Three Things to Ask Yourself Before You Pick a Wedding Photographer

Three Things to Ask Yourself Before You Pick a Wedding Photographer

Once the date has been set, the photographer is often one of the first vendors couples seek out in their wedding planning. The task of finding someone to document your big day can be daunting and overwhelming. Here are three questions to ask yourself when searching for the perfect person to capture the images you will treasure for a lifetime.

 

1. What style of photography do I prefer?

Photography is an art, and every artist has their own flavor. Some photographers use film, giving the photos a classic and vintage look. Today, many shoot digitally and have the ability to use post-processing to give their photos a signature flare. Some photographers even provide a combination of film and digital.

Spend some time browsing through different wedding portfolios. Are you drawn to light, airy and soft images? Or do you find yourself loving vintage, moody portraits with high contrast? Maybe you prefer natural photos that appear relatively untouched. Picking a style of photography you love will help you focus your search and add personality to your final wedding album.

 

2. What poses do I like?

In addition to style, pay attention to posing as you search. Do you find yourself ooo-ing and ahhh-ing at tight shots of the bride and groom giggling as they snuggle? Are you drawn to artistic and unconventional poses or traditional portraits with both the bride and groom looking at the camera? If candid photos are important to you, look for photographers that demonstrate they can capture those special fleeting moments before the ceremony or on the dance floor.

 

3. What parts of my wedding do I want to be photographed?

From getting ready at the hotel, to the groom’s reaction when he sees his bride walking down the aisle to the sparkler send-off, there are countless unrepeatable photo opportunities at a wedding. Think about how involved you want photography to be on your wedding day. If you want photos to help you remember every detail, look for a photographer who demonstrates they have experience photographing everything from portraits to candids to detail shots of the invitations and table settings. If you want a lot of pictures, consider a photographer who works with a second shooter. This will give you a greater variety of angles and allow for greater flexibility for weddings running on a tight schedule.

 

Keep these three things in mind when searching for your wedding photographer. By having a better understanding of your personal preferences for wedding photography, you will be sure to have images you will treasure for years to come!

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Photography Credit: Sarah Kay Photography

 

Vendor Spotlight: Booth Photographics

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Four years ago, Stephen and Stephanie Booth set out as fine art wedding photographers. With Stephanie’s vision and Stephen’s creativity, they took wedding imagery to a whole new level. Booth Photographics effortlessly capture the natural beauty of weddings at a high standard of excellence. As a team, they are dedicated to using their talents to unfold a beautiful and authentic story. Check out some of our favorite images below!

They are happily serving the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago areas, as well as destination fine art weddings in California, Europe and beyond.

Their work has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Magnolia Rouge, Cottage Hill, Grey Likes Weddings, Burnett’s Boards, and Ruffled. Check them out here!
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Photography Credit:

http://www.boothphotographics.com/blog/

Metallics

Metallics are popping up in weddings everywhere, as of late! Adding touches of metallics like rose gold, brushed bronze, and copper is a great way to make a bold statement at your wedding, and can be different metallics to use than the more typical silver and gold elements.

Floral Bouquets:

You can do this by adding faux flowers made of steel to your bouquet. If you really want to change up the traditional floral bouquet game, try creating a metal broach bouquet. This doubles as the perfect wedding keepsake as well!
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Table:

Adding metallic elements to your tablescape will instantly give off a more sophisticated look. If you’re going for a more industrial look, exchange white wedding chairs for metal chairs!

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Invitations:

Using foil for the lettering on your wedding suite or as the backsplash of your envelopes is the perfect way to get your guests excited about your big day! With lots of colors and styles to choose from, you can incorporate this into your other wedding colors easily!

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Cakes:

Infuse metallics into your cake by using metallic edible paint to brush on a simple design or pattern. If you’re looking for a more simple way to accomplish this, just add a metallic topper to your cake.

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Decor:

It’s all in the details! Simple metallic accents like metallic candle holders and flower vases will greatly impact the overall look of your wedding. Create a shimmery photo backdrop using sparkly tones of gold, silver, and copper ribbon.

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Photography Credit:

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Vendor Spotlight: Maison Meredith Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Maison Meredith Photography

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This husband + wife duo has combined their love of photography and their passion for investing into the marriages of others to capture authentic, natural moments that you’ll never want to forget! Maison and Caleb are dedicated to making your experience everything you want it to be. They strive to go above and beyond your wedding photo expectations and fully support your marriage. What more could you ask for?

We simply can’t say enough good things about this wonderful couple and the beautiful photos they take! Lucky for us, Maison Meredith Photography is based in Madison, WI. However, they love any chance to travel!

Their work has been featured in The Knot, The Black Tie Bride, DesireeHartsock.com, Style Me Pretty, and Wisconsin Bride Magazine (just to name a few)! Head on over here and check them out!

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Photography Credit:

http://www.maisonmeredith.com/wedding2/

 

Stylish Send Offs

After all of the hard work you’ve put into your big day, you deserve to be sent off in style! Take the unconventional route with these fun ideas as you walk into this new stage of life!

Glow Sticks:

For a splash of color, glow sticks are a fun way to light up your night! This is also an eco -friendly option for your guests to cheer you on as you exit the reception.

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Sequins:

To add some sparkle to your wedding, switch things up by having guests toss sequins instead of flower petals as you make your grand exit.sequins pic Cheer Poms:

Do you and your significant other cheer for rival teams? Provide your guests with cheer poms that represent each side and have them pick their favorite team! Or maybe you and your partner met at school, use cheer poms with your school’s colors to incorporate a meaningful part of your love story.

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Lanterns:

Just like a scene out of Tangled, have your guests release lanterns to celebrate this new season of life you’re about to embark on.lanterns pic

Ribbon Wands:

If you’re going for a more whimsical send off, ribbon wands are the way to go! This is a great DIY project that you can easily personalize to match the colors and style of the look you’re going for!

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Try a non-traditional approach by having guests throw pom pom balls as you exit. Not only is this a unique take on wedding send offs, but it also adds a bright pop of color to your wedding photos!

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Streamers:

To cap off a fantastic wedding, give your guests a roll of streamers to throw at you as you make your way to the getaway car!streamers pic

Photography Credit:

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Picture Perfect: Things your wedding photographer wishes you knew

Wedding pictures are something that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Here are some tips to make your day picture perfect!

Pick the right one:

Each photographer is going to have a different level of skill and style. It is important to pick someone that matches the style that you are looking for. Asking a photographer to change their style is basically asking them to not do their best work. Instead, choose well and give them the freedom to be creative.

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Great pictures take time:

Timelines can be great! However, don’t forget to be flexible. To get really great pictures it is going to take more than 20 minutes, especially if you have a larger bridal party or family. Not having to rush will make everyone feel more relaxed and allow your photographer the needed time to capture those perfect shots.

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Light is so important:

The amount of light and hour of day can drastically affect your pictures. Make sure that your photographer is aware of not only the venue, but also the time of each event. Outdoor weddings can be beautiful, but harsh light or shadows can be a difficult obstacle for any photographer to handle. Pictures taken later in the day, especially during the “golden hour” are going to turn out best, giving off a warm glow.

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Have an unplugged ceremony:

It can be impossible these days to get a good aisle shot with everyone holding up a phone, or worse an iPad. You don’t want your photographer to miss your kiss, because an amateur photographer got in the way. Instead, ask your guests to not take personal pictures during the ceremony so they can enjoy your celebration!

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Don’t let Pinterest run your day:

Pinterest can be a great way to get inspiration for your big day, but don’t let it cloud reality. It can be very difficult to perfectly re-create all of the images you desire. The expectations will only leave you and your photographer frustrated.

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Break the Rules:

Today is your special day, do what you want to! Don’t feel obligated to follow traditional wedding picture poses. Think outside the box and have fun with it! Being relaxed and enjoying your time will make for the best pictures and the most memorable experience.

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Photography Credit:

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Picture Perfect: Moments You’ll Want to Remember (2 of 2)

As the reception comes to an end and the party begins, don’t miss these shots. Also try different filters and lighting to give your pictures a unique and memorable touch.

 

  1. The infamous kiss: A perfect picture to hang above your bed or set on your nightstand. These poses come in all different ways allowing couples to find a memorable and personal shot.                                                                            08458a3d75048ae52e68fbdbb0d9cf85 55591376619985872_WLRNvBZR_c 1085d22085ecc6d8745555021cbc6bed 9ff74ecd9e8079a08bb6fdd6a3ab410d
  2. On the dance floor: From the first dance, to the father/daughter number, or granny busting a move, you’ll want to capture it all.                                                                                                                                                                       b377a3ea4d922adabb4c9308f96d7148 451f553a107fa5410f37c5351feb4683 141cd23d4b51fa255ceff4f9871b6ce3 a56e7a13e01d39d8f1c1ddd515fd5d08 f1476358ecb8a167fafe2fd6326e52c9
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Photography Credit:

 

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