SECRET #1: How To Guarantee Your Wedding Lives Up To Your Dreams.
Believe it or not, the wedding photographer you select to photograph your wedding can make or break your wedding day. Yes, I kid you not, your wedding day - not just your photographs! Why? Because he's THERE - with you and your family, in person - interacting with all your family and guests - and representing you every minute.
Now, HONESTLY, we're not just talking about wedding photography here - we're talking about YOUR WEDDING - how YOU FEEL on your wedding day, and how smoothly and romantically everything goes. You see, your wedding photographer determines this, by the way he helps you plan your wedding, the way he treats you and your loved ones, and the way he conducts himself throughout the day.
Amazing Secret Revealed - What Other Wedding Photographers Don't Want You To Know!
So here's the secret: Meet the photographer - IN PERSON - before you hire anyone to photograph your wedding! Most brides don't realize that many studios hire part time wedding photographers to photograph their weddings for them -a lot of the low end studios might hire high school and college kids, friends, relatives, etc. This means that you go to a studio, talk with a salesperson, look at their samples, and make a decision - without really knowing who will be photographing your wedding! And if it's not just the right person doing the photography, and interacting with all your family and guests, everything can be ruined!
So, when you're talking with a potential studio, ask them the following questions:
1. Who did these photographs you are showing me?
2. Who, by name, will be the wedding photographer of our wedding if we hire your studio?
3. We want to MEET this person, BEFORE we hire your studio.
Then, when you meet this person, ask him or her the following questions:
1. How will you dress at my wedding?
2. Did you do ALL the samples of wedding photography we saw in the sample books? If not, show us YOUR work, please.
3. How long have you been photographing weddings? Is it digital or film.
4. How long will you be at my wedding? Will the time be stipulated on the agreement.
5. Before you leave our wedding, who do you check with first to see if there's anything else we would like you to do?
6. Do you work from a checklist of photos? (You NEVER want a photographer who needs a checklist doing your wedding photography! He'll spend all his time looking at the list, and miss all the wonderful, romantic and spontaneous moments of your wedding!) Then, decide if you REALLY LIKE HIM, as well as his work! Because he's going to be spending a lot of time with you and your family and friends, on your important day. Quite a few more details need to be cover and stipulated on written agreement / contract that either the studio representative or actual photographer will sign and the bride and groom.
SECRET #3: An Important Warning: Miss This Secret, And A Disaster Could Happen At Your Wedding!
This seems so obvious, and yet brides miss this one all the time, and pay a BIG PRICE for it after their wedding! Be sure the wedding photographer has happy brides and grooms, who have written him and told him how happy there were with both him, and his work! We're talking TESTIMONIALS here! From real people, with their full names, and their city and state, so you can call them if you want to, just to "check them out" and make sure that they really said what the photographer says they said. (That's a hard sentence to read, but you get the point! Sorry!) I'm sorry to be so skeptical, but we live in a time in history when you have to be really careful to be certain that people are telling you the truth.
SECRET #4: A Magic Way To Have A Great Wedding.
One of the things that you really want to look for in your wedding photographer, is someone who is an EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER! An artistic photographer whose images combine to tell the EMOTIONAL STORY of your family, your friends, and your wedding day. This is really important, if you are looking for photographs which will be PRICELESS to you for years and years to come! And here's why this is so important! If an artist is an EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER, there's a really good chance that he will be compassionate about not ruining the romance, beauty and emotions of your day. Just to be a good wedding photographer or an excellent photographer might not be enough. You see, only a true romantic can truly understand how important this day is to you, and how perfectly you want it to go. And a true romantic will be sensitive to NOT INTERFERING WITH THE EMOTIONAL ROMANTIC FLOW OF YOUR DAY!
It is also very important that the photographer knows how to anticipate capturing the emotions, reflections, and relationships between the Bride and Groom and relatives and friends. Usually, the photographer who is more involved in learning who from the families is coming to the wedding; learn their names and talks to the couple about the importance of all facets of the wedding from the getting ready photos, ceremony and reception.
SECRET #5: The Truth About Wedding Photographers Revealed. What They Don't Want Me To Tell You!
It is not my intention to say anything bad about any other wedding photographers in the area. I know most of them personally, and count many of them as my friends. However, it is really important that I alert you to some of the problems that you otherwise would never know about.
Well, here's a "biggie."
Most wedding photographers will cram as many weddings into a day as they humanly can. Many times, this means they must rush from your wedding, to get to another, and then rush from that one, to get to another. This type of wedding photographer just isn't going to be able to capture the EMOTIONS, ROMANCE, LOVE, AND RELATIONSHIPS between you and your husband and also between you and your family and friends. He's just won't have the sensitivity and enthusiasm and love for what he does to be able to capture those feelings. And he won't have the time or energy. You will want the photographer to pay total attention to your event, to be there, to be unobtrusive but at the same time, as mentioned above, to know what is important and how to cover it.
This is one of the most ignored aspect of choosing a wedding photographer. You see, due to the digital revolution, it is easy for one to acquire and use a digital camera. However, that does not mean that owning a digital camera and knowing how to use it, makes one a professional photographer. Other than one has to know what photographing a wedding entails technical wise, a wedding photographer is the glue that puts all together. Thus, one and foremost aspect of the job is to be good with people. There are always time limitations and people challenges for a wedding photographer that has to deal with in a polite and professional manner and be able to cover completely the wedding photography to the utmost expectations of the marrying couple. This is so important! Be sure the photographer you hire has a "team" approach to taking good care of you on your day.
This means that he isn't going to be trying to work alone to photograph your important day. You see, doing a really super, romantic, EMOTIONAL STORY of your day requires a huge amount of planning, care, and effort. More effort than just one person can do. We are a TEAM. A team that together, guarantees that you not only have a great time on your wedding day, but also assures you of having PERFECTLY EMOTIONALphotographs!
A HUGE POINT FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: The Magic Of "E.F.P" On Your Wedding Day!
You see, I don't really look at it as "wedding photography," but rather as "Emotional Family Photography created on your wedding day!" It's all the emotions, relationships and personalities of all your friends and relatives, captured in beautiful images for you and your family to cherish for the rest of your lives. After all, isn't that what you really want? Aren't The People and The Emotions Of Your Life What Matter The Most To You? PEOPLE AND EMOTIONS of your wedding and life are so valuable to you, so that is why is so important for the photographer to capture the beautiful dresses and flowers and all the details of the wedding, like décor, and the whole ambiance of the reception and ceremony. You want your wedding photography to "tell the story" of your wedding day, AND your families and friends. How To Be Assured That You Will Be The Most Beautiful Bride Your Friends Or Relatives Have Ever Seen!
You deserve to have a wedding day where you are the most beautiful bride any of your friends or relatives have ever seen. That's the dream of every girl when she begins visualizing her wedding day. And you deserve to have that! You will select the perfect dress, headpiece, veil, flowers, shoes, etc. Yes, you will have your hair and make up done. But it goes much deeper than that. You see, beauty is also in the way you FEEL on your wedding day. The way your emotions show on your face, and the way you glow when you walk down the aisle and look in the eyes of the love of your life.
Many of my brides will understand this when I say it: When you hire a photographer to photograph your wedding, you're really paying them to be there. To take all the pressures and tensions out of the day for you. You know that your photographer truly cares about you, and will help you with EVERYTHING so the day goes perfectly. That's really what our brides are paying us for. You see, if you, your husband (there's that great word again!), and your family and guests are all having a wonderful time, you will be more beautiful than you have even dreamed you would be. Because there will be no tension there. And, by the way, your photographs will be WONDERFUL, too, because you looked so wonderful and were having such a great time.