I remember my wedding and how I wished the photographer would finish already, especially at the reception where I just wanted to party and have fun! Now looking back 31 years later, I am so happy that he took every single shot. We look at those pictures often and wonder who are those young people? We remember every moment because it was captured for us as wonderful keepsakes. Our kids loved seeing them, our friends and on retro Thursdays on the Internet so many of our friends share their old wedding shots. What if I was disappointed in mine? All those memories would not have been shared.
What do you do when you are looking for a photographer? Now we are lucky because most professional photographers have web pages. You can glance at their work and choose which you think is best. Let’s talk about this method though. If you were a photographer and was creating a web page, what pictures would you put on it? Certainly not your bad shots, but of course all of the ones that really stand out.
In the course of a ceremony and an hour of pictures afterwards, a good photographer will take hundreds of shots. A great question to ask a photographer is “how many shots will you take”. If you are buying a 40 picture package, they should be giving you a nice variety of photos to choose from. You don’t want someone you just shoots and shoots without putting thought into what they are capturing, but, within reason the more they take, the more great shots you should be able to choose from. You are not going to like all of the proofs because you have a different taste than the photographer but they all should be pretty, focused, colorful, clear shots. They should show off the wonderful couple and how they were feeling at that moment. The photographer should have eliminated extra heads on the beach, or bright buildings or lights in the background. Sun glare should especially be kept to a minimum. The key to see if you had a great photographer is that you cannot just pick out 20, 36 , 40 or whatever number you agreed to pay for but want more!