Reception Thursday is here and that means only one more day until the weekend and 5 more days until Christmas! We’re sure planning your reception is the last thing on your mind when you’re preparing dinners, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, and spending time with friends and family. If you plan on starting your search for a photographer after the New Year and live in the Los Angeles area we have some tips and photographers to capture every moment.
When you start looking for your wedding photographer, one that is intimately involved in your wedding and can help you think about what moods and feelings you want to provoke in the photos. To find a good photographer follow these tips:
- Check out the blogs. Many, if not almost all good photographers, use their blogs to display their work and provide advice to brides. This lets you see a real wedding, their style, what moments they capture, and the response from the brides. We’re loving these three vendor’s blogs: Between Lenses and Roses, Nicola Borland Photography, and Sam Lim Studio.
- Know Your Wedding Type. A good photographer will be able to work with your style and the type of wedding you’re having. For example, the way they shoot a barn reception is different than how they would shoot a reception on the beach. They are able to work with you to help achieve the overall look and feel of the wedding and a lot of this can be captured before the wedding through an engagement photo shoot.
- Decide How You’re Using Your Pictures. This is going to vary based on the photographers style. For example, Sam Lim Studio uses a journalistic style and can turn your photos to capture a more traditional style wedding. Between Lenses and Roses style is soft and sweet and will look amazing against picture frames and in a scrap book. Nicola Borland is perfect for a modern style wedding.
- Choose Your Budget. Your budget will depend on the photographer fee, prints, the album, etc. and all photographers vary in price. Visit these three vendor’s websites to get a quote on how much your photos will end up being. Also, create a list online of other photographers to compare prices and styles.
- Meeting. Meet the photographer face-to-face after you’ve researched and made a final decision. Take your fiancee with you and discuss their wedding packages (Between Lenses and Roses, Nicola Borland, and Sam Lim Studio), see samples from past weddings, and see if the photographer is right for you. It’s also important to discuss with them liability insurance, sales tax, and if they have back-up camera gear
- Remove any candidate from your list that does not conform to your wants and needs.
Research, research, research is crucial to choosing your photographer. You should never have to lower your standards to meet the photographers expectations and you should always meet with them prior to your wedding day. It’s important to keep a running list of their prices, services, and references. Start looking early and after the New Year is the perfect time!