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Choosing Your Photographer

Congratulations on your engagement! Soon your big day will be here. So far, you have found each other, and most likely you have found the church, the reception hall, and the DJ or band. Now you need to find the photographer. Your photographer is said to be one of the most important professionals at your wedding. When the day is over and all gone, your photographs are all you have left to remind you of this very special, and probably the most important day in your life.
Make sure you get to know your photographer. Large Studios sometimes select from a pool of photographers whom you may never see until your wedding day. Your photographer's style as well as his / her personality are very important. Is the photographer someone who will be relaxed and make you feel comfortable throughout the day?

How organized is the photographer? Make sure you discuss all of the events of your wedding day with your photographer. Does the photographer understand time management? Simple items like a checklist give an indication of how organized the photographer is. Organized photographers usually check out churches, reception sites and locations they are not familiar with before your wedding day. In addition, they will also attend the rehearsal. The purpose of attending the rehearsal is not just to be acquainted with the church, but to meet with the families and the wedding party as well.

How will he/she react when things are not going too well? How will the interaction be with not just you but your family, your bridal party, your priest, your DJ/Band, your caterer and your video photographer? Wedding Photography involves not just photography but public relations as well.

Your wedding album should be a storybook record of events that happened on your wedding day. Your photographs should include a balance between formal (posed) photographs and candid photographs. The formals tell you who attended your wedding, whereas the candids speak for themselves: what happened at your wedding. When you look at the photographer's portfolio, look at an entire wedding. This will tell you what the mixture of formals and candids is like. Will the photographer be willing to start at both the bride's and groom's house? A photographer who is prepared to start at any location you desire, and stay until the very end of your wedding will most likely capture all the events of this memorable day.

Remember, a good photograph is worth more than a million words. You will want to share your wedding photographs with not just your friends and present family members, but with your kids and grandkids as well.