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A checklist for couples looking for their perfect photographer

Congratulations on taking the first steps towards forever! Your engagement is a magical time filled with love, excitement, and anticipation for the journey ahead.

One of the most significant parts of this journey is capturing these special moments through stunning photography. But with so many photographers out there, how do you choose the one who will perfectly capture your love story? Don’t worry, boo! I can help you find the perfect photographer for both your engagement shoot and wedding day.

Five Areas to Consider

1. Style Match:  Pour yourselves a couple of drinks, cozy up on the couch, and start scrolling. Dive into photographers' portfolios together and explore different styles. Whether you're drawn to soft and romantic shots or bold and adventurous vibes, find a photographer whose style speaks to your hearts for both your engagement and wedding photos.

2. Experience Talks: Look for someone with experience capturing not just moments but emotions. Check out their past work to see if they have a knack for those candid, heartwarming shots that make your love story unique. An experienced photographer will know how to capture the essence of your relationship, both during the engagement shoot and on your wedding day.

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Trevor Ritsema Photography, Gauper Photography

I’ve been practicing photography for over ten years now, with over 100 wedding in my pocket and there’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing my clients have clear memories of their engagement and wedding day. It’s even more fulfilling doing it beside my second shooter, who also happens to be my wife. We remember being right where you were and know how important it is to get your love perfectly captured.

3. Connection Check: Chemistry matters! Seek out someone who not only shares your vision but also makes you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. Your engagement shoot and wedding day are intimate moments, and having a photographer you vibe with will make all the difference in capturing genuine, authentic moments.

Capturing the connection is my favorite part of taking photos. I want all my clients to enjoy the process of their photoshoot. Getting your picture taken is fun! And it should be a great opportunity to spend intentional time with your partner during the busyness of your wedding day.

4. Word on the Street: Dive into online reviews and testimonials to get a sense of what it's really like to work with them. If glowing recommendations are pouring in, it's a good sign you've found someone worth considering for your photography needs.

5. Money Talks: Set a budget that feels comfortable for you and your partner, and then find a photographer whose pricing aligns with it. Remember, you can still find exceptional talent at every price point! Consider how many hours you’d need their services, if you’d like a second shooter, and any other extras that are important to you.

I get that photography isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of deal. That’s why I offer lots of flexibility when you book with me. You get to decide how long you want me there, if you’d like Melissa to tag along as a second shooter, and what vibe you’re going for. It’s all about you!

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With these tips in your back pocket, finding your dream engagement and wedding photographer should feel like a breeze. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the process of choosing someone who will beautifully capture every moment of your love story—from the sweet beginnings of your engagement to the joyous celebration of your wedding day. Cheers to finding the perfect photographer to capture your happily ever after!

If you think you and I would be a good fit (we definitely would), fill out a contact form today so we can get the ball rollin’!

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