Tips from a Photographer
Alright guys! today I am going to tackle a few things I think are very important. As Photographer that photographs a lot of wonderful face and places throughout a year, I feel it is very important for couples to know their wedding photographer. Nothing helps more than this than a pre-wedding shoot. Also known as an Engagement session. These shoots are not only great for the couple being photographed, but also great for the photographer. It allows wedding photographers to get to know the clients. Find out who is shy, outgoing in the relationship… determine what does it take to put them at ease and pull out the laughs. A pre wedding photo session will help a wedding photographer understand the tastes and preferences of the client and insure that come the big day, everyone is comfy and ready to pick up right where things left off. Here are some useful pointers from a top wedding photographer in palm springs:
Find A Wedding Photographer That Matches Your Personality:
Almost talked myself with leaving this off of the list for obvious reasons but you’d be surprised just how often I have people contacting me saying they compromised on their Palm Springs wedding photographer due to budget. Then on the day of things were a little flat and sadly once after the photos were delivered they didnt have the “WOW!” factor they wanted. These same couples will contact us for a reshoot. As a Temecula Wedding Photographer I know once said “There is nothing more inauthentic then doing a reshoot of a day that already passed. This is just a sad attempt to right a wrong that could have easily been avoided!” So true. Find a photographer that matches your personality, has a personality and as Im going to lead into my next point with, has a style you LOVE! This is one of the first and most important things you need to find. This will insure comfortable, natural and relaxed wedding photos.
Be in love with their photos and style:
Are you a candid carefree person but in love with dramatic posed styled shoots? Can you picture yourself in this photographers frame? Its important to pick a photographer that fits your style and personality as it is now and not what you think you want it to be. We’ve seen some pretty awkward photos from couple that put themselves in awkward positions in front of the camera.
Trust in your Photographer:
You’ve hired them, now you gotta trust in them Once you have looked through their photography portfolio, you will have a fair idea about the type of pictures you would want to click with them. Always know that no photographer likes to be pointed to pinterest and asked to copy another photographers photo. Suggesting they do so is likely to annoy and possibly insult. . Suggestions for photos are OK, however, telling them what to do is not!
Always Ask All Questions You Have:
Once you have been through a good number of wedding photography portfolios and all set to book your photographer remember to ask questions. Obviously you want to ask them if they are available on the set date… but how about less obvious things like: do they have proper insurances? Do they use multiple cameras or have backup gear? How long does it take to get the photos back? Etc. How about a serious illness/ death clause.. might seem morbid to talk about but its happened. Recently locally there was a DJ who died and in the midst left entire year of brides and grooms scrambling. Not only that but they were unable to get deposits back. It’s a little uncomfortable asking for the family to cough it up when it wasn’t discussed in the first place so all was lost.
Accessorize so that you will look your best. I mean you have gone through the trouble of filtering through a certain number of portfolios for a specific look for your photographer. Now its your turn to do your part of the photo magic by insuring that you look good. If that means hitting the gym or snapping up a new wardrobe, get on it!! Don’t spoil your pre wedding shoot by slapping outfits together last minute. Don’t go drinking the night before and be miserable and hung over. Be sure to prepare for the shoot in every possible way. If you don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, don’t go renting one day of to use for a prop!?! True story tats happened before and the guy crashed the bike. Great way to put a damper on the otherwise glorious day.