly personality and lots of charisma makes it easy for the wedding party and guests to relate to him or her, thus allowing for better pictures throughout the event! You are investing your finances and your time into the photographer on one of the most important days of your life. Finding a photographer with a complimentary personality helps to promote the entire experience of your day.

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