Did you know that the season between Christmas and Valentine's Day is the most popular time to get engaged? I know my facebook feed has been filled with rings and relationship statuses these past two months. It's an exciting time of new things and planning. One of the first things you'll do after getting your new ring is having your engagement photos taken. But where do you start? How do you find your engagement photographer?
There are so many photographers out there it can be hard to know where to start. Simply web searching "engagement photographer" will give you thousands of results. Here are some things to remember as you search:
-Location: do you want a photographer who is local to where you live or where you will have your engagement session? Many photographers will travel but keep in mind there usually is a travel fee. Photographers who are local to the area will know of locations that will work well for your photographs.
-Recommendations: ask around- do you have friends or family who were recently engaged or married? Ask them about their photography experience. Speaking as a photographer, we love it when you tell your friends if you loved working with us!
Narrow It Down
Okay, so you've found a few photographers. Now how do you decide?
-Style: does their style match yours? Some photographers will pose their clients while others shoot more candid, photojournalistic images. Do you want photos that will be used in an album or something that looks like it could hang in an art gallery?
-Light: Photographers work with light all the time and each interpret it differently. Take a look at the feel of their portfolio. Are the images bright, airy, and romantic, or more tonal, moody, and dramatic?
-Composition: Are the people in the photos appear to be a part of the scenery, or the focus? Does the photographer have a lot of close-up, detail type photos, or wide-angle, full-body shots?
-Film: Yes, film making a strong comeback. Does the photographer shoot with film? If they do, their pricing could be a bit higher, but film gives a wonderful look and texture that is hard to get with digital.
-The Photographer: Meet with them before you hire them. Talk with them on the phone. Or even Skype. Is this someone you feel comfortable around? After all, you want to appear happy and relaxed in your engagement photos, right?
Choosing a photographer to take your engagement photos can seem like a daunting task, but I hope that these tips will make it easier for you. If you'd like to work with me or have questions, feel free to contact me or leave me a comment!