5 Tips to select the right wedding photographer

Selecting your wedding photographer is "kind of a big deal." So, how do you choose the right wedding photographer for your wedding? Here are our top five tips to help you select the right wedding photographer for you. 

 

 

1. ARE THEY A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER (CPP)?

Certification = Consistency, Technical Skills, Unique Artistry, and Professionalism

The CPP credential serves to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written examination and photographic image submission.

The CPP credential serves to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written examination and photographic image submission.

When life's biggest moments are unfolding and there's just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don't risk it. Entrust your photography needs to a Certified Professional Photographer and see the difference for yourself.

In the absence of Certification, you have no way to ensure that your photographer possesses the technical knowledge to overcome the many lighting and image capture challenges of a wedding. The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the only body that grants certification to professional photographers. Look for the Certified Professional Photographer designation at their studio.

For more on Certification, check this out from the Professional Photographers of America. 

 

2. DO YOU LIKE THEIR STYLE?

First and foremost, you gotta love their work. It all depends on what you're looking for. Do you want your wedding photography to look different and stand out from the crowd? That's what we offer -- art-focused wedding photography. Art-what? Think of it as a blend of artistic style and cinematic vision with a flair for epic portraiture.

Our style lends itself to creating exceptional portraits. We believe your engagement and wedding portraits belong on the walls in your home together. Your wall portraits from your wedding will become the most talked about furniture in your home!

An acrylic wall portrait from Chris & Katie's "mountain biking" themed engagement portrait session.

An acrylic wall portrait from Chris & Katie's "mountain biking" themed engagement portrait session.

Outside of your portraits, we capture the rest of your wedding day with a posed-photojournalism look that's natural, flattering, emotional, and rich with memories. Come hold some of our wedding albums in the studio and see for yourself. 

 

3. DO YOU LIKE THEIR PERSONALITY?

Your wedding photographer will be by your side through most of your wedding day, and should be someone that you connect with and trust. That's why we believe it's so important to meet in person to reserve your wedding date to ensure we are a great fit for each other. In addition to your wedding day, you will work with your wedding photographer over the course of a year or more leading up to and after your wedding (from inquiry to consultation/booking, engagement session, ordering, pre-wedding planning, wedding day, post-wedding ordering and album design, and beyond).

At Chris Keeley Photography, most wedding clients become Clients for Life as we photograph their growing family and siblings who get married. Will your wedding photographer be your photographer for life, continuing to serve your family portraits? 

 

4. IS IT A FULL SERVICE STUDIO?

Service includes product line, responsiveness, and turn-around time.

Your wedding portraits will become the most talked about pieces of furniture in your home. 

Your wedding portraits will become the most talked about pieces of furniture in your home. 

    • How will you enjoy the memories from your wedding?
      • At Chris Keeley Photography, as a full-service studio, your album is included with your collection. We also offer a complete service to design + deliver + install wall art in your home, help you with gift size prints for family, custom Save the Date cards, and so much more.
    • When will your wedding pictures be ready for viewing?
      • At Chris Keeley Photography: Two weeks! We prepare your entire wedding for you to view at the studio within two weeks after your wedding. No silly waiting games. And a Preview of your wedding photography is available within days for you to share online. In addition, we strive to respond to all messages within one business day.

     

    5. YOUR WEDDING ALBUM

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    It's the basis of all your memories

    When your wedding is over, how will you remember your wedding day? Will your photographer personally design an album with you, or just hand over a USB drive?

    Your wedding album is the heirloom of your wedding. Be sure you have a wedding album. We professionally design your wedding album for you. You will then customize it with your choice of over 40 genuine leathers, types of paper, and various sizes that we will guide you in selecting for your wedding album.

     

     

    So, how will you select your New Hampshire wedding photographer? 

    After you decide you like their style, setup your wedding consultation to talk with them more about your wedding to determine if you are a good fit for each other. Do not select your wedding photographer based on a website and prices alone. 

     

    Chris Keeley is a Certified Professional Photographer and wedding photographer in Dover, New Hampshire, serving weddings in New Hampshire, New England, and destinations near and far. To setup a consultation with Chris Keeley Photography call 207.441.3341 or click the button below to request your consultation.