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Guest Blog: How to Pick Your Wedding Photographer & Videographer

Aside from whom you choose to marry, your wedding film and photography are quite possibly the most important decisions you make for your day. After your very busy wedding day is over, your photos and video are the only tangible things that remain to preserve your memories. So keeping that bigger long-term picture in mind is really helpful when choosing your wedding photographer and filmmaker. Don’t compromise on your decision. You want to love the work of the studio you choose, so you will treasure your wedding photos and wedding film for years to come.  They truly are your first family heirlooms.

You put so much time, energy and money into all the details of your wedding day, and after it’s all over the value of your imagery is priceless. Your wedding day is a big deal!  There are no “do over’s”.  You need the peace of mind that you are hiring a true professional who will perform at their best all day long. It’s also important to know that they have multiple cameras, and other back up equipment, just in case.  This is something less experienced, newer photographers and filmmakers won’t have thought about.

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Make sure you meet with the primary wedding photographer and wedding cinematographer from the studio that you will be working with before booking them. You want to feel comfortable with them and enjoy their personality. They are going to be with you all day long for the big day. If you don’t feel comfortable with them, it will show in your imagery and it won’t be any fun for either of you.  If the studio does not offer for you to meet with the actual artist who will be leading your shoot on your wedding day prior to you booking, that should be a red flag.  It’s important that you have the face to face (or at least phone or Skype if you are out of town) interaction prior to signing on the dotted line.

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When you meet with a wedding photographer, make sure you see several albums of full weddings, not just a few favorite images they have selected. Consistently catching all the action throughout the whole day is key. Be sure to ask to see images from bright outdoor locations as well as dark indoor locations.  Do the images look appealing, clear and well composed?

When you meet with a wedding videographer, expect to watch lots of films including a full wedding film. If they only show you short highlight clips you should ask to see a full film, because you need to know that they can pull off a full film consistent with the quality of the other shorter samples they have shown.  Is the imagery clear, consistent in color from one shot to the next and is the audio clear and cohesive?  Are the films engaging?  Do you feel connected to the story of the couple?  A great wedding film should be fun to watch even if you don’t know the couple!

If you meet with a studio and their sales pitch is pressuring you to book, chances are they are not confident in their work and are afraid of what you will see when you meet with their competition. Don’t get pressured into booking and end up having buyer’s remorse.  You don’t want to procrastinate once you find the perfect studio for you, but don’t fall into a sales pitch pressure tactic twisting your arm to sign at the initial meeting.

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Why hire an experienced professional wedding filmmaker and photographer? It’s YOUR wedding day. An amateur or less experienced studio can’t produce the quality of work that a true seasoned professional will. Don’t trust your wedding memories to someone with less experience and talent than your wedding day deserves!

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Amanda Shama

Ambient Sky – Couture Imagery

www.AmbientSky.com

503.318.4265

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