With wedding photography, there’s a lot more to consider than just beautiful pictures.
Your photographer will be frequently interacting with the people closest to you, and their personality and style will have a big impact on the overall energy and mood of your wedding day.
Here are 3 traits I really value as a wedding photographer:
Your photographer will ideally jive with your style and expectations for your wedding. It helps to find someone who has a similar vibe to what you’re looking for—who gets that you might not want overly posed or traditional photographs, for example, but rather a more candid and natural feel.
One of the ways I make sure I do this is by providing you with a questionnaire. In it, I ask specific questions that both relate to the details surrounding your wedding as well as the atmosphere you are trying to create. With that knowledge, I am able to approach your wedding with an open mind and in a manor that aligns with your vision.
A great photographer will work with you beforehand to go over things like family combinations and the general flow of events for the day to save you from unnecessary stress—that way you can focus on enjoying the moment.
In that same questionnaire I ask for the locations and times for the major events surrounding your wedding. With that knowledge, we can together craft a wedding timeline that allows us to take great photographs, but also be present and make sure you enjoy your wedding day. As the wedding date gets closer, we will plan a FaceTime call to both catch up and go over these timeline details to ensure everything will flow smoothly.
Making sure your family is also a part of your wedding story is also important and although I generally don’t work off of a physical shot-list on the day of the wedding (I do have a mental shot-list of what I need to capture though), I will use one when photographing your family. This ensures we don’t miss any combinations and we are able to set the proper amount of time beforehand for family pictures.
Now that we’ve done lots of planning and have a rock solid timeline, it’s time to actually take great pictures! This leads me to…
Even if you’re not super comfortable in front of the camera (there’s few of us that are!), it’s your photographer’s job to make you feel comfortable so you appear relaxed—and you look like you. This is one of the main reasons I include complimentary engagement sessions in all of my wedding packages. By working together before your wedding not only do we get unique photographs in a relaxed environment, we can also practice posing, talk about your wedding a bit more and discuss tips on how to look great in your wedding photographs (believe it or not, it’s easier than it sounds!).
This is also one of the reasons I prefer to do a video chat instead of a regular phone call when we discuss your wedding details. Getting to know the clients I work with and acting as a friend rather than just another vendor is the reason my photographs don’t look stiff and posed. As the famous photographer Alfred Eisenstadt said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
This mantra is a core value of my business and is why I became a photographer in the first place!
A good wedding photographer realizes that their job is about more than just taking great photographs—it’s also about providing an amazing experience. These principles are some of the core values of the way I approach my business.
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