ARIC C. HOEK BFA, CPP, AUTHOR
"The second best man at your wedding."
Twice awarded Houston Photographer of The Year.
“I want the images from your wedding to make your eyes open wide and your jaw drop to the floor as you gasp in delight. I want the portraits and images I deliver to give you both enjoyment for generations to come. I want your images to transcend the simple pieces of paper they are printed on.
There’s a long list of Houston Wedding Photographers to choose from. And Wedding Photographers in Hosuton offer so many styles to choose from. This single decision will determine how you remember one of the most important days of your lives together, and the clock is ticking. You have little time to decide, and you need to learn as much as you can.
What should you look for in a wedding photographer? How do you make your decision?
Here’s a 6-step strategy I’ve created to help newly engaged couples clear the confusion, narrow down their lists and finally make contact.
Houston wedding photographers are individuals, and they can only be at one place at a time. Once an engaged couple has booked a photographer, the photographer is contractually obligated and will no longer entertain future requests for the same date. The same could be said for a popular band you may want to reserve for your reception.
Visit the first 40 pages google lists for you when you search for “Houston Wedding Photographer”, or for photographers in your area. Just because a wedding photographer’s site is not on the first page of Google doesn’t mean their work is inferior to others.
Make this first part simple and fun. Just look at the home pages of the sites you visit. Which one hits home with you? Which one touches you the most? Try not to think of cost at this point, but simply begin to make your list of top 15 or so favorites. You can go more in-depth into the sites later once you begin to narrow things down.
Begin to narrow your list down by looking at the amount of experience the photographer has.
If you were going into heart surgery, you wouldn’t want to hire a doctor who would be performing heart surgery for the first time.
How many years has the individual been a professional photographer? Is this something the person does every day of the week, or just something they do on the weekends?
Have they photographed at your facility before?
Find a search field on their blog or site and search for the name of your wedding facility and see what comes up. Search for the words Bridal Portrait or Engagement Portrait as well to find examples. Search for the words Wedding Album and review some of their wedding album designs.
Is there an archive of their blog on their site? This may give some additional insight into years of experience.
Look for a link on the photographer’s site called “View Your Wedding”, or something along those lines. How many years of weddings you find posted may be a good indicator of experience. This should also show you a clearer picture of what you will receive, as more than likely only the photographer’s best work is on their homepage. Also, make sure to look at the most recent wedding posted, as a photographer is only as good as his/her last image.
Don’t just look for the artists passion in their work. Search for answers to these questions as well.
Are they part of any professional organizations? Have they sat on the board?
What awards have they won?
What are their goals for continuing education?
Are they an expert in their field? Have they written any books or been published?
Searching the BBB before making a large purchase with a company is always a good idea.
You should have now narrowed down your list to your top 7-10 choices.
Now, contact all of them at the same time using the contact form located on their website and time how long it takes for each photographer to get back to you. This might give you a good idea as to how responsive the photographer will be to your future concerns. You will most certainly have additional questions for the wedding vendors you reserved, and you will need those questions answered quickly as your event date approaches. Having to wait for a question or concern to be addressed may add additional stress and delays in your planning.
Be selective in what you write in the Notes Field of the contact form. If you truly want a response, simply writing “Pricing and Packages please” will not create a strong desire for the photographer to work with you.
Houston wedding photographers prices is of course also a concern, but in no way should it be the only thing you consider when researching.
Wedding magazines and the like all provide a list of basic questions to ask your prospective photographer, most of which can be answered by reading the photographer’s FAQ page on their website. If you want to find a passionate, experienced artists as your wedding photographer, then you need to ask the right questions.
You want your wedding images to make your eyes open wide and your jaw drop to the floor as you gasp in delight. The photographs you have printed from your wedding should transcend the simple pieces of paper they are printed on. Results like these will be determined by locating and selecting the right wedding photographer.
Begin your research now and have fun! Happy hunting and congratulations on your engagement.
If you are interested in learning things you can do at your wedding to ensure your photographs look their best, then allow me to suggest you download my free eBook, The Bride’s Path to Perfect Wedding Photography. It’s filled with great tips you would never think of.
OR, read this blog entry with 23 Wedding Photography Tips.
Author: Aric Hoek
Houston Wedding Photographer
Twice awarded Houston Photographer of The Year.
“The second best man at your wedding.”
Solaris Studios, Inc.
10407 Thornhurn Court
Houston, Tx. 77065
|Thank you, Aric, for our beautiful and breathtaking wedding photography! We are beyond pleased with the results. The work you did of our Engagement Session hangs in our home proudly.
Arjay and Rosemary Visaya Married 10/15/11
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Houston, Tx. Wedding Photographer Consultation Times:
Monday 10am – 7:30pm
Tuesday 10am – 7:30pm
Wednesday 10am – 7:30pm
Thursday 10am – 7:30pm
Friday 10am – 7:30pm
Saturday 10am – 7:30pm
|I offer multiple packages as a starting point. Please feel free to inquire about changing any package to better meet your individual needs.
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