How to choose the right photographer for your wedding San Diego Wedding and Engagement Professional, Best Award Winning Photographer



Tips that will help you click with the right photographer:

Selecting the right photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as you plan your wedding 
— After all, the day after the wedding the only thing left will be your photographs!

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you identify photographers, interview candidates 
and consider your options…



  • Know the difference between a “full-service” photographer and a “shoot and burn” photographer. Full-service photographers are trained and want to be your photographer for life.  They will meet with you in advance so they know what you are looking for, carefully plan for your day, capture your event with a goal of not missing a single detail; edit the hundreds of images captured;  design your album; and have access to the professional album companies that deliver quality finished albums that last for generations.


  • Shoot and Burn Photographers cost less than full-service photographers because they are generally new and untrained and simply snap photos of the event then hand over the files of hundreds of images for you to handle yourself.   Shoot and burn photographers will cost less, but you need to think about how you plan to use the images you’ll receive. 

Learn the differences between photojournalistic and traditional styles, candids and formal posed shots—and select a photographer who specializes in the style you want or will do a mix of styles. Full-service photographers often offer a mix of styles  and know how to guide you into flattering poses in addition to capturing candid moments.


  • Determine whether the photographer can deliver both black and white photos and color photos. Consider both your personal taste and the type of wedding you are planning when deciding your preferences.
  • Other questions to ask:  Do you have back up equipment?  Will you bring a second photographer so no special moment is missed?  Do you have insurance?  What other costs will I have AFTER the wedding?  Can my family download photographs or will they need to purchase them?  Is an engagement session included so we can get to know each other before the wedding?
  • Ask about the timeline AFTER the wedding.  How long until you see your portraits?  When will your wedding album be ready for you to preview?
  • Look at sample wedding albums that include an entire wedding from start to finish, rather than just a few select shots. Try to view two or three weddings in this way.
      • Look for consistent technical quality (composition, lighting, exposure, etc.) and good variety, as well as whether the people in the photos seem at ease. Do the photos capture the excitement and emotion of the occasion and tell a good story? 


      • Be sure the sample work you see was done by the same person you’re considering hiring as your photographer. Many studios have more than one photographer and the sample work doesn’t always indicate this.
    • Understand in detail how the photographer works and charges to effectively comparison shop. How long will the photographer stay at the event? Will there be an assistant? Is back-up equipment available? Can you provide a list of specific photos you want taken? What exactly is included in the costs quoted? What about proofs, negatives and/or digital files? How long will it take to get your proofs and your album?
    • Do you click? Personality is as important as anything else. The last thing you need on your wedding day is someone you and your guests don’t feel comfortable with. If possible, try and meet the person who will photograph your wedding to ensure that you’re comfortable working together.
    • Ask for references and call them. Past customers can give you insights you won’t get from the photo studio.



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    • Look for consistent technical quality (composition, lighting, exposure, etc.) and good variety, as well as whether the people in the photos seem at ease. Do the photos capture the excitement and emotion of the occasion and tell a good story?
    • Be sure the sample work you see was done by the same person you’re considering hiring as your photographer.   Many studios have more than one photographer and the sample work doesn’t always indicate this.


  • Understand in detail how the photographer works and charges to effectively comparison shop. How long will the photographer stay at the event? Will there be an assistant? Will they bring a variety of lenses and lighting equipment?   Can you provide a list of specific photos you want taken?    What exactly is included in the costs quoted?    What about proofs, negatives and/or discs?
  • Ask to see an entire wedding gallery – make sure it tells the story of the whole day – don’t rely only on a photographer’s few favorite images.  

  • Look for client testimonials:  past customers can give you insights you won’t get from the photo studio.
  • Do you click? Personality is as important as anything else.   You will be with your wedding photographer every moment of the best day of your life!   The last thing you need on your wedding day is someone you and your guests don’t feel comfortable with.   Choose someone you like to ensure that you’re comfortable working together. Be sure to choose someone you like who will capture your memories with professionalism, artistry, personality and your style in mind.

And in case you were wondering, ALL of my 
Savoring The Sweet Life Wedding Collections 
include the following with no extra charges:
  • An engagement session so we have a chance to get to know each other before your big day
  • A second photographer
  • Preplanning meetings with bride and groom
  • A custom designed wedding day photography timeline (so everyone will know where to be and what to expect)
  • A photo slide show video set to your special songs
  • A facebook sneak peek the day after your wedding
  • Custom retouching of EVERY image
  • Your online, fully retouched gallery will be ready in less than two weeks.
  • Your online gallery will give Free downloads of all your portraits for your friends and family
  • All your retouched wedding photographs on a high resolution disc so you’ll have them forever
  • AND an amazing, high quality, custom designed wedding album featuring unlimited portraits. 
As a wedding photographer, based in San Diego, but available for destination weddings, 
my greatest honor is being asked to capture a couple’s love story!  



If you’d like more information on having me capture YOUR wedding day love story,

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and to see tons of complete weddings!
To help keep your memories strong, you will want a really good wedding photographer who can capture your wedding day in the most beautiful light. You will be looking back on your day for years to come, and as your memories start to fade – you will want great pictures to look back upon and remember forever.  (The Perfect Wedding Day)

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