Picking your Wedding Photographer and Giveaway

How do you pick the right photographer for your big day? 

1. Set your budget range. 
You may need to be flexible to get the photographer you want but be honest with the photographers that you speak to about your budget and exactly what you want. Most photographers expect there to be some back and forth when it comes to deciding on the package details and cost. To get the most for your money, don't fall for gimmicks like wedding albums. If you own all the rights to the original photos, you can have your own album custom made for much cheaper than most photographers will do it for. Your money will be best spent on coverage hours and assistant photographers rather than prints and albums. Prices might seem high but remember that your wedding photos, video and hubby are the things that will last long after the wedding cake is digested and the dress has yellowed - you don't want to skimp on it!

2. What is your style?
Do you like clean, chic photos? Vintage style? Do you prefer candid photos, posed photos, a combination of both? Look through wedding sites like WeddingGawker.com to get an idea of what kind of photography you like, save images for inspiration and even follow links to the actual photographers to check out their portfolios and if they photograph in your area. 

3. Do you like photographer's personality? 
Speak to potential photographers on the phone or request a short meeting with them - is the chemistry there? Are they professional, fun, prepared, easygoing, smiley? Your wedding photographer will be about 4 feet from you ALL DAY on the biggest day of your life. You need to make sure you're comfortable and you want your guests to feel comfortable too.

4. Do your homework.
Read reviews on Yelp and WeddingWire to see what brides have to say about the photographer. Does the photographer have a lot of experience and education? Has a friend used this photographer before? Where was the photographer trained and what is their background? Do they have professional-grade equipment including lighting? If a photographer is well-qualified and experienced, they will be upfront about their accomplishments and will understand your interest in verifying their qualifications. 

5. Check the contract. Then, check it again.
Obviously, you want to deal with an honest upfront business person who will make your day memorable, joyous, and free from complications. Look through any contracts very carefully before signing them and paying your deposit to make sure everything is as agreed upon. Will the photographer advertised be the one there on your wedding day or do they send out another photographer in their place? Will they bring an assistant? How many photos will you get? How many can be retouched? How long will it take for the photos to be ready? 

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 Want to win a free 3-hour engagement photo shoot and a 25% off coupon for a wedding package from Chloe Moore Photography?!

Of course you do! So if you or someone you know is getting married (Los Angeles area only) and you think they deserve a free engagement shoot, email me a photo of of the couple and a short synopsis of their story and they will be entered to win! Simple as that.  

The winners will be chosen through a Facebook competition - the couple with the most "likes" on their photo and also "likes" on the Chloe Moore Photography fan page wins!

Submission Deadline: Sunday February 12th, 2012
Facebook Contest Dates:  February 13 - March 1st
Photoshoot Date: Saturday March 10th, 2012

Submit to: Chloe@chloemoorephotography.com
Then, make sure you become a fan of Chloe Moore Photography on facebook


Grand Prize:
-3 hour engagement portrait session at location of choice within the LA area ($425 value)
-15 retouched images
-online viewing gallery for friends and family to download full-size photos
-CD of all images
-25% off coupon for any wedding package offered at ChloeMoorePhotography.com

1st Runner up:
-will win engagement session if Grand prize winner cannot attend
-25% off coupon for any wedding package offered at ChloeMoorePhotography.com

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