Summertime is the season for wedding bells and we know that wedding planning can be stressful. Especially when you have to select the perfect wedding photographer! And you definitely don’t want to hold off looking for your photographer. “A bride should start her quest for a wedding photographer as soon as possible,” advises Jennifer Mordini of Jennifer Mordini Photographer, Inc., a professional wedding photographer.
“As soon as she gets the date nailed down, begin the search!” She suggests six months to a year prior to your wedding if possible. But how can you be sure you are selecting the perfect match?
Top 5 Things to Look For in a Wedding Photographer
- Rapport with your photographer. You must feel so comfortable with your photographer that you can ignore their presence on the big day. “We spend the day with you and that's a long time to spend with someone you don't feel at ease with,” she says.
- Trust. Trust that they will produce the kinds of images you've viewed on their website, social media pages, and in their albums. Trust that they will bring enough equipment and most importantly, that they will, in fact, show up!
- Inquire as to how they cover your day. Do they get just the highlights? Do they do mostly formals? Candids?
- That they will look presentable at your wedding. Not dressed as a guest, but not in blue jeans either.
- A photographer should never be obtrusive. “Having a photographer that is patient yet able to get the job done is what you want to have on a wedding day,” advises Mordini.
Warning Signs and Red Flags
- If you cannot meet and talk with that person upon your first meeting, that's a red flag.
- Stay away from those that give you the ultimatum of “this price is only good for today.” Stay away from those that are demanding that you hire them upon your first interview.
- If their work isn't in many locations on the Internet. Be sure they are focused on their business versus doing it as a part-time job. “You want to hire a professional who earns their living by photographing, not just extra income,” Mordini says.
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Unique things to a bride’s day such as her grandmother's handkerchief, a hairpiece, borrowed earrings, etc.
The Groom's Details
Many times, the groom will have something created just for his wedding. It could be cuff links, a bracelet, and some memento that he doesn't really speak of. “Those things are just as important as the bride's! Though many times overlooked,” Mordini points out.
The shot when the bride and groom see each other for the first time! Whether it's set up or while walking down the aisle, it makes a fantastic memory for the couple.
Numerous hours and planning went into the selection of the “look” and “feel” of the wedding.
If you are documenting the day and wish to tell a story, you always need a way to wrap it up.
"Remember, listen to your gut and your first reactions to that photographer. Your immediate reaction will speak volumes to you!" says Mordini.
To learn more about the wedding photography, head to www.jennifermordini.com.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Mordini Photography