What if a professional photographer was looking for a wedding photographer? What would they be looking for? Here are my questions and my own answers to them.
Or were any photographs taken with flash, like during the toasts or dancing? If no, this is a red flag! Make sure your photographer can do this. Ask for images via email if there are no examples on their site. Chances are, half your big day is in dark lighting situations, and you should be confident that your photographer can handle it. Yes, I show reception & flash photos. Scroll down in this gallery.
The point of hiring a professional is to get all the candid moments photographed while they're happening. Yes, you'll want some images where you're smiling at the camera, but all those small moments in between that aren't on your list, are the tearjerkers. A photographer should know how to wait for and capture these moments.
Good! This means they're busy working and need to carve out time for you. It shows dedication and common sense business practices. I typically take a minimum of $675 as a deposit to block off the day and to block off weeks of editing for you.
Good! Again, this means they know how much work it takes to shoot all day for you, have the proper equipment, and then edit for weeks. They value their time and, in turn, value your images. My pricing is listed here. Pricing is dependent on the number of hours they're shooting and how much editing will be involved later on, plus the use of equipment, assistants, and overhead on the business.
I prefer to talk on the phone once someone is interested in having me as their wedding photographer. I have so many questions for you, and I want to get to know you. I'd rather us speak and realize we are or are not on the same page early on in the process.
Is your gut telling you they are a good person and care about your needs? Then go for it! I do not work with people I do not like. I would never expect you to. It's okay not to like someone's mannerisms, work ethic, or the way they speak to you. Move on and find someone that makes you comfortable and confident.
This formula allows me to concentrate on one couple at a time. I can take my time editing and enjoy the entire process without it becoming a factory output. The rest of the month, I shoot for commercial clients and teach photography, which helps me become a well-rounded photographer with tons of industry knowledge. No matter the situation, I can problem solve it and shoot it beautifully.
I deliver your images, storyboarded, and retouched with care. I do not send them off to a stranger to edit. That stranger has no idea what my intentions were during the shooting or who you are as a couple. They will not edit them as well or as catered to you as I can. I do not put Instagram filters on your images, you are welcome to, but I deliver them to you with a timeless look in color and BW. I want you to look back at your images in 20-50 years and STILL enjoy them, not wonder, "why did we think that looked good?".
If you're ever in the market for a photographer that is willing to hike to a summit for an engagement shoot, stay in the Airbnb with the wedding party for your destination wedding, I'm your gal!
Ready to get creative with me?
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