Photo by Joe Hu, Town Crier
Finding the right photographer should be a priority for couple
A bride wears her wedding dress for only a few hours, and the fresh flowers in her bouquet last for a few days. But photographs preserve that special day for the lifetime of the couple, their families and for future generations. Therefore, it's important to select a photographer thoughtfully.
"After the event is over, all that's left are memories and photographs," said Brent Pederson, owner of Murry Kalish Photography. "Memories fade. You want to have good photographs."
Pederson and Timothy Gill, who co-owns Sheldon of Los Altos with Eddie Richardson, offered their professional advice on selecting the right photographer to preserve those memories.
Both Gill and Pederson advised scheduling a personal interview with a photographer before making a commitment. Determine whether he or she is someone you feel comfortable working with. "(The photographer) is a director as well. You want someone who can interact well with people, someone who has flexibility," Gill said.
Pederson agreed, but added that while some people might prefer photographers that take control of the action of the day, he believes "the less you notice a photographer, the better job he's doing."
Gill and Pederson said a photographer's availability on the wedding date may also affect a couple's choice. Gill his clients typically scheduled at least six to eight months in advance. Pederson said he has occasionally been able to make the arrangements as little as a month in advance if he had the date open.
When the bride-to-be interviews photographers, she should consider the different styles of the photographs in a studio to make sure the photographer's style matches the look she wants, Gill and Pederson advised.
"It's a very personal thing," Gill said. "Look at the technique of the photography itself, the feelings you get from the composition and the interactions between people (in the photo)."
Wedding photographs are a combination of more formal poses of the wedding party and candid shots, so a bride-to-be or the couple should look at samples of both kinds of a photographer's work, Gill said.
"Look at the images, but also ask who the photographer is," he advised. "Is that the photographer who will take pictures at your wedding?"
To get the best pictures, choose a photographer with a lot of experience working at weddings.
"Reputation and longevity are good signs of who's producing good work," Gill said.
Pederson explained, "During a photographer's first 100 weddings, all kinds of things can go wrong. It takes a long time to get beyond technique and get to the emotions involved and capture those subtle nuances."
Even if a couple has to consider expenses carefully, it's best to be flexible in establishing a budget for the photographer.
"Don't try to save a lot of money on the photographer," Pederson said. "They're pictures you get only once, and you can't trade them for something you like better."
Gill noted that the photographer whose work you prefer may even be the less expensive one, but added, "If you don't like what you see, it isn't worth it, whatever the price."
To contact Brent Pederson at Murry Kalish Photography, 317 State St., call 941-5207. To contact Timothy Gill or Eddie Richardson at Sheldon of Los Altos, 380 Main St., call 948-3823.