Step 1: Personality
When selecting a Seattle wedding photographer you are selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked.
Your wedding photographer’s personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. You will most likely be working with your wedding photographer for a year, or longer in some cases, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and albums.
Step 2: Consider the style you like
Some Seattle photographers are into posed portraits, others are photo journalistic meaning they capture the action as it happens, some have a finished look that is very artistic. Whether your style is fun, bright, dramatic, elegant or classic choosing a photographer who best suits your style is very important.
Step 3: Choose quality
Photography in this digital world is constantly changing, and you need someone who is dedicated to keeping themselves informed of the latest technologies and capabilities, this will ensure that you not only receive the best quality but also the most choices of products and services. Make sure you choose a photographer who continually educates themselves in the industry. We fly once a year to one of the largest wedding photography conventions in the world to take classes taught by the most seasoned wedding photographers in the world.
Step 4: Set Up Interviews
This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone — you must meet your potential photographers in person. If you like what you see on their sites — and their fees are in your ballpark range — call to see if they’re available for your wedding date. If the photographer is already booked on your date, you may want to see if they have an associate or can recommend another shooter with a similar style. Set up in-person meetings. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos.
Step 5: Start Searching Immediately
Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the first things you should do, because the best professional photographers book their schedules a year in advance. If you want outstanding pictures, start searching for your photographer when you have decided on the date. A wedding photographer’s peak season in the Northwest is Spring though the end of summer. Saturdays are the most popular but Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays are becoming more popular too. If you will be celebrating an “in-season” wedding, book your photographer at least six to twelve months in advance.
Step 6: Post-production
Expect your photos to take at least four to six weeks. The photographer has hundreds of photos to screen, and even once the list is narrowed down, edits and album production can take 40 hours or more. Edits include color correction, fixing red-eye, transformations to black and white or sepia, cropping and other basic enhancements.
Step 7: albums are important
Without an album where will your wedding photos live? Not if but when will that technology go out of date?
The album is the first piece of family history you will create as a married couple to be passed down for generations. It’s very important. An experienced wedding photographer has been trained in album design and how to best tell the story of your day with a cover design to match your style. It must be high quality to stand the test of time.
Producing the album requires choosing the right photos to tell the story of your wedding day, designing the pages (photo layout, sizes of pictures) and printing.