Virginia based, Available Worldwide
 

UNFORGETTABLE wedding photography

 
 
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Enjoy peace of mind knowing you will have Authentic, Dynamic, and Poetic images intentionally crafted by a photographer that is rich with personality and beaming with passion.

 

  Every image is individually retouched and available for you to do whatever you want with. 
Print them as much as you want, as big as you want, from wherever you want. 


I want you to have access to more than just the digital files; I need you to have something real at the end of all of this to preserve your memories.
Every couple I have the honor to work with receives a custom designed, museum grade, Memory Book to have as an heirloom for future generations.

Collections start at $2,750.

HOW to CHOOSE?

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It's not easy to see what makes a great wedding photographer. As with anything you can buy, there's a good, better and best version.

Think shoes: Do you like Payless or Christian Louboutin? Let's make sure you find the CLB of wedding photographers.

Here are 4 categories that set apart the good, better & BEST photographers.


I

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

This should be the first item to think about as it's the base-bone of your photography choice. Here's what you should be looking for.


- Does the photographer have good quality images (not too dark, too light, orange, etc)? 

- Do the photographs have an altered color or over-effecting to them that's not natural or timeless? 

- Does the photographer fit the style of what you're looking for (elegant and classic, soft and dreamy, loud and fun, funky and sexy, etc)? 

- Do all the photographer's weddings have that similar style that you're looking for? You don't want to hire someone who isn't consistent in giving you the quality and style of photos that you're paying for.

- Do you notice wrinkles, blemishes, unattractive angles, awkward poses or distracting backgrounds in the pictures?

- Does the photographer absolutely guarantee that their 2nd photographer at your wedding will provide the same quality of images?


* A good way to see this for yourself is to ask to see an entire proofing gallery and make sure that the quality of photography is consistent throughout.

 

II

THE ALBUMS

Your wedding album is your first family heirloom that you'll pass on to your children and grandchildren and will be in your family's homes for generations to come. How can you make sure the quality of your products will stand the test of time? Here's the tricks to spotting poor quality albums that probably won't last more than five years:


- Look at the seam of the page. Is there cracking, pinking or discoloration of any kind?

- Look at the corners and sides of the pages. Are they peeling up or not laying flat?

- Look at the book closed and view the sides of the pages. Are they waving or warping in any way?

- Look at the printing itself. Is it colorful, vibrant and matching to the quality of the images you saw on their website?

 

III

THE EXPERIENCE

You simply can't place a value on an experienced professional on a wedding. Your photographer needs to know what will happen before it does, anticipate moments, be flexible on the spot, know how to help you schedule your day-of time-line, and be able to conquer any lighting condition. Here are some questions to ask:

- Have you ever done a wedding like mine? 
Note, it doesn't matter if they've done a wedding at your venue. Because of changing light and circumstantial situations, that's really irrelevant to an experienced photographer. But having them have experience in your type of wedding (Jewish, traditional, Ethnic, etc.) can mean the difference of them knowing what shots to get.

- What do you do when ________? 
Fill in the blank with any crazy thing you think might happen on your wedding day and see if the photographer can think on their toes!

- Do you put together family photos? 
Your photographer should discuss with you what family shots you want before the wedding and make suggestions as to what shots to get based on your family members and the amount of time you have for pictures. This shouldn't be your job the day of! I make sure to go over this with all of my brides well before the wedding. 

- Do you have a videographer/cinematographer you work with regularly?
You'll want your visual artists to be in-sync the day of so that they don't get in each other's way, but instead better your final product by working together.

 

IV

THE CUSTOMER SERVICE

You might find categories 1, 2, and 3 great but end up with a horrible experience over all. Did you know some brides go 3 months without seeing their wedding proofs and years before they get their album?? Here's what to ask to make sure that doesn't happen to you:


- How long will it be to see the proofs? 
If they say six weeks, then ask to see proofs from the wedding they shot six weeks ago and see the date on the invitation picture they took. Don't get caught with someone who over-promises and then doesn't deliver! My brides see their proofs in 3-4 weeks.

- How long does it take to get the album? 
Find out the album process step-by-step. Often times photographers make you choose your wedding album pictures which could leave you frustrated, over-whelmed and procrastinating the process causing you to not have your wedding album until years after your wedding. My brides have an album design within weeks of their wedding. 

- Are they a boutique studio?
Your wedding is unique and important and you want a photographer that thinks the same way and doesn't just pile you in with one of the 100 brides they're photographing that year. The advantage to having a "Boutique-style" photographer (one that shoots less than 30 weddings a year on average) is that you'll receive more attention and care each step of the way and your wedding photographs will show more of your unique couple personality rather than a cookie-cutter style that is done the same way at every wedding. 

- Do you like your photographer?
Is their personality one that you'll love working with over the next year or two - because it's practically like you're going to date them for a few years! Your photographer is one of the wedding vendors that you'll have contact with the most before, during and after your wedding, so make sure they have a personality that's knowledgeable, calm and has pleasant demeanor that you'll want around you for a while.

 

you and your story are WORTH IT

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CONTACT


You deserve the absolute best. That's why I want to make sure I am the right choice for you.Please reach me by phone or email to set up a consultation, or simply ask a few questions.

RVA - 804.888.1048

NYC - 646.241.6101

mail@taniadelcarmen.com

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