Mothers of the Bride and Groom: Wedding Photographer Shares Top Tips On How To Find The Right Wedding Photographer
Guest post and photos by Cameron Mackey
In my opinion, one of the most important factors in finding your perfect wedding photographer, is having the ability to relate. A lot of the time people just hire on a photographer without putting too much thought into it, in all honesty that will not give you your best photos. A photographer’s job is to capture all your vulnerabilities and that can sometimes be a bit distracting with a camera between you, breaking any kind of eye contact. You want a photographer that you can not only trust and connect with on a creative level, but also on a personal level as well. Being able to relate with each other will break down those walls that stop you from emotionally expressing a moment, every time that camera comes up to snap a photo.
These photographs will forever represent one of the most important days in your life; you want them to reflect your life, your story, and what you stand for. A photograph can make one moment, big or small, last forever. Every time you take a glance at that photo on your dresser or the one hanging on your wall; you want it to give you that small but invigorating moment of a rushing overwhelming sensation of being sucked right back into that very moment that it was captured. With all of that said, here are some tips to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding.
Tip 1: Communication
You want someone who doesn’t lag on replying to your emails or phone calls. Even if it’s a courtesy email saying they’ll get back to you as soon as possible is better than no response at all. Good communication shows that they are on top of things and organized. You want to look for those kind of traits for when your big day arrives, you want to know your photographer can handle what sometimes can end up being a bit of a hectic day.
Tip 2: Finding Your Style
We all have our own style in life. What is yours? Is it clean and minimalistic or down-home country? Edgy and bold or maybe more hipster, fine art or traditional? As you can see, the list goes on and so does the list of photographers with different style. This is also an important tip because say if you get a edgy photographer but you want more traditional looking photographs; the photographer may try to give you what you ask for, but it may not work out in your favor, because that’s not his natural style.
Tip 3: Check the Photographers Consistency
The photographers web site can be very important. If the photographer doesn’t have a full wedding on their site, ask if they would be willing to send you some additional shots to see. You never know, they could have a handful of lucky shots and the rest could not be up to par.
Tip 4: Setup a Time to Meet
This is a great way to find out if your vibes and personalities are a good match. Again, you want someone who you can relate to in order to build up your much needed comfort level. Being photographed can be a very vulnerable experience, you don’t want yourself or the photographer to feel like they are an intrusion to you.
Author Bio: Cameron Mackey is a blogger and Southern California Wedding Photographer at www.cammackphoto.com. He has a strong passion for his art and being able create positive charismatic relationships in life through his photography. You can check out more of his photography and articles on his site.