Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Long after the “I Do” is said and the last rose petal is thrown, your wedding photos and album will be your lasting memory of your special day. Choosing a good wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your wedding. Here are a few key things to think about when meeting with prospective photographers and finding the right person to capture this momentous occasion:

Style: First and foremost, what photographic style are you looking for? Do you want traditional posed portraits or a plethora of candid, in-the-moment snapshots? Wedding photographers tend to lean towards traditional or photojournalistic styles. Look through the wedding albums of your friends and family, and scour the Internet to view potential photographer’s portfolios, to get a sense of the pictures you like best.

Personality: Your photographer is yet another cog in the giant machine that is your wedding. To keep things running smoothly and to minimize your stress, you should choose a photographer who has a personality that complements yours. If you tend to be a little timid, you might want to select a shutterbug that isn’t afraid to take charge to ensure that photos are done in a timely manner. If your personality is stronger, snag someone who is a little more easy-going to avoid any challenging confrontations. All in all, pick someone you like working with and think will contribute to a pleasant wedding-day experience for everyone.

Effects: Some photographers use multiple camera types or photo editing programs to offer a wide array of wedding prints. (Think sepia, fish-eye, black & white, or vignettes.) If you have your heart set on a wide option of eclectic prints, or absolute abhor the idea of your photos being altered, don’t hesitate to ask a wedding photographer ahead of time what effects he relies on, if any, so that you won’t be caught off guard by the finished product.

Price: Cost is a major factor when choosing a wedding photographer especially considering the price range can differ drastically between one professional and the next. Since most photographers offer several packages, ask for a thorough explanation of what your specific package will offer, as well as what additional fees you can anticipate for an album, prints, or additional time. Expect to pay at least $2,000 to start and as much as $4,000 for a great photographer.

Extras: There’s so much more to wedding photography than snapping a few posed shots following the nuptials. Find out exactly what your photographer has to offer. Are engagement photos included? Will he be bringing an extra shutterbug to the wedding to snap shots from a different angle? Can he set up a photo booth at the reception? Ask questions to get a sense of the bigger picture and to find a photog that offers you everything you want.

Testimonials: Ask any prospective photographers to supply you with a list of testimonials from previous couples they’ve worked with. Exchanging information over wedding chat boards will give you a good sense of who the photographer is, how they work, and what the overall experience will be like. Research them on the Internet too to see if there are any negative reviews about them. And ask around to your recently married pals to see if you can get a personal recommendation from someone you really trust.  Also, ask your other vendors if they have any recommendations and be sure to ask the reason for the recommendation. In some cases a financial arrangement may be the reason for a referral…this is not the best scenario.

When choosing your wedding photographer, it is important to be sure that the person you are working with are vested in your happiness. Photographers must be flexible and knowledgeable enough to collaborate and cooperate with other vendors to ensure a great day for the bride and groom. More about choosing a wedding photographer.

Be sure to check out the following photographers:

R.E.M. Video & Photography specialize in producing elegantly crafted wedding photos, placing the company at the top of the wedding industry market. Each year, R.E.M. challenges its creative edge and continues to impress customers by developing new techniques in capturing special events.

Kelly Vanderploeg Photography is an international award-winning photographer specializing in “anytime” photography with a creative portrait and photojournalistic perspective. They are based in the Chicago area but available for travel.

Life On Prints Photography is a small team of photographers obsessed with capturing honest moments. We offer a well balanced approach, primarily photo journalism with just the right touch of traditional coverage to preserve everything about your day.

Erica Rose Photography  It’s in all the details…those little moments that might otherwise be missed, the things that you want to slow-down time for. I tell a story by capturing those details, those intimate or memorable moments that I am privileged to be present for.

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Wedding Photography: The Options Are Endless

When it comes to wedding photography, the options are endless. Professional? Posed? Candid? Digital? Film? Black and white? Color? Regardless of what you decide, we encourage you to make sure you have some photographs to remember your special day. The day really does pass in a blur and photos are sometimes the only way you’ll remember or know everything that went on during your wedding and reception. As you try to make the tough decision about wedding photography, here are some things to consider:

  • Professional vs. Amateur: Hiring a professional wedding photographer can be a costly addition to your nuptials, but it’s the only way to ensure that you’ll receive photographs that are, well, professional. Wedding photography can be a tricky business when you’re dealing with unexpected weather, large groups of people, and several noteworthy events, so it’s sometimes safest to leave it to the pros. If cost is an issue, hiring an amateur or less-experienced photographer is definitely an option. Just make sure you view samples of their work before trusting them to capture the single most important day of your life!
  • Posed vs. Candid: As far as this battle is concerned, we’re convinced it’s an even draw. You will most certainly want posed photographs of you and your spouse, your families, and your wedding party to frame or include in your wedding album, but candid shots of the day’s events can be a more honest glimpse into the wedding and reception. When you’re interviewing potential photographers, ask to see samples of both their posed and candid shots. Find a photographer whose personal taste, style, and viewpoint are in alignment with yours. Remember that posed shots don’t always have to be formal and boring; find a photographer that captures everything about your wedding in a way that reflects your personality. As an added touch, you can also consider placing disposable cameras on reception tables to allow guests to capture candid shots you may have otherwise missed.
  • Color vs. Black & White: Breathe easy on this issue since technology makes it a no-brainer. In the past, when photographers only shot with film, color or black & white had to be chosen beforehand. These days, with the power of PhotoShop, you can turn your color photographs into black & white prints in under a minute. If you’re purchasing prints through your photographer, you’ll have to let him know which images you’d like to see in black & white but most wedding photographers will already have options for you.
  • Digital vs. Film: Say what you will, but there is a difference between photos taken on a digital camera and pics that rely on old-fashioned film. There is a certain, distinct quality about photographs captured on film that might encompass what you want on your wedding day. However, the benefits of digital photography seem to far outweigh the film option. Your photographer can take an unlimited number of photos without having to switch anything out, all of your “negatives” can be stored on your computer, retouches and alterations are much easier, and you and/or your photographer can view the photos seconds after they’re taken to make sure everything looks good.
  • Alternative Ideas: We’ve established that photos are an important part of your wedding day, but why not spice things up a bit? Create a fun and interesting photo shoot for wedding guests and attendants during your reception. Put up a backdrop and provide funny and quirky props like hats, fake mustaches, feather boas, and sunglasses and allow your guests to pose for silly photos taken by Polaroid cameras, your photographer, or another guest. Allow guests to write messages in an album and use the photos as a creative wedding guestbook or memento. Another unique option for pics is an old-fashioned photo booth. For a minimal cost, you can rent one out for the day, set it up at your wedding or reception, and allow guests to pose away. Ask them to adhere the photo strip into a scrapbook or album or write messages on the back for the bride and groom.

Recommended photographers are below:

R.E.M. Video & Photography / EB Creative / Life on Prints / Timothy Whaley & Associates