5 Tips to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

You're getting married!  You’ve booked your venue, have your ceremony location, you have your wedding planner and now….you know you need a photographer, you've found a few photographers whose work you love.  Now comes time to talk to them before signing with that photographer. But, ah, gosh....what questions to ask?  

Not to worry, my darling!  This blog post will help you know which questions to ask.

Have a fantastic day and happy reading!

1 . What’s your photographic style?

When you are commissioning a photographer that person will photograph your wedding in his or her own style. Be sure to have an understanding of that photographer’s work so that their portfolio aligns with your aesthetic. While Severin Photography focuses on timeless and photojournalistic photography, our experience and fashion photography assignments definitely influence our work. If photographic style is important to you, be sure that the photographer practices this style.  

Now, if you think, well, Martine, I don’t know what style I like.  My response to you is to trust yourself.  If you love your photographer’s images then most likely that’s the style you want.

2.  Please show me two to three full wedding galleries?

Wedding photography takes skill, expertise and experience. Having a nice camera does not make a wedding photographer.  Seasoned wedding photographers train for years, attend workshops to continue to sharpen our technical skills, and assist seasoned photographers so before taking up a camera.  

A full wedding should have images that are well-composed and well-lit, despite lighting situations. That wedding should include artistic images as well as photos you expect to see at a wedding, such as family formals, candids and photos of the ceremony.  So, if you plan on having a photographer to be at your wedding from the getting-ready to the night-time dancing fun, be sure that your photographer has work that will reflect this.

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3.  When will I receive my wedding photos?

Wedding photography studios vary in when they release wedding photos to you. It’s a good idea to know when post-production will be completed before you sign on the dotted line. Severin Photography follows the industry standard of delivering our clients’ wedding photos to them within 3-6 weeks after your special day. Albums are typically delivered within 6-8 weeks from when an album has been sent to the binder.  

4.  Will you photograph my wedding?

Larger photography studios may not allow you to choose your photographer. If you meet a photographer and like her personality and are confident that they will add value to your wedding (other than photographing it), be sure to know whether or not she will photograph your wedding.

5.  Can I review our wedding photography contract?

A contract is very important as it spells out all the nitty-gritty. This document should include: The date and location of your wedding; the amount you will pay for wedding photography; the date on which payments are due; what is included in your wedding package (i.e. album, proof prints); when your wedding photos will be delivered; do you have to provide vendor meals; and what happens if the photographer is unable to photograph your wedding (usually, the photographer should provide a replacement with equal experience).

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Evanston, Kellogg School Engagement Session

In late December, we spent the most lovely afternoon with Jessica and Kelly for their engagement session at the Kellogg School at Northwestern in Evanston.  Kelly proposed to Jessica at Northwestern. It was no ordinary proposal as he had sneaked to the lake front to write his proposal on a large boulder.  

Thankfully, the Marry Me sign Kelly painted had yet to fade by the time of our engagement session.   I know that we had such a fantastic time with J&K. To boot, each time you saw them laughing we too, were laughing along with them.  Needless to say we had a wonderful time together.

Please enjoy the photos below!  

Bianca Sansotti did Jessica's hair and makeup. And Sam Dockery is the wedding planner at their wedding.

Cantigny Park Wedding

I'm so happy to share a few photos of Huy and Pierra from a shoot at Cantigny Park!  I don't which I love more, working with these two or the beauty of Cantingy Park....Methinks I love both!

Location: @cantignypark
Wedding planner: @eventswithambiance... See More

— with Amber K. Sanders, Events With Ambiance, Nika Vaughan, Bridal Artists, Jasmine Galleria and Winfield Flower Shoppe.