You’re engaged… now what?
It’s that time of year, and finding the right photographer for you can be difficult. There are a lot of questions you should be asking – and some might not be so obvious. This article just scratches the surface to help you know how to find the right engagement photographer.
1. What should I look for in a photographer?
Delivery. See what kind of additional services they offer. How do you receive only digital files? Is retouching included? How about printing, is that an option? If you are spending the money, you want to make sure you feel as if the price is worth it and know the answer to those kinds of questions. Most of us photographers, including myself, work with exceptional quality print shops and can give you prints right from an online gallery of photos! (It’s AH-mazing and super convenient.)
2. When should I book my engagement session?
3. Should I use the same photographer for my engagement as my wedding?
Yes yes yes! I highly encourage my couples to designate one photographer to follow through with their engagement session and wedding day together for several reasons:
One: trial and error. It gives you a chance to work together to make sure your photographer is the right fit for your wedding! A botched engagement session can be redone, but your wedding day doesn’t get a “re-do”. It’s almost like a trial run to make sure you’ve made the right choice.
Two: bondage. (no, not that kind….) Shooting with your photographer for your engagement photos allows everyone to feel comfortable working together on the big day – when it REALLY matters. Um hello – bonus hangout time! I think it’s so important for me to create a bond with my couples because I will be all up in your business on your wedding
day (you’ll thank me after, I promise…) and we don’t want any awkwardness or shyness to hinder you from
Three: consistency! Many photographers have their own way of editing your photos. I personally try cater to each couple’s style and take into consideration what your wedding theme is or what you are trying to show. For example, a vintage style session and a high-fashion style session would have very different finished looks, and it’s important to make sure your photographer is aware of your needs – because everyone’s engagement should be unique to their
own amazing personalities!
really showing your emotions!
» In conclusion…
Do your research. Your engagement and wedding photographs will be entirely dependent on your choice of photographer, so many sure you find someone that fits. Whether you’re the kind of couple who need a lot of creative direction or have everything planned out to a tee, there is a photographer out there for you and trust me, they can’t wait for you to contact them!
» about jackie watson photography
I am a wedding, engagement, lifestyle, and event photographer based out of Coastal Virginia, I started in 2007 while living in South Florida and took a hiatus in 2010-2014 after doing a tour in the US Navy where I traded shooting film to shooting guns. Now a separated veteran, I am back in the grind serving Hampton Roads and the rest of Virginia doing what I am absolutely most passionate about. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and I hope you found the information helpful!