I remember my grandpa holding out this photograph of his wedding day to me. A faded, colored photo, of him and his bride standing side by side in front of their little church in the middle of winter. The note on the bottom of the photo read in blue ink 'Our Wedding Day 12-6-58.' Just that one simple photo sparked so many questions about their day, and I loved hearing my grandpa tell it. I love hearing his stories, of him and my grandma and I could listen to him talk all day. But like his bride, he will eventually pass. And the only physical thing left to tell the story will be that beautifully faded photograph. The very one I have copied and framed in my living room. To me, their wedding day photo is a priceless story. It will forever be told within the four frames and the hearts that hold it.
I'm so thankful for the photographer who snapped their photo. Who saw two people in love and captured that moment, choosing to not let it be forgotten. Since my grandparents' wedding day, photography has evolved quite a bit. Nearly everyone always has a camera on hand and technology has enabled many of us to become photographers with just the app of a phone. But while the familiarity with photography has grown and changed, the value of storytelling beyond the wedding day has remained.
And this is what we invest in.
When you choose a photographer to capture your wedding day you are hiring them for more than their camera, photo quality, and ability to take a picture. You are investing in how they will tell your story. And I truly believe this is a lot to entrust. As a wedding photographer, I am completely honored to be trusted with this privilege by my couples.
So now what? With so many wonderful photographers out there how do you choose the right one for you?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
1) Do you like their style? From traditional, off-beat, to formal, to photo-journalistic, there is just about every type of photography style to represent you and who you are. It really helps to have a photographer that meets your vision. For example, if you're looking for more posed and formal pictures, then a photographer who's style is more candid and documentary may not be the best fit. So look through their work on their website and social media. Does what you see look like what you want?
2) Do you like their editing? Every photographer has an editing style, a thumbprint if you will. This editing style reflects their art and photo-eye. It also gives you a sample of will fill the frames on your wall and the album on the coffee table.
3) Do you like them? A big thing to consider when choosing a photographer is if you actually like them. That might sound silly, but the truth is you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer. From the moment you decide to book you'll continue to be in contact with planning your timeline or doing and engagement session. You'll get to know your photographer pretty well, and they'll get to know you, all before your wedding day even comes. Add on the 8-10 hours they will be with you on your wedding day, from beginning to end, trust me when I say you want to like or should I say LOVE who your photographer is. I like to meet each of my potential couples. It gives them a chance to ask me questions about my work and who I am. It allows them the opportunity, to put it frankly, determine if they even like me. I value their wedding day so much, and their wedding experience, that I want them to have the best day possible. I don't want it to be tainted by a photographer they didn't click with.