There are so many choices, how do you choose?! Of course, starting with photographic style is the way to go. Making sure the photographer’s esthetic jives with yours is of utmost importance. Then you check to see who has your date open. How can you narrow it down after that?
A lot of people would think by price. They may reason if they go with the most expensive option they’ll get the best results and if they pick the least expensive they’ll get a beginner who may stumble through the day. But neither is often accurate. And many times your choices are very close in price. So what do you look at next?
The photographer’s personality!
The only vendor you are with on your entire wedding day is your photographer. You have to like them! That means meeting in person beforehand if possible. Oftentimes I will have an engagement session with a couple who books with me afterward. This is a brilliant way to decide if it is the right fit. If its not, you have some great pictures and are not out too much money. If it is a good fit, then your mind will be at ease!
Some couples want a very extroverted photographer with a lot of energy who will join the wedding party for a beer and get in on the dance floor. Others prefer the photographer to be quietly in the background. There is no right or wrong way to be, it just has to mesh well with you.
So here is my shooting personality: I am neither introverted or extroverted. Or am I both?! I’m not really sure but here is how I roll: As the day gets started I like to appear invisible so that I can get candid shots of everyone getting ready. As we all get more comfortable with one another I start to direct more. I can round up the gang for group photos and give direction on posing, but full disclosure- it doesn’t always come easy. I am not a natural leader. That said, I do know what I want in a picture and work hard to achieve it. I get out of my comfort zone because that’s what needs to happen. And I can be kindly assertive when I need to, such as when the clock is ticking and Uncle Meryl is looking at everything but my camera and Cousin Betty won’t stop talking long enough to take one picture! The above picture is a great example of this. The couple’s favorite place to eat was at this lobster shack and on the spur of the moment they wanted a picture in front. But the lines were long and many. I pulled out my boss voice and asked the crowd if they wouldn’t mind stepping aside for a minute so we could get a picture. They were all happy to participate in this couple’s day! This kind of thing happens ALL OF THE TIME.
My favorite part of the wedding day is the reception where I can be front and center in the middle of the dance floor getting all the action, and I don’t have to tell anyone what to do! It is the perfect compromise for this fun-loving-yet-somewhat-shy-girl!
So let’s grab a coffee or beer and see how we do together!