(Closed) How do you choose a photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

A good photographer will work with you to help you feel gorgeous and flattered by their photos – if you have a side you’d prefer to be shot on, let them know. Always discuss your concerns, preferences and ideas to your photographer! However, to a certain degree you need to trust the photographer to do what they do and make you look amazing! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Peachacid,

I’m a photographer myself, and I try to take the most flattering photos possible. Sometimes though, you gotta stop being so harsh on yourself. You are going to have your hair done, your makeup done, and your beautiful dress on. You will be beautiful, and you are going to glow. I say stop worrying so much. Just focus on getting a photographer that cares about what you want, and trust him/her to do an awesome job at it. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, we all think we look worse than we do. Few people ever LIKE how they look in photos. I tell all my brides that good quality professional hair/makeup does wonders. Seriously. There are a few areas of the wedding where skripming is great, but YOU (and your FI) will be the people who are in the most pictures from the day. A great fitting/flattering dress and professional hair/makeup are essential.

An engagement and/or bridal session with your photographer is also a great idea. I hear so many people saying they didn’t think it was a necessary expense, but if you have ANY reservations about how you’ll look on your wedding day, it’s really a great thing. Not only do you get to see how you’ll work with your photographer, it gives them the opportunity to work with you and see what does/doesn’t work with you. Not every pose/angle looks good on every person, and by doing a session ahead of timd they can see what the base angle/expression is for you.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I found mine by going to a bridal expo – I was very interested in finding a good photographer that I could afford, and it was great to have so many in one place, all throwing themselves at me! 🙂  I took their cards and brochures and asked them lots of questions about how they feel about posed pictures and candids, how to get the best pictures when someone (like me) is not very comfortable or confident in front of  a camera, how they do their fees since I didn’t want the big fancy package with the photobooks and stuff, etc. The ones who couldn’t really answer my questions got weeded out at that stage.

I then went home and looked through the websites and Flickr streams of the ones I still liked, and paid close attention to: do the posed pictures look artificial? are the candids clear and have good composition? does the group of pictures appear well edited? are the pictures good regardless of whether they are inside or out, daytime or nighttime?

I realized well into the Flickr stream of one of them that I wasn’t noticing the people and stuff in the pictures so much as I was noticing the joy and radiance of the people in the pictures. 

I picked that photographer.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MathyShootsPeople:  +1 on 

A good photographer will take the most flattering photos as possible

I suggest to hire the same photographer from your engagement photos (if you’ve done that) so you’d feel comfortable working with him and by then, he’d most likely know your best angles. Otherwise, you can totally tell them which side not to shoot.

I’m wedding planning halfway round the world and only depending on my photographer’s portfolio + reviews & my wedding planner’s recommendation. Planning on meeting him week before the wedding for another engagement photo sessions. This guy needs to know I’m no good with photos taken from above my head- it makes my eyes look even rounder. LOL

On a side note, I picked my photographer based on how he communicates besides his promising portfolio.

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