What do you look for when you decide on a photographer? I’ll tell you. Practically everyone and anyone is connected to some sort of social media. You might already have a Pintrest board created of ideas for your wedding day and pictures that you find “pintresting” that you want to reenact on your special day, and some of you might have even started pinning to your board before you were even engaged. Either way, you stay connected on facebook, twitter, instagram, and your favorite blogs to follow friends, which (sub) influences you. So by the time you get engaged or start seriously looking for a photographer, you already have a list of your favorites!
Now, you might be faced with the difficulty of narrowing down your favorites list. You figure out your priorities and then go from there. So obviously most everyone’s first goal is to stay within “the budget” and lets be real, weddings add up quickly. It is tempting to go with a student photographer or someone found on Craigslist, after realizing how expensive your favorite photographers are. When it comes down to it (and dividing out your expenses) you should not skimp on your photographer or DJ/Band for that matter.
Let me just get to the point… you spend all this money on the location/venue of your dreams and you’ve tasted multiple different samples of dishes and desserts. Your entire extended family and friends have saved the date and planned to share your special day and help you celebrate, and your about to embark on the most important day of your life. The music gets the party started and sets the mood for your reception and you can’t wait to show off your choreographed first dance and cake smash. Now what would be better than to tie it all in with having the confidence in knowing that your photographer will be dependable, creative, passionate, and simply have the professional ability and skills to execute and capture your day as it unfolds.
Not two weddings are alike and your photographer should have an ease about them to go with the flow. The photographer should have an understanding of treating you as the client as an individual and look at each situational environment with a fresh outlook. Thinking, working and creating quickly, you and your photographer should more importantly have a connection, an agreement and an understanding of each other.
IT’S ALL ABOUTH THE CONNECTION, so the most important things to keep in mind are:
1) Have an attraction to their work! Love their style and unique ideas.
2) Get an idea of the way they work and create and make sure it works for you.
3) Trust them! Believe in their creative talent and be ok with rolling with their crazy ideas.
4) And finally, having a connection.
You are a part of the artwork. You need to feel comfortable and feel free to be as natural and expressive as you wish. To create a beautiful image, it take two. When you hire a photographer, your not just hiring them for their work you should be hiring them for their personality as well. The best kinds of images come naturally. Just keep in mind that this is the final piece of the puzzle when looking for a great photographer.
Lorna holds a very special place in my heart. Growing up she moved with her family from England, here in her early teens with her younger brother and parents. Her dad was offered a position which he could not refuse and they started their lives over together here in America. Like myself, Lorna struggled with a LBLD (learning biased, language disability) which placed her with teachers aids and in special educational classes. Struggling to be normal and fit it was difficult; however like myself it gave her the motivation to soar high and set larger dreams and expectations for her future.
I met Lorna about a year ago. I remember exchanging stories and funny memories. As she and I shared stories we both appreciated, we laughed about reminiscing on the past as if it was remembered together. She and I had the “I feel like I’ve known you for ever” feeling.
So my point being, having a connecting with your photographer (whatever it may be) is so important. I believe that it is the backbone to a good session with a client. If I am able to connect and make the client feel more comfortable, that is the ideal. If the client can truly exhibit their persona on film, I’ve done my best at the job I love, and I’m proud of my work!