Your wedding photographs will be one of the few things that will last past the reception. The food will be eaten, the flowers will die, but you will always have those photos to remember your day.
And that is why they are so important. Make sure, when you are interviewing a photographer, that you see his or her portfolio to determine if his or her style suits you.
Following are a few other things to remember: How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
Start looking for a photographer six to nine months before the wedding, since many are booked months in advance. Look through wedding albums of friends and relatives who live in your area. Personal recommendations are always your best bet. Ask for recommendations from caterers, florists or reception site coordinators.
Bridal fairs offer a great opportunity to see the work of photographers first hand. Be sure to get the cards of those you like. Interview several photographers by making appointments to review their work. Ask to see samples of wedding albums or a set of proofs from a recent wedding. When looking at the sample albums, see if the photographer used different types of lighting whether he varied the backgrounds. Note what you like and don’t like.
Look for diversity in the poses. Does he seem to capture the personality of the bride and groom and their wedding? Or, do all of the couples look similar in mood? Consider the personality of each photographer. Choose the one that you feel the most comfortable with.
Get every aspect of the agreement with the photographer in writing. If you are planning to announce your wedding in the newspaper, be sure your photographer knows to take a black and white portrait of you or of you and your new groom.
The family pictures Family pictures can deteriorate into jolly chaos if allowed. Which is fine if you have time, but if your wedding runs to a military schedule, time can run away with you! The best way to avoid chaos, lost people and irate dads is to do your homework well.
Arrange with the photographer beforehand where the family pictures will be taken and make sure the family members know the details and time. Then leave the “marshalling” to the photographer, who will quickly get everyone in line and off to the reception.
Straight, stand-up family shots are not preferred but sometimes unavoidable, for instance if the lawn is wet or there are no chairs or benches in the garden to seat the family members in a more interesting arrangement. Party time! While some photographers prefer not to stay for the whole reception and therefore charge by the hour to be there, others relax and enjoy the party, usually up to the time the garter and bouquets are tossed. A good photographer will keep his eyes peeled for the characters at a reception and focus on them as they largely determine the spirit of the party.
The photographer should be on hand to capture some important events like the first dance, the cutting of the cake and the speeches. The later in the evening, the more lively the reception becomes. Positioning himself strategically without attracting attention to himself, the photographer can get some really telling shots. Choosing the right wedding photographer for your Chicago wedding is easy, just ask Max at www.astoriabanquets.com/astoriaexquisitebanquets,Photo Gallery- All-Inclusive Wedding Ceremony - Astoria Banquets.