Wedding Wednesday - Picture Perfect

June 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

In my last Wedding Wednesday blog post you heard a little about the weather dilemma I faced that day. The wedding gods were on my side so I ran to Brooklyn, Bridge Park to meet my Event Photographer, Dan of Marino Photography before the wedding gods changed their minds.

Dan & I have known each other for a few years as we had many clients in common and worked together on a few projects. Yes, it's possible that competing photographers can get along without killing each other. We're so awesome, it's hard not to love us! Plus there is so much we can learn from each other that it benefits everyone.

Ok, enough with this "photographer love-fest", you came here for two things. 1. To see my favorites images from my wedding and 2. to figure out how to pick a photographer for your next event or family session.  Let's begin with my photos because you know...it's my blog.

 

Remember that pesky little thing called "Budget"? I knew I couldn't afford my photographer. There is no shame in admitting that. Great photography is an investment. I did what any budget conscience bride with a trade would do. I asked if I could sell my soul to get him to photograph my event. Just kidding. This good Catholic girl would do no such thing! We worked out an agreement that would let me work with him on his events in exchange for him photographing mine. Trust me even though It was a win/win for everyone, I worked long hours at several events to work off my debt. Want to know what to do if you don't have a trade to offer? Keep scrolling to find out.

 

 

Daaaamn Daniel. Back at it again with the photography skills!  All joking aside he didn't disappoint. Dan knocked it out of the park with his photo journalistic approach to my event. I was so incredibly happy with my images I literally cried and that only happens when I watch that ASPCA commercial with the "Arms of an Angel" song (you know the one I'm talking about) that pulls on my heart strings which then leads me to whip out my credit card. Sorry about that, I digress. He gave me the wedding photos I wasn't able to have the first time around, surrounded by my family and friends (old and new). They really mean the world to me. Thank you Dan, from the bottom of my heart!

 

 

Click here for a slideshow of MORE amazing photos!

 

So here are what I think are 3 EASY TIPS TO FINDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER:

1. Chose a photographer by word of mouth

As a photographer, this is the best way to pick your perfect match. If your friends cousin's sister's daughter LOVED her photographer and you loved their photographer's style then ask her for their info. It doesn't matter if its for family photos, birthday parties or your wedding. If they aren't getting stellar reviews, no matter how "affordable" they are, DON'T HIRE them. If you love them but they're a little too pricey for you, ask them if they have a payment plan. Smaller payments over the course of a year won't put you in the poor house and you will get the photos in the style that you love!

2. Quality over quantity

This age old saying is totally true, especially when it comes to photography. The same way a museum curates a collection, you want a selection of great images not a million okay ones. You want someone who will capture great portraits and the spirit of the evening. When you look back at these photos you want to think "Wow, I had a great time!" not "Oh, that night was, meh..."

3. What's in it for you?

We all want to get a bang for our buck. From my experience both professionally and personally, on average only 5-10 images are actually printed from your event or session. So find a photographer that has print options and let them print your favorites. Nothing is worse than picking up your inexpensive prints from a whole sale food store and seeing granny looking a little more orange than you remember her being or your navy blue bridesmaid dresses looking sea foam green.  See Tip #2 above, quality over quantity always! Other products such as albums and CD's are great items to add on and they'll always be there when you want to relive that moment. I'm currently creating my album as we speak. It's harder than I thought it'd be. So many choices!

I hope these tips help you in your journey to find the right person for the job. I know they've helped me and I'm just happy to pass them along.  I still have lots more to talk about so see you next Wedding Wednesday!

 

 


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