You’re probably getting dozens of emails a day from various wedding services about your upcoming wedding. While this time can be fun, it is usually fraught with a lot of stress as well. One thing that can cause a lot of stress is finding the right photographer for your wedding. There’s no such thing as a do-over on your wedding photos. Making sure you have someone who is going to deliver hundreds of images you’ll love instead of just a few can be a tricky thing to navigate. Here are a few things to think about when booking your wedding photographer.
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
There are many styles of photography. It is important to identify the style you’re drawn to and ensure your photographer meets your style expectations. Be careful if a photographer tells you that they can change their style to accommodate you. Some photographers can change their style but we usually have a specialty style that we’re best at. The question is, do you want to risk your special day with such an accommodation? Always check the work of a photographer to make sure your style meets up with theirs.
Sarah Porter Photography shoots with a Fine Art approach. We don’t just show up on your wedding day to take pretty pictures we’re there to capture your story authentically and in a beautiful way.
WHAT IF YOU’RE UNABLE TO PERFORM?
Can you assure us that you have backup equipment? What if you become sick and are not able to perform?
We don’t mean to scare you, but the reality is that sometimes bad things happen and photographers aren’t immune from breaking a camera or coming down with the flu. Have you seen this video on YouTube? That’s a BAD day for a photographer!
Sarah Porter Photography always carries backup equipment in case of emergency. We also work with you on who you’d like to have as a standby option to photograph your wedding in the rare case we might not be able to perform, which has never happened in over 6 years.
HAVE YOU MET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IN PERSON?
No one spends as much time with you on your wedding day as your photographers. Making sure that your personalities mesh is very important. Being in front of the camera isn’t something that comes naturally to a lot of people. Having a complete stranger taking your photos and capturing one of the most important days of your life isn’t something to write-off. Meeting up to talk through the details of your wedding with your photographer is always a good idea. Have you ever met a person you just don’t mesh well with? Having them as your wedding photographer might not be a good idea. We’ve personally experienced this, when Jerry and I got engaged we hired someone to take our engagement photos in downtown Denver. Jerry ended up feeling very uncomfortable and even got agitated because the photographer didn’t like his smile and kept asking him to change it. When we received our gallery we both looked stiff and it was evident that Jerry was uncomfortable and guess what…he hated every photo. Fortunately, we were able to find and book someone else for our wedding photos who we loved and help put us at ease in front of the camera.
At Sarah Porter Photography, we won’t book your wedding until we’ve had a chance to sit down with you in person to chat about your wedding day, expectations and vision. We also want to hear your story about how you met. You’ll also hear us advocate for an engagement session.
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