01 February 2013

Charlotte Wedding Planner | Posh Tip of the Week: Wedding planning -next steps | wedding photography

Hopefully you've read my post Wedding planning-first steps. Once you've determined your budget, created your guest list and found your perfect venue, the next step, in my opinion, is the most important decision you can make...hiring your photographer. The photographer is responsible for creating the memories on paper that will last a lifetime. Trust me...this is not the job for Uncle Bob or Cousin Joe who dabbles around every now and then with their camera. I would not cut corners choosing your wedding photographer. Below are a few tips to make sure you choose the right photographer for you.

Know your style.
Every photographer does not shoot the same. It is important that you understand the different styles of wedding photography. Photography styles have changed over the years to keep up with the changing trends of weddings. The traditional pose and shoot photographers are still available, but more photographers are leaning towards a documentary style that focuses on capturing your day as it unfolds. There are also photographers that focus on the art aspect and the photographs have an artistic treatment to them. Educate yourself on the different styles and then find one that resonates with you. Think about what you want your relatives to see 50 years from now.

Experience is everything.
Please make sure you ask how long they've been shooting weddings. Just because they recently bought the newest Canon point and shoot, or have the best equipment on the market does not make them a pro. Wedding photography is a different animal than shooting their kids in the back yard. You don't want to risk this one. Make sure you check out albums and reviews of real couples they've worked with.

A picture perfect match.
You like their style, they have the right amount of experience, they fit in your budget, but their personality stinks. You will be spending a lot of time on your wedding day with the photographer, it is very important that you like them and dig their personality. You don't want to clash and have a smack down at your wedding. You want to be relaxed and comfortable with your choice. I feel that this is really important. Brides especially can be overly sensitive on their wedding day, and I'm not saying this in a bad way. You need a photographer who will be attune to your feelings and an experienced wedding photographer will be accustomed to that.

Do a trial run.
If you really want to make sure you know what you're getting, book an engagement shoot! This can be a fun and interactive way to see how the photographer works "on set" and they will also get an idea of your personalities as well. Plus, booking an engagement shoot early will give you a chance to possibly send out save the date cards or wedding announcements with your professional pictures!

Hope this helps. Happy Planning!

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