Congratulations on deciding to get married in the Lake Tahoe or surrounding areas! Now you have some difficult decisions to make. For example: where will you get your dress? Who will be your maid of honor? Which DJ is going to totally ROCK? And who will be your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer?
How do you choose the RIGHT Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer for YOU?
I have compiled a basic guide to making this important choice. I hope you find it helpful – whether I am that person or if another professional has caught your eye. Here are the main characteristics you want to think about when choosing your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer:
Attitude & Personality
Your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer will likely spend more time with you on your wedding day than any member of your wedding party. Their personality could potentially effect the mood throughout your wedding day. So – that person should be a good fit for you.
At minimum, you want a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer who is friendly and professional. Also consider the following: how will your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer interact with your guests? How do they perform under pressure? You can get a feel for these things by meeting with your Lake Tahoe Photographer. A Skype or phone convo can also give you insight into their personality and approach.
You’ll be working with your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer long before your wedding day, and long after. Consider the time you’ll spend choosing your collection, participating in your engagement photography session, and going through your wedding album creation process. It’s a lot of time! I can’t stress enough how important your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer’s attitude plays in your entire wedding process.
Part of a wedding photographer’s basic skills should include being able to professionally design an heirloom-quality album. If they aren’t a great designer (and hey, you can’t blame a photographer for not being good at graphic design), they should be sending their work out to a service that DOES know how to design. These are some things to consider about a photographer’s product quality, design and turnaround time while looking at a wedding photographer’s sample products:
- Do you notice any tearing/crackling in the binding or edges of their sample album pages? Your wedding album is meant to be a lasting heirloom. If a photographer’s sample album is literally falling apart, that’s not a good sign.
- Are their albums designed in a timeless way? Do the images flow from well from one to the next?
- Are you emotional looking through the photographer’s sample album? Even though it’s a couple who you don’t even know, do you feel happy for them? Envision how this photographer will make you feel when looking at your own wedding day story.
- Does the photographer provide other products aside from an album? Can you get a professional canvas from them? How about a professional print?
- Can you purchase gift options to treat the special people in your life? Think of your parents and how much they would adore a sweet photographic gift. It’s a huge plus if your photographer has options for you.
A Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer’s services will include many options. For example: hours of coverage, album design and much more. Something that tends to be overlooked is how many hours are necessary to get a complete wedding day story. The most memorable moment from your wedding could be 4 or 8 hours into the day. You deserve to keep those memories forever in the form of a photograph. Make sure you book enough hours to capture all those wonderful moments.
How do you know how many hours to book? An essential part of my services as a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer is to provide a wedding photo timeline. This timeline is created WITH you, not just by me.
You deserve ample time to have your portraits taken in an artful and stress-free way. Therefore, my timeline is customized to your unique day. The structure of the timeline is based on almost a decade of wedding photography experience. I know a smooth wedding day from a chaotic one. A good photographer will make your day joyful, calm and amazing.
Have you considered how many Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers will cover the day? Two wedding photographers are essential. There are many situations that pop up during a wedding day that require two photographers. While the main photographer is posing your family during the formal portraits, the other photographer can capture cocktail hour. And catching small details that you will want to remember. It’s a beautiful thing, trust me!
Is your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer bringing an amateur “second shooter,” or are they bringing an additional professional photographer? Some wedding photographers bring second shooters who are brand new to photography, or are simply not very skilled. This will reduce the quality of your overall wedding collection of photos.
Most wedding photographers start out by second shooting (including me), so it’s okay if your photographer is bringing someone who is not AS skilled as them. However, their level of expertise should be at a level that you and your photographer can trust. Don’t be afraid to ask your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who will be second shooting with him/her!
While searching for your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, you might be overwhelmed. If you rush while selecting your photographer, you could overlook an important aspect of their photography – their style.
A Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer’s style isn’t just about the technical aspects or the angles. It is about their unique perspective and creativity. It’s also the way in which they edit the images.
Is your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer’s style a fit for you? Is it timeless? Or are they using a trendy one-click filter in a way that will fade with time? Will they meticulously edit your photos? Or will they rush your pictures to you without hardly glancing at their final product?
A quality Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer will take a beautiful photo on your wedding day and edit it to make it stellar. Professional wedding photographers should spend a considerable amount of time editing images.
These are the top things to consider carefully when choosing your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer.
One more thing. Although price is something you must consider, you may not want to make it THE deciding factor.
Your wedding photography is the ONLY thing you will have to remember your wedding day by. The value of your photographs is immeasurable.
Watch for red flags when selecting a photographer whose prices seem too good to be true. Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography is an investment. Remember that when you get prices from experienced Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to be happy with their wedding photography. No one deserves the gut-wrenching feeling of regret when viewing their wedding photos for the first time. We hope these tips will help you avoid that situation as much as possible.
Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co. is a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team. We serve the greater Northern Nevada and Northern California areas. Contact us and find out how this Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team can document your day beautifully!