If you are like most engaged couples, you have probably never hired a wedding photographer before. So before you do, go ahead and read some tips about how to choose your wedding photographer.
My first tip would be to look at their work!
Photographers have different styles of photographing weddings. Some photographers have a very traditional style, some do more photojournalistic, and other are more contemporary. And some do a combination of those. Look at a few different photographers websites, and make sure that you enjoy their style of photography before going to meet with them.
Next, meet with them in person.
There are two reasons for meeting with them before you hire them. First is to see their work in person. Look at more than just their portfolio. Ask to see an entire wedding. Their portfolio has just their best hand picked work. Second, you need to meet with them to see if your personalities match up. If they are very outgoing and loud, and you are very reserved and laid back, then you will probably not be happy with them on your wedding day.
The photographer that you choose to work with will be spending a lot of time with you on your wedding day. Make sure it is someone that you get along with. If you and your photographer don
The Importance of a Professional Wedding Photographer
When researching a wedding photographer, the price may shock you at first. Your first thought may be, “Well everyone has a cell phone these days so we’ll just leave it at that.” You also may think, “My cousin Sandy just got a new digital camera, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind.” But let me tell you what thought didn’t cross your mind.
Guests with their cell phone, nor your cousin Sandy, has any idea what they are doing.
So maybe Sandy loves photography so much so that she has watched a few YouTube videos. However, she doesn’t have any experience. She doesn’t have the important shots jotted down in the back of her mind because she has never done this before. Granted, she may be smart enough to bring a sticky note with poses and shots written down, but will she actually execute them properly?
The price tag of a professional photographer may come as a shock,
but I guarantee you that whatever the price is, you are getting a bargain. This is because photographers never get paid for everything they put into a wedding. It all starts with their initial interest in photography. They invest in equipment (which could potentially cost more than your entire wedding), they invest in learning and educating themselves (which again, can cost an arm and a leg), and they invest something that is truly priceless–their time.
When your photographer takes you on as a client,
s/he is ready to invest all of her time, love, and energy into your big day. Preparation for a wedding is a very important step that a photographer does, but sometimes the couple doesn’t think about that when hiring her. Starting with a phone/email consultation, to the in-person consultation, to learning about the couple to determine what poses will work best, the photographer puts in countless hours to get ready for your big day.
Once the big day arrives, s/he is attached to you.
S/he will follow you around and make sure s/he gets all of those important shots that s/he has learned to remember. Making sure that everything is photographed with the right settings, the lighting is perfect, and everyone is posed in a beautiful manner. Once again, education and time are a huge factor in the day.
Now the big day is over, the photographer is still not done working for you.
This is a crucial part for them in their work flow process. It is time to edit the photographs, which sometimes takes days, but often takes weeks. S/he carefully picks out all of the best photographs, hand edits them, and obsesses over every detail until they are absolutely perfect. This is where the most time gets put into making your wedding memorable.
After editing images,
s/he then is ready to meet with you for a print consultation to discuss which prints you would like to order; or s/he starts working on fulfilling pre-arranged print/album orders. After s/he obtains your order at the print consultation, s/he places and then inspects the delivered order. S/he then wraps up the entire process by sending your prints, album, and digital images to you.
Now, answer one thing for me:
Will everyone with a cell phone, or your cousin Sandy with her new digital camera, do all of this for you? Will they invest their time, money, and thoughts on you? Will they go above and beyond for you? And use years of education to make sure that every detail is perfect? Even if the answer is yes to most of the above, I can guarantee that the quality of the photos will be nowhere near where they need to be since most people don’t possess years of education. So take my advice and invest in a good wedding photographer. At the end of the day you only get one wedding. So make sure it is well documented.
The importance of hiring a professional wedding photographer was written by Marianne of Precious Images Photography
Marianne is a professional photographer residing in Washington, D.C. And has been running her business, Precious Images Photography, for 8 years. She can be found online at www.preciousimages.photography.
We had a great time taking Maegan and Patrick’s engagement portraits at the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. I love architecture and history, and I enjoy an occasional good beer as well! So this was a great location for me to photograph at. Even though I live less than one hour away, and have made many many trips to Milwaukee, I’ve never been to the Pabst Brewery.
Taking the brewery tour has now been moved up on my list of things to do! I’ve heard great things about it. For Maegan and Patrick, they took the tour right before we met for our photo shoot.
Back in September I ran a promotion offering a free engagement session to a select few couples. Maegan & Patrick were the first winners! They chose to have their engagement portraits at the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, WI.
Here are a few of my favorite engagement portraits at the Pabst brewery.
I know their wedding is going to be amazing! Thanks for letting me be a part of your journey!
Why should I order an wedding album when I can just look at the photos anytime I want on my phone?
That’s a great question! To continue the conversation from a few weeks ago when we talked about weather or not we should even order prints anymore. Today we are talking about albums.
It seems that these days more and more people are looking at photos on their phone. (Myself included)
While we are seeing photos all the time on social media. It’s my personal opinion that we are being desensitized to photos these days. Just open up Facebook, or Instagram, or Snap chat. Photos are everywhere! So why should you order an album? Do they even matter anymore?
With every wedding that I photograph, I include a ‘preview album’.
That preview album includes every Photo from the data. They are also numbered as well to make albums creation and ordering the prints even easier. Just a couple weeks ago I was at a former clients house. And on her dining room table was her wedding album.
Now this client got married eight years ago. When I flipped through her wedding album it’s still look brand-new and she had it out on the dining room table where people could see it. After your wedding day you will be very excited and want to share your beautiful photos with everyone that you know.
When friends come over they will not want to sit and look at your computer or phone and look at your Facebook page to see the photos.
However if you have a beautiful Album is sitting on your coffee table or on your dining room table or on the end table in your living room they are much more likely to pick that up to look at your beautiful wedding day images. A good wedding album will be able to tell the story of your perfect day and what better way to Share it with your friends and family.
Engagement portraits are one of my favorite types of photography.
One of the things I like most about Engagement Portraits, is to see happy couples are in that newly engaged, euphoric, in love stage of their relationship. Quite often they have only just started their wedding planning, and their stress levels are typically quite low.
This is what Katie & CJ had to say about working with me:
“We had no hesitations about hiring Arius. He was a very fun person to work with! He was very easy to talk to, was straight forward with us, and there were no hidden fees either!
Arius made sure our concerns were taken care of, and always got back to us quickly when we contacted him. (unlike the other photographers we tried contacting) We got everything we wanted, and even more!! We would highly recommend him to any couple looking for a wedding photographer!” Katie & CJ
One of my favorite parts about this wedding was going back to the place where I took their engagement portraits months before the wedding. We went to the Waelderhaus in Kohler, WI. (They do offer free tours daily) Here is a photo from their engagement shoot, and one from their wedding day portraits.
So now on their one year anniversary, let’s take a look back with this video!
The reception hall is a very important part of your wedding.
It is usually one of the first places that you secure in your wedding planning process. One of the great things about being a wedding photography, is that I get to go to most of the reception halls in the area. Here is a list of some of my favorites. They are in no particular order. I’ve been to each one of these places at least once for a wedding that I was working at. I’ve included some photos that I’ve taken at each place so you can see what that place could look like for your wedding. Each one that I’ve listed is unique, and they all have their way of doing things. Some places provide food, and some places you can choose your own caterer. So take a look, and visit the websites of each of the halls to see what is going to work best for you. And let me know if you have any questions!
If you are planning your wedding, you have probably already heard a number of questions to ask a photographer before you hire them. Here are 5 questions that you should ask yourself before you meet with a photographer!
Why do you want to hire a professional photographer?
When I meet with potential clients, this is usually one of the first questions that I ask them. There are plenty of people out there with a “nice camera” who would probably be willing to take pictures for you at your wedding. You probably have a friend or two with one. Or maybe even a family member. Since you are reading this, you probably already have a reason why you want to hire a professional. There are plenty of good reasons to, but it’s something that you need to ask yourself. Most often, you “get what you pay for”.
What style of photos do you want?
Photographers all have there own style of shooting, what type are you looking for? Traditional? Photo journalistic? Artistic? There are many photographers who combine these styles to make their own unique style. When you are looking through a portfolio, you should be looking to see if their style is what you are looking for.
How do you want to enjoy your photography?
Do you want prints hanging on your wall? Do you want an album that will last a lifetime and can be passed on for generations? Do you just want to view them on your phone? Thinking about these questions will help you come up with some questions to ask your potential photographer. You can ask them what they offer, and what is included in their packages
How long do you want your photographer to be around on your wedding day?
Do you just want photos of the ceremony? The reception? Formals at the church? (or wherever the ceremony is taking place) Location formals? Getting ready photos? Some photographers have an hourly rate, some charge extra to go to the reception. So figure out what you want, and then ask your potential photographer what they offer.
What is your budget?
You should at least have a price range that you are looking to spent.
Arius Jacks is Wedding and Headshot Photographer based in Sheboygan, WI.
Also serving Green Bay, Manitowoc, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Fond Du Lac, Port Washington, Saukville, Oostburg, Cedar Grove, Two Rivers and beyond.