Finding the Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer that’s Right for You | Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co.
Congratulations on deciding to get married in the Lake Tahoe or surrounding areas! Now you have some difficult decisions to make, such as: Where will you get your dresss? Who will be your maid of honor? Which DJ is going to rock the socks off your guests?
I have excellent recommendations for all of your wedding needs, but I want to address the question I am best versed in:
How do you choose the RIGHT Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer for YOU?
As a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, I have compiled a basic guide to choosing that person, and 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, and so that person should be a good fit for you.
At minimum, you want a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer who is friendly and professional. But also consider the following: how will your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer interact with your guests? How do they perform under pressure? You can usually get a feel for these things after meeting with your Lake Tahoe Photographer in person. A Skype or phone convo can give you lots of insight into their personality and approach as well.
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/package, participating in your engagement photography session, and going through your wedding album creation process. It’s a lot of time! As such, 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 or crackling in the binding or edges of their sample album pages? Your wedding album is meant to be a lasting heirloom, so 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?
- Do you feel 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 even provide other products aside from an album? Can you get a professional canvas from them? How about a professional print?
- Do they offer some great gift options so you can treat the people in your life who are helping you tremendously with your wedding? 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, like hours of coverage, album design and much more. One factor that tends to be overlooked is how many hours are actually necessary to get a whole wedding day story. The most memorable moment from your wedding could be 4 hours, or 8 hours into your wedding, and you deserve to have those memories last forever in the form of a photograph, so make sure you book enough hours to capture all those wonderful moments.
But, how do you know how many hours to book? I’m glad you asked because 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.
I believe you deserve ample time to have your portraits taken together in an artful and stress-free way. Therefore, my timeline is customized to your unique wedding day. The basic structure of the timeline is based on almost a decade of wedding photography experience. Trust me, I know a smooth wedding day from a chaotic one. And I do everything in my power to make your day joyful, calm and amazing.
Have you considered how many Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers will be present on the day of your wedding to cover the day in its entirety? Two wedding photographers are essential because there are many situations that pop up during a wedding day that require two photographers to address them. While the main photographer is posing your family during the formal portraits, the other photographer can be photographing your guests during cocktail hour, or catching small details that you will want to remember. It’s a beautiful thing, trust me!
Now – is your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer bringing an amateur “second shooter” to your wedding, or are they bringing a trusted member of their team, or an additional professional photographer? Some wedding photographers bring second shooters who are brand new to photography, or are simply not very skilled or experienced, which 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, but 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!
At first, while searching for your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, you might be overwhelmed with all the images you are seeing. If you rush while selecting your photographer, you could overlook this important aspect of their photography – their style.
A Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer’s style isn’t just about the technical aspects of their photography or the angles at which they take photos – it is about their inner creativity and how they perceive the world around them, and also the way in which they edit the images to present them in their final state, which tells the story of your wedding day.
Is your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer’s style a fit for you? Is their style timeless or are they editing with a trendy filter in a way that will fade with time? Will they meticulously edit your photos or will they run the images through automated software and rush your pictures to you without hardly glancing at their final product?
A good, quality Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer will take a beautiful photo on your wedding day and edit it to make it stellar. A quality professional wedding photographer should be able to carefully edit your photos, and should spend a considerable amount of time doing so.
Those are the top things to consider carefully when choosing your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer. But, one more thing – although price is something you must consider, you may not want to make it THE deciding factor when choosing the one vendor who holds power of your photographic heirlooms in their hands.
Your wedding photography is truly 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, so remember that fact when you get prices from experienced, skilled and talented Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographers. No matter who you choose to be your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, I firmly believe that everyone deserves beautiful wedding photography that they are happy with. No one deserves the gut-wrenching feeling of regret when viewing their wedding photos for the first time, and we hope these tips will help you avoid that situation as much as possible.
PS, I am confident in saying that our Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team provides remarkable wedding photography services and products that amount to the hands-down best Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography experience for your wedding day.
Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co. is a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team serving the greater Northern Nevada and Northern California areas. Wedding Photography is our passion! If you are searching for your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, contact us and find out how this Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team can document your day beautifully!