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3 Traits You Want in a Wedding Photographer

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October 28, 2016

Traits Wedding Photographers Should Have

Hi y’all! Luke is starting a little two-part series here on the blog about traits you might want to look for when choosing a wedding photographer! I’m so excited for you all to read these… I think they’re right on! So, here we go… the 3 traits you want in a wedding photographer! ????

1. Servant Minded

In the fall of 2014 I, (Luke) started my final 4 semesters of nursing school. This was the toughest part of the program, and the part that really challenges the thought on whether or not you want to be a nurse. Most people know that I chose to leave nursing school with one semester away from my Bachelors degree to pursue business, and it was the best choice I could have ever made. During my clinical experience, I dealt with a lot of different types of people… very sweet people, people who were angry because of pain, people who didn’t really have the will to live anymore, and more. What I learned in serving each person was that no matter what kind of day they were having, I wanted to be the one nursing student with a smile on my face. I learned to serve those people and help them with whatever they needed with a smile on my face. It was tough, but I know that most nurses do the same thing everyday.

What does this have to do with photography? Well, wedding photography has its similarities to nursing. Caitlin and I do our best to keep a smile on our face throughout the whole wedding day. We offer to help in any way we can, and we do whatever we can to make sure the day runs as smoothly as possible for the two people that matter the most on that wedding day: the bride and groom. We want to be servants no matter what!

2. Responsive Communicator

One of the biggest things we see in the wedding industry is failure to communicate. We have listened to countless podcasts, webinars, and teachings, and the speakers always bring up the importance of staying in touch with your clients throughout the whole client experience. Caitlin and I do our best to respond to every email the day that it was received, and in no more than 24 hours. We believe it is important to be available for questions, and we think having to wait 2-3 days for an answer is unacceptable. When choosing your photographer, look at the reviews. See if anyone says anything about communication that could be a huge hint about whether or not they will get back to you in a timely manner. Also, email us and see for yourself! We would love to chat! 😉 hello@caitlinandluke.com

3. Experienced

This is so important if you care about your wedding pictures and how your wedding day is run. Caitlin and I started shooting as a team in 2015. This really isn’t that long ago, but we have shot so many weddings last year and this year together that we quickly learned how to run the day together as a team. We even hear horror stories online all the time of photographers coming to weddings without a backup camera or backup equipment. We always have a backup ready to go if anything was to happen.

Another question you should be asking your wedding photographer is what precautions they take to keep your photos safe. For example, we shoot with high-end DSLR cameras (Canon 5D Mark III’s). With these cameras, we are able to take pictures and record those images on to two separate memory cards at the same time. This means that if one of those cards were to fail for whatever reason, we still have a back up of your images! We make sure to always have multiple copies of our clients’ images in different places because you never know when something will fail. Make sure your photographer has a back up plan for your images, and feel free to ask their process on keeping your photos safe!

Have a great weekend guys… we’re off to shoot a gorgeous wedding tomorrow and we already cannot wait!

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We check email once daily during our wedding season office hours: M-TH, 9-4 CST. We appreciate your patience as we are still adjusting to life with a newborn. We promise to respond as soon as we are able! ♡

Messages received after 4:00 pm Thursday → Sunday evening will be responded to when we're back in the office on Monday. Friday-Sunday is devoted to traveling to/shooting weddings + spending time as a family!

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