Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make about your wedding day. When the vows have been recited, the cake has been cut and all of the guests have gone home, all you will have left is the memories and your photos. There are many elements to consider when choosing a wedding photographer in Oregon, so it pays to weigh all of your options and conduct thorough research before deciding on a photographer.
Decide on a Style
One of the best ways to capture the true emotion of your day is to ensure that you find a photographer who shoots in your preferred style. Do you want mostly formal photos with posed shots of your bridal party and guests? Or do you want more candid photos that tell a story of the day? Perhaps you would like a mix of both. Do you want videography to accompany your photo session or are you content with only photos? Many brides express regret over not having video in addition to photo, so keep this in mind when planning your big day.
Have you seen any stunning wedding photos that you absolutely loved? Do you have a friend that got married recently? Personal recommendations are the best way to find the right photography company to capture your big day. Even if you don’t know anyone who has personally used a wedding photographer, checking out online references from other brides can go a long way in helping you in your decision-making.
Get to Know Your Photography Team
Choosing a wedding photographer is like choosing a partner. You have to make sure your personalities mesh. You will be communicating with your photographer a lot during this process, and it’s important that he knows you well enough to be able to make crucial decisions on the spot if you’re not immediately available. Your wedding photographer and videographer will likely see you getting dressed, see you shed a tear as you see your spouse-to-be for the first time and capture you hugging your friends before the ceremony.
Communicate With Your Photography Team
Talk to your team ahead of time and tell them exactly what they need to know to capture the best memories of your day. They will need to know about the rivalry between the best man and one of your bridesmaids, and that Uncle Larry and Aunt Linda are divorced and don’t want to be photographed together. Give your photographer a list of people who must be photographed. Some people are dismayed to get their photos back, only to see 50 pictures of their parents’ friends from work and only two of their beloved grandparents.
It may be helpful to meet with your team in person before the wedding. You will likely have many conversations with them over the next few months, and it pays to set the tone of open and free communication upfront.
Talk Budget Early
Budget is one of the driving factors in how much of your wedding you will be able to capture. The amount of hours that your photographer and videographer will work depend heavily on your budget.
- Do you want the photographer there from the time you get dressed until the time you depart from the reception? Do you want two shooters—one to shoot you getting dressed and the other to shoot your spouse-to-be?
- Do you want video for the entire day as opposed to just the ceremony and reception?
- Will your wedding be held in the peak wedding months between May and October?
- How far will your photographer and videographer have to travel to your wedding? Are there additional travel costs to consider?
These are all factors to consider when planning your wedding photography budget.
Understand Your Contract
Understanding what is included in your wedding photo shoot is crucial. You don’t want to expect one thing from your photography service, only to find out it’s not included in your contract.
- Will the photographer bring along an assistant or will he be shooting alone? How many hours is he scheduled to work? Will he shoot the ceremony and reception only, or will he shoot at the house while the bridal parties are getting dressed?
- What happens if your reception runs long?
- How many photos will you receive?
- How long will it take for you to receive them?
There are tons of questions that you will have about your service. Make sure you have the answers before the day of your wedding.
Schedule an Engagement Shoot
One of the best ways to ensure that your wedding day photos are in line with your vision is to schedule an engagement shoot. This is the best way to see how your photographer works and get an idea of how your wedding day photos will look. An engagement shoot is also a good way to work out any issues that could have an impact on your wedding photos. You and your photographer will be communicating a lot during this session, which is good practice for the big day. An engagement shoot will also give you a good idea of his editing style and speed of delivering the finished product.
Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions in wedding planning. When the cake is cut, the last dance has been danced and everyone has gone home, all that will remain is your memories and your photos and videos. You want to ensure that every emotion is captured to be preserved for a lifetime. From the first time you see your spouse-to-be, to the tears on the faces of your loved ones, there’s only one chance to capture it all. With the right photography and videography team, you will be able to enjoy these memories for years to come.
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