101 Steps to Perfect Wedding Photographs

So much will be happening on your big day (and it often goes by so fast) that the photographs you have of the event will be something you’ll treasure and look back on for the rest of your lives. It’s important to prepare properly, to get the best out of your day and your photographer.

Here are my 101 steps to perfect wedding photography:

1) Look at all the photographers in your area (use the internet for this)

2) Ask your friends for recommendations

3) Look at friend’s wedding albums

4) Bookmark the photographers you like (don’t think about money at this stage)

5) After getting a feel for the photographers, decide on your budget (you’ll now have a good idea of who you can afford)

6) Create a shortlist of photographers

7) Call each photographer to check availability (we often book up fast, so call early to ensure you end up with a list of available photographers!)

8) Check out reviews of these photographers through Google / other online review sites

9) If you’re looking for other services (like a band / caterer etc…) ask your photographer, they often can get you discounts with other vendors in the industry

10) Decide on what kind of style of photography you would like for your wedding

11) Compare that style to your shortlist

12) Collect some images that really resonated with you. Create a mini gallery of what it is you’d like your photographs to look like

13) You can keep this gallery electronically, or print it out.

14) Meet with the photographers (if possible)

15) Show them the images you’ve collected

16) Discuss how to achieve your goals

17) Consider doing the main Bride and Kauai photographers  Groom shoot the day before / morning of / day after the wedding (many couples are now choosing to do this to allow time for many impeccably lit studio-style shots with zero pressure)

18) Discuss your other photographic needs (how many formal shots will you need?)

19) How many locations will you want to shoot in?

20) How long do you want to be apart from your guests after the wedding?

21) Ask them about their strengths (film / black and white / photographic styles)

22) Ask them what style of photography they prefer

23) Do they work with another photographer?

24) Do they work with an assistant?

25) Consider meeting their assistant or fellow photographer

26) Ask them if they’re flexible on changing styles to meet your needs

27) Inquire about their re-touching skills (can they cover up any blemishes that may appear on your big day)?

28) Ask them how long they will spend on re-touching each one of your images? (good photographers will often take 5 – 45 minutes on EACH image they create for you. I often say 40% of the work is in taking the image, 60% is in post-production.

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