With over 20 years in the wedding photography industry I have experienced my fair share of Bridal Expos. More than any bride would ever want to see! So here are my insider tips for survival.
Some photographers offer a combination of these different options to suit you. If having all of your wedding pictures is important to you, then make sure that you find a photographer who will give you all of the proofs. If you want to be able to reprint your pictures yourself, then look for a photographer that provides digital proofs with options to reprint. Making sure that you get what you want in this area is important for preserving your memories down the road.
. What is available locally? Why go out of town or out of state if you have good local schools? Many state universities, junior colleges and local tech schools have find programs.
AVOID TALKING ABOUT YOUR EQUIPMENT. Want to put the bride and groom to sleep? Start giving them the technical details about how wonderful your equipment is. Keep in mind that your client is ASSUMING you have great equipment. That is a given to them. Focus on why YOU are the best essex wedding photographer for them, not why Nikon is better than Canon.
I include the digital files with all my wedding packages, but most of my bride’s and groom’s still have an album, because it would be very difficult for them to match the creativity of the design, and the quality of the printing & albums I produce. If your budget stretches to it, then let your photographer design & print your album for you.
Start searching, collecting the names of friends, family and vendors, and search for local wedding photographers websites. Spend a little time on sites, read reviews, and imagine that you see in pictures. Narrow your search to 3-5 choices.
Humans are genetically “wired” for music. All of us have experienced how music can change our moods, unconsciously set our bodies in motion, make us laugh, cry, etc. Almost every society that ever existed on this planet, had/has some form of music, as part of their culture. Music has been used to enhance spiritual events, bring rain, stop rain, improve crops…and just make people feel good, for centuries.
The most important question should be who shoot my wedding? If you viewed a particular portfolio, you want to show the photographer until the day of your wedding. Explain what is included in your wedding contract, date, time, cost and benefits. How much is the deposit and will hold the date? If the book is twice the photographer? You will receive a copy of the images on CD and the right to print them? What is the refund of the purchase price? They are certainly questions of your own and you will gather some experience, if you have several wedding photographers in Chicago to make a choice. You have come to bring your future spouse and do not be afraid of a family member or friend. This is a big decision and you want to do the right thing.