Choosing Your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer
Congratulations on deciding to get married in Lake Tahoe or surrounding areas! Now you have some difficult decisions to make…what dress will you wear? Who will be your maid of honor…and which DJ is going to rock the socks off your guests? I have some excellent recommendations for all of your wedding needs, but I am here to address the question: who will you choose to be your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer?
Whether you choose to invest in Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co. as your Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer or someone else, it’s essential to find the right Lake Tahoe wedding photographer for YOU. You are a unique and special person, and photography isn’t one-size-fits-all. But some things are standard.
Your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer should, at minimum, display the following characteristics:
A GOOD Attitude
Your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer will spend more time with you on your wedding day than any member of your wedding party. Your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer’s personality could potentially effect the mood throughout your wedding day, and you need to hire a photographer who will be a good fit for you.
Your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer should be friendly and professional. But also consider the following: how will your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer dress? How will they interact with your guests? How do they perform under pressure?
You will be working with your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer long before your wedding day, and long after (consider the time choosing your packages, your engagement photo session, and creating albums after your wedding day). Pick someone who displays the professionalism you expect. If you don’t like the idea of a photographer who wears sneakers and jeans on your wedding day, then you can narrow your choices to photographers who dress professionally – and voila – you are one step closer to selecting your ideal Lake Tahoe wedding photographer.
When your wedding day is over, what will you do with all of the images that your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer has created? The most popular way to display your images is an album. But what kind of album? Something that will fall apart in a year? Or something that will exist for generations and beyond?
It is really important to inspect your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer’s albums in detail and make sure they are providing quality products. Your wedding album should be an heirloom capable of being passed down through time.
Also make sure you also know the album details. What are the cover and interior page options? How many pages will you get? Is your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer going to design your album or outsource to someone who wasn’t even there on the wedding day? We personally believe it’s invaluable to find a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who has the skills to design your wedding album because they are the ONE person who should be able to tell the story of your day the best.
Provides a Photo Timeline
How many hours of wedding photography coverage do you actually need? Eight hours is standard, but some weddings require up to 10 hours of coverage…and in rare cases, more. The most memorable moment from your wedding could be 7 hours, or 10 hours into your wedding. The surefire way to make sure those moments are captured is to hire a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who provides a completely customized photography timeline so you can assess whether you need more than the standard 8 hours of coverage. A proper photo timeline helps your wedding day go as smoothly as possible, too.
Brings Professional Photographers
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 Lake Tahoe wedding photographers is standard. Sometimes photographers bring assistants or third shooters – all of which is totally normal when selecting a professional Lake Tahoe wedding photographer team. What’s NOT acceptable or standard in this area is photographing a wedding as a one-person-army.
Having two Lake Tahoe wedding photographers at your wedding ensures that the your wedding coverage is more complete. 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 to your wedding, or are they bringing a trusted member of their team, or an additional professional photographer?
Some wedding photographers bring 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, so it’s okay if your photographer is bringing someone who is not quite as skilled as them, but their level of expertise should be at a level that you and your photographer can trust.
If your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer is bringing a professional wedding photographer with them, you can rest assured that the additional photographer is doing good work, even when they are off on their own photographing details, wedding party portraits or other parts of your wedding day that they are solely responsible for.
You must be careful with the “amateur shooter” versus “additional pro photographer” issue because it does have heavy consequences are far as your wedding images are concerned. Don’t be afraid to ask your wedding photographer who they are bringing!
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, talent and artistic vision.
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. Style comes out in how they edit the images to present them in their final state as well.
Is your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer’s style a fit for you? Will their style stand the test of 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? Do they crop the photos or give you unintentionally haphazardly sideways shots?
A good, quality Lake Tahoe wedding photographer will take a beautiful photo on your wedding day and edit it to make it stunning. A quality professional wedding photographer should be able to carefully edit your photos, and should spend a considerable amount of time doing so. Do you want a wedding photographer who will spend only a few hours quickly applying the same setting to all of your photos or leave you with tacky images from the most important day of your life? Nope, nope and more nope.
Prices Their Work at the Professional Level
Although price is something you must consider, it should not be the deciding factor when choosing the one vendor who holds power of your photographic heirlooms in their hands. I’m sure you’ve heard stories from friends about the nightmare of dealing with an unprofessional or sub-quality wedding photographer. The horrifying tales are all around us. You have the friend who hired her uncle with a nice camera, your co-worker who got a budget friendly photographer who could not produce quality images on the wedding day, or the cousin who hired a quality photographer who then sent an associate photographer to her wedding to cover her day without notice. These unprofessional types of photographers do sadly exist. So beware, because these are the kinds of scenarios you lend your wedding photography to when your top concern is price.
Your wedding photography is truly the only thing you will have to remember your wedding day by – do not sacrifice such an important thing based on price alone. Watch for red flags when selecting a photographer whose prices seem too good to be true. When you see low prices, it screams “hobbyist” and not someone who will still be in business 10 years down the road – which is important. If someone spills coffee on your wedding album and you need a new one – guess who you need to get it from again? If you chose the hobbyist – they may not even have your photos anymore. Choose a true professional. I can not stress it enough.
No matter who you choose to be your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, we 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.
Thank you for reading, and good luck on your search!
Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team, Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co., provides remarkable wedding photography services and products that amount to the hands-down best Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography experience for your wedding day. Serving Lake Tahoe and other Northern Nevada and Northern California areas, we are wedding photographers because our passion is creating heartfelt photography for life’s sweet adventures.
For more information about this Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer team, please contact us today to schedule your complimentary wedding photography consultation in-person or via Skype.