1. Get Your First Choice
The best photographers are in high demand. Especially in Southern California where many of the world’s best professional event photographers reside, serving communities like Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Palisades, Malibu and areas both North (the San Fernando Valley) and South (Orange County, ie., Cota de Coza, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Balboa, etc.) So making your choice early helps ensure your 1st choice is available. Considering that you’re depending on your photographer to preserve every moment of your special day, this should be one of the first decisions you make.
2. Not All Photographers Are Alike
Different photographers have different skills, different personalities and charge different fees. It’s important to leave enough time to compare and decide which provider is best for you.
3. Telling Your Story Takes Advance Planning
Having time to work with your photographer in advance provides an opportunity to properly plan before, during and after-event photo sessions. For example, to properly capture your wedding journey, you might want to re-enact the day of the proposal, capture photos of trying on wedding dresses, sharing the news with family members, wedding showers, bachelor parties, the event itself and honeymoon departures. Likewise for Bar & Bat Mitzvahs…capturing moments planning the event, meetings with your Rabbi and Cantor, studying with tutors, meetings/tastings with caterers, etc….are all moments worth remembering but need to be choreographed and included on a photographic “schedule”.
4. Control The Uncontrollable
With a photography plan in place well in advance of your event, your photographer has the time necessary to scout locations, determine which equipment to use for each shoot, decide on what support staff is necessary, and make adjustments for weather and other uncontrollable factors, etc. These are critical decisions necessary to ensure your photographs exceed your expectations.
5. Enable Special Accommodations
Special accommodations often have to be arranged in advance. For example props, wardrobe, green screen photos. Engaging your photographer early ensures there’s time for ordering the necessary materials to make sure everything goes according to plan.
Regardless of which photographer you hire for your special day….these pre-planning tips are your guarantee you won’t be disappointed in the results. Afterall, there’s so much more than just showing up with a camera and snapping lots of photographs. Steve Sherman is one of the area’s most trusted and respected professional photographers. That’s why so many entertainment industry leaders, corporate clients, service professionals, and demanding private clients choose Steve Sherman to photograph their events.