how do I find a wedding photographer

Wedding photography is much more than just having a nice camera or taking a lot of pictures to cover your bases. The first thing we hear from all of our assistants trying to become professionals is, “Wedding photography is harder than I thought it would be.” Our answer, “Of course it is!” The goal of this article is to help prevent you from hiring the wrong photographer.

This section will cover more of the soft-skills that your wedding photographer needs to possess. These are areas that you need to pay attention to during your meetings and conversations with professional photographers because they are not things that you can determine by asking a question. We recommend that you read this section first. Then head on over to our section called, “10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer” for more specific ideas on what types of questions you should be asking when meeting with potential wedding photographers.

When a business has numerous reviews they are more likely to be established and deliver a great product compared to a company with just a few reviews. It is common for clients to rave about not only their final product their experience with the company as well.

Websites like Yelp or The Knot are great places to read reviews from previous clients and get a feel for what type of experience you may have with your photographer.

Strong Reviews – How Was The Experience of Past Clients?

A professional wedding photographer should not only be well versed in the technical side of the trade, but he or she must also be artistic and creative. Those are two opposite personality traits. How many people do you know are very technologically savvy and artistically creative at the same time?

Expertise – Being a Technical and Creative Wedding Photographer

Having a great camera and technical skills will allow your wedding photographer to capture exposed, well-lit images regardless of the lighting situation and time constraints. On the other hand, having great creative skills will allow your photographer to approach each shot with a unique viewpoint and artistic vision ensuring that the shots are not just photos, but they are beautiful images.

Just as important (if not more important) as their technical knowledge and creativity are the wedding photographers interpersonal skills. How well do they interact with their clients and those at the wedding? Are they outgoing, personable, charismatic, professional, and honest?

Not including engagement shoots, bridal shoots, etc. You are going to be spending a full day with your photographer on the most important day of your life. A wedding photographer with a personality that matches your own is essential to the overall experience of your wedding.

Personality – Being Personable and Charismatic

While researching photographers, you’ll come to notice the many styles of wedding photography. At the same time, you’ll begin to notice what styles you do and do not like. You will get a better idea of the photographer’s artistic style from looking at their blog or website rather than a few images on their Instagram. Taking the extra time to research the complete portfolios of your top choices will definitely be worth it in the end.

Photography Style – Do You Like Their Style Of Wedding Photography?

Well, if you were to look at a wedding written up as a movie script, you would see a primary storyline surrounded by smaller side stories that are happening at the same moment. For example, during a wedding ceremony, the main story is, of course, the bride and groom. However, there may be multiple side stories occurring at the same moment. For instance, mom or dad wiping the tear from their eyes or the flower girl sitting in the corner picking petals from a rose in her hands.

No matter how good a photographer is, he or she cannot be at all places at the same time; and so, to compensate, we use multiple wedding photographers, each with a different focus. For example, our lead photographer focuses strictly on the bride and groom. Our second wedding photographer would focus on reaction shots from the family, guests, etc. Our third (when needed) would focus on creative imagery by constantly surveying and moving around the scene to find unique angles and compositions of our subjects.

Having multiple photographers enables our team to broaden the coverage and creative eyes at the event. While we recommend two photographers regardless of the size of your wedding, we tell clients that it is almost required if you have 100-200 people at the wedding. For clients with very large weddings, i.e. 200+, we recommend three photographers.

Assistants – Having More than One Wedding Photographer

When seeking a photographer, it’s best to not get caught up in the number of products each photographer is promising. Stay focused on the actual quality of the work provided. We realize that some people are working within a budget. Think to yourself that you can always purchase an album or additional prints later (even 5-10 years later), but you can’t change the quality of the photographs taken at the wedding after the wedding day.

Quality – Quality over Quantity

We often are asked the question, “why do I need more than one wedding photographer?

We strive to tell clients if there is something you need to cut from your package to make it more affordable, start with the products. Cut the prints from the package, remove the album, but don’t go with a cheaper photographer because they are willing to give you all the products you want up front. If you can, always keep at least two photographers in your package.

From the South Asian Baraat to the Chinese Tea Ceremony, cultural weddings include an abundance of exciting traditions. Documenting a cultural wedding requires additional time and attention to detail when compared to Westernized weddings. It is important that your creative team has that experience and understanding of your traditional wedding ceremonies.

Cultural Wedding Experience – How Familiar Are The Photographers With Cultural Wedding Traditions?

Once you get pass technique, creativity, and personality, the next thing you should be looking for is an experience. Is the wedding photographer actually a professional photographer, or is this their “weekend gig”? How many weddings has this photographer shot?

While experience is important, some of the best and most hardworking wedding photographers we have met are experienced photographers, but relatively new as wedding photographers. In situations where you love the photographer’s style but are concerned with them not having enough experience, ask to look at their entire collection of images from each event they have shot.

To help you out further when we hire applicants for assistants and associate photographer positions, we base their level of experience off of how many weddings they have shot as the lead photographer. (i.e. not under another professional photographer’s guidance or direction).

Overall Experience – Professional or Part Time Wedding Photographer

1-5 Weddings – Inexperienced
6-10 Weddings – Amateur (Qualified as an assistant photographer)
10-20 Weddings – Knowledgable
21-30 Weddings – Experienced
31+ Weddings – Professional (Qualified as an associate photographer)

he experience you have on your wedding day means everything. And when booking me as your wedding photographer, I feel that quality should be equally as paramount as the experience when working together. I want you to be smiling, laughing, and feeling at ease throughout the entire process. I want you to trust in me 100%, and I want us to be friends. I'll be celebrating with you every step of the way.

The experience is so important for personal reasons as well. After all, your wedding photographer is the one person who will by your side more than any other person on your wedding day (other than your husband/wife, of course)! So, hiring a photographer who has not only the style of photography you are wanting to cherish forever, but also a fun, outgoing attitude is so important - and that's exactly what you get with me. And not to worry - I will coach you through your portrait session, I will help you keep on track with your schedule on your wedding day, and will I be cracking jokes with you all day long. Simply, we will have so much FUN together with everything along the way. And that's the way it should be.

As your photographer, it's also about the results you receive at the end of the day. The photographs should tell your wedding story. And when you receive your online gallery, I want you to feel like you are reliving your wedding day through your photographs. In those photographs, you will see all the beautiful details, the energy, and the pure joy from your wedding day over and over again. And since photographs are forever, every time you look at your photographs on the walls in your house, in your albums, and everywhere else that they might be, you will remember those most special moments in your life time and time again.

I'll be there to photograph details throughout your wedding day, capturing the raw emotions, and documenting the events as they naturally unfold. And everything will be amazing, incredible, gorgeous, and fun. That's my promise to you.

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Hi! I'm Roberto, Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Family Photographer. I'm so excited you are here!

Life has been turned upside down as of late.  Doesn't it make you realize that the bond with your family and friends and the quality time you spend with them is the most valuable thing in life? What better way to celebrate these relationships than with meaningful portraits! 

Family is at the core of everything I do here at Roberto Falck Photography. 

My goal is to create images that make your heart skip a beat every time you pass them in your home. I want you to have photographs of your partner in life and family that, when it's been a particularly tough day, remind you of why you decided to start this whole messy thing called, "Family" in the first place.

Images that go beyond just a record of the people in your life, images that capture the essence of you and your unique family; their personalities, the connection between them and the love that binds you all together.

I want to welcome YOU to my world. Look around and hit that "Let's Chat" button when you are ready to collaborate in creating some beautiful Art with your loved ones.

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Having Roberto with us for the day was like having another friend at our wedding!
He was so much fun, so caring and flexible- our pictures are beyond amazing!!

"Our pictures are
beyond Amazing!"

ali & peter
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 We cannot even begin to express our gratitude to you for so beautifully and professionally capturing a wedding that neither of us had imagined! You both kept us calm and cool, and made the photography experience natural and fun.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. You have captured the first days of our life together, and how beautiful it was -- we can't wait to re-live it all when we see the albums!


"What a dream...
Exactly what we wanted!"

POOJA & NILS
THE PLAZA HOTEL

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Creative. Stylish. Award-winning. These are the words typically used to describe us as New York wedding photographers. With clients based all over the world, New York City is our home. We take pride in offering our clients the type of wedding photography they are looking for.  Its one thing to take pictures, its another to create Art for our clients. Our clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our studio.  Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography. 

WeddingWire said:
"This is wedding photography at its best! Roberto Falck is an international Award-Winning photographer based in the New York City, he has been  considered one of the Best Wedding Photographers in New York, offering wedding coverage in New York and destinations worldwide," 

Not looking for a New York wedding photographer? Please be sure to consider us for your family photography needs in the New York area.

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