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For most of you, you will be hiring a wedding photographer for the first time and we thought we would help you out with a place to get started. As established Vancouver wedding photographers with over 10 years experience, we would like to share a few valuable tips how to choose your photographer.

1.  Are you the actual photographers that will be at our wedding?

The answer should always be yes!  This is critical as your photographer(s) will be around you all day and you really want to get along with them. If they can make you laugh and feel comfortable, your will look great in your photographs.

Each Vancouver wedding photographer has their own style of shooting and varying quality of photographs, you want to ensure that the photos you are looking at and the people you are meeting with represent what you will be getting.  Don’t settle for companies that will send some photographer you haven’t met to your wedding, chances are you will end up disappointed.

2.  Can I see an example of an entire wedding?

It’s easy to pull out a few good shots from several different weddings, but you need to know that your photographer can get the quality images you want from start to finish, all day long. Make sure you see images from a single wedding.

Also try to see some examples that best represent your scenarios. For example, if you are having a reception in a dark and moody place, then try to see some examples of images that are shot in that type of environment.  The quality of a photographers work can often be determined by how well the shots look in the most challenging of circumstances; for example – dark places, bright direct sunlight, snow, rain and more.

3.  Is wedding photography your primary business?

They should be a dedicated, full-time pro. For a 10hr wedding, we spend up to 80hrs of work, that’s a lot of time- you need to know that your photographers can dedicate that time just for you.

Your photographer should also have a proper place of business, either a dedicated studio, residential studio or meeting space.  You are going to be placing an enormous amount of responsibility in your photographer to create photographs that will be with you for the rest of your lives, not to mention a significant financial investment.  If the photographer you are meeting with does not have a proper place of business or earn a full time living from what you need them to do, then there is probably a reason for it and you should move on.

You should also make sure that the photographer can provide the services you need or may want, such as albums, printing and/or framing.  There is nothing more irritating that having a bunch of beautiful photographs that can’t be finished off into a nice presentation for you because your photographer doesn’t offer the services you and your family might need.

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4.  What kind of back-ups do you have in place for camera equipment, lighting and yourselves?

There are no re-dos for your wedding! Your photographer should have back-up camera gear, lighting in case of bad weather and a contingency plan for if they are sick or injured. Liability insurance is a must!

5.  We don’t want to wait too long to see our photos, will I be able to see my photos a couple of weeks after my wedding?

You shouldn’t have to wait months to see your photos.  Have a firm commitment on the turn-around time included in your contract. We do a 14 day turn around for our clients.

It is important to think ahead about what will happen with your photos after your wedding.  This is where, if you not diligent at the beginning, you could be in for a big let down.  This also ties back to making sure your photographer is full time, they will need a lot of time to sort through and prepare your images as well as make your album, if you have one.

Good luck with all your wedding planning, try to have fun with it and make choices that make sense for the two of you. Unfortunately any mistakes about who you choose to photograph your big day won’t be realized until after the wedding, when it is too late.  Following these 5 questions to ask photographers, will go a long way towards making sure that ‘photographer regret’ is one wedding gift you don’t have to worry about getting! We hope this has been helpful for you and if you have any questions for us, certainly just ask, we’ll be happy to help.

P.S. And yes, that’s us at work in the photos! 🙂

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20121224-224418.jpg It’s a pretty special Christmas this year for us, as its our first Christmas as a family of three with our lovely, happy little girl, Zoë, who is now 9 months old. Everyday we laugh and giggle together and we’re looking forward to many more giggles in the New Year ahead. We are spending this Christmas with Justin’s family and despite the cancelled flights, lost luggage and silly travel dramas, we are having a great time now that we are finally here. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends. 🙂

It was absolutely our pleasure to photograph Catherine and Adam’s wedding, not only because they are a really great and friendly couple, but because they had such a fun group of friends and family there on their day and had a great balance of fun, elegance and an awesome party, all of which made for a perfect wedding day. We first started off at the boutique Opus Hotel in Yaletown, where both bride and groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids all got ready. Catherine and Adam met up for a Reveal and we had their photo session before their ceremony, so that they could go right from their wedding, straight into their fun cocktail party reception, without missing any time with their guests. Their wedding ceremony was at the Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park and their wedding reception was at Brix Restaurant in Yaletown.

Here is what Catherine had to say was most memorable about their wedding day:

“The entire day was just so amazing. For myself, the morning was really special. Getting ready with the girls and my mum at the hotel. Adam was a bit more stressed in the morning, but he was very happy to have his closest friends with him for that. Seeing each other for the first time outside the hotel was very memorable and then wondering around Yaletown for pictures. The ceremony (of course).  For both of us, having our parents, sisters, all our family with us, was what made it so perfect. We also really enjoyed the time in the limo bus with our wedding party on the way to the reception, because we could finally relax! Listening to the speeches was also very special. Having my 100 year old grandma and Adam’s grandpa be there, was amazing.”

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Adam’s sister carrying in flowers for Catherine to enjoy while she got ready. Nice touch Adam!
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Catherine and Adam’s niece and nephew made for shy ring bearer and flower girl, but they did their tasks perfectly!2012-12-02_017

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Catherine’s Dad gave a fantastic speech, part of which included a drawing that Catherine had made as a little girl: it was a very touching and hilarious speech!
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And a few kind words from Catherine and Adam:

“When Adam and I were on our way to our premiere night with Steff and Justin, we were so excited to see the pictures from our wedding. When we watched the slideshow we couldn’t believe how incredible it was! Going through the day in pictures and video was amazing and brought back so many memories of our day. So many little moments that were so special were captured. And, it didn’t end there. Next, we looked at our 1st draft of the wedding album. Again, we were in awe at all the pictures.

We still can’t wrap our heads around the fact that between Steff and Justin, they seemed to be everywhere, capturing every moment, getting pictures of us and our guests- all day. We are so so happy with our pictures! Also, it is important to mention that on top of being fantastic photographers, Steff and Justin are amazing people. Immediately, we felt so comfortable with them and we really have created a relationship with them.“ Catherine + Adam

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Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Gallery
Hair and Make-Up: Mink Make-Up and Hair
Accessories: Elsa Corsi
Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Rings: Birks
Suit: Harry Rosen
Florist: Oasis Flowers
Invitations: Buchans Invitations in Kerrisdale
Day of Programs: The Paper Queen
Ceremony Location: The Celebration Pavilion
Ceremony/Reception Location: Brix Restaurant
Wedding Planner: Down the Aisle
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Meg
Wedding Transportation: Elite Limo
DJ: DJ BFad

  • Catherine Schaeffers

    This is great. Love looking at the pictures and thinking about our wedding day!! Thanks again 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Schaeffers

    Wonderful site and beautiful pictures. A match made in heaven! xoxoReplyCancel