This Is The Biggest Decision When Planning Your Wedding…
Finding the Right Photographer
What is the biggest decision when planning your wedding? It is choosing the photographer for your big day!
I know you are smirking at this. You’re thinking… He is a photographer, so of course, he is going to say this. He wants us to think that he is so important so that we will buy what he is selling.
Now yes, I am a photographer, and that makes me a little biased, but there is a story that I would like to tell you to make a point.
In September of 2019, I was contacted by a guy named John and his fiancé Sarah. They are from Hickory, NC (about 2.5 hours from where I live).
They had been looking for a photographer for a while and were not quite finding what they were looking for. Between the styles or prices of the local photographers, they were not happy. So they looked out a little farther. They found me over in Johnson City and loved my engagement sessions (e-session) from the mountains.
It’s all about the feeling you leave your clients with.
As we communicated back and forth, they decided that they wanted to book me for their engagement photos as well as their wedding photos. In late October I met them over near Grandfather Mountain, NC for their e-session.
It was a blast! It was so much fun getting to know them.
Fast forward to March 2020. I showed up to their hometown of Hickory and shot their wedding. It was so beautiful! I was welcomed in… like one of the family. They had a great venue, a gorgeous wedding dress, and seriously amazing food!
It was so much fun to reconnect with them. It was like old friends hanging out again. When I got home I edited the pictures and they loved the results!
Ok, so why is this story of working with John and Sarah of any relevance at all?
IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THREE THINGS
There are tons of photographers out there, but it is key to do your research! Be sure you select a photographer that fits your style and can create photos that you can see yourself in.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Go into your photography budget with a little flexibility. You can find really cheap photographers out there, but it is more than just having a body snapping pictures at your wedding. You pay for quality photos, quality service, options beyond just photos, convenience, and honestly, the comfort in knowing that you are being taken care of.
IT’S NOT JUST THE PHOTOGRAPHY BUT THE EXPERIENCE!
It’s Not Just the photography but the experience- Working with John and Sarah was such a pleasure. I was not only able to capture their special moments and help tell their unique love story, but I gained friends! We bonded during our sessions and I was able to provide them with photos that would help them relive those moments for a lifetime.
MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS…
Making decisions about your wedding day can seem a bit daunting, but with a good photographer by your side, things can seem a bit easier. When you are looking for a photographer be sure to ask lots of questions (like “10 Questions To Ask Your Photographer Before You Sign A Contract”), find someone whose style matches what you are looking for, find someone who can provide you with valuable planning and photography advise, and most importantly, find someone who you can call a friend when your wedding is all done.
Finding a photographer may feel small or not important now, but just talk to someone who was unhappy with their wedding photos and see what they have to say… I’d be willing to bet that most wished they had put more importance on finding the right photographer to work with.