Focus On Engagement Sessions

A comprehensive guide to engagement sessions and why they're so valuable.

Everyone thinks of the wedding photography, but a valuable aspect of the celebration to the wedding is the engagement season leading up to your special day.  Today's blog post is just a few reasons on why an engagement session is a brilliant idea for you! 

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reason one

YOU'LL BE USING THOSE PHOTOS

Believe it or not, you'll probably be using those engagement photos over and over again before the big day arrives. Our clients love sending out photo-laced Save The Date cards or using their images for their wedding website.  Other clients actually incorporate engagement images into their wedding invitation suite! We've also created wedding sign-in albums for clients with engagement photos in them.  And even large canvases for signing.  Some of our clients even choose to display their engagement photos in frames either in the venue greeting guests arriving to the wedding, or on the reception tables as part of their table designs. However you choose to dress up your wedding stationary, we're almost sure you'll find multiple uses for these fun, casual photographs. 

 

reason two

YOU GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE CAMERA

When your big day arrives, some couples may be nervous about being in front of the lens. Having an engagement session beforehand is a great way for us to get to know each other and practice working together.  Our portfolio is filled with couples like you, who are enjoying their time together. Relaxed with one another. Part of that confidence and natural interaction you see is from being comfortable in front of the camera.  Your engagement session allows you both to familiarize yourself with how we work to get you those amazing "all the feels" images you've come to expect from BPP. You'll feel more confident for your wedding photos, and know exactly what to expect when working with us on your wedding day. 

 

reason three

YOU GET TO EXPRESS YOURSELF

In your engagement session, anything goes!  We highly encourage every kind of self-expression, including fashion taste, favorite colors, hobbies, special locations, and anything else that's unique to you as a couple. Sometimes couples choose locations where the proposal took place, others a favorite bar or outdoor spot. We encourage you to incorporate props, pets, hobbies, or anything else that's special to you! We love getting creative and having clients bring their own creative ideas into their engagement session. 

 

reason four

THE BEGINNING OF YOUR STORY, CAPTURED

In your unique story of "YOU", the engagement chapter is just as important as the wedding day itself.  It's the promise. The point where you said to one another, "I choose you."  We think that deserves to be shown as much joy and attention as the rest of your major life events!  In the chapters of your life together, this is Chapter One.  Your engagement photos are another valuable narrative for your future family.  Besides announcing your upcoming wedding, your photos will be among some of the first that decorate your walls turning your house into a home and being daily reminders of the love you share.  And we think that's pretty special. 

 

 

 

Winner 2016 Couple's Choice Award

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Brooke Price Photography  Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016 Bonita Springs, FL – January 7th, 2016 – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Brooke Price Photography as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Wedding Photography in Southwest Florida!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Brooke Price Photography. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Brooke Price Photography who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Brooke Price Photography is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

Brooke Price Photography is proud to be one of the top Wedding Photographers in Southwest Florida in the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc. WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 650 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Florida Destination Wedding : 3 Tips to Planning Your I Do in My Backyard

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Hi Gorgeous!  I am supremely excited that you have chosen to marry Prince Charming in my backyard!   I am lucky to call this area my home and I am more than happy to share it with you!  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) is composed of a local area including  Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cape Coral,  Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island.    We are home to some of the best beaches in the state, and gorgeous sunsets are plentiful.   We have a plethora of Golf and Country Clubs, as well as several other event hosting sites.  From beach to rustic to contemporary, there is a venue to suit every bride's style and needs.

I sat down to write this post after realizing that I have a list of items I routinely find myself covering with destination brides.   Here are my main 3 tips to planning your Florida destination wedding.

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Consider our Weather   | Florida  Destination Wedding

You are sitting up north in your cozy home with either some Fall leaves or a Winter snow happening around you.   You decide to think  Florida.   What is the first picture you see in your mind?  It is that beach isn't it? You can feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes.  Breathe it in. Is that salt in the air?  Perfect.

While it is true, we are known for the gorgeous weather and lack of seasons.  We do actually have a seasonal pattern all our own.

Our humidity is high almost always year round.  It is not until very late in the Fall where we find a gentle reprieve and typically only for a couple of weeks.     If you or your groom tend to sweat a lot, it is something to consider.

You have Summer and Fall:   We have a Rainy Season.   While most people have become aware that Floridians joke about setting a watch by the summer rain shower, this is both a figure of speech and a fact.   We do get rains in the summer that are like clock work.  Usually late afternoon between 2 and 4 o'clock.   The showers do not last very long, but they do occur and the humidity I mentioned earlier is going to increase.    All the way into late October we tend to find longer rain times and more rainy days.  I don't feel venues educate clients enough on our weather patterns.  I would keep an eye on things from your neck of the woods, and if you choose to have your wedding during our rainy season, have a contingency plan you are comfortable with.

( By the way,   a wedding in the rain isn't so horrible.  I've seen many many galleries where it was actually quite beautiful.)

Oh! And,  the sunsets after the storm are always AMAZING!

 

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Hire a Local Planner   |  Florida Destination Wedding

I can not stress the value of a good event planner, especially if you are planning a Florida destination wedding!   You will find that the service is invaluable.     Who better to help you with finding reputable local vendors than someone who has been in the trenches with these folks?   Besides that,  you will only have one set of contact information to keep up with, your planner, will be a fantastic liaison for you and all your other vendors.   While many of our event locations offer a coordinator for the day of your wedding,  you will find that hiring an actual planner will provide you with a more personalized service.   No longer a number in a years calendar,  you and your Florida destination wedding become personalized and cared for.

 

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Meet with Your Vendors    |   Florida Destination Wedding

Because of the modern technology advances, there really isn't an excuse left as to why you can not have some sort of personalized meeting with your vendors.   I personally have done meetings sitting across from the table,  over the internet via FaceTime or Skype, or even as simply as scheduling out a time to have a phone conversation.

You want to work with people you like, who understand your vision of the day and who are on your team to make it a memorable one.   I personally would steer clear of anyone who couldn't find the time to discuss details with me regarding my wedding.   If at all possible to make a trip down before your wedding, meet with as many of your vendors as you can!   Plan a trip to have your engagement session with your photographer, tour the venue together, meet with your caterer, have your cake tasting, etc.

Meeting with the team you want around you is vital.   Some way, some how, you have to make sure that it all meshes together smoothly!

 

So there you have it!  My top 3 tips for planning your Florida destination wedding!   I hope you find them helpful.  There are so many more steps to planning as well, but I find that these 3 do not seem to be discussed enough early on in the process.  Happy planning and I can't wait to see you here!

 

Favorite Things: My Wedding Forms

Hey There! I thought I would start a little series of my Favorite things.  This is more so going to be for the other photographers out there.   My first item is crucial to my Wedding workflow.

It is my Forms!  My contract, questionnaires, shot list, etc.

I personally use the Forms provided by Design Aglow.   I don't know if I can sing the praises of Design Aglow nearly enough.  Everything is clean, beautiful, well written and really polishes my image.   I did choose to have my contracts reviewed to insure that all clauses will apply in my operating state.  This is a step you should make sure you follow through on.  No contract, no matter how well written should be taken for face value.  It should be reviewed by your lawyer.  Protect You, Protect Your Client!

I am a big fan of going "Paperless", so I use my forms either as interactive PDFs, or I also have a Mach Forms account where I set up the forms to be filled out directly from here on the website.  The only bad thing about the Mach Forms, is you can't see how pretty they are! LOL

My clients have reported back how they love that the questionnaires are so thorough, and that the contract didn't leave them guessing about policies and procedures.  I advise everyone of you to take a look at these and I highly recommend implementing them into your own business!

You can click any of the images to check the items out for yourself on the Design Aglow website!

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Beware! The scary trend in Wedding Photography

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Can we have a Come to Jesus Moment?  There is a super scary trend in Wedding Photography happening everyday, and awesome people like YOU are getting burned. Bad.

So, here's what is going down -

You are searching for a photographer for your wedding.   Your budget is so tight it's squeaking, and then the clouds part and the angels sing!  You just landed on a photographer's page with amazing images and they are SUPER CHEAP!  No, I mean you just can't believe your luck!

So, in your haste to snag this photography guru,  you book no questions asked and then months down the road you get your images back.  Only, something is wrong.

None of what you've been given looks like the images on the photographers website.  As a matter of fact, you're finding it hard to believe that these images and the ones you saw were even taken by the same person!

*cue the DUN - DUN - DUNNNN! (Also if you love The Croods like I do, imagine Belt.)

You've just been had by a Fraud.   And it is happening - every day.

There are some awesome sites out there like stopstealingphotos.com  That are trying their best to keep up with this mess.  They are calling would be photographers out left and right, for stealing!   Yes, you heard me.  STEALING.

These "photographers" are wanting so badly to break into wedding photography that they are willing to con you and jeopardize their standing in the community at the same time. What happens with this scary trend in wedding photography, is these photographers slap up "the kind of work I would like to do"  on their websites, only they aren't telling the client YOU; that these are images they have not taken. They aren't telling you that this is a wedding shot by a seasoned pro - by someone who understood what to do when the light got tricky, or had the equipment in place to handle the No Flash rule at your church - the one that also wouldn't let them within 5 feet of the altar.

There is nothing wrong with being a new photographer looking to break into weddings.  We all do it.  We all have had to do it.  But there is a right and a wrong way.

Stealing and then coning you into believing they can produce a product they have no way of making is not the way.

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So - What can you do to protect yourself from this scary trend in wedding photography?

I'm glad you asked.

 

1.  Look for Consistency

All photographers develop their own style of shooting and editing.  Take a look around. If you see differences in the images you are looking at, there is a good possibility that the images are from different photographers.

2.  Ask to see a Complete Wedding

I don't care how it happens, if a photographer shoots a wedding they get it from beginning to end.  I have shot elopements (Just 2 people and the officiate) and guess what - there is a beginning, middle, and end to the photo story.  Ask for a complete wedding.   There is absolutely no reason that a photographer should not be able to show it to you.

3.  Check their Reviews or ask for References

Guess what?  Vendors network at events.  It happens.  Know what else - happy clients tell one another.   Look for their online reviews.  Ask for references if there are not many.  I personally only have 12 recorded online reviews on wedding wire - I've sent double the emails for requests - but not everyone will answer them.   However,  there are reviews by others on Facebook as well - so look around, somewhere, someone is talking about your photographer.  If you can't find anything at all, be worried.

4.  That brings us to -  Stalk them  ,   Check their social media

I don't know a single business owner that doesn't have their name out everywhere possible.  Check their social media.   You should find consistency in the work you are seeing on all platforms.  Look at Facebook, Google+, Twitter,Instagram - make it a priority to check up on them.   As a matter of fact - hang around for a bit, you can learn a lot about them by how they conduct themselves.  Maybe - even if their images are legit, they aren't a good match for you!  Just a thought.

5. Google Them

Yep, I am dead serious.  Google their name.  If they are online, you will see where.  And guess what - if they've ever been caught stealing photos you can bet there is a good chance you will find out about it.

6.  Pay attention to geographical clues

Unless your photographer advertises as a destination photog - seeing a fabulous Parisienne wedding in Utah might not be kosher!  Look around, dig, you're about to hand over thousands of dollars to this person, make them accountable to be who they say they are!

7. When all else fails - Trust Your Gut

I know you want to stick to your budget - I know that weddings are crazy expensive and hectic ( they don't have to be, I promise.)  But -  if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.  So, trust your gut.  If you get the skeevies from your photographer, it might be time to find a new one!

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Brooke Price Photography wins Two Bright Lights Editor's Choice Awards 2014

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As a testament to my outstanding clients, and my commitment to producing the best-of-the-best Wedding + Portrait Photography, I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a winner of a 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors' Choice Award!

The award is given in recognition of the those whose number of published features in 2013 placed them among the top 5% of all Two Bright Lights members. Winners were published across many of the most respected lifestyle, wedding and other print and digital publications in the United States and worldwide.

I am honored to be part of this group of talented photographers and creative professionals. My features this past year have enabled me to increase exposure for my work, and I am thrilled to have been recognized for my endeavors.

In 2013, I had the privilege of being published in the following publications:

Rebekah + Wyatt's Newlywed Session

Laura + Chris's Perfectly Personal Backyard Wedding

Josh + Hannah's Surprise Engagement

Kelli + Louie's Colorful Engagement

Thanks to all of the other creative professionals who made these features possible!

To see more of my work, or to get in touch about my services, please visit www.brookepricephotos.com.

 

Wedding Day Makeup Tips : From Your Photographer's Point of View

This Article was featured on the Melissa Hearts Weddings Blog!  Check this out!

Wedding Day Makeup Tips : From Your Photographer's Point of View by @brookep_photoshttp://t.co/lElxDwYEWN#weddingmakeup

— Melissa Wedding (@MelissaWedding) March 19, 2014

There’s nothing more captivating than a bride on her wedding day!I always encourage my brides to hire a professional makeup artist for their wedding, but if you’re a Do It Yourself kind of girl, or curious about what looks great on camera, I’d love to bend your ear.

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There’s a secret world of what the photographer is thinking happening at every event.Your wedding isn’t any different. Every aspect plays a part in your final images, my goal is that you look and feel fabulous, always. So, here is my two cents worth of wedding day makeup tips that will have you looking your best self yet, on the best day ever!

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  1. Be Picky About Where Your Makeup is Applied. – Makeup applied in natural light translates better in all lighting situations.  Choose somewhere by a window, or sliding glass doors. You want as much natural light as possible.  It makes for flattering photos while you are getting ready as well ;)
  2. The biggest Bling You Should be Wearing is Jewelry. – Go easy on the metallic and shimmer powders and shadows. A little sparkle is all fine and good, but too much ends up looking streaky and unpolished.
  3. More is Better. – We all love a natural look, but a camera can wash it all away. For your wedding day, you want a little more makeup than what you would wear for your everyday look. If you’re not a girl who normally wears makeup – this is going to be a lot more than your everyday. Just seeing yourself in a mirror you may feel “over done” but rest assured, with proper color choices, wearing a bit more blush, defining with a touch more bronzer, and deepening your lip by a shade will translate beautifully in your images.
  4. Choose the Right Finishing Powder.- Be sure to use a finishing powder to set your makeup that has a yellow tint. ( Finishing Powder – not PRESSED powder). Pink or White powder can cause the flash of the camera to pick up cool shades rather than warm natural ones. You want the powder to match skin tone, but not make you look pale or ghostly. Avoid a finishing powder with shimmer! (see item 2)
  5. Take Away, Don’t Add To.- Carry blotting papers with you instead of a pressed powder for touch-ups later.  The papers remove the excess oil and shine, where the powders add another layer to your makeup which by the end of the night can cause a cake-y look, especially around the nose.
  6. Be the Best Version of YOU! -  Your wedding day is not the day to try a new trend! Makeup that creates a more polished version of you is best! Save the hot new Pantone Color Trend for a night out with the ladies!!

These are just a few tips for putting your best face forward on your wedding day!Do you have any others to add?Let me know in the comments.

A Wedding To Remember : Amanda and Cody Karth

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In honor of Valentine's Day, I have a truly beautiful Love Story to share. The day every little girl dreams of, her wedding day.   The fairytale.    A  perfect Princess; gown and all, will marry her knight in shinning armor.   All of this was true for Amanda and Cody on March 23 2013.  And Cody would truly prove to be her knight. Right there to rescue her. Childhood friends that, over time, fell in love.  Their happily ever after was just beginning.

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Amanda and Cody's wedding day was pure perfection.  The bride looked stunning.  Her groom's face said more than words ever could of his love for her.    It was so wonderful to be a part of such a special day.   Family and Friends celebrated the couple well into the night.   And as my second shooter, Logan and I  left for the evening, we dispersed with hugs and well wishes.

Then the call came to me at 7am the next morning.

Sometime in the early morning hours, Cody had awoken in their honeymoon suite to Amanda unresponsive.   His beautiful, blushing bride  was slipping away.   Immediately he called 911  and began to administer CPR.

Doctors later would inform the family that Amanda had suffered Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, or in simple terms "broken heart syndrome".  Everyone was on pins and needles. How could a perfectly healthy 27-year-old woman, who had just celebrated the most wonderful day of her life suffer such an attack?   Amanda spent 4 days in the hospital in a coma.  Doctor's were unsure what or how she would be affected once she awoke.  Cody, diligently stayed by her side.  Holding her hand, talking to her.   When Amanda did awake, she sat up talked with Cody and then realized, he was wearing his wedding band.    Then everyone learned what the outcome of the attack had been.

Amanda had no memory of her wedding.  None at all.

For the past 10 months, Amanda has been trying to gain bits a pieces of her day back.  Her photos from the day have been used in her therapy sessions.  And while all this has been going on, she's just been thriving.  She and Cody are possibly closer and happier now than before.  It took such a freak accident but they had the chance to look at what they could have lost, right in the eye, and they have bonded stronger because of it.

Now - this next part is the awesome sauce to such a beautiful Love Story.

This wonderful, sweet couple who have overcome so much, well they were gifted the greatest gift ever.   Inside Edition threw them a second wedding!!!!   They are an exceptional couple and I am so happy for the two of them that they have been gifted not only this second chance at a wedding, but at a second chance at Love, and Life, and Happily Ever After!

Please enjoy this gallery of images from their original "I do."   Many many years of blessings and joy you two!!!

*  I feel compelled to write a response to some of the Media Outlets that have run Amanda + Cody's story and the individuals who have responded on these public platforms.  To the Media:  make sure that as you report the story you do it accurately. This family has been through so much already.   To the Individuals:   Those of you who have gone out of your way to slander the character of a woman you do not know; SHAME ON YOU. I pray you never suffer a tragic event in your life that is unexplainable.  That you never have to go through what this family has only to then see the character of their loved one in question. Some of you in particular have more OPINION than Common Sense. You are not medical professionals.    - Brooke

You can view some of the coverage of Amanda and Cody's story  Here:

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Don't Be Me. : Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Torn, pages glued together with Orange juice, and stuffed in our storage ottoman in the living room.   Books of any kind should never be treated like this. Those books, are my Wedding Albums. I want to tell you why.  And why I say,"Don't be me."

Every single detail of our wedding we planned ourselves, no planner, no coordinator.   I hand-made our centerpieces, the favors, our invitations, and my bouquet as well as that of my bridesmaids.  Oh!  And, I hand beaded my wedding dress.  ( 2 weeks, 257 pearls.  I think about 15 band-aids.)  We paid attention to every single little detail.  Every detail, but one.

All of those little details.  Every fantastic little detail about the day I married my husband  is in that ottoman.

In my planning and budgeting, I never once gave a two-minute thought to a wedding photographer.   I did have one.  It was a gift from my parents, and honestly one of the sweetest most thoughtful gifts.   But --

The photographer, wasn't who, if my husband and I had sat down and talked it over, would have picked.   We had nothing in common with him.  He knew literally nothing about us except the day we were getting married on.  And, it shows in my photos.   We are all happy.  The pictures are nice.   They just don't suit us, our style.  The images as nice as they are, feel like nice images of other people.

My cautionary tale is the fuel behind why I am so passionate about what I do, and why I want to give you some advice on choosing your wedding photographer.

 

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. This for most, is a once in a lifetime event. For that reason, choosing the right wedding photographer can be a critical part of your planning. Here is some helpful advice to get you started.

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What do you like?

One of the first steps to choosing a wedding photographer is to get an idea of what type of photos you like. Explore different images and bookmark what draws your eye. Two great ways to achieve this are by either doing a Google search and bookmarking images, or my favorite, Pinterest.

 

Pinterest has made it increasingly easy to find your photography tastes. Create a board for your image inspiration then search and "Pin" away. A collection of about 15-20 images should be enough to give you an idea of what style you are drawn to. Note the similarities of the images, the emotion, processing (clean and bright, hazy and vintage, etc.). Once you have an idea of your likes, begin your search.

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Who do I know that is recently married?

What is the best place to start your search? Think of who you know that recently got married or engaged. Thanks to social media, they are sure to have an album of their photos you can view. Take a look. If what you see looks like it would mesh well with your inspiration board, ask your friend who their photographer was! Word of mouth is by far the best way for both you and your photographer to find each other.

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Google is my B.F.F.

This one is a bit trickier because of the amount of information you are going to get, but works just the same. Any reputable photographer is going to have a decent size web presence. There is a lot of work that goes into making sure that happens. So, open your browser and start a search! Then, dig. Check out their website, stop by their blog, they probably have a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (most have all). Check these as well. Look into how they interact with their clients. Keep an eye on their work. Does it mesh with your inspiration? Is it consistent?

Once you have established a list of photographers, it is time to get in contact! Many have websites with contact sections. How you choose to initiate contact with your photographer is up to you. You can send a quick message with the contact box, or you can call them. Either way it is important to provide as much information as possible in your first contact so that you photographer has an idea of the amount of coverage you will need.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when thinking of hiring your photographer:

  • Does their style suit your needs and what you imaging your end results will be?
  • Do your personalities work well together? ( you are going to be spending a lot of time with this person, make sure you like being around them)
  • Ask questions! Don't leave room for assumptions. No question is too big or too small and your photographer should be happy to help answer any that you may have.

 

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Hey! You didn't mention price!

When you were choosing the photos for your style/inspiration, you did that based on emotional connection. The same should be said for the photographers you are thinking to hire. You want to connect with their work the same way. These days, staying on budget is very important and not to be overlooked. It is your job to choose the areas of your wedding where you are going to place the most emphasis. Your wedding photography is an investment. This is THE item that forever holds those details and moments, forever. Every couple's budget is going to be different, and every couple's needs will be different as well. This guide was to help you in your journey of finding the wedding photographer that best suits you and will best capture your love story. Don't be afraid to ask the photographer of your choice if they offer payment plans.  Some are even willing to negotiate certain things.   The keyword is NEGOTIATE.  That isn't calling and asking them to do their service for a discount.  If you want them to give you something, you need to be willing to give something too.  So, say they have a package that is perfect for you except for a couple of items,  ASK them if there is a negotiation to be had.  What is the worst they will say, No?  Maybe.  But if you're wedding is being planned for the off season of your area on a weekday... well,  they might just make you a counter offer you can live with.  You'll never know if you never ask.

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Are my tips the end all be all of choosing a photographer?  No.  But this was just to get you going.   Lots of posts are going to tell you to ask about certain types of equipment and teach you lots of fancy photography terms. But, if you don't know what any of those things really are, does that information really help you?    Knowing what you like and what moves you and what speaks to you in an image, well.. that's a horse of a different color.  Start with what you know, and then ask, ask, ask.

 

If you think this post is helpful, feel free to share it with others!  If you've read this post and take an adventure around me site and think maybe we are a match, please reach out! I'd love to hear more about you!

Happy hunting all you engaged couples!   Feel free to leave any questions or comments.  I'm happy to answer the ones that I can, and if I can't, well I'll do my best to find the someone who can for you!