How do you know how to pick the right photographer? What makes the difference? In Los Angeles alone, there is over 1800 wedding photographers on the knot.com and without a trained eye, it’s not easy to see what makes a photographer great. As with any product or service, there’s a good, better and best. For example, think of Nike and Payless. Both companies make similar products but we both know one is better than the other.
Here are 3 things to look into when picking the best photographer for your special day:
Quality – Make sure to see photos from the beginning of a wedding all the way to the reception. Keep an out for the quality of lighting. Are they too bright? Too Dark? Check the skin tones. Make sure the skin looks natural and not orange and over saturated.
Style – If you’re like us, you want to pick a photographer that has a classic and timeless look and feel. Make sure it’s consistent with your style because you don’t want to pick someone who shoots dark and moody photos if that is not your style.
Film – We find that brides and grooms choose our photography because they love clean and light images. Most photographers today do not shoot film anymore, which is kinda a bummer as the look of film can not quite be replicated on digital. Film definitely gives it a classic and beautiful look!
Posing – Pay attention to unattractive angles or awkward posing. Do the couples look flattering and natural?The best way to see this for yourself is by seeing an entire proofing gallery. A great photographer will be consistent throughout.
Response – Ask yourself how long did it take for the photographer to respond to your initial email? Was a day? 2 days? If they are taking longer then 24 hours, then it’s best to assume that they are either too busy or need some improvements on their response time.
Delivery – If a photographer says 8 weeks, that’s really long. Our brides and grooms are receiving 20-30 images the day after their wedding and getting full galleries within 4 weeks.
Communication – Will your photographer know what you want captured for your big day? If so, how? We are big in making sure we capture everything important for your big day, which is why Lindsay and I work as a team. We have a conversation a week before your wedding to go over timeline, family photos, bridal party photos, and anything else to assure we get everything captured.
Beginner or Expert Photographer – It doesn’t matter if a photographer never shot at your venue. Different lighting and circumstantial situations make it all irrelevant to an experienced photographer because a great one is always searching for the right light. If you notice in our photographs, all of the images have beautiful clean light.
Details – It your hair or make up is off, who will fix it? What about fluffing the dress? We will be the ones to make sure your hair and make up is on point and making sure the dress doesn’t look awkward.
Trust – Can your photographer become a friend? Can you trust him or her? Your photographer will be with you all day during the wedding and if you guys don’t click, guess how your photographs are going to turn out? We think it’s very important to have a great connection with your photographer so that we can make magic!