Hopefully you checked out the video, and got some good tips on how to choose a wedding photographer. We thought we would share a few more with you, so that you can make the best decision when choosing this important part of your wedding day.
Step 1- Get online and find some photographers whose work stands out. You'll know it when you see it! Also, hit up your social media feeds. Ask for recommendations, you probably have friends who have recently been married, or been a bride or bridesmaid in wedding. They'll be able to give you some ideas of photographers to check out.
Step 2- Figure out your favorite style of wedding photography. Do you prefer a vintage look, with light and airy backgrounds? Something more traditional? A candid or photojournalistic style, with very few posed portraits? Or maybe something edgy, but bright and clean? All of these styles of wedding photography can be awesome for a Cleveland or Akron wedding, just figure out which is your favorite.
Step 3- Interview some of your favorite wedding photographers in person. Once you have narrowed down they style of wedding photography you are looking for, set up appointments to visit your favorite wedding photographers. There are a few good reasons to meet with your potential wedding photographer in person. Most importantly, you really want to feel comfortable with the personality of your photographer. If you are comfortable and relaxed with your photographers, you will love your wedding images. You'll also want to make sure you know who your photographer will be, some large studios hire associate photographers, which can be great, just make sure you know who you are getting .
Step 4- Discuss your investment. All wedding photographers have different packages and pricing, so don't be afraid to ask questions. It's important to understand exactly what you are getting for your investment. Is there a time limit? Does the package include a wedding album? Do you receive a copyright with your photos? These are all good things to know.
Step 5- Make your choice. There's a lot of great wedding photographers out there, so how to choose? Trust your instinct. You will be spending a good portion of your wedding day with your wedding photographers, so be comfortable and be sure your personalities click.
What an awesome Cleveland wedding with Gordon and Stephanie! We started the day at the Hyatt in the the Arcade downtown with everyone getting dressed for the big day. After a touching and emotional first look (check out the photos below and try not to cry), it was off to the inner harbor for some iconic Cleveland skyline photos. It was an absolutely perfect day, and the photos look awesome! Once we wrapped up the photos, the limo took us back to the Arcade for the wedding ceremony. It's a stunning location, certainly living up to it's reputation as one of the best in the city for a Cleveland Wedding. Next it was time to party! The DJ Crew kept the party rocking, and we even snuck across the street for a final photo of the couple on E. 4th St! Thanks to an amazing Bride and Groom for having us as their wedding photographers!
Ryan & Ashley
Steve and Emily's Akron wedding day started at the hotel were everyone was getting ready for the big day. After everyone was looking their very best, we headed to Indigo Lake, in the Cuyahoga Valley, for a touching first look (Emily gave Steve a letter she had written to Steve two years ago, there were tears) and portraits with the bridal party. The park is looking beautiful, with the fall colors starting to show through. Once we had captured some awesome wedding photography, it was off to Todaro's Party Center, and Akron classic, for the wedding ceremony and wedding reception. It was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding ceremony! We even managed to time up a stunning Ohio sunset. Once the formalities were finished, everyone let their hair down and let loose on the Todaro's dance floor! Thanks so much to a wonderful bride and groom for having us as their wedding photographer!
We can't believe that 2018 is already here!
It is officially engagement season and we are so excited to be filling up our 2018 schedule and well into 2019! We are having the best time meeting all of our new couples, but we can't help to think back to some of the AMAZING weddings that we were so lucky to capture in 2017. A huge thank you to all of our fabulous couples for making 2017 our best yet. We cannot wait to see what our 2018 weddings bring!
Be Looking for a fun way customize your wedding?
You've already made your grand entrance as the new Mr. & Mrs. and it is time to decide on how to make a statement with your exit.
Sparkler portraits and exits are a fun and easy way to add a little sparkle to your day! Below are some tips to a winning sparkler exit for your big day:
Shop around to find large sparklers that are meant specifically for weddings. Capture the magic with sparklers that are 10", 20" or even 30" long and are virtually smokeless. These are the best choice for a sparker exit because they allow your wedding guests have plenty of time to light them for a beautiful effect. The regular sized sparklers burn out very quickly, and by the time the end of the line gets theirs lit, the start of the line has already burned out. Not exactly a picture perfect moment!
Be sure to enjoy the moment and go slowly through the line of wedding guests! Smile, laugh and even stop to kiss for a moment as you make your way through your sparkler tunnel. Your friends and family want to send you off with a bang. Be sure to soak in that last moment before you ride off into the night with your NEW spouse!
Be open to trying new things and have fun with the late evening and night photos. It is a great opportunity to take a moment to get away from the craziness of the wedding reception and enjoy a little snuggle time! We can get creative using the sparkers to make a special design or even a word to create a magical photograph.
Ok, definitely going to sound like a Mom and a Dad here, but you do want to take some precautions when dealing with flames and wedding guests! Be sure to check in with your venue to see if there are any guidelines that you need to follow in order to have sparklers on site. Things to consider include being prepared with a safe vessel to put the hot sticks when you are through with them, having enough lighters to go around and identifying someone to help coordinate the guests and help them with lighting the sparklers.
We cannot wait to create a unique and beautiful moment with you this wedding season!
Ryan and Ashley
What a perfect summer wedding for Dom and Rachael! We started the day at the McKinley Grand in Canton where the guys were getting dressed. The ladies were getting ready at the venue, Waters Edge Vineyard. It's a beautiful location for a wedding, with the ceremony by the lake and the reception held in a barn. After a perfect wedding ceremony, everyone headed in for the reception. We snuck out for some sunset photos to wrap up the evening. Thanks to a super fun couple for having us as their wedding photographers!
Michael and Adriana had an amazing summer wedding at the Glidden House in Cleveland. We started our day with the bridal party getting ready at the Glidden House. Once everyone was ready to go, we headed to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a first look and portraits of the wedding party. It was a perfect day and the photos look awesome! After the photos, it was time to head back to the Glidden House for the wedding ceremony. The location is beautiful, with the historic house as a background. When the "I do's" were said, it was time to head inside for the wedding reception. The party was rocking, and everyone had a blast. Thanks to the happiest of couples for having us as your wedding photographers!
A little rain couldn't slow us down for Kevin and Shannon's Club at Hillbrook wedding. The wedding ceremony took place on the outdoor patio with a gorgeous background. The rain let up long enough for us to sneak out onto the grounds at the club for wedding photography, and it is one of the most beautiful settings for wedding photos in Cleveland! After we finished up the wedding portraits, it was time to head inside for the reception. Thanks to an awesome couple for having us as their Cleveland wedding photographers!
Lee and Carolyn's St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Mapleside Farms Wedding | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
We kicked off the 2017 wedding season with Lee and Carolyn's beautiful Cleveland Wedding. We started the day at St. Ambrose Catholic Church for the wedding ceremony. It's a great location, with natural light streaming in through the many skylights. Once the happy couple was hitched, it was off to Mapleside Farms for portraits and the reception. We lucked out with the weather, and were able to capture some amazing images on the grounds (check out that view!). Everyone had a blast, Lee and Carolyn even hand made ceramic bowls as gifts for their guests (be sure to take a look at the photo below)! Congratulations and thanks to a great couple for having us as their wedding photographers.
James and Eleni's Parkside Church, Old Cleveland Courthouse Wedding | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
The holidays are a wonderful time for a wedding! We were lucky enough to be the photographers for James and Eleni's beautiful Cleveland wedding day. The day started at Parkside church where the ladies got ready. After a touching first look, it was time for the ceremony, complete with Christmas trees and poinsettias! From there, it was off to the Old Cleveland Courthouse in downtown Cleveland. It's an absolutely stunning location for wedding photos and the wedding reception. The band (Redline) kept the party rocking late into the evening, and we had a great time! Thanks to an awesome couple for having us as their wedding photographers.
Ryan & Ashley
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