Friday, February 5, 2010

Inside Tips From a Wedding Photographer: What To Look For Behind the Camera

Looking for your perfect big day photographer, but need help getting started? Enjoy these useful tips from fabulous California wedding photographer Jen May Pastores of Jen May Photography!

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding day may be one of the most important decisions you'll make. Of course, everyone wants quality photos capturing the big day, but finding affordable talent is only one part of choosing the right photographer. The other part is exploring a photographer’s personality. Find a photographer you like as a person, and that will make all the difference. Here are the top three things to consider during the selection process.

Be at Ease

Is your photographer approachable, friendly, and down-to-earth? Simply put, is she a people-person? On a day when you want to be surrounded by your family members and closest friends, you should also be comfortable with your photographer, usually the only hired vendor who stays with you the entire day. Whether you’re changing into the dress, sharing intimate first looks with your soon-to-be spouse, or leaving at the end of the night, your photographer should be someone you feel comfortable being yourself around. There's no need to have the extra worry of feeling estranged in front of the camera.

Be Your Best

Along with making you feel at ease, your photographer should encourage you to feel your best. Does he bring out your inner confidence and point out ways to make your beauty shine through? Choosing a photographer who is well-prepared and experienced with weddings also helps. You should be able to trust that your photographer is skilled enough that you don’t have to constantly suggest ideas to him or her. Your biggest focus should be on enjoying your momentous celebration and having fun.

Be Relational

Get to know a photographer through his or her website, blog, and in person. If there's one thing I've observed about passionate photographers, it's their love for what they do, as well as their desire to do it well. Ask the photographer to share stories about her favorite wedding. It'll be your chance to hear how she handled it and what details she liked. You'll be able to easily discover whether she’s a good fit for you.

Best of luck in choosing your photographer! At first, it may be overwhelming to narrow your choices down, but every photographer is unique. Exploring who they truly are can help in your decision.


  1. Great tips Heather! And thanks so much for your comment on my etsy shoppe post. That was really sweet of you....I could use all the encouragement I can get! =) UR SWEET

  2. Good tips! I can't wait for my session with my photographer. a