When planning a wedding, most couples agree that finding the right Photographer to capture their big day is one of the most important things they can do in planning the wedding of their dreams.
Why is picking the right Photographer so important? These photos will be a part of your life forever, you want to hire someone talented that takes the time to get to know you as a couple. Not to mention, this Photographer is going to be by your side on your big day – from getting ready, first looks and vows. Your Photographer is also a wealth of knowledge, they want to help you capture beautiful moments you will relive and cherish for years to come.
Because finding the right Photographer is so important, I spoke with a true expert – Joseph Sasu. He began Wedding Photography in 2015 and has an impressive list of awards from Wedding Wire and The Knot. He has photographed weddings in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
Joseph or “J”, as everyone calls him, says his favorite thing about being a Wedding Photographer is watching people on their big day “in that fearless moment…people are at their best. Beautiful, confident and filled with joy and pure, unfiltered emotion”.
I knew J was going to be able to give couples the best advice about wedding photos and the ins and outs that Photographers want you to know!
How Do I Pick A Location for My Engagement shoot?
I always tell couples to pick a location that is true to you. Maybe it’s where you and your partner met or maybe it’s a location that reflects you both. If you both enjoy the outdoors, a hiking trail or the mountains might be right for you. It’s easy to pick a location like the National Monuments in Washington D.C. because you’ve seen it on social media, but remember it’s YOUR engagement and wedding. Be true to yourself!
How Do I Plan My Wedding Day timeline?
You should discuss your wedding day timeline with your photography/videography team as well as your wedding planner. Photographers need adequate time to photograph your prep, first look, test lighting for the ceremony, reception and much more. You also want to be sure you can enjoy your day and not be hurried from one place to another. Talk to your team and if you’re unsure of timing, you can never have too many hours. If you think you’ll need 7 hours for your day, get 8 just to be safe.
What advice Do you have for people planning their wedding?
Your bridal party is your bridal team! Don’t feel that you have to do everything yourself. Ask one bridesmaid to help you find your Hair and Make Up Artist. Ask another to help you figure out if your doing Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s for your morning prep. Have your Maid/Matron of Honor be your “second in command” in case you start to feel overwhelmed or just need some water or a snack.
What tips do you have for the grooms and groomsmen?
Have fun. Too often we think of wedding day being just for women but that’s not the case. Let your guard down, open up! Get involved with things you want for your wedding day. If you saw a cool photo you wanted to try, tell your Photographer. Find a few moments to do something you enjoy, maybe a mid-morning poker game or shoot some dice. Be as natural and open as you can!
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