January 30, 2017

4 for 4 - 4 Questions for 4 Photographers

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We gather 4 wedding photographers from Michigan and ask them 4 questions on picking the right photographer for your day.

 

What should brides look for when looking at Photographers?

Jill Lenkowski | Two Ring Photography:

A bride should 1st be looking for someone who’s work they love. They should meet with a few who’s work they love and work with impressions. They will be with their photographer the entire day so it should be someone who’s work they not only love but that they get along with and love their personality. Another consideration of course is an extensive portfolio. They want to make sure that the photographer hired has photographed in all sorts of lighting conditions and has knowledge of lighting in general.

Derek Cookson | Derek Cookson Photography:

I really believe that brides (and grooms!) should find a photographer who matches their personalities – it’s not hard to find great images out there, but do you want someone who isn’t very fun to be around you on your wedding day?? We photographers end up being extra members of your wedding party, so just as you chose who you want standing beside you all day, your photographer should be someone you want alongside you through it all!
Speaking of great images, take a good look at the photos they present to you. Are they consistent? Are they photos you can see yourself in? Do they reflect the kind of style that you and your partner want capturing your special day? Don’t settle for anything less, and then sit down and meet them face to face. Make sure that you both “”click!”" (cheesy pun not intended!)

E’Lisa Campbell | E.C. Campbell Photography:

I believe there are three key components brides should look for when searching for their photographer.  Price, style and personality.  Loving their style is important because what you see on their website and blog is true to how your wedding images will turn out.  Also, remembering that your photographer will be close to you most of the day.  Loving their personality and clicking with them is just as important as the other two components. :)

Marek Dziekonski | Marek Dziekonski Photography:

There are many photographers out there with many different styles and personalities. It is important to not only find someone whose work you love but also to meet with the photographer in person to make sure that his personality and yours are a good match.

Browsing through a photographer’s blog and facebook fan page is also a great way to see some of his/her latest work and get a feel for his/her personality.

What kind of images do you love? Do you enjoy a photojournalistic, unobtrusive style with many candid “in-between” moments or would you prefer to have more traditional wedding coverage with a lot of formal family portraits and posed shots throughout the day?

What’s one question they should ask, but don’t?

Jill Lenkowski | Two Ring Photography:

How long have you been photographing weddings professionally and how many weddings have you photographed?

Derek Cookson | Derek Cookson Photography:

Do you have backups and insurance? Far too many photographers show up without the proper equipment for your day. What happens if their camera malfunctions or gets dropped? Accidents happen, and a professional carries backups! You don’t have to know every tiny detail, but just knowing they have them is always a reassuring thought.

E’Lisa Campbell | E.C. Campbell Photography:

Ask your photographer if they will be the ones showing up at your event, or if they work with others to photograph it for them or with them.

Marek Dziekonski | Marek Dziekonski Photography:

“Would you like Chateau Lafite or Mouton Rothschild with your filet mignone?” is probably the most overlooked question. ;)

Jokes aside though, asking your potential photographer to see a full set of images from one of his/her previous weddings is a very important request. Viewing just a few of the best images on the website won’t give you an insight as to what your actual wedding images will look like.

What’s one piece of advice for brides planning their big day?

Jill Lenkowski | Two Ring Photography:

Don’t forget why you are planning this huge life event. You are marrying your best friend and your life partner. The person you will continue to plan life events with. On your wedding day, remember to take a moment to breath and think about that. Look around and enjoy all your loved ones who have come to celebrate!

Derek Cookson | Derek Cookson Photography:

Be realistic in your budgeting for photographers and video – these are the professionals who are there to capture your day to remember. At the end of the day the cake is eaten, the guests go home, the dress gets put away, the decorations get thrown out….but your photos and video are there forever. If you’re spending a small fortune on your event, hire someone who will do it justice!

E’Lisa Campbell | E.C. Campbell Photography:

Don’t worry about the weather.  :)  Whatever the forecast calls for just adds to the story of your day.  Rain, snow or sunshine…..you can get beautiful pictures in all three scenarios.  Umbrellas are key, and you can always take them back if you don’t use them.

Marek Dziekonski | Marek Dziekonski Photography:

Don’t worry about the weather, don’t worry about ruining your make up with an occasional tear, don’t worry about the fuzz on your dress or an uncle who gets “funny” when he’s drunk. You are marrying the most amazing man in the world who will take care of you until the end of your lives and that is the most important thing. All the little “imperfections” are what will make your day unique and perfect. This day only happens once. Don’t worry; just enjoy it!

And a small piece of advice in regards to photography: If a chocolate fountain or an ice sculpture stands between you and your dream wedding photographer, choose the photographer! :) After all, years down the road your photos and video will be the only way to remember your wedding day.

As a photographer, what sets you apart from the rest?

Jill Lenkowski | Two Ring Photography:

I feel like I have a solid background in schooling and experience. I have photographed in all types of lighting situations. I also am IN LOVE with weddings and the spiritual joining of two people (thus, Two Ring). I have the genuine interest of my couples in mind when I photograph their wedding and make sure to get to know them well before photographing their big day.

Derek Cookson | Derek Cookson Photography:

I truly love who I work with. There isn’t a client I’ve had the privilege of capturing that I’m not still friends with to this day, and I pride my business on that. I tell every bride and groom that I have two rules – #1. The bride looks hot. #2. Everyone has FUN. I follow those rules always, and always remind myself how much of an honor it is to be a part of their day.

E’Lisa Campbell | E.C. Campbell Photography:

I think there are so many talented photographers out there.  Each one has their own unique style.  For me I think my view of the world, positive attitude and passion for what I do flow into my style as I stay true to myself through and through.  My clients are my everything.  :D

Marek Dziekonski | Marek Dziekonski Photography:

Just as every couple is different so is every photographer. To every couple a particular photographer may stand apart for many different reasons. My uniqueness comes in part from the fact that I have spent a good chunk of my life living in Europe (Poland, UK and Italy). Being exposed to different cultures, languages and being able to take photographs in these dramatically different (from those in the US) environments have helped me develop a unique sensitivity and perception of things and events that encompass me. The composition, the colors, the poses, they are all a testament to where I come from.

By nature I am an introvert and, while I trained myself to be an extrovert, it still has a great impact on my work. I love being able to quietly observe, to slow down and catch the in-between moments, to put the camera down for a few seconds and scan the surroundings in a quest for emotion.

There are so many fantastic photographers in Michigan, I would lie if I said that I am a perfect photographer for every couple. But if you browse through my blog and a smile (or a tear) creeps up on your face, you may consider giving me a call. :)

And if that does not convince you, I can also do a back-flip and spell kayak backwards.

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