Tips For Planning Your Wedding Photos Like A Pro

July 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Your wedding day is filled with once-in-a-lifetime moments that will go by in a blur—which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. You shouldn’t be worrying about is whether your photographer will be able to capture your big day, or worse, wake up a few days later to find out most of your photos have something wrong with them.

Professional Photographers of America says,

"The solution for this, know how to accurately evaluate the “right” photographer for you. Here are six tips to help you plan your wedding photos like a pro." (Answers specific to Reflections by Rohne are in bold italics.)

1. Book far in advance.

Engaged couple walking in vineyard.Love in the VineyardOur engagement sessions are in locations of your choice. We capture the essence and character of your relationship. The best photographers get booked quickly — sometimes a year or more in advance, so don’t wait until a few months before the wedding to book your photographer. We usually fill June, August and October very early.

2. Be willing to pay a professional fee.

Now is not the time to skimp on your photo budget. Call around and get a price range for services and remember: when the cake is long gone and the dress is stored away, your wedding photos will be the only thing left. All of our packages are a great value, and the most popular range in price from only $2500 to $4000. 

Bride and Groom on couch at Peaches Inn Bed and BreakfastRelaxed LoveCouple enjoying quiet moment in the midst of our Romance Session. 3. Make sure your photographer is a real pro.

Only hire someone who has experience taking the style of photos you want, liability insurance, backup equipment and knows what to do when things go south. Find a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) photographer. PPA photographers have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. Connie is not only a member of PPA, but has a Bachelor's degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Kathy, our second shooter for weddings, also has a bachelors in photography. 

4. Request to see a full gallery of real weddings.

Meet at the Mission Meet at the Mission Wedding couple outside Mission San Buenaventura at destination wedding. We artistically capture your relationship and the details of your surroundings. Ask to view some entire wedding albums to see a photographer’s true style and get a sense of how he or she might tell your “story.” You are seeing our images on all the pages you visit, but check out our wedding gallery also.

5. Work with your photographer to create a detailed plan.

PPA wedding photographers can also help you create that shot list as they know what key moments tell a wedding story. But talk about your must-haves and walk through the entire program with your photographer ahead of time. Work together to understand one another’s needs and expectations ahead of time to ensure that your vision becomes a reality. Check out these other blogs for specific information about how we work with you. Wedding Day Timeline, Questions to Ask Wedding Your Photographer

Wedding on the WaterWedding on the WaterSpring Lake Wedding Party. We look for creative places to get fun and unique images of your wedding day. 6. Plan your post-wedding photo strategy… ahead of time!

Almost as soon as the festivities are over, you’ll be eager to look at the photos so you can relive your big day over and over again. Ask your photographer for teasers or a “sneak peek,” and a timeline for when the rest of the pictures will be available. Make sure you know how their post processing procedure works. Check out this other blog for specific information about how we work with you. Questions to Ask Wedding Your Photographer

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