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Yves Mozlesio from YJM Photography – a member of the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau’s many wedding service providers is willing to share with you the advice he usually gives to couples that contact him:

Wedding at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton

1. Ask the photographer to show a complete set of wedding images taken from one event – preferably the venue that they are getting married at. Typically this is 400-600 images.
The reason for this is to show the couple an entire event that was captured professionally and consistently well. It’s important that the couple not get caught up by the sales approach. They should first like the quality and style of the photography when meeting with a studio.
If they are expecting to receive 500 images, they should not be disappointed that only 50-100 images were acceptable to them. Since most all studios are digital, it should be no problem asking to see complete weddings.
It’s also worth asking when the proofs are be ready after the wedding. Typically it would be 3-6 weeks.

Flower Girl by YJM Photography

2. Know the individual who is photographing their wedding. Just because a couple views a wedding album at a studio, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are to expect that person to show up at the wedding. I would recommend that the photographer who the couple chooses name be on the contract and that they see their work. Some studios have more than one photographer.
The photographer should have liability insurance. There are some venues that require this from their vendors. If an individual who attended the couple’s wedding was to get injured by tripping on equipment, the couple and venue should not be held responsible. Also, it’s not unreasonable to ask how the photographer will be dressing the day of the wedding.

Tying the knot in the vineyards

3. Meet with 3-6 photographers, and don’t be pressured to sign a contract.  At the same time, don’t wait until that last minute to hire one. I recommend hiring a photographer 6 months to a year before their wedding. Also, it is perfectly acceptable for couples to contact the studio with any additional questions after their initial meeting.
On the day of the wedding, the photographer is probably going to be spending more time with the couple than any other hired person.

Romantic kiss at Wente Vineyards Livermore

4. The wedding day is one of the most important moments in ones life. Couples should feel comfortable and willing to to discuss anything that’s on their mind with the photographer or any other person they hire.
Even though e-mailing is the common form of communicating for so many these days, when important details need to be discussed I recommend speaking over the phone. This is especially important when it comes to discussing the time line and events of the wedding day. I prefer meeting in person at the studio two weeks before the wedding.
Once a time line has been made, I recommend asking the photographer to send an email which outlined their meeting. At this point, emailing the itinerary is important so that there is no misunderstanding of times and events.
Technically, if a photographer captures images digitally which most all do, make sure to ask if the images are in the raw format and not just jpg. Raw format is a much better way of working during the editing process. Once raw images are edited, at that point they can be converted to jpgs. For more information, couples should research the web.

Bride by YJM Photography

5. Lastly, referrals are always a good way of finding a photographer. If this is not possible, the Internet is a good way of seeing if the photographer is respected by the industry. Just because an individual owns a $5000 digital camera, doesn’t necessarily mean that they know how to use it.


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