Your wedding only lasts one day, but you’ll want to hold onto the pictures forever. Unfortunately, statistics show that many brides take big risks with their memories…by simply not knowing what to look for. To help you select a photographer who will make your wedding story one-of-a-kind, try these suggestions:
- Interview several photographers. Ask questions about their styles. Most wedding photographers offer either traditional, posed portraits or a candid photojournalism style. We offer a combination in both black and white and color photography.
- Look at samples. Ask to see albums that show wedding coverage from start to finish. This will give you an idea of both the style and quality each photographer provides.
- Ask about backups. Always ask if the photographer carries back-up equipment. Also, make sure the photographer has a ready replacement who can photograph your wedding if he or she becomes ill. We have four cameras, multiple duplicate lenses and belong to a photographer networking group.
- Develop a relationship. Look for a photographer who you are comfortable with. Remember, you are not hiring someone to simply take pictures, but to tell the story of your special day. A skilled professional will want to know about the bride and groom – your personalities and preferences. Your photographer is the only vendor that will be with you ALL DAY...make sure you like each other!
- Communicate. Make sure the photographer has a clear understanding of your expectations. Take the time to sit down and discuss the services provided and the fees involved. This helps avoid any future misunderstandings. We believe in being honest and upfront about the costs involved in great wedding photography. We are not the cheapest photographer in town, but our work is worth the investment!
- Photo or video? Photography and videography are two distinctly different fields—both requiring extensive training to produce high-quality results. Depending on your personal taste and budget, you may want both photo and video coverage of your wedding. Studio 50 does now offers video services in conjunction with photography packages. We are also in the process of offering Drone Video! Ask us for more details!
- Ask about credentials. Membership in a professional association, certification or a photography degree shows a level of commitment to the profession and their photographic art. These types of credentials can help you determine which photographer is right for you. Studio 50 Photo is a member of Professional Photographers of America.
- Check references. A friend’s recommendation, the local Chamber of Commerce and professional associations are excellent sources of information. Studio 50 is a member of the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and we are happy to provide references from our happy clients.