Six Secrets for Great Wedding Pictures & a Stress-Free Wedding
There are 6 secrets to making sure your day turns out just like you’ve always dreamed with awesome wedding pictures!
- Secret #1
SECRET #1 - Hire a Professional
Why should I spend a significant portion of my wedding budget on photography?
Your wedding is a very special event and as such the photography should be one of the most important investments that you make. Ask yourself, what will you remember about your wedding ten years after the fact, the flowers? the food? or the memories captured by your photos?
Why should I just not allow my Uncle Harry to photograph my wedding for free with his expensive camera?
Unless your Uncle Harry is a professional wedding photographer, do you really want to trust your wedding to an amateur? Thinking that an expensive camera is what makes a good picture is like thinking that all it takes to be a good musician is to own a good instrument. When you hire a professional photographer, you also get the following:
- Ability to capture the events of the day in an unobtrusive manner.
- Knowledge of where to stand to capture the special moments during the ceremony.
- Ability to anticipate the special moments.
- Knowledge of lighting.
- Ability to pose the family and bridal party for portraits in a limited amount of time.
- Knowledge of where to pose the couple when they are first introduced.
- Ability to retouch and enhance images to make you look your best.
- Ability to design a beautiful wedding album.
- Artistic Vision.
- Color-corrected images.
- Knowledge of working with only high-quality printers.
- Secret #2
SECRET #2 - Hire the Right Professional
Believe it or not, the photographer you select to photograph your wedding can make or break your wedding day. Yes, your wedding day - not just the photographs!
Why? because he's THERE - with you and your family, in person - interacting with all your family and guests - and representing you every minute.
You also don't want a photographer that is going to get in everyone's way to capture the images.
Now, HONESTLY, we're not just talking about photography here - we're talking about YOUR WEDDING - how YOU FEEL on your special day, and how smoothly and romantically everything goes. You see, your photographer determines this, by the way he helps you plan your wedding, the way he treats you and your loved ones, and the way he conducts himself throughout the day.
What should you look for in a photographer?
Here's the secret: Meet the photographer - IN PERSON - before you hire anyone to photograph your wedding!
Here's another secret: Most brides don't realize that many studios hire part time photographers to photograph their weddings for them - college kids, friends, relatives, etc. This means that way too often, you go to a studio, talk with a salesperson, look at their samples, and then make a decision - without really knowing who will be photographing your wedding!
- Secret #3
SECRET #3 - The Most Important 'Secret' You MUST Know About Weddings!
Here's a really big "secret" that you won't want to miss and that almost no brides think about when interviewing a potential photographer. What's their guarantee? What happens if you aren't happy with the photography, or the way you and your friends were treated, or if the photographer left your wedding before he was supposed to, etc. How many brides do you know that aren't really happy with their photographs? Probably quite a few. I meet them all the time at weddings! Bridesmaids tell me about their photographer, how he was push, they were at the altar posing for hours and how their photographs are just "O.K.".
Since this is so important, make sure you have a guarantee in writing. And make sure that it shows how committed they are going to be in taking good care of you, and doing a great job.
"100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE"
You will be THRILLED (not just 'satisfied') with how we represented you and your family at your wedding, and also THRILLED with your photographs or I will return ALL YOUR MONEY. Period. No hard feelings either. I want you to LOVE everything I do for you! That's how committed I am to taking good care of you and creating images on your wedding day that you will love forever. Also, unlike wedding-only photographers, I want to establish a life-long relationship with you as your photographer so I am willing to go the extra mile.
This is a "once-in-a-lifetime" event and everything MUST be perfect! You have my written guarantee that I'll take really good care of you!
- Secret #4
SECRET #4 - Testimonials Tell The Real Story
Testimonials are so important in establishing trust with your photographer. Be sure that your photographer has lots of happy brides and grooms, who have written him and told him how thrilled they were with him and his work! These should be from real people, with full names and cities and states, so that you can call them if you want to.
Throughout this web site are photographs and testimonials from some of the brides and grooms and parents who I have had the pleasure in working with. With permission, these are included for your review of people happy with my work.
- Secret #5
SECRET #5 - A Magic Way To Have A Great Wedding
Be sure to find someone who is an EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER! Likewise, choose an artistic photographer whose images combine to tell the EMOTIONAL STORY of your family, your friends,and your wedding day. This is really important, if you are looking for wedding pictures which will be PRICELESS to your for years and years to come!
A great photographer will be one who is compassionate about not ruining the romance, beauty and emotions of your day. So, you see how only someone who is a true romantic can truly appreciate how important this day is to you, and how much you want it to be perfect.
You want someone who is a ROMANTIC and EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER, who will tell the story of love between the two of you and your family and friends. The side benefit of finding someone like this is they will respect you and your wishes by conducting themselves in a professional and friendly manner. They will truly understand the importance of the "Story of Your Wedding Day".
- Secret #6
SECRET #5 - How To Be The Most Beautiful Bride Your Friends Have Ever Seen
On your wedding day, you deserve to be the most beautiful bride that any of your friends and relatives have ever seen. That's the dream every girl has when she begins visualizing her wedding day. And you deserve to have that!
So let's see what it takes for that to happen! Yes, you will need to select the perfect dress, headpiece, veil, flowers, shoes, etc. And yes, you will have hair and makeup done. But there is so much more to it than that.
All these things will make you beautiful on the outside but you also want to FEEL beautiful on the inside. Feeling good on the inside will manifest itself in the emotions that you show on your face, and the way you glow when you walk down the aisle and look into the eyes of your loved one.
When you hire me to photograph your wedding, you're paying me not only for wedding pictures, but also to be there for you. You know that I am there to make your day as carefree as possible and that I truly care for you. I am there to help make sure that EVERYTHING goes smoothly and you don't have to worry about the small details. That's what you are really paying me for and as an extra bonus - the photographs are free.
If you, your husband, family, and guests all have a wonderful time, you will be more beautiful than ever - even more than you dreamed you would be, because there will be absolutely no tension in your body. Can't you see how this will result in WONDERFUL photographs because you both felt great and had such a great time?
See how all this "fits" together to bring you a superb wedding day and awesome photographs? You really can't separate them!
So, how can I take advantage of these 6 Secrets?
When selecting a photographer, there are many factors that you must consider including image quality, comfort level with the photographer, and creativeness. We believe that although there are many photographers to choose from, their are few that are really great. It is our attention to the details that makes our wedding pictures stand out from the others and is the reason why our clients keep coming back to us. If we are not the right photographer for you, our commitment is to help you find a photographer that is a good fit.
What questions should I be asking the Studio?
- Who took the wedding pictures that you are showing me?
- Who will be photographing our wedding if we hire you?
- Can we meet our photographer prior to hiring your studio?
Then, when you meet your photographer, ask them the following questions?
- How will you dress at my wedding?
- Did you do ALL the samples of wedding pictures we saw in the sample books?
- How long will you be at my wedding?
- Before you leave our wedding, who do you check with first to see if there’s anything else we would like you to do?
- Will you travel if necessary?
My answers to the above questions are?
- I’m the ONLY photographer at my studio, and will photograph your wedding personally. Depending upon your needs, I will occasionally hire a 2nd shooter that is also a professional photographer for more variety and to cover two locations at the same time. This provides you with the benefit of more variety in your wedding pictures.
- I will dress appropriately for the occasion and as desired by the bride. Usually this will be either a nice suit or tuxedo. (NOT JUST A SHIRT AND TIE!)
- Since I only photograph one wedding a day, I will be there as long as you need me and NEVER leave without first checking with you! This also means that I won’t be burned out by photographing another wedding before yours which could result in un-creative wedding pictures.
- I am willing to travel to anywhere. I have a well used passport and am willing to travel most everywhere. We would love to be a part of your special day no matter where that might be. So whether you are planning a wedding in Thailand, Mexico, Hawaii, San Francisco, or even Seattle, we would love for you to consider us. In fact, if you are planning a traditional Asian wedding in your native country and need an Asia Wedding Photographer, you may be eligible for a free wedding – Check out our promotion for more details.
So we invite you to hire us as your Professional Destination Wedding Photographer.
Here’s What TO Do Right Now!
The Perfect Wedding Photographer Is Only One Phone Call Away… Make that call now, 253-981-3468. Ask if I still have your wedding date available. Here’s the problem – because I am so well known and respected in the community, and because I strictly limit the number of weddings I do each year,it is very possible that I will already be booked for your day.
Remember, there’s no cost or obligation to just talk on the phone or schedule a chat.
So, DON’T WAIT EVEN ONE MORE DAY ON THIS! If you liked what you read on this page, then call me NOW. We will just have a friendly chat and see if your date is even available, and then, and only then, if you would like, we can set up a time to chat in person and talk about your wedding.
A fantastic, happy, and stress-free wedding is just around the corner, and I’m ready to help you achieve it, as well as capture it forever! So, just call me know before you get distracted with life. It will be a call you will be glad you made for the rest of your life. I look forward to hearing from you!
Steven C. Robertson
Professional Wedding Photographer
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