Today’s guest post comes to us from Kenneth Berry of Berry’s Wedding Photography based in Atlanta, GA!
Wedding photography should be one of the most important items on a bride’s never ending list of to dos. Countless special moments take place on your wedding day, and pictures represent priceless memories that you, your groom, and family can look back on for years to come. Your wedding photographer is the one person that literally holds the day’s memories in his or her hands from start to finish. They capture the day’s events and place them in a chronological order which makes it easy for everyone to be able to look back on and reminisce.
That’s why it’s so important for a bride to choose her wedding photographer very carefully, and not make the mistake of choosing a photographer based on attractive low prices. Low prices combined with inexperience is the perfect combination for disaster. A smart bride always does her research and chooses a professional wedding photographer that is versatile, talented, creative, has a fun personality, and makes her feel comfortable enough to capture intimate moments throughout the day.
Trust me — it’s well worth the investment to put your trust in an amazing photographer to capture every last detail of one of the most important days of your life. You should consider many characteristics when on the hunt for a professional wedding photographer. At the top of the list, however, should be a compatible personality, professionalism, style (traditional vs. photojournalistic), flexibility and experience.
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It’s important that you and your groom feel comfortable with your photographer. Do they have a warm personality that makes you both feel relaxed? Think about it. Your photographer is going to occupy most of your big day. Attitude, mannerisms and good chemistry all play a huge role in the selection of a professional wedding photographer. Remember that each photographer will bring a different vibe to a wedding — so make sure that the vibe is a good one.
Okay, great. They make you feel comfortable. But do they offer a level of professionalism that is vital for an event as major as a wedding? It must be noted that a photographer is an extremely important component that will help ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible. Of course, a professional event planner is another important component that has a direct impact on how smooth your wedding day journey will be — but that’s a whole other specialization to consider.
Well researched brides also look for a certain style that fits their preferred photographic requirements when choosing the right photographer for their special day. Wedding photographers have different ways of posing and taking pictures. The individual style of your photographer will effect the final outcome of your wedding pictures and finished portraits. Some photographers are committed to traditional poses only, while others employ a style that’s exclusively photojournalistic from start to finish. There’s also photographers that manage to blend the two styles to deliver a good mixture of traditional and photojournalistic shots of your wedding day.
The flexibility of your photographer should be another consideration if you’re living in one city but want to have your wedding take place far away from home, several hundreds (or thousands!) of miles away. Also known as a destination wedding, brides are faced with the task of hiring a destination wedding photographer who is available to travel to the city where she is having her big day. Some photographers will only cover weddings within a 30-50 mile radius of their studio while some will accept assignments within a 100 mile radius of their location. There are other wedding photographers, however, that will actually travel across the nation (or even globe!) to cover your special day. So make sure you address their limitations before you hire them.
Experience, experience, experience. As a bride, you should be fully aware of what experience translates to when it comes to making your final decision. Who will you entrust to handle the images of your priceless wedding day? It’s true that experience is not a guarantee, but it will heavily improve the odds of a wedding being documented better from start to finish. No bride in her right mind wants to hire a photographer that will be engaging in on-the-job training on the most important day of her life. An experienced wedding photographer is not only more well versed in handling different poses, wedding parties and locations, but is also experienced in dealing with a wide range of personalities that are always present at weddings.
So there you have it. A compatible personality, professionalism, style (traditional vs. photojournalistic), flexibility and experience should all trump low price when it comes to your wedding. After all, you can’t put a price on peace of mind! Relax and take in the day’s activities knowing that you’ve chosen a professional wedding photographer who is going to deliver beautiful images of your big day, all while making you feel comfortable and handling themselves in a professional manner at all times.
Kenneth W. Berry is a Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Events Photographer with over 20 years of experience and a reputation for giving good customer service. He mostly focuses on weddings in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama but is available for assignments anywhere in the USA. For more information about Berry’s Wedding Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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