Wednesday, September 3, 2008

5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Photographer

Over the past three years we have learned a lot about what bride and grooms are looking for in a photographer. While there are many things to consider when selecting a photographer, we have put together a little list of the five most common inquiries we have here at Nick Corona Photography.

5. Photographer Philosophy

4. Package Offering

3. Location

2. Budget

1. Style

Let us explain them a little...

Your photographer's philosophy is important because it says a lot about their personality. From why they began to photograph weddings to their ideas behind what makes a good photo will affect how they fit into your special day. Here at Nick Corona Photography our philosophy is to capture the atmosphere of the event so you can relive your day moment by moment, photo by photo, for a lifetime. We began doing wedding photography because we want to share in one of the most memorable moments in a couples lifetime: their vow before God, family and friends. At this moment, couples are their most intimate, and we offer pictures that will allow them to remember how they felt as they said, "I Do."

When selecting a photographer, examine their packages and make sure that they include what you are looking for. Some photographers have strict packages, that they will not deviate from. Others customize a package for each client. Nick Corona Photography has packages set up with features included that we have found bride and grooms to be looking for. Any of our packages can be customized, with features removed or added. We want our inclusion in your wedding day to be seamless.

Our most popular feature is our Flush Mounted Albums. These albums are hard bound with leather covers. They come in 8" x 10", 10" x 10" or 12" x 12". They are so popular because they lay flat like a magazine which allows for large format printing. The pages of the flush mount album are thick cardboard and time resilient. Nick designs the flush mount albums with input from the bride and groom so that their album is a direct reflection of their day.

There are two parts to location to keep in mind. First, the location of the photographer (base location) versus the location of your ceremony. Most photographers will travel to your wedding for a minimal fee. The photographers associated with Nick Corona Photography will travel for your consultation, engagements, and wedding. We offer the first 35 miles for free, then after that we charge $1.00 a mile.
The second thing to consider when thinking about location is if you are getting ready at a different place than your ceremony is taking place, and if your reception is at a different place. Again, most photographers will travel for a fee. If you want your photographer taking pictures of you getting ready, at the ceremony and the reception...but they are all in different places...make sure you know what you are going to be charged for their travel.

When contacting a photographer for your event, already have your budget in mind. Most photographers will have set prices for their offerings/packages. Some photographers may offer everything a la carte (individually) so that you can piece together a package that fits your budget. Here at Nick Corona Photography we pride ourselves on being willing to work with any budget. We will customize any of our packages to fit your needs, or piece together a package just for you! We have packages to fit any budget. From our "Feelin' Good" package at just $750.00 up to our "Endless Love" package at $2000.00, we have a variety of options to fit your photography needs.

The number one thing to consider when booking a photographer is their style of photography. There are several styles of photography. Traditional, journalistic, contemporary, or fine art. You want your style and your photographers style to match. If you like traditional wedding pictures, make sure that your photographer will take traditional pictures. Same with photojournalistic pictures. If you like the candid, capture the moment pictures, make sure your photographer has expertise in non-traditional pictures. This is the most important part of hiring a photographer for your wedding. You are going to be looking at the pictures for the rest of your life, remembering one of the most important days your and your spouse have had together. You want the pictures to reflect you and your personality, not the photographers personality. Most things can be worked around...but style... that's the most important aspect of your photographer!

There you have it! Five of the most important things to know when you are hiring a photographer for your wedding.