Baraboo Wisconsin Wedding Photographer | Kahlow Photography | How to find the perfect Wedding Photographer
Wedding Season | Bridal Portraits | Raquel
I was like most brides trying to save money where I could and so I hired a friend of a friend to photograph our wedding. And because of that I d0 not have the images from our wedding that I would have preferred to have. They are ok, but none that I really care to display around my home and to be proud of. Thinking back I would have changed a lot of things about the day of our wedding. I definitely would have hired a Professional Photographer and spent the larger amount of money on them. The details and money you do put into the other parts of your wedding day will be captured and be able to be remember in your photographs if you have a great photographer. Without the great images most of the memories of your wedding day will fade.
* So how do you pick a good photographer?
First, look for a Photographer that appeals to your style. Ask around and see who people recommend. Once you've got a few favorite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favorites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you're meeting with the person who will be photographing you at your wedding, not a sales consultant or studio owner. You have to, like, trust and get along with your photographer - that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer's hands. Not only should you like their images, you should also like them! You'll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day. Make sure they have insurance as well. That way if for some reason something should go wrong you are covered and so are they.
* How many images will I see after my wedding?
Every wedding photographer is different in how they shoot, however typically between 50-100 images for every hour of coverage they provide. Four to eight hundred photos may seem like a lot, but your wedding photographer is preserving all those little details and the moments you missed while you were mingling.
Every photographer has a different way of shooting and editing their images. Most photographers do some basic lighting and color adjustments, but you can also use editing software to create a unique look. Three popular styles right now are:
- Clean: lightly processed to appear natural
- Matte: a low-contrast look with muted pastel colors, similar to vintage film
- High Contrast: a vibrant look with rich colors that pop
Wedding photography seems like easy money - work for one day and rake in the cash, right? But most full-time wedding photographers I know carry over $15,000 worth of wedding gear and often work 60-hour weeks. Also a great photographer will have spent hours and hours learning the best way to pose her subjects to best flatter them. Each person and body shape is different. Not to mention countless hours learning and studying their craft. (Remember the hundreds of images from question #2? It takes several full days just to edit those.) Add up their gear, hours, insurance, taxes, software, advertising, continuing education, albums, repair, fuel, shipping, and studio expenses. Many photographers end up making less than minimum wage for many years of their career.
* How can I make sure I look good in my photos?
Relax. Trust your wedding photographer. If you're relaxed, it'll come through in your photos. Like I said above a great photographer will have spent hours and hours learning the best way to pose her subjects to best flatter them. Each person and body shape is different. Also leave some breathing room in your schedule so you don't feel rushed - I recommend a minimum 30-60 minutes for family and wedding party photos, and an hour for the couple portraits.
Oh, and get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water the night before. Take it easy at the rehearsal dinner. Wedding-day hangovers are not fun.
* What is "shoot and burn" photography?
"Shoot and burn" is slang for photographing a wedding and burning it straight to CD without post-processing. It's usually super cheap for a reason. Bad lighting isn't corrected, colors are off, distracting elements aren't removed, and blemishes remain proudly on display. Digital files may be important to you, but find a full-service photographer who will edit the images and print reference proofs before handing over the digitals.
And please, please, please don't let the digitals sit on your hard drive. As a photographer, I want you to proudly display your wedding photos. It makes me sad when I think of all the photos that never get printed. Don't hide your wedding photos! I tell my clients the larger the print or canvas the better! When you're having a bad day, it's great to look up and see a beautiful image of an awesome day.
The first look is a chance for wedding couples to see each other privately before the ceremony. Two-thirds of my clients currently opt to do a first look. It's a great chance to get the wedding jitters out and spend a few minutes alone together. I find that first look photos tend to be clients and my favorites. It's a real moment with real emotions.
Honestly, it's also a great way to avoid stress on your wedding day. (Some of my couples even choose to get ready together!) And many of my couples get to enjoy their whole cocktail hour because they got all of the photos out of the way before the wedding.
* Do I really need a second photographer?
No one needs a second photographer, but they can provide you with more images and a different perspective. Many of the top photographers only work with assistants who carry gear and help with professional lighting. The best thing is to ask your wedding photographer to see how they prefer to work. You can get good results either way.
Many in-demand wedding photographers book weddings at over a year out. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer. If your favorite photographer is unavailable on your date, don't panic. Ask them for recommendations - they may know someone with a similar style and a lighter schedule.
* You can Photoshop that, right?
It depends. As I photographer, I want to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. Posing, location scouting, and camera settings can "fix" most things before I even click the shutter. If your uncle photobombs you, I'm going to retake the photo - it's much easier to get the photo right than to fix it with Photoshop. Many photographers charge for extensive editing in Photoshop, because it can be very time-consuming.
For most photographers, "Tips are never expected but are always appreciated."
In no particular order as all these ladies are equally amazing!
| Hair-Tara Greenwood located in Total Design |
| Make-up-Melissa Neal at Sweet Melissa's Make Up Station |
| Floral-Missi Seldon & Tiffany Williamson with Wild Apples |
| Wedding Gown-Allure Bridals |
| Wedding Ring-Tacori |
| Shoes-Badgley Mischka |
| Model-Raquel Trainor |
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