Last week we started a blog series titled “Interview questions for wedding photographers”. In our inaugural post we addressed one of the most important questions we think should be asked when interviewing wedding photographers. This week we tackle two more we feel are imperative questions to ask wedding photographers when you sit down for your initial consultation. These two combined with last weeks question “Is wedding photography your full-time job” will allow you to asses if the photographer you are meeting with is the right fit for you as a couple.
What do you look for when building a rapport with your clients and how important is it to your work as a photographer?
Why it’s important: Your wedding photographer is your shadow on your wedding day.
We recently surveyed clients from our last two wedding seasons and asked them what the defining decision was when hiring Images by Berit as their wedding photographer. An overwhelming majority stated that the rapport they built with Berit was integral to their decision making.
In order to capture and document the day as it is unfolding, moment by moment, your wedding photographer will be in your shadow from the time you get ready until the band breaks down at the end of the night.
Creating a relaxed and comfortable environment allows your wedding photographer to capture you in your authenticity as both individuals and as a couple. When the chemistry is right between a couple and their photographer the result is absolute magic! Make sure that you feel a connection. You’ll know it when you do!
Q: May I review two or three complete weddings you have photographed in a similar type of location and time of year?
Why it’s important: Every venue is new for every photographer at some point. So if the photographer you like has not documented a wedding in your specific venue don’t panic! Above and beyond the actual location one of the more important pieces of information for a wedding photographer should be the season and time of day in which the couple is getting married. Lighting is everything!
What to look for in the galleries that are shared with you:
You want to see continuity throughout the entire day. This should span a good eight to ten hours. Is there a consistency in the work from being with the bride during preparation through the cutting of the cake? If your wedding day is inside, does the photographer know how to use both natural as well as artificial lighting to highlight to space? Below are two separate weddings held at the same venue: Cipriani Wall St. As you can see our Crystal Chuppa wedding had a darker ambiance where as our Indoor Garden wedding at the same location had an airy indoor atrium feel. Click links for a full view of each wedding day!
Crystal Chuppa Wedding at Cipriani Wall St.
Indoor Garden Wedding at Cipriani Wall St.
Experienced photographers, especially in the Northeast, should know how to work in any type of indoor or outdoor lighting situation, regardless of whether they have had prior experience with a specific venue or location. It’s important for your photographer to have the ability to use all types of lighting, both natural and artificial, and have the experience and instinct of what to use and when without thinking. This capability should be completely instinctive. For the experienced wedding photographer, it will simply be second nature. This level of technical expertise allows the best wedding photographers to spend their time finding the moments vs. working the camera.
Outdoor photography in June | New Jersey Shore wedding in Spring Lake, NJ
Outdoor photography in June | Backyard tented wedding in The Hamptons
We have been blessed with some truly amazing opportunities to document weddings in some of the most amazing locations. From The Pierre and The Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, to intimate settings such as Del Posto in Chelsea or The River Cafe in Brooklyn, documenting indoor weddings regardless of size has become one of the challenges I love as a photographer. From New York City to New Jersey in locations such as The Ashford Estate, Spring Lake Country Club or even a tented-backyard wedding – each location has lent itself to amazing moments to be documented in it’s most authentic state.
A highlight of our wedding photography can be seen in our portfolio. We welcome you to take a look!
If you are recently engaged and seeking a wedding photographer in New York City or New Jersey (or beyond!), I would love the opportunity to speak with you!