Monday, March 24, 2008

Austin Wedding Photography -
think about what these pictures really mean ...

I was looking through my grandparents wedding pictures a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at how nicely they were done. I mean you could almost jump right into them and hear the music and appreciate life in the 1940's. It made me wonder how they found their wedding photographer. I suppose there was a local photographer that had a shop and maybe everybody went to that same person (my grandparents gew up in a small town). The guy had probably photographed countless weddings and was probably the local newspaper photographer and probably worked with the police department. Needless to say the guy was skilled and knew what he was doing. His cameras weren't easy to come by and he probably had the photography market cornered in this small town and it was easy to choose your photographer.

Nowadays you never know what you're going to get. With the price of digital cameras going down in price, every yahoo with a couple of hundred bucks is advertising their services. They'll talk to you about shutter speeds and a bunch of other photography techno-babble that most of us don't fully understand but have in our checklist or spreadsheets - heck I wonder if some of them really understand what they're talking about.

If you want the kind of pictures that will not only last a lifetime but will make your grandkids think they could just step into the picture and join you in your wedding celebration you need to get past the shutter speeds and digital features. Come to better understand the photographers. What's their background? Did they just recently pick up a camera and start shooting. Do they do things differently? Have them show you some of the photos they're most proud of. The proof is in the picture. You can see the imagination, the timeliness, the instincts, the expertise in their photos. You want someone that's going to be able to do a good job with all the classic staged photos but more importantly you want someone that's going to catch the pride in daddy's eyes and the emotion in the bride and grooms "I do's" and all the wonderful candid moments throughout the night.

So, when you're evaluating an Austin wedding photographer make sure you narrow down your selection by capabilities and choose your photographer based on their product.

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