First of all, let me start off by repeating what you’ve probably heard before….
Your wedding photographer is the MOST important vendor you can have at your wedding!!
Why? Simple…After the day is done, the food has been eaten and the cake is tucked away in your freezer for your first anniversary, the only thing you have left is – drum roll please – your WEDDING ALBUM….not photos on a disc, your ALBUM.
See, photos on a disc tend to stay on a disc. You album will be admired for generations! “But I’ll make my own album”….doubtful. In a recent poll of 1000 brides who had been married for 3 – 5 years and received images on removable media (CD, DVD, flash drive), only18% had actually created their own album. There was actually a higher percentage of brides who either: 1. Couldn’t remember where they put it, or 2. couldn’t read the images any longer because of data corruption or simply not having a CD/DVD drive in their new computer!
Don’t let this happen to you!! About 30% of your total wedding budget should be allocated to your wedding photographer. When searching for a wedding photographer, here’s some tips:
1. ask to see a COMPLETE wedding! Anyone can get lucky and pull a few good shots, look at the whole thing to put it in perspective. Also, ask to see several wedding albums from recent weddings.
2. ask how many weddings they have photographed. Here at L-Ann, we have been photographing weddings for over 16 years. How many weddings is that?? Over 240 weddings. yeah, we’ve done this before!
3. ask how soon after the wedding you can view your images. Weeks is not bad, months should be a deal breaker.
4. ask if they are a member of the Professional Photographers of America, and if they hold any PPA degrees. This shows dedication to the profession and a desire to improve their craft. We’re Photographic Craftsmen. designated by PPA. This means we have been recognized for teaching and mentoring. Yep, we shoot weddings and teach other photographers how to do it as well.
5. ask if they are a Certified Professional Photographer. This shows they are recognized for maintaining a degree of competency as outlined by the PPA. Laura and I are both Certified Professional Photographers.
Most important – make sure you like them!! You need to “click” with your photographer – no pun intended!