We believe that choosing the right Washington, DC, wedding photographer is the most important part of your pre-matrimonial preparations. We are biased, of course, and make no claims of objectivity in saying this! Obviously, every part of your wedding day matters. You understandably want everything to be exactly as it is in your dreams. With that in mind, you should absolutely ensure that you are also getting the right wedding venue, wedding planner, DJ or band, caterer and florist.
We suggest taking a little extra time, though, to make sure that the DC wedding photographers are the absolute perfect fit for you. Why? Because of all the service providers whom you engage for your marriage celebrations, they are among the few who will leave you with something permanent. The photographs they create for you are one of the only tangible reminders you have of what will happen on your wedding day. More importantly, they will be one of the few vehicles you have for reliving what you will feel during your marriage celebrations. They will be one of the only ways for you and your spouse-to-be to relive all the moments, the joyous and the bittersweet, that you will experience as you tie the knot.
With that in mind, we would like to offer you a bit of advice regarding what to look for in a Washington, DC, wedding photographer. There are a lot of things to consider, but we suggest thinking about three things. We believe you should base this important decision on a potential wedding photographer’s cost, personality and style of photography.
The first one, cost, is pretty straightforward. You should absolutely base your choice of photographer in part on what you will get for what they spend. Wedding photography is not an insignificant expense. You should find DC wedding photographers who fit your budget and leave you feeling like you got your money’s worth at the end of the day.
A wedding photographer’s personality and more importantly, how well it meshes with yours, is an often overlooked criterion in the selection process. But is no less critical. Your wedding photographers are among the handful of professionals who will spend nearly the entire day by your side. We believe that that creates a unique relationship between us and you. With that in mind, it is critical that you find wedding photographers with whom you click on a personal level. You should find people who feel that their job encompasses much more than simply making you and your future spouse look great on film. They should also be there to get you water when you are thirsty. They should remind you of the time when things are running behind schedule. They must find ways to relieve the tension when you are feeling stressed out.
The final element that matters is a potential wedding photographer’s style. You obviously want to look your very best in the images that are captured on the day you exchange your wedding vows. As a result, the photographer that you pick should be one who produces pictures in which you can imagine yourself and your intended posing. If you think that you look best in photographs that are bright and bold, you should choose a wedding photographer who sees the world that way. If you prefer to be captured on film in a softer and more understated way, go with a photographer with a more naturalistic eye.
Color is a very important component of every photographer’s style. As you consider which professional you will select for your wedding day, look at how each candidate uses colors (whether in the background, in the choice of lighting or in the overall feel of the image) to bring out the best of the two people in the frame. If a photographer’s portfolio shows ample evidence of finding color schemes that complement the fiancés or newlyweds in the pictures, then the chances are good that he or she will do the same for you.
One of the things that we are most proud of regarding the photo featured here is the way in which we did exactly that for the future spouses who entrusted us with their engagement shoot. Because the colors they chose for their clothing were relatively understated, we thought that it would look great to pose them in front of a really colorful background. As luck would have it, we had scheduled their engagement photography session at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. That Washington, DC, institution houses some of the most experimental, offbeat and colorful pieces of art that American artists have ever created. As a result, it was not hard to find a background like the one in this image. An installation comprising every color in the rainbow in all its radiance turned out to be the perfect canvas for the love story of this particular pair of fiancés.
We are very honored that the prestigious Fearless Photographers professional wedding photography association appreciated our use of color in this picture. The organization’s judges deemed the image worthy of inclusion in its “Fearlessly Vibrant Color” collection. The latter is a group of wedding and engagement photos that use colors creatively and inventively in the stories that they tell. We are enormously grateful to have received this recognition of our work and the encouragement it gives us to keep striving to find new ways to represent the beauty of love in our photographs.
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