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Documenting your day.......

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.  Monday has come all too fast!  March has given us a time change so our days are brighter and  we have had Easter, so all we need now is that lovely warm Spring weather.  I’m good with rain as long as the temperature is warm.

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We are heading into a busy wedding season and I have been trying to offer some advice for brides who will need to hire services and vendors.  We have touched on Décor, Audio/Visual/DJ, Venues and Flowers.  Another huge piece of the day will be your photographer.  Who will you choose to document this momentous day in your life.

We are so lucky to live in such a picturesque place.  People from across the country and from other countries come here to spend their vacations, simply because it is so lovely.  This beautiful coastal area with its unique surrounding regions automatically attracts artistic creative people.  Photographers are definitely among those creative folks.   There are a wide range to choose from and this is a great benefit to brides looking to hire that perfect person to record the day.  Styles and price ranges vary and it will take some homework to decide on exactly who that person should be. 

Here is a synopsis to perhaps make it easier for you in your selection of a photographer. 

I think word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising.  Start your search by asking friends and family.  Take that list and research websites to get a good idea of the photographer’s style as each is as unique as an artist’s brush stroke.  Decide what you are looking for in your album.  Perhaps you want posed still shots and portraits of your bridal party, friends and family, traditional ceremony shots and the first dance, cutting the cake.  Or perhaps will you be looking for a candid documentary style that will catch moments of laughter, quiet conversations, and spontaneous pictures of the day.  Maybe your preference will be somewhere in between. 

Spend time looking at albums on photographer websites, read the reviews/testimonials, check out blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages also.  You should be able to get a feel for the photography style and a little of what the person behind the camera may be like.  Keep in mind that you will be reviewing all of the photographer’s best work on the website so you will want to see a full wedding album when you finally meet. 

Once you have a candidate list, set up face to face meetings where you can get to know the photographer and decide if this is a person you can work with.  You need to feel  comfortable, relaxed and confident with your choice.   The most expensive photographer in the city might not be a good fit for you --- there may be no doubt that he or she takes exquisite photos but if the chemistry between you is not happening and you feel uptight and pushed in directions you don’t want to go, this will be reflected  in your wedding photos.

Check out the following points during your meeting:

  1. Confirm photographer’s style and how that aligns with what you want;

  2. View some of his/her full Wedding Albums so you will know what scope and quality to expect from the package you choose;

  3. Cover any questions that you may have had while you were originally browsing the website;

  4. Does the photographer use both Digital and Film?  Black and White and Colour?

  5. Will the photos be available high resolution for prints and/or low resolution for forwarding by email to family and friends?

  6. Who will actually be the photographer the day of your wedding.  Sometimes photo studios have more than one photographer on staff.  Ensure that the person you meet with is the actual person that will be attending on your wedding day;

  7. Question your rights to photos taken --  both digital and film;

  8. Any Cost of sharing proofs online with friends and family;

  9. Turn-around time for receiving proofs or prints after wedding

  10. Ask for a general price-range based on the shooting fee and the album you might be looking for. How many photos make up the album?

  11. Breakdown of number of photos for pre-ceremony, ceremony itself, bride and groom, bride and groom photos with wedding party, family photos with wedding party and other, introduction of Bride and Groom, first dance, cake cutting, depending on the style you have chosen for the day.

  12. Will the photos be edited / touched up by photographer?

  13. When will the photographer arrive on wedding day and when will they depart?

  14. What deposit will be due to secure the date in the Photographer’s calendar.

Be selective in your choice of photographers.  Creative style, professional skill and personal behavior are of utmost importance.

By choosing to believe and expect the best about people, you are able to bring out the best in them.
— Bob Moawad