How many weddings have you shot?
You want to establish how much experience your photographer has. The fact is, you only have one time to capture the images of your wedding day. You want to know if your photographer has “what it takes” to get the job done right. Experienced wedding photographers are prepared for all kinds of issues. They are experienced at posing, and know how to work around difficulties in equipment, people and venues. In this age of digital photography, the cost of entry into wedding photography is lower than ever and many photographers “hang out their shingle” without the necessary training, or experience or even available time to do a good job for their customers. It pays to know how experienced your photographer is.
Unlike still photography or portrait photography, wedding photography requires a unique combination of people skills and photography skills. Your wedding photographer is with you and your party the entire day.
I like to get to know my brides and grooms and tend to be very personable with family members and the bridal party. It helps when you get along with people. I know that how I treat people can be as important as my technical skill set to getting the images you want.
Having worked for two different studios and shooting hundreds of weddings before opening my own business provides me a great perspective on the entire wedding process. Starting out by working with more experienced photographers allowed me to grow through observing them and receiving feedback on my own work. Learning both formal and candid or photojournal style wedding photography has given me a broad range and a diverse background. That has allowed me to adapt to the needs and desires of most brides.