Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. You should hire a photographer who you can see intimately involved with your family and friends on the most exciting day of your life. If you don't click with your photographer and don't feel comfortable it will show in your pictures!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Please hire a professional photographer! With so many amazing consumer cameras out there it's easy to think that just anyone can pick up a camera and take a pretty shot. However, can they back up your precious wedding files on the spot? Do they have the experience to be able to manually set their camera and switch settings within seconds to ensure they get that important shot? How about, can they handle dark lighting situations with complex lighting set ups? The answer is probably no and years down the line you will regret not spending the extra money with someone who has the talent, skills and drive to do what it takes to take amazing images on your wedding day.
Lastly, listen to your photographers suggestions! Likely they've seen hundreds of weddings and know what works and what doesn't.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. There are so many different things people can ask a photographer, but when meeting with professionals there's plenty that can go without asking. Some basic things to make sure of when choosing your photographer would be this: #1 Is the photographer on time for meetings, prompt with email/phone call responses, has a good presentation and dressed nicely for your meeting. #2 Do you like the photographer and can you see he or she being a part of your wedding day? #3 Do you like the style of this photographer? I recommend meeting with at least 2 photographers so that you get a two perspectives of how your wedding day can be documented.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It's important to know that professional wedding photography will likely be a large percentage of your budget. If your budget is tight, it's best not to look at which photographer is going to give you the best deal with a package that has lots of "stuff" in it. Choose the best photographer that is willing to be paid for their time alone. You can always go back to that photographer and purchase a wedding album or other products after you have recovered from the costs of the wedding. There's many professional photographers out there that offer reduced hourly coverage as a budget saver especially for Friday, Sunday or winter weddings.