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HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Hola Chica!

Can I tell you something?

Its more than just about fitting a
photographer into your budget.

 There are SO many factors that affect who
 the perfect wedding photographer is for you.
But today.. for your sake, I'm going to
limit myself and tell you the top five things
that I've found most important when
considering your array of options.

So.. you guys ready?!

 Here we go!


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1. Photography Style

You don't have to have an art degree to know
what photography style best suits your liking.
If you love light and airy.. a photographer who
shoots overexposed images is your go-to.
If you love dark and moody.. a photographer who
loves underexposed images is your go-to.
If you're not "ooh'ing and ahh'ing" when
you're looking at a
photographer's portfolio,
DO.NOT.BOOK.THEM.

Also, don't try to alter their shooting style
just because they fit into your budget, and the
photographer that you actually want is "too expensive".
It can come across as inconsiderate, and like you're
simply just bargain shopping.. which honestly, turns
us away from wanting to work with anyone.

We want you to love and appreciate
your photos, not wish you had
hired someone different, 
based off budget
limitations.


Just saying, keep it simple..
keep it real..
and be respectful! 


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2. Personality

Ahhh!
I cannot even stress this enough.
You have to like your photographer on
a personal level, or you are going to not
be a very happy camper come your Wedding Day!

Do you know how long the average client books their
photographer for on their Wedding Day?

8 HOURS!!

Could you handle being in the same proximity for that long
with someone that you clash personalities with?
And on top of that, this person is taking pictures
of you all day! I don't know about you,
but I can't see myself wanting to be around
someone I didn't like on one of the most
IMPORTANT days of my life.. 
but maybe thats just me?


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3. Equipment

If you are having a darker ceremony & reception..
its important to know what kind of equipment your
wedding photographer BASICALLY works with.

By saying that, I mean that maybe your potential
photographer is offering you an amazing deal on a
Wedding Package and it sounds great in the beginning!
But then maybe that photographers pricing is low because they
are still building the proper equipment setup for low-light situations. 

Another thing to consider is that
you might want certain lighting effects in your photography
so it's important to book a photographer who knows how to pull it off!

Just because a photographer doesn't have what you need,
this doesn't make anybody inept, or incapable..
it just might make them not the right photographer
for your Wedding.
:-)


4. Communication


So.. this is one of the easier things to analyze,
but one of my biggest factors in deciding who I
want to work with is their communication skills.

I don't personally believe that everyone
has to be plugged into technology
every moment of their lives!

But, staying in tune with clients
is something that I take very seriously.
Your time is precious, and should be
treated as so! Make sure the photographer
you hire is working off the same wavelength
as you. Know your needs, and go with what feels right!


5. Price

We all have a budget, which is so
important because it gives us a
baseline for what we feel comfortable
in spending! In saying that, remember that
everything is flexible in life, in budgets, 
and you'd be surprised how you
can save in other areas, that
allow you to invest in the
best photography you deserve!

After everything is said and
done, the only tangible thing
you've got after the wedding
(unless you're like me and
dry the flowers, lol)
are the photos and video.

Make sure you budget reasonably
for your photography..
and try to not go too
far away from it, but
also be reasonable in
your requests. 
 

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So there you have it..
You have my best advice!
Now you're on your way to making
more informed decisions when it comes
to choosing your Wedding Photographer
for your big day! 

So choose wisely,
and choose away!!


xoxo

PHOTOGRAPHY | COLBEE LYNN