As you start planning your wedding you may wonder what wedding photography costs, and why certain vendors charge what they do. When it comes to wedding photography, the value of your wedding photographer has to do with so much more than just an online gallery of finished photos from your wedding. Wedding photography is its own genre characterized by process, aesthetics, and style. While there’s nothing wrong with cutting corners on some wedding elements, your wedding photography is something worth investing in. When you’re searching for the right photographer for your wedding, keep these thoughts in mind on why wedding photography is worth your investment and how to hire a photographer and an experience that is everything that you dreamed of:
1. Experience with your photographer before, during and after the wedding
If there’s one person you’ll spend most of your time with on your wedding, it would be your wedding photographer! From early morning preparations to a late night sparklers exit, your wedding photographer is going to be there for you to hold your bouquet, wrangle your family for portraits, be an attentive shoulder to lean on – all while taking stunning wedding images as the day and beautiful moments unfold.
However, your experience with the wedding photographer starts long before the Big Day comes. From the moment you step into their studio for a wedding photography consultation, you should feel an instant connection. Do you click? Can you picture yourself grabbing a drink with your wedding photographer and planning to see your favorite band next month? If yes, that’s a good sign!
Here at Mango Studios, we make a great effort to get to know you. We sit down for your initial consultation with our favorite cocktail in hands and we talk about you and your vision – What do you like about each other? How did you fall in love? What movies can you binge watch on Netflix? and What inspires you for the future? We listen and take it all in to offer you our vision of your wedding photos – what photo locations you might like, what approach to your wedding photos we recommend, and what ideas we have for your future wedding album. As the wedding day ends and your photos are ready, we will invite your whole family for a big reveal presentation, where everyone can relive your happiest moments. From there, we will be able to offer you the best way to display your wedding photos, whether it’s a custom framed piece or a 40-page fine art album.
2. Trusting their creative process
Trusting your wedding photographer goes beyond knowing they’ll show up on time or deliver your final wedding photos in 6-8 weeks. It’s about trusting them with their creative direction and process. You should feel confident that they will not only take the must-have pictures of your bridesmaids or the cake but most importantly capture what’s unique about your relationship in the most authentic and beautiful way.
While wedding planning might be something new to you, your wedding photographer does it every weekend and knows a thing or two about weddings. They can be your advocates throughout the whole process, from pointing out photo locations to suggesting the most photogenic hotels to get ready in, they know exactly what photographs best. Lean on them when it comes to making decisions about structuring your wedding timeline, they can also recommend the best time of the day to take your wedding pictures. You don’t want to feel over it by the time it comes to your wedding portraits – trust me, neither do we, as it doesn’t make for great wedding photos! Trusting your photographer’s experience and advice only makes the day go more smoothly and stress-free.
With over 12 years experience in wedding photography, we’ve had the pleasure to photograph the most breathtaking weddings out there. However, when you look at those portfolio-worthy images, keep in mind that we were able to create them because of our couple’s undivided trust and confidence that we will do an outstanding job. Our experience helps us to find the best way to tell our couple’s story through images while staying true to who they are. The deep connection that we build with our couples allows us to capture intimate moments throughout your wedding day because YOU let us see that moment unfold. It all begins with the connection, trust and mutual vision that we share with our couples.
3. Your photos last long after your wedding day
What a wedding photographer does for you is really twofold: there’s the experience they create leading up to and on your wedding day and then there’s the breathtaking photographs they deliver when it’s all said and done. With the exception of a few iPhone photographs your friends and family take during the day – your wedding photographer’s images are all that you have to remember your wedding day by. No matter how much you spend on flowers, food or fabulous reception chairs, the one thing you get to keep is your photos.
And remember, while many of your wedding vendors had time to prepare for your wedding and source all the needed material, your wedding photographers do their job on the go! All we have is two people dressed up and looking their best and the fleeting moments of happiness, joy, and warmth. Even with a rapid timeline and thrill of the day, we are going to create some art right on the spot. We have only ONE chance and it’s enough for us to create images that tap into the WHY of your relationship – the quirks that made you fall for each other, a beautiful married life that is about to begin and the tenderness you feel toward each other. This is ultimately why investing in someone whose work you believe in and who you’d totally see yourself hanging out with in real life is worth it!