HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

 
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     I love this photo!  Look at all those photographers, with their professional grade equipment, looking all handsome, excited to share their work with you, in hopes that they can shoot your amazing wedding day. Now this is pretty awesome don't you think?  You have your choice of all these wedding photographers with so many different pictures, packages, websites, products, styles, promises and accolades.

There's a lot of advice out there for weddings and what to look for in a wedding photographer is definitely one of them.  So I thought I'd share my ideas and what I've learned over the years with you.  I'm sure you'll find this guide useful and I hope you connect with an amazing wedding photographer! 

     Choosing just one is pretty tough.  Too many options, I can't choose, or maybe I have no idea where to start.  

Well, let's try and narrow it down shall we? Here's 3 tips I believe are most important when considering who to hire as your wedding photographer. Ready? Great! Let's get started.


 
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PORTFOLIO

A photographer's images seems pretty obvious right?  Some may disagree, but I don't think you should get caught up in a certain "Style".  These style terms get thrown around so loosely now that they've pretty much lost their meaning.  I'd hate to see you focusing on looking for a photojournalistic, candid, traditional, editorial type of photographer and end up missing the most important thing about any image... the moments and emotions, the little details, the venue and the people in it.  How well they captured these elements can tell a great deal about the skill of a wedding photographer, their thought process and how well they anticipated those moments.  Rather than looking for a only certain style of photography, I want to encourage you to look at the consistency of their work.  How comfortable and natural did the couple look in the photos?  Can you sense any emotion coming from the images?  I think these questions are a great starting point. Then before you know it, you'll find yourself drawn to someone's wedding photography and you get excited just thinking about having that photographer shoot your wedding.

You don't need to stress about the technical stuff, just remember you love it and that's more than enough.

* Side Notes: "Styled Shoots" VS "Real Wedding Day"

There is a HUGE difference between the two and the quality of work can differ greatly.  When you do talk to your potential wedding photographer, ask them to see images from both.  Some portfolios will be filled with "Styled Shoots" that had a team setting up things perfectly for the duration of the shoot, with way more time to take pictures, often hours and with models. A Real Wedding Day, has a limited window to shoot in and strict timelines to follow.  This adds a lot more responsibility and pressure on a photographer to create beautiful images.

ALL of our images are from Real Weddings and Engagement Sessions so you can be confident in our ability to capture the day of your wedding.


 

PRICE

Okay, so you've found a wedding photographer whose images you like and you're excited about.  How much of an investment will it be?  Wherever the price point is, it's important to remember cheap (or free) isn't always a good thing. I'm sure we've had experiences where we bought something, got burned, and wished we spent more for a better brand.  An internet search for where brides wished they had invested more into for their wedding and you'll see a good amount say wedding photography.  We're talking about a once-in-a-lifetime event with no do-overs.  Now I'm not saying higher prices equal better quality and service.  So regardless of price, their pictures have to speak for themselves and the customer service should be solid from the very beginning!  There is a higher premium on quality of work because of the skill level, talent, and experience needed to come together and capture images that are breathtaking and timeless. Your venue could be fabulous, the flowers gorgeous.  The food amazing, the decor and colors you chose incredibly beautiful, and the two of you absolutely stunning!  But a photographer without a well trained eye and a lack of consistency in their work can leave all of that... a blur.

Investing in one of the only things from your wedding that'll grow in value over time is definitely worth it for your children and future grandchildren. 

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PERSONALITY

This should be what seals the deal for you.  You love their work, you're ready to invest into a lifetime of memories, and now it comes the time to book them before someone else does right?  Well, almost.  The prior two will be somewhat meaningless if you don't like or can't bond with your wedding photographer.  I think it'll be nearly impossible to create anything amazing if your personalities don't mesh.  It'll be like trying to talk to each other in different languages.  It's important to be able to put others at ease which isn't the easiest thing when you're pointing a huge camera at someone.  Your family will be there and if they're anything like mine, your photographer will definitely need to be adaptable. :) We'll be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you are with your wedding photographer, the more natural and better your photos will turn out.  

Whenever possible you should definitely meet face to face with your potential wedding photographer, whether that's in person or online.

 

You might have other things you value and want to consider which is great!  I believe the tips mentioned above will definitely point you in the right direction. 

If you have any questions or would like to contact me for any information, feel free to send me a message HERE.

Aloha!  Keoni