How to Choose the Right Photographer for You

You just got engaged so whats next?


Any experienced wedding professional should tell you to secure your venue and date first. Afterwards, the next step is to book your photographer! I can assure you that although there are a lot of photographers out there the good ones are booked 6 months to a year in advance. Don’t wait!

A couple things to consider when selecting a photographer. One, do you want the same photos as one of your girlfriends or do you want to be different? If you are completely blown away by one of your friends wedding photos then you may want to consider booking that photographer but here are some things to remember when looking at other peoples photos and/or photographers portfolios.

What location were these pictures taken at?


If your location is exactly the same location then your headed in a good direction. However even if its similar its NOT the same. Every venue has its strengths and weaknesses and a lot of it has to do with the lighting, time of day, and the location and angle of light. If the photographer has not shot your venue its not the end of the world. Just make sure he/she is willing to visit your venue at a time when the lighting direction will be similar. Online research is NOT enough! Which leads me to what I believe to be one of the most critical elements of your day. Lighting!

Do the pictures you like cover all of the lighting possibilities of your day?

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What if your day isn’t sunny? What if it is? Does your photographer have the skills to create beautiful light even if the natural light is not good? Make sure different lighting scenarios are present in their work along with rainy day shots. (Important only if the beauty of your venue is mostly outdoors!)


After you have determined that the photographer has the skills, experience, and portfolio that satisfies your concerns lets not forget personality and character. Read reviews and review responses to negative reviews. This will give you insight to the photographers. Look for reviews that highlight the character of the photographer(s). Most important thing to do is set-up a meeting, be it virtual of face to face, and get comfortable with your photographer. They will be with you and your entire family all day on the most important day of your life.

We are open to meet and discuss anything with you at anytime. Look for our upcoming blog article. An Engagement Session: Much more important then you may believe!



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Why a Photo Album is so Important


A photo album is the only guaranteed form of media that will remain viewable for years and years to come! It gives you a showpiece from your wedding day that does not require someone to be sitting in front of a computer to see your photos. Also smaller copies of your wedding day photo albums are a great gift for loved ones!



It wasn't so long ago when a 5.25 and 3.50 floppy disks were the recommended media for file storage and the pictures were BMP files. Another photographer explains that this is even bigger then just floppy disks. It started with metal punch tape, paper tape, punch cards, 5 & 10Mb hard drives, 14" platters, 1" mag tape, 8mm, 4mm, DLT, cassette, 8 Track, 8" floppy, 5.25" floppy 3.50" floppy, ZIP drives, iOmega, CF, SD, mem sticks, SSD drive, external hard drives and its going to continue to change. Also file formats will eventually change as well. There is no way to be positive that you will be able to read your files in the near future and certainly not later then that. 

With digital delivery, a few dozen images end up on social media and 6 months later the images are gone. The most popular thing brides seem to do with a thumb drive is lose it. With an album you can relive your wedding without having to sit in front of a computer or pass a phone around.

So when ordering your package please do not choose one that doesn't include a photo album and please don't believe that you can save money by doing it yourself. These online places make a lot of money by selling photo albums that are cheap and inexpensive and want you to believe that the quality is the same as what you would get from a handmade photo album designed by a professional and made in Italy from the finest craftsmen in the world. If you believe that I have oceanfront property in Arizona I would like to sell! These online places use only the cheapest paper, inks, and binders that they can find and up-sell them by more then 150%. Your wedding day is worth so much more!

Special thanks to Nathan Mann Photography, John Laye of Santa Barbara Photography, Scott Gloger - Master Photographer, David Simm Photography, and my good friend and fellow photographer Chris Curry.