The Wedding Planner Magazine

Richmond 1-2

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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PLAN YOUR WEDDING Your Day in Pictures Choosing A Wedding Photographer I n a sea of wedding photographer choices, it can be overwhelming to newly engaged couples to find the perfect fit for them. There are literally hundreds to choose from in any area. So, how are you supposed to know which one is going to give you images you love and make your wedding day a success? Lindsay and I have been doing this for over a decade and have photographed over 400 weddings, so we've talked to a lot of couples about their choices. Take a look at these four aspects of your potential photographer. It's a great start to help find "the one". Style – Ignore the buzzwords and look at the work. Look at a lot of the work. Blogs and websites are just "greatest hits". Ask for full weddings. Really get a sense of what they deliver to their couples and make sure it's the perfect fit for how you see your wedding day. Personality – Your photographer is going to be mixing with your friends and family all day. So during the first conversations, get past the package details and have a chat. If it feels comfortable and flows well you're probably on the right path. by Don & Lindsay Mears Don Mears Photography Experience – The number of weddings and the number of years a photographer has under their belt doesn't make them more talented at capturing images, but it does go a long way to making your day as anxiety free as possible. Never under- estimate an experienced photographer's ability to help you plan your day and, if needed, get it back on track while it's in progress. Budget – Everyone has one and establishing your priorities is typically job number one. I may be biased, but photog- raphy is the absolute one place not to take shortcuts. Hire the person with the most experience, best style for you, and personality you love that you can possibly afford. If you need to cut a little somewhere else to get your dream photogra- pher…do it. It is the best investment (other than your fiancé, of course) that you'll make for your wedding day. Don Mears Photography Don Mears Photography Mike Topham Photography

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