So I know I'm a little bias on this one but I honestly don't think every bride out there is right for me or me right for them. So how do you find the best wedding photographer for you?
Three simple pieces of advise:
1 - Make sure that when you view their photos, you FEEL something. You are hiring an artist with a specific eye and heart. You want to resonate with how they see and capture the world around them--specifically relationships.
2 - Ask to view an entire weddings worth of photos--the proofs. Any photographer can show you a slideshow of their best 50 photos they've ever shot and you will be impressed. But that won't give you a good sense for what your wedding photos will look like. You want to make sure they have good quality photos throughout the course of one entire wedding.
3 - Make sure you like them as a person. Whoever you pick to be your photographer is going to be around you and your family for many hours on the best day of your life. So you want to feel comfortable with them and most of all, be able to TRUST them.
I definitely recommend that you consider hiring a wedding consultant to help you with all the details of your wedding. In my experience, brides who have a consultant seem much more relaxed and able to enjoy the planning process and their wedding day.
There are many consultants who I like and believe would be excellent at what they do but I am only listing here those I have had a chance to work a wedding with and see their expertise in action. I love them all!!
All of my wedding packages include a pre-wedding photo shoot. You can either use it for an engagement shoot or to cover part of your rehearsal dinner. I always encourage my clients to do the engagement shoot because it gives us the chance to work together before the wedding. Not only will you come away with some amazing photos of the two of you but we will be able to develop a sense of comfort and trust between us. It also gives me a chance to get to know you better so I'm not a stranger showing up on your wedding day.
Before the engagement shoot I like to have my clients fill out a questionnaire that helps me get to know you better. It might even give us some fun ideas for where we can do your engagement shoot. Whenever possible I like to help my clients think outside the box when choosing a site for the engagement shoot. We can do anything! We don't have to shoot at a park. I've done fun downtown locations, a bookstore, even Home Depot! Let's go somewhere that is unique and reflects who you are as a couple.
For clothing don't be afraid of color or pattern. It's best to stay away from small tight patterns like stripes and not be too matchy-matchy. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and feel like yourselves. Stay away from white as well if possible.
The best light to shoot in is just before sunset so we should schedule the shoot for an hour and a half before sun down.
The engagement shoot can be a lot of fun if you come prepared to focus on one another, laugh and be affectionate. Most of the time I have you interact and focus on one another rather than on the camera. Many couples have come away from the shoot saying it was like a therapy session (in the good sense, of course!)