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3 Things You Need To Know When Hiring a Wedding Photographer

3 Things You Need To Know When Hiring a Wedding Photographer

We know that there are so many options out there and it can get frustrating. We’ve done all the work and narrowed it down to the most important 3 things you NEED to know!

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1. STYLE

Your personal style shines through the photographer/cinematographer you hire for your wedding day. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself when determining the style you are going for:

• WHAT KIND OF LIGHTING DO I PREFER?

Dark+moody? Light+airy? A simple scroll through the photographer’s instagram can give you a good representation of their lighting preference. 

• WHAT KIND OF DIRECTING DO I PREFER?

Some photographers/cinematographers take the reins when posing couples during a shoot, some give freedom to the couple, and others are somewhere in the middle ground (occasionally directing the couples poses, and occasionally giving full freedom to the couple).

• WHERE WILL MY WEDDING/WEDDING PHOTOS TAKE PLACE?

If you are planning to take your wedding photos on top of a mountain, it’s probably a good idea not to hire one who specializes in indoor/luxury style photograph and vice versa.

• HOW DO I WANT MY STORY TOLD?

Different photographers will focus on different aspects of your wedding. Are you interested in capturing every little detail in your wedding or just the overall environment. Ideally, a good photographer/cinematographer will be able to do both, so keep that in mind during your search.

2. AUTHENTICITY

Everyone wants to feel that their photographer/cinematographer is invested wholeheartedly into their wedding. Think about this before you hire them. Will they focus on capturing your personality in an authentic way or are they simply there to capture the event and ‘what happened?’ 

There are so many amateur photographers out there who are unable to grasp who you are; instead they stage a personality for you through their photos. Find a photographer to is able to show who you are in the raw environment. 

We take authenticity seriously at Radion Photography and Cinema, and aspire to for our photography/Cinematography to be purposeful in telling a couple’s story that is natural and authentic to who they are. Especially when it comes to cinematography, it is so easy to get caught up in the overall environment and forget to capture the details. That is why our Cinematographer, Ben spends time getting to know the couples so that he has a game plan when arriving at the wedding to take the video.

3. PERSONALITY

So, so many couples out there don’t take into consideration the personality of the photographer. After all, you’re only with them for a day, right? Wrong. You can spend up to a year with your photographer! From the initial inquiry, official meeting, engagement session, wedding day, bridal session, to buying prints after your wedding, a lot of time is invested with your photographer. You definitely need to have some level of trust with them(and by some we mean a very high level). 

For this reason its also sooo important that you can connect well with your photographer. You want to find someone you can connect with, and the photographer wants someone he feels he can work easily with. In this sense, your first meeting is like a blind date. If you have a photographer that is bossy or seems to always have a bad day, it can really put a damper on your wedding day. Find someone that’s active, can tell a joke, and if things go haywire, they know how to work around it and fix it up. Find a photographer that can keep the party going!

We hope that this article helped you in your search for the perfect wedding photographer and cinematographer! If you loved reading “3 Things You Need To Know When Hiring a Wedding Photographer/Cinematographer” be sure to explore more of our blog


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Vlad Radion

vlad@radionphotography.com

As an avid outdoorsman, I’m always pushing myself–and my scars are the evidence. From falling through the ice on Payette Lake (while on a quick romantic get away–kind of a mood crusher) and crashing while mountain biking in the Boise foothills, I’d rather be at the forefront of adventure than in the back seat. I’ll take my scars over complacency any day. I crave a life of new experiences and desperately want this for you, too. I believe photography embodies freedom and exploration, so let’s adventure together. We’re swapping the stiff posing for kayaking, the forced smiles for hiking. Pick your adventure. I’ll bring the camera.