Top 5 Tips When Choosing Your Photographer

June 02, 2015  •  1 Comment

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Top 5 Tips When Choosing Your Photographer

Top 5 Tips When Choosing your Wedding PhotographerTips when choosing the best wedding photographer. Lake Placid, 1000 Islands, ADK, Adirondack, Potsdam, Watertown NY, Natalie's Studio

1. Personality!  
Frankly, your photographer is one of the only wedding professionals you hire who will be in close quarters with you on your wedding day; which is arguably one of the most emotional days of your life.  Don’t just get along with them; trust them and know they care about you as a person, not just another date on the calendar.  
The quality of your photographer’s work and service is important but making a connection with them is even more important.  When you choose a photographer who truly cares about you and your family, it will come through in the images.  
So come on over to the studio and have beer, glass of wine or cup of coffee… whatever your style and lets just chat.  

Top 5 Tips When Choosing your Wedding PhotographerTips when choosing the best wedding photographer. Lake Placid, 1000 Islands, ADK, Adirondack, Potsdam, Watertown NY, Natalie's Studio


2. Style
Photography is an Art!  And art is and always will be subjective; it has a unique style and a personality.  Take a good look at your photographers work and evaluate if the style matches what you are looking for.  Don’t just look for cute trendy poses, also look for emotional and creative images that will evoke the memories you made that day.  Remember, a photograph should spark a memory, not replace it.
Tip:  Ask to see a full wedding not just their portfolio work.

Top 5 Tips When Choosing your Wedding PhotographerTips when choosing the best wedding photographer. Lake Placid, 1000 Islands, ADK, Adirondack, Potsdam, Watertown NY, Natalie's Studio
3. Service!
Beware of the Burn and Churn.  Photography is a saturated, we all know that.  But my philosophy is that’s just more choices!  Personally I believe each business meets the needs of the clients they serve.  
I myself believe in stem to stern service.   I want to know YOU, what you care about and give you lasting images that reflect that.  And one of my favorite things is when I meet with the bride the week before the wedding to do the wedding walk through.   It just helps us clarify all the details and it is fun to be part of the excitement of the upcoming event.  Ask me about the wedding walk through.
So my advice, decide what you want for service and make sure to ask your photographer what they provide.  A good question is, “Do you meet with us before the wedding to help plan.  And after the wedding to help design our album, or choose what display would work best in our home?”

Top 5 Tips When Choosing your Wedding PhotographerTips when choosing the best wedding photographer. Lake Placid, 1000 Islands, ADK, Adirondack, Potsdam, Watertown NY, Natalie's Studio
4. Background
Ask what their education and background is.  Make sure they are a skilled professional.
My Stats: Alfred University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Painting 
Bachelor of Art Education
Masters of Educational Technology

Top 5 Tips When Choosing your Wedding PhotographerTips when choosing the best wedding photographer. Lake Placid, 1000 Islands, ADK, Adirondack, Potsdam, Watertown NY, Natalie's Studio
5. Logistics
Once you know you have found “the one” start asking about packages , policies and procedures.  There is a lot to ask about that, so I will save that for another day and another blog.

Top 5 Tips When Choosing your Wedding PhotographerTips when choosing the best wedding photographer. Lake Placid, 1000 Islands, ADK, Adirondack, Potsdam, Watertown NY, Natalie's Studio


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Carrie and Lisa(non-registered)
When I read your five tips for choosing a photographer I couldn't have agreed more and they were all the reasons we chose you to photograph our big day! We are so excited to work with you!
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