If you’re on the fence about including a First Look in your wedding day, then today’s awesome guest post by Carina Photographics (Saint Paul, MN) is for you! Enjoy:
As a wedding photographer, one issue I see a lot of couples struggle with is if they should do a First Look on their wedding day, or if they should wait to see each other when they first walk down the aisle. I have worked with couples in both scenarios. While both ways can work well, there are a few distinct advantages to going with a First Look prior to your wedding ceremony.
If you haven’t thought about it already, at some point in planning your wedding photography timing, you’ll ask yourself: do you *need* getting ready photos? If you do how long do you need? “Getting Ready” is not about getting unflattering photos of you with your hair in curlers – far from it! It’s a great time to get amazing candid photos of emotional moments, of you spending time with your nearest and dearest friends or family, all of your special details and even some portraits. To figure out whether you need to have a photographer around for this time during your wedding day, ask yourself some questions:
Today’s guest post, brought to us by UK based wedding photographer Andrew Hind of Lightworks Photography, offers an in-depth look at wedding photography pricing and what you can expect at each price point. Enjoy!
In many ways photography is like cooking! To a certain extent everyone can do it, most of us have the tools and a bit of basic knowledge, and it’s very much part our of our everyday lives. However, we’re not all chefs any more than we are all photographers and the meat and two veg of everyday meals are as far away from the creations of a cordon bleu chef as mobile phone snap shots are from the work of a professional photographer. Most of the time we do very well eating everyday sausage and mash but there’s a great joy and experience in going to a fine restaurant and tasting a great chef’s food!
Freelance writer and author Troy Lambert is back with us today to share his insight into wedding planning, from the groom’s eye view. If you missed his other posts, you can read them here and here. Enjoy!
Choosing a wedding photographer can be truly challenging. There are ton of things to consider, including price, quality, and availability. Once we booked the venue and my fiance selected and paid for her dress, we were ready to work on some of the other vendors we would use on our big day.
So we went to work on finding a photographer and a videographer. Besides the people we knew personally with photography and videography businesses (some couples do both, and some do one or the other), I set up a Google search string: Wedding Photography Boise, Idaho. There were five pages, with about 100 results. I did the same with videography. Some of the results overlapped, and some were new. Lots of choices. Fun. Then, when browsing other things, we found another photographer on Craigslist who wasn’t on Google. Nice portfolio, a style we liked, and a reasonable price. Yay! Except she was booked on our date already. Bummer.
So we started the sort. We used a number of criteria, and set aside the fact that we knew some people. Because even in that small group, quality ranged from good to fantastic, and prices ranged from low to “Oh my God I need a third job.” These are the things we considered.