If your photographer brings out the best in you, and you feel relaxed, calm, and like having them around, it will totally be reflected in your photos. The best way to find out if you enjoy being with him or her is to meet over coffee or drinks. You’ll have a pretty good sense after your time together whether it’s a good fit or not. You need your photographer to show up on time, to respond to questions and concerns quickly, and to do what they promise to do. References will help you find out about this. How quickly and effectively a potential photographer responds to your initial emails or phone calls is also a good clue.
Every photographer has a different style—some tend toward formal images, some are more edgy, while others are journalistic. You probably have an aesthetic you are drawn to, and it’s worth taking some time to find a photographer who makes the kind of images you love. The easiest way to do this is to check out photographers’ websites. You can also ask them to bring along an album or portfolio when you meet.
You don’t need a gearhead who has the latest and best of everything, but you do want someone who has good cameras and lenses so that you’ll get good quality photographs. The best digital cameras enable a photographer to get beautiful images in very low light, which means fewer flashing strobes and intrusion during your ceremony and reception. Good lenses provide crystal clear details with soft, ethereal backgrounds.
When you think about it, nearly everything else in your wedding and reception budget—the drinks, the meal, the cake, the flowers, the tuxes, the tent, the band—is gone at the end of the day. The only thing that lasts—that brings to mind all the magic moments, the beautiful ceremony, that amazing cake, how much fun the band was—is the photographs. You may consider stretching in this one area of your wedding budget, knowing that you, as well as your friends and family, will enjoy these photographs for years to come. If a photographer’s packages don’t fit your budget, always ask what they can offer that will fit within your price range. They are usually willing to come up with a package that will fit your needs.
You don’t need a stand-up comedian, but a photographer who takes his or her work seriously, and doesn’t take themselves too seriously, is a great addition to your day. Whether you prefer formal or casual shots of your family and bridal party, it’s good to have a photographer with a positive personality style who can get everyone in place for a great photo with a minimum of fuss. There is a little nervousness and stress on a typical wedding day, and it’s essential to have a photographer who will help you to be yourself, be in the moment, and have fun. Someone with a light heart, who finds joy in daily life, and enjoys laughter and celebration is your perfect wedding photographer.
If I didn’t answer a specific question you have, please feel free to get in touch. I’m always happy to provide any information that will help you find a wedding photographer who will be a good fit for you, even it’s not me! You can contact me through my website at http://jeffwoodwardphotography.com/. Have fun finding the perfect wedding photographer for you. You’ll be thankful for your good decision for many years to come.