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TIPS on FINDING the RIGHT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The big question has been popped and you have told all your friends … you are getting married!  Once the date has been made, the next big step should be to find your wedding photographer.  For some, finding the right photographer can be a trying and tedious process. Depending on who has influence in the selection, it can be a challenge to find the person that makes everyone happy.   Some parents prefer traditional photography with a gilded gold-edge album.   Some brides/grooms want their images to be more “candid” and creative.  There are many styles and philosophies to interview for a photographer.  Talk to your friends, get recommendations, look at magazines and try to get a feel for what you want in your wedding photos.  Perhaps you want the traditional type photos but taken in a new fresh light. Maybe you have an idea or preference on how to mix in some candid or photojournalism type images into your wedding story. Once you have an idea of what you want as a result, start the selection process.  Here are a few tips on finding the right photographer.

  1. Go to the first bridal show held in your area and start meeting and reading. There are usually 3-5 decent size shows every year in the DFW area. (The Star Telegram Bridal Show is our primary show.) All the main photographers will be there and have their work displayed. This is a great time to ask questions and gather a lot of information.  It is also an excellent time to get a reference from your wedding venue and get their thoughts about the photographers you are interviewing. Perhaps they have photography examples taken at their venue for you to review.  If not, ask the photographers if they do!  It’s great to see images from your venue, especially if it has some tricky lighting or locational challenges.
  2. Review several complete wedding albums. Did the photographer capture the elegant details and essence of the wedding? Did they do the traditional pictures but maybe taken in a fresh new way? Did they also take the more creative shots you desire?  Did they have great coverage from start to finish of the wedding day?  Do they have more than one photographer? Are the images clear, well-lit and artistically composed?  Are there images that make your heart skip a beat? For example, was there an image of the groom’s expression when he sees his bride for the first time?  How about the bride’s last look in the mirror before heading down the aisle?
  3. Meet with the photographer and ask him to go over his package prices, style of work, and their recommended timeline on how they see your day unfolding with photography. For example, if you want a “first look” prior to the ceremony, how will the cameras and light be situated to make this moment picture-perfect? Ask the photographer about their post-production work too such as when images are available for online viewing after the wedding, process of designing your wedding album and framed portraits.
  4. Ask questions about the ownership of your images after the engagement, bridal and wedding. Most photographers own the copyright to all the photos and will only provide those images that are included in your package.  PHOTOconcepts is different.  Ask us what we do!
  5. Lastly, be sure you like your photographer. He and his associate photographers are going to be with you for many hours on your big day.  You may also spend time with them during an engagement and a bridal session. Be sure you are comfortable with them and allow them to put your mind at ease that you have chosen the right photographer for you. Photographer?  Check!  Now what is next?
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