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Tips for Brides... How to Pick a Wedding Photographer

Author: Mariele Tanes
by Mariele Tanes
Posted: Feb 12, 2014

Posed and Candid

Almost all wedding photographers will focus on a few posed shots. You should look through some wedding photos online. Some photographers do more traditional poses, while some are really good at doing the newer and more unique poses. Looking for inspiration online is a great way to decide if you want to have a more traditional look, a more cutting edge feel or perhaps a mixture of the two styles. Then you can be sure to choose a photographer that can meet your needs.

You will also want to look for a photographer that is used to working in the types of locations where your wedding and reception will take place. For example, if you’re looking for a Seattle wedding photographer for an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to be sure that you choose someone who is accustomed to the challenges that the overcast sky and sometimes rainy climate can bring.

Be sure that you choose a photographer who likes to get the sort of candid photos that you like, because these are the shots that he or she will get while you are too busy overseeing and enjoying your wedding to really take note of what the photographer is doing. Some photographers are great at getting setting shots, such as close-ups of table flowers and settings. Some photographers have a real eye for candid pictures of guests. Think about the sort of candid, less staged shots you want to have to remember your wedding, and be sure to choose a photographer that takes those sorts of shots.


When it comes to wedding photography, one of the first things you’ll want to do when choosing a photographer is to look at their portfolio. Most photographers now offer portfolios that you can look through online before even calling the photographer, meaning that you can just use an online search engine to search for what you need, such as "Seattle Wedding Photographer," and you’ll instantly have access to hundreds of examples of Seattle wedding photography that you can choose from. This is nice because you can get a good feel for their style, the subjects they like to capture and the candid shots that they do.

Take the portfolio review seriously because usually, what you see is what you get.


Whether you’re looking for Seattle wedding photography that is as inexpensive as possible, or you’ve got a sky-high budget to get top-of-the-line photos, there is a photographer out there is perfect for you. There are always new photographers looking to build their portfolios, and if you can find one of these who is not experienced, yet truly talented, you might be able to get a real bargain.

In the end, it’s all about communication! Be sure that your photographer understands what you want. Go in with lots of examples of things you like, and even some examples of what you don’t like. You’ll end up with a collection of photos to help you remember this wonderful day in your life.

If you reside in the Seattle Washington area and are looking for a wedding photographer for your big day, visit IJPhoto for your photography needs.

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Author: Mariele Tanes

Mariele Tanes

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