After the cake has been long eaten and dress has been packed away in storage, all that will remain is the photos taken there on your wedding day. And while there are many photographers out there, who would you like to trust your most precious memories to? How do you get the most out of your wedding photos? Will my photos turn out the way I have dreamed of?
Here are some tips to getting the most out of your wedding photography.
"The REAL professional photographers"
You have many amateur s out there, that bought a camera and posing as photographers and picking up weddings for some quick easy cash. And even though the price might seem great, take a look at the bigger picture, and ask yourself "why is this person so cheap?"
Many professional photographers charge the amount they do because of the skill and education they have, the higher dollar cameras they use that take those great shots, and the materials they use to give you a high quality products that will stand the test of time.
"You will need TIME to make the magic happen"
Often times many photographers add a traditional style to their overall wedding shooting skills. These are the tried and true, can't go wrong photos that are taken after the ceremony.
These are the shots that get enlarged and placed on a desk or in an album to show your children, so you want to make sure you have time to make these photos happen.
After the ceremony allow for a good hour with the photographer, depending on the size of the bridal party and the amount of relatives you want in these photos, you might want to allow for a little more time. Taking the photos isn't the hard part; it's the organization for all the other people that takes most of the time.
"Your creative input helps more then you know"
What I suggest to couples is to think about the types of photography they want and let your wedding photographer know what you would like. By offering up ideas and suggestions to the types of photos you'd like to have taken, the better the photographer will be giving you what you want.
I'd recommend finding photos online saving them and sending them to the photographer for some ideas or if you find beautiful pictures in magazines clip them out or bring them with you to your meeting with your wedding photographer. It helps to bring everyone onto the same page.
"Engagement Portraits and you"
If the photographer offers an engagement portrait session as part of a package or even separately it is recommended that you take advantage of the pre wedding day shoot. It will give you a chance to get comfortable posing in front of a camera as well as gives the photographer a head start finding all those good sides to photograph you in.
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Crystal Vandegrift is a wedding photographer covering Virginia, D.C. NC and Maryland.
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Pictures were one of my top priorities for my wedding. I spent a lot of time reading through photographers and even contacting some. I was also pretty nervous, I had never been professionally photographed before. Crystal and her team were SO easy to work with and immediately took away the nerves. I trusted her completely and I am so happy I did. Cannot recommend enough! Ellen - Yorktown VA
If you're looking for an amazing photographer who is relaxed, has experience, and knowledge look no further. Crystal took our engagement and wedding photos. Not only were her photos amazing, but she is extremely responsive to messages and will even help you when planning your big day. It was important to us to work with a photographer who has experience with same sex couples, and Crystal and Casey did a great job capturing everything for my wife and I. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. - Emily - Nellysford, VA
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