The Richmond Greater Virginia Bridal Show by Virginia Bride Magazine
with that in mind, I thought I'd put together some tips for choosing one of your most important vendors, the photographer.
Shows like this are a great way to get ideas about anything and everything wedding related. You will meet top vendors that include photographers, venues, caterers, planners, bakers, designers, and so many more. You can literally plan your whole day at a single show. Not only that, vendors that participate in shows are serious professionals. You know you're in good hands!
...and did i mention the swag and prizes?!
-What equipment are you using?
-How long is the turnaround?
-Whats happens if you get hurt or sick and have to cancel? (this is a tough one for brides to hear, but we are human.)
-How would you describe your style?
-What is the cost and options for that cost?
-Are you insured?
-How long do you keep files?
3. Their Personality
Do they seem like a people person? This is a great reason you should go to a bridal show and meet them in person or at least plan a coffee. You should know who you will be working with and more importantly, will they work with you and your guests. Beware the wallflowers...
Be up front about your budget and expectations for that budget. You may have found a "good deal" but what does that entail? You don't want to be in a situation where you sign your contract and then find out that price was only for coverage of the event and does not include digital copies or prints and products. So stick to your budget and be sure to read your contract and ask LOTS of questions about what you're getting.
3. Their Work
What do their images look like overall. Are they heavily edited and covered in filters? That "professional" may hide their lack of ability or poor quality with Photoshop and Lightroom. I'm a firm believer that your wedding images should NOT look like instagram posts. The color should be true and saturated. Images that have overly white or blown out backgrounds or are tinted in Sepia should be a red flag. Ask to see an entire wedding gallery, not just the highlight images on display. Are the shots creative and full of emotion or do things looked very posed? These are all things to keep in mind when choosing a photographer that is right for you.