Friday, May 7, 2010
(Photo credit to Stephanie Tracy)
Okay, I fibbed. I said this post would be about wedding schedules and day of coordinators, but what's really been on my mind lately is photographers.
I've scoured the net, looking at photos from makeup artists sites, knot reviews, venue recommendations, etc. To be honest the makeup sites were the best resource. They often have a gallery of past faces they've done and usually credit the photographer. With venues I never know if the venue is getting a kickback or a favor for recommending the vendor.
So, here's my approach to wedding photographers.
1. Look at their website
2. Ask for pricing and availability
3. If a larger company, ask who will be your photographer on the day
4. Ask said photographer (and assistant if applicable) for a complete wedding album they have done. You don't want to judge them from their "best of" highlights. I prefer if they have a wedding they shot at my location so I can see how they approached the venue.
5. Read lots of customer reviews from more than one site. Business are not above having friends rate them highly or offering a discount for a review.
6. Meet with your photographer in person. They will be around all day and you will be spending lots of time with them. If they're annoying, attention stealers, tortured artists or plan to treat your wedding like an avant garde project, you want to know before you make a booking.
There, my recipe for picking a photographer. Thus far I have mine narrowed down to a few people.
1. Stephanie Tracy at Portray Life: Wedding 1, Wedding 2 and Wedding 3.
2. Shawn Kloster: His Photo Blog
3. Lori and Keith Anderson. A website collage. They did my free engagment shoot and *update* I have all the charming pics from it. I'm looking forward to sharing a few.
4. Memories by Michael: A Nixon Library Wedding
I'm not going to mention pricing or goodies, but purely on visuals who do you guys like best? Inquiring minds want to know.