The most important decision in planning a wedding is picking a photographer.
Driving across the island to surf the beautiful waves at Tunnels or to meet someone for a wedding, I often see people taking pictures while crossing Hanalei Bridge, or pulled to the side of the road trying to snap a picture of a mother chicken and her babies. Kauai is a breathtaking island deserving of beautiful photographs. Together with the constant flow of the trades and the moving of clouds through the Island and of course the sun tracking across the dark blue sky, it is possible to take stunning photos all day long all around the island.
With all the natural beauty of the island available snapshots are easy, but it’s another thing to capture the truly special moments of your wedding.
When I started out, I made some mistakes. Background trees poking up out of people’s heads, unsophisticated body postures that didn’t capture the beauty of brides, forgetting to tell mom to take off her sunglasses, or just not having the right exposure to capture that a rainbow or the sun winking at us as it hit the horizon.
Weddings are hectic, emotional and spontaneous, a good photographer should be able to stay grounded and technically accurate and yet be a part of all that’s going on. Over the years, I have learned to capture the moments of a wedding as they happen. Without an experienced photographer, images can seem stagnant and non-emotional. People just standing there looking back at the camera. I always thought the best shots were between those shots. A laugh or chuckle or some silly thing said. The reaction makes the better shot.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, or perhaps a thousand dollars.
I’d love for you to use Coconut Coast Weddings and Photography for your wedding planning and photos, but no matter who you choose, review the photographer’s portfolio, looking for the emotional attachment in the photos. If you don’t see the emotions in the photos in the portfolio, find another photographer even if the technical aspects of the photos are excellent.
If you like what you see in the portfolio, contact the photographer and talk with him or her. Discuss their wedding experience and philosophy. Within a few minutes, you should establish a good rapport with him or her; otherwise, find a different photographer. After all, you will be spending one of the most significant days of your life with this person, so it is important to be comfortable and trust in their abilities to deliver amazing photos.
Finally, if you find one or more photographers that meet your requirements, discuss price. Keep in mind that experienced, good photographers will generally cost more simply because they are consistent, they make fewer mistakes and have an emotional attachment.
So save money on something else but not photography. These images will outlast your lifetime and be memories for your children and grandchildren. It’s worth it.