Real Weddings

Fall 2013

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realadvice Picture This THERE'S A GOOD REASON why you shouldn't rely on your shutterbug uncle to photograph your wedding. Your wedding day isn't a dress rehearsal — when a moment passes, it's gone for good, whether or not Uncle Bob was paying attention. Hiring a professional wedding photographer, however, can be a daunting task. "It can be confusing to couples entering their wedding photography search, as there is so much variety in pricing, packaging and process," say photographers Camille Fortin Bensler and Chadwick Bensler of Jonetsu Studios in Vancouver. THAT CERTAIN LOOK One of the first things to consider is the style and feel that you want captured. "When you look at your dream photographer's work, does your heart skip a beat?" says Chadwick. "Do you wish to have a similar feel to your images?" "Stylistically, if you are moved by what you see, go with that to start your search," adds Camille. 22 Capture the memories of a lifetime by choosing a wedding photographer who suits your style, personality and budget By Catherine Roscoe Barr Illustrations by Mandy Lau "We like to compare it to how one meets their fiancé," say Vancouver wedding photographers Gina and Chris Chong of Butter Studios. "When you know . . . you know!" "I recommend that brides and grooms-to-be take a look at various companies' online portfolios and when they decide on who the top three are, then contact those companies to set up a face-to-face consultation," explains Chris. "Keep in mind that many top photographers will also be interviewing you in a way, too," notes Chadwick. "There are only a limited number of weddings each photographer can accept, and it is usually important to them that they make a great connection with you, also." PORTFOLIOS SPEAK VOLUMES Looking through a photographer's complete wedding albums can be an enormous help. "Entire collections speak volumes about consistency and ability," says Camille. "Are there genuine moments captured at the critical moment (rather than the moment just after, or just before)?" real weddings fall/winter 2013 p22-27_Photographer.indd 22 13-09-23 10:56 AM

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