1- It can be overwhelming to have so many photographers listed in one area. A few questions about narrowing down your options:
What is the first step in beginning to search for the perfect wedding photographer? What is the most important thing about finding the perfect fit for a photographer, besides pricing and style? What advice would you give to brides who are trying to decide what kind of style they want for their photographs?
First, I recommend for each couple to write out a few words describing your dream photographer — do you want someone that is fun and loud or would you prefer someone more quiet that captures the scene unnoticed? Are you looking for a photographer who has experience at your particular venue? Do you want someone that specializes in dramatic, moody portraiture or is your preference someone who has a softer and more romantic style?
Then, take a look at some websites and see whose work resonates with you — be sure to read their about page to see if their personality would mesh well with yours. And, click through their social media pages, especially Instagram!
Pick 2-3 photographers with whom you would like to schedule a meeting to see if your personalities would compliment each other. Personality is very important because you will often spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than any other person!
If you are looking for a peak season wedding date, it’s a good idea to book a photographer 9 months – 1 year in advance. However, if you have flexibility on the wedding date (perhaps you would be open to a week night wedding), then you could possibility book a few months in advance. Typically, by January 1st, I am more than halfway booked for the season, and by April I do not have much availability until the following season, unless it is a non-peak date.
3- Do you stay in touch with most of your brides after the wedding? Have you taken baby photos or portrait sessions for any of them in the future?
I love staying in touch with my couples after the wedding day! Social media makes it easy to keep in communication. It is a true honor when couples ask me to document their maternity and baby portraits! I have several couples that I have photographed over 5 separate times!
I am a hybrid photographer, meaning I shoot a blend of film and digital images on a wedding day. I started photographing with film four years ago because I was inspired by the color and softness of the film photography that I had seen online. I use a medium format Contax camera for my film work — the tones, the grain, and the tiny imperfections of film are what make it beautiful to me. Also, I love the process of shooting film. I strive to make every frame even better than the last because each photo has a literal price with the processing and scanning of the film negatives. With digital it becomes too easy to overshoot and to not look for the best shots.
However, I do still photograph quite a bit with digital. Digital is wonderful in low light situations — once the sun goes down, I photograph entirely in digital. And I love digital for fast moving moments– that is why I have a digital camera on me at all times when working a wedding. But overall, film has made me more aware, has pushed me creatively, and has given me a new perspective in my life as a wedding photographer. I feel I am a better photographer for incorporating both film and digital into my workflow.