In my post about the wedding, I shared some of my favorite pics from the wedding. We literally received over 1,000 of photos from our photographer and I loved so many of them. I think I posted 300 or so on Facebook. I didn’t just love them because they were pictures of such a glorious and special day, but also because the pictures were amazing. Our photographer seriously did a great job. Everyone said to make sure you were picky about the photographer for your wedding and now I totally get it. Here's why having a great wedding photographer is really important.
1. You'll want the best moments captured beautifully
I will be honest here, you are going to miss a ton at your wedding. That sounds sadder than it really is. You’re nervous and excited. People are asking you a million things. You’re worrying about the caterer, the bar, and every little detail that you want to control. And everything happens so fast. I believe I walked down the aisle and said vows to Mr. T, but honestly I don't remember everything 100%. So you’ll want a good photographer to capture those moments in a beautiful way so you’ll be reminded of how you felt at that very moment.
2. You don’t want to feel like you’re on display
I’ve been to weddings where the photographer is all up in your business. It's hard to have a good time when you're constantly aware that someone is snapping pics. It's also hard to get those really cute candid shots. I seriously didn't notice our photographer at all. There were times I wondered where he was and he was standing right next to me.
3. You want someone who knows what he or she is doing
Our photographer knew how to take pictures of a wedding. He knew where to go on the grounds for shots and how to direct us (and our wedding party and families) on what to do to make great shots. I loved that because we didn’t have to spend 20 minutes getting organized and another 30 actually taking the shots. With so many things already crammed into such a short time and so many things you’ll want pictures of, you want to be able to maximize your time. You also don’t want to have to give your photographer a whole bunch of direction. There’s just not enough time for all of that.
4. You want someone who notices the little details
The people at your wedding are obviously important, but so are all the little details that make your day. The flowers, decorations, cake, food, alcohol, getting ready, the venue. You put so much work into everything. Those are all things that will help you remember everything about the day. And you’ll want to see everything and everyone all together. Our wedding was all about DIY and so much of it was done in pieces so seeing it all together was so amazing. Our photographer also captured so many little details and so many unique moments. I cannot even begin to describe how special it all is (and I don’t really use the word special all that often).
Now, keep in mind that I am saying you good photographer. I am not saying you need an expensive one. Do not (and I repeat do not) automatically eliminate someone because of their price. Be sure to look at their work and set up a meeting so you can see their work in its entirety. Then choose based on what’s the most impressive to you.
Also choose based on who can capture what’s important to you. One thing that was important To Mr. T and me was that we have pictures that weren’t boring and monotonous. We chose our photographer for the way he captured things. His pictures are playful and unique and that was important to us.
All of our pictures are by Kevin Lush. And I hope that these all really capture all of the beautiful photos we have. It was really hard to choose a few. I wish I could share them all.