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How To choose a quality wedding Photographer

How to choose a quality wedding photographer / videographer

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You’ve picked a date, chosen the venue and tried on the dress. You know that you want to document the day. But how do you go about choosing a photographer or videographer especially when there are so many. The short answer is that it is a process of elimination.

The first rule i would say is to not take others word for it. Undoubtedly you will be presented with recommendations from friends and relatives who can’t recommend highly enough. The truth is it is a rare thing that a person doesn’t like their wedding photo’s, but what might have been right for them might be totally wrong for you. Sure check out their work, however you should leave yourself open to choosing someone else if it doesn’t feel right for you. and importantly you might be missing out on someone that is perfect for you and your day.

 

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The key to choosing your perfect photographer or videographer i believe depends on where you are getting married and what type of shots you are hoping to get. The best decision you can make in choosing a wedding photographer or videographer is to choose someone who is local to the area.

There are a multitude of reason’s why this is a good decision, but the main one is that they know all the best spots to go to (some being secret to locals). The truth of the matter is local knowledge of the area will help you on the day get the best shots of you and your spouse.

They know how to get there quickly, travel times, where the sun will be at certain times of the day for the best light and exactly what is available to shoot at any given location around that area.

 

This certainly trumps hiring people to travel to a given location, paying travel fees and wasting time while the photographer scouts around trying to find great shots. Another plus is that more than likely they will have a relationship with the vendors working on the day. If you want that aerial drone shot, the vendors are more than likely to say yes to someone they work with often rather than someone from out of town.

And the locals will be able to tell you beforehand what they can and can’t do before the day in any case. Now that you’ve narrowed down your choice, you need to do some research by looking at the pictures that you like most. Today with instagram and facebook this makes it easy. you can search hashtags of venues and local photographers.

As you come across pictures that you like, save them for future reference. This will come in handy when you meet with photographers to show them exactly what you are after. Doing this exercise you will be able to get an idea of exactly the type of pictures you would like to get on the day.

Make a list of your top 5 photographers and inquire via their website to get prices. Look at their portfolio online and compare it to their price list and your budget. You could narrow your list down to 2 or 3 and arrange to meet with them at a given time and place.

Meeting with a photographer or videographer is probably the most important part of hiring someone that is going to give you a fantastic experience on the day. So don’t take it for granted that you’ve seen their work and that’s enough.

You have to be able to see if they feel right for you and will work for what you are planing for your day. Remember, your photographer and videographer will be with you for most of the day, you want to make sure you don’t have a personality clash. It also allows the photographer or videographer to judge whether they can deliver exactly what you want.

The last thing you want is to hire a photographer and on the day find out that they are only half invested in photographing your special day. Take your saved images and show them your favourites and allow the photographer to explain what they will be able to do and the limitations in getting certain shots.

Ask questions about your concerns, they should welcome questions as it gives them an opportunity to explain how they can best capture your day. After meeting with the different photographers, and talking with your spouse. You should be able to narrow down a clear winner that fits exactly what you want captured and your budget.

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Cheri & Luis – Mirboo – Rustic Wedding

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We have known Cheri for many years, she was a bridesmaid at our own wedding and despite not always seeing each other on a regular basis. We always manage to catch up during important times and events and we pick up where we left off.

So when she told us that she was getting married to her long time love Luis. We were absolutely ecstatic for her and Luis. When she asked us to take some shots of her day – we were over the moon as we loved the idea of being able to capture elements of her day exactly how she wanted and give her images that would be memories to last a lifetime.

Cheri was very clear with us that she was having a very relaxed wedding on her country property in Mirboo, it was to be just with a set of close friends and relatives and she definitely didn’t want us to be working overtime taking shots. She just wanted a few nice shots to commemorate the day and capture it the way it was.

We had never been to her property before, but when we got there. we were absolutely amazed. No wonder both Cheri and Luis love coming here and spending their time there. It was a country house set on a hilltop where the back of the house and decking overlook the most amazing vista of hilltops and a valley down below.

The ceremony was absolutely lovely and after getting getting the all important group shot of everyone that was there. It was time to relax, have a drink and some food and take in the most wonderful scenery on a beautiful sunny day. It was even complete with no less than a flock of 5 eagles flying overhead and spiralling down into the valley.

Everyone laid back on the couches as the Venezuelan band started to play tunes that echoed throughout the valley. Quite often when you are asked to be both a guest and take shots of the day it can be quite hard to balance the two. However, this day seemed magical, the happy vibes seemed to permeate throughout the whole area, as people got up to dance on the hilltop decking whilst others were happy to sink back into the couches and watch whilst nibbling, sipping their beverages and exchanging in conversation with others.

It was exactly, how both Cheri and Luis had envisioned, a close knit cohort of friends and family relaxed and enjoying the beautiful day, the scenery and the music to celebrate their coming together as a family.

There was no strict timing as to when things were to happen and so the party went well into the night as a fire was lit to gather around and embroidered blankets were given as gifts to keep warm.

I have to say this wedding was one of the most unique we have ever been too let alone captured and we felt privileged to be apart of it. Not just as a photographer but to share it with one of your close friends was even more special.

Kasey & Tom – Marybrooke Manor – Autumn Wedding

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When Kasey contacted us to capture her wedding, we realised that this was going to be a very special event for us. Kasey was essentially family and she just happened to be marrying Sharne’s childhood next door neighbour, Tom. So straight away there was a connection and a desire to do our absolute best to deliver what Kasey had envisioned for capturing her wedding day.
Kasey was very organised and as we sat down to talk to her about what she wanted it became apparent that what she was planning was very much an all family affair. With the majority of vendors including the celebrant and videographer being either a family connection or well known to the couple.
They were planning their wedding to take place at Marybrooke Manor. A vast estate set in the hills around the Dandenong ranges with a heritage listed manor that is steeped in history dating back to the 1900’s.
There was even stories of ghost encounters in some of the rooms with unexplained occurrences and chills that make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

Despite this Marybrooke Manor is a lovely estate set amongst the hilly forest that made for some great autumn wedding scenery.
The ceremony was absolutely lovely with personalised declarations that were unique to both Kasey and Tom. Being childhood sweethearts, it was evident that they had grown together as a couple and supported each other throughout the years. Even their beloved dog was present to witness the two declare the love for each other and tie the not.
After getting some gorgeous autumn shots of the couple utilising the unique grounds of Marybrooke Manor. It was time for the reception. And it was evident that Kasey and Tom had a close knit relationship with their friends and family where they could really let their hair down and have a good time, especially on the dance floor.
It was a wonderful privilege to be invited to capture Kasey and Tom’s wedding. Seeing how much they value family and friendship it felt like an honour to be apart of, and we had such a good time capturing their special day.

Michaela & Ben – Boneo Wedding

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When Michaela first came to meet us, she was planning something that was really unique and wonderful for her wedding day.
She was planning to have her wedding all take place on her parents property. We have done weddings where the couple get married at their house or the parents house. But this property was unique.

It was a large expanse of land that overlooked Port Phillip Bay with an assortment of large open spaces, vine yards, olive groves, large pine trees and cows for good measure.
Michaela had explained to us in the meeting that it was quite a large property, but nothing prepared us for just how awesome the property would be and how many opportunities for eye candy were in the vicinity.
The problem for us was two things. One, we had to narrow down our choices and choose specific locations that would maximise our time. And second, that it was very large open space that would require us to double time to get from one location to the next.
The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, taking place on a small hilltop where looking left you could see Port Phillip Bay in the distance.

Jessica Edwards did a beautiful job officiating and Michaela and Ben’s personally written vowels were funny and heartfelt. They even opted to bury a time capsule with a bottle of wine, so after ten years they can open it and share and reminisce about just how far they have come as a couple.
After getting our beauty shots of the bridal party and couple encompassing such an expansive property, It was time for the reception.
They had a vast marquee set up in front of the house, fitted with fairy lights that really set the scene, especially at sunset. where even the moon seemed to be looking down on the event.
The speeches and first dance were beautiful and was a highlight of the night. Ben lifting Michaela into the air during their first dance was a move that was definitely a crowd pleaser.
We had so much fun working with and capturing this very unique and special wedding on such a picturesque property that we wouldn’t normally get to see.