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Lauren Casino Photography | @laurencasino | Rocky Mountain National Park

When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer, there are many things to consider. Do you want someone who will document the entire day, or just the ceremony and reception? What type of photography style do you prefer? What’s the budget? In this blog post, we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of choosing a wedding photographer. We’ll help make the process easier for you by providing some simple tips on what to look for, and maybe even more importantly, what to avoid!

Do:

– Do your research before meeting with any photographers. Look at their portfolios and read reviews from past clients. This will help you get a feel for their style and see if they’re a good fit for your vision.

– Do have a budget in mind (and stick to it!) Wedding photography can be expensive, so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend before meeting with any photographers. 

– Do meet with a variety of different photographers. This will help get a sense of their personality and see if you click. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them on your big day, so it’s important that you feel comfortable around them. Plus, this will allow you to compare styles, prices, and personalities to find the perfect match.

– Do ask about what’s included in their packages. Some photographers offer add-ons like engagement shoots, albums, or prints. Make sure you know what’s included so there are no surprises down the road. Also keep in mind that many photographers offer a discount if booking multiple services.

Do:

– Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. If you know someone who recently got married, ask them who they used and if they were happy with their service. We also have a KICK-ASS set of photographers that we highly recommend.

– Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If there’s a specific shot you’re hoping to get, or a type of photo album you prefer, make sure to let your photographer know. They should be more than happy to accommodate your requests.

– Don’t wait until the last minute to book your photographer. Popular photographers can get booked up months in advance, so it’s important to start your search early.

– Don’t forget to read the fine print. Make sure you understand everything that’s included in your contract before signing on the dotted line. This would be a good time to review their cancellation or rescheduling policy. We know that life happens, things come up, so it’s a good idea to avoid the stress later by reviewing their policies now.

Skye Water Photo + Film | @skyewater | Chatfield Botanical Gardens

Final thoughts

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of choosing a wedding photographer, the process should be a little easier. Just remember to do your research, set a budget, and ask plenty of questions.

If you’re still on the hunt for great vendors for your wedding, or you would like some more guidance during the selection process, feel free to reach out to us via email or fill out an inquiry. We would be happy to chat! Cheers!

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An engagement photoshoot is one of the first steps taken towards your big day! Each outfit should be planned ahead of time to ensure that you look (& feel) your absolute best. However, we know that planning the perfect outfit can be easier said than done. So whether you’re here looking for ideas or just need a little guidance, read on for our ultimate guide to dressing for an engagement photoshoot! (P.S. If you’re local to Denver,  check out a few of our recommended kickass vendors we have here).

1. Be comfortable

First and foremost, always be sure to wear clothes that you’re comfortable in. If you can find something to wear that reflects your style and personality, you really can’t go wrong. Remember, the goal of your photos is to reflect you and your partner’s love for one another, and that starts with feeling good in what you’re wearing.

2. Complement each other

Secondly, try to choose an outfit that compliments your partner’s. Don’t misunderstand us- “complement” does not mean “match.” If you’re unsure of what colors go well together, consider heading to the paint department at a big box store and check color swatches! Another pro tip- consider the location/setting of your photoshoot before choosing your outfit. For example, earth tones such as gray, green, brown, beige, or white photograph great in outdoorsy settings. If you’re taking pictures during sunset, try wearing pastel colors like yellow, orange, pink, or light blue. If you’re taking photos in a city setting, opt for colors such as black, white, navy, or red.

3. Accessorize

Thirdly, be sure to clarify with your wedding photographer beforehand how many outfit changes are included in your package. We recommend keeping your outfit changes to a minimum in order to save time. However, you can easily change up your look by adding or exchanging accessories! Handbags, belts, hats, statement earrings, jackets, jewelry, and shoes can transform any outfit with ease. We recommend bringing a few of your favorite items along with you to your shoot!

4. Consider the season

Lastly, remember to consider the time of year your engagement shoot is taking place. Spring is a time of renewal, so why not reflect that in your outfit choice? Opt for something fresh and airy, like a white dress or a light-colored floral top. For summer, you’ll want to beat the heat and go for something breezy, like a light-weight skirt or dress. For fall, you can’t go wrong with a cozy sweater or jacket to keep you warm and snug. Winter is all about layers, so don’t be afraid to pile on a chunky sweater under something like a warm brown leather jacket!

Final thoughts

Once again, we can’t stress the importance of making sure your engagement photos are an accurate representation of you and your partner. If you normally wouldn’t be caught dead in a suit and tie, don’t wear one just for the sake of your photos! These photos are likely to make their way onto your wedding website, invitations, and probably the mantle above your fireplace. Choose an outfit that you feel most confident in and the rest will surely follow!

So there you have it- our ultimate guide to dressing for an engagement shoot. For more tips and tricks like these, be sure to follow our Instagram and check out our new blogs posted every month! 

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