{Our 2 Cents} Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Time for another “Our 2 Cents” post! This time though, it technically it isn’t OUR 2 cents that we’re sharing… I recently came across this great article by Events Enjoy Co (a fab wedding planning & design company out of California) about hiring a photographer for your wedding. It’s an awesome article with some great tips, so I wanted to share it with all of you. :-)

PS – Read more “Our 2 Cents” posts here.

Here’s the article… enjoy!

Hey folks! This is a big topic today. A big and a FUN one! If you are in the process of hiring a photographer or just need some general advice (Note: We are not photographers nor do we know an f stop from a stop sign) here is our take on hiring a wedding photographer – and finding one that you love – because we’ve helped with the process many, many times.

First off, we really want to get into the “why its important to find the best, most artistic, speaks-to-your-heart in-a-singing-lullaby-kinda-way photographer” before we get into some nitty gritty of things you should ask and wonder about.

You can have the prettiest wedding with the most amazing details, but if you don’t hire a photographer who sings to your heart like your most special details sing to you, the day will be lost. Take it from us, your wedding will go by in a flash. The next day you both will be wondering where it went and how it has become such a blur.

With that being said, there are photographers who take photos and there are photographers who capture MOMENTS – those moments you want to look back on forever. Many photographers can snap a photo like your Uncle Larry (and please don’t say you’re hiring your uncle)… but don’t you want to look at your wedding images and get teary eyed because the light, the feeling is just that special? Don’t you want to share them and frame them and have them be artistic pieces of your lives together – in your life? Of course you do! That’s why you find someone who’s work is just that – art. Beautiful art that makes your heart sing.

Professional wedding photographers are artists – artists of their craft. Their work not only reflects talent, timing and ability but it reflects their eye for things that others can’t see. You want THAT.


Q. I’m interested in a photographer. What questions should I ask?

A. Here are a few questions to get you started:

-How many photographers will be there on my wedding day?
-What’s your turn around time for images?
-Do you accept a limited number of weddings to ensure that you’re able to focus on each client?
-Do you have backup equipment? Backup photographers?


Q. I found a photographer that I LOVE, but their fee is more than I’ve budgeted for… what should I do?

A. Make room. Make room. Make room. Just like we said before, you will have these lovely images for years and years (and years) to come… so go for it and make room. 

We’ll leave some of the answers to our questions below to our trusty photo snapping local gal pal, Abi Q. Photography. We asked some questions, she answered:

Q.  If you could give any advice with regards to choosing a photographer to a prospective client, that you normally wouldn’t spill, what would it be?

A. Ask to see a full wedding, or two. A good photographer will know how to capture the emotion, formals, details and night shots – seamlessly.


Q. Does a photographer’s price always correlate with talent/experience?

A. Yes. It also has to do with their location and supply and demand as well… Here’s what I mean: If you’re a new photographer and just want photos to put on your website to show you’ve done weddings you might do 40 weddings in a year and shoot them all for $1000, which means your couples are “getting a deal”. But newer photographers have no idea of the costs of running a business, which means by the time they get to your wedding they’re burnt out and don’t care anymore. Or, they have no idea of the flow of a wedding day and are running around stressing YOU out. Many times new photographers don’t have back up equipment and have never had to turn around weddings in a timely manner. Which means you might not be getting your photos for 9 months (IF they’re contract is legit and they’re still in business!)

If you’re an established photographer, you don’t need portfolio work. You know what clients fit your style and what clients will be happy with their photos 20 years down the road. If I sense a potential client would be happier with a more traditional photographer, I don’t just book them to book a wedding. I refer them to someone I know will fit them better than me, and in the long run that makes a happier bride. I take a limited number of weddings every year to ensure each client gets enough attention and emails get answered in a timely manner. I have back up gear for my back up gear and a plan in case anything were to happen to me.

Q.  We feel choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions when planning a wedding, how would you back up our oh-so-true statement?

A. Wedding days go by in a blur. In the end you’re left with a ring on your finger, a dress in your closet and your love by your side. Which is awesome. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my dress, my ring catches the light just right and my hubs is the only one for me. But my wedding photos… they tell the story of the day we became husband and wife. They show how little my siblings were, the stupid cry face i made walking down the aisle, the happiness in our eyes when we were pronounced man and wife. They capture a moment you’ll never have again. You can’t put a price on that.

…Seeeeeee, you can’t put a price on that. Again, we don’t know an f stop from a stop sign but we do know about hiring photographers. Hire one that sings to you. One that you love.

Cheers.
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Article written by:  Events Enjoy Co

Kelly’s Bridal Portraits {Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa Photographer, San Antonio TX}

Hooray! Kelly and Cody’s wedding was this past this weekend at the gorgeous Hyatt Hill Country Resort, so now I can share her bridal portraits with you! It was a beautiful windy day, the perfect weather for capturing a flowing veil. Here are my favorites from her session! Stay tuned for her wedding images next week! -Jenn

 

Bryan & Gretchen {Riverwalk Engagement Photos}

Bryan and Gretchen were the most giggly couple I have ever met! They are such a joy to be around and were so fun to photograph. My favorite thing to capture is the happiness that love brings and these two are the real deal. Here are my favorites from their downtown San Antonio engagement session.
-Jenn

Rees + Tres {Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Wedding Ceremony & Reception, San Antonio TX}

Rees & Tres’ engagement session was one of our faves (if you missed those photos, see them here)… so we couldn’t WAIT for their wedding day to come. Adding to the excitement was the fact that they were getting married in an all-new section of one of our all time favorite wedding venues, The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort here in San Antonio. Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, super fun wedding party and a bee-yoo-tee-ful venue?! Yes, please! We had an awesome time with these guys and are so excited to share our favorite images from their wedding. Enjoy. :)

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Rees and Tres wanted to head straight to their reception after the ceremony (instead of spending lots of time taking photos!), so they decided to see each other before the ceremony. This way, we were able to take plenty of bride/groom and wedding party photos AND they didn’t miss one minute of their reception. Win/win! The images above are from the moment they saw each other for the first time. :-) For more info about doing a first look at your wedding, visit this link.

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We LOVE the new Independence Lawn at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort here in San Antonio. Makes for such a beautiful wedding ceremony, don’t you think? :-) 
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Get a load of the new Independence Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort! Now do you see why this is one of our favorite wedding reception spots?! :-) 
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Rees & Tres, congrats on being the new Mr. and Mrs. Peacock!! We wish you all the best!!

See more weddings at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLhyatt

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Wedding Coordinator: Maria Morgan

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio TX

Wedding Reception: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio TX

Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Erin & Jade, Twirl Salon, San Antonio TX

Bride’s Dress: Mark Zunino, Kleinfelds New York

Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Coral Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, Julian Gold

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply and Pronto Uomo

Wedding Band: Mars Hill Band

Wedding Cake: Cathy Young

Floral: Trinity Flowers, San Antonio TX

Wedding Reception Lighting: DPC Media Services, San Antonio TX

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Alex + Mandy {Becker Vineyards Wedding Ceremony & Reception, Fredericksburg TX}

Oh, how we love weddings at Becker Vineyards! Especially when we have such an adorable bride and groom to photograph. :-) Dare we say this is one of our favorite Becker Vineyards weddings of all time?! (Oh yea, we just said it!) We loved the couple, the colors, the details… every. single. thing. Get ready for LOTS of photo goodness. Here are our favorite images from Alex & Mandy’s hill country wedding. Enjoy!

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Alex & Mandy love photos… like, almost as much as we do. :-) Mandy wanted lots of bride/groom portraits and bridal party images, and she didn’t want to be rushed for time… the solution? Alex & Mandy saw each other before the ceremony. :-) We love first looks! It’s such a sweet, intimate moment between the bride and groom where they can have a few minutes of alone time and calm their nerves. :-) The photos below are a few shots from the moment Alex & Mandy first saw each other. (For more info about doing a first look at your wedding, click here.)

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Ginormous oak trees make great photo backgrounds. Don’t you agree? :-)
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Mandy, you are gorgeous!
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Ceremony time! Alex & Mandy’s wedding ceremony was held under the bee-yoo-tee-ful oak tree at Becker Vineyards. Gotta love that sunset lighting. :-)
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After the ceremony, we headed into the lavender fields at Becker Vineyards to take some sunset bride/groom images. Fair warning, choosing favorites was practically impossible… so there are lots. :-)  These next several images are our favorite shots of the day. Hands down.
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By the way, one of our tips for getting amazing wedding photos is “Don’t Stress The Dress.” Mandy was such a trooper… she did anything we asked, and now she has some awesome images to show for it. :-) To read all of our photo tips, visit this link!

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Alex & Mandy’s reception was held in the barrel room at Becker Vineyards. How cool is that?!

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Alex & Mandy, thank you so much for allowing us to capture these moments!! We had a blast with you guys!! :-D

See our other weddings at Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas / Stonewall, Texas here: www.tinyurl.com/BTLbecker

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Wedding Coordinator: Cristol Corpus, Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg TX

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg TX

Wedding Reception: Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg TX

Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Misty Rockwell

Bride’s Dress: Pronovia – Uceda

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lynn Lugo

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A. Banks

Wedding Cake: Sophie’s Choice, Fredericksburg TX

Floral: Viridian Design Studio

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Marisa - Beautiful! I love that lavender field. I can understand why you couldn’t pick a favorite!

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