Q+A Interview with master wedding photographer Brian Smyer: Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

June 14, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

In an era where the search for a reliable and talented wedding photographer can be overwhelming, we understand the importance of finding the perfect fit for your special day. To shed light on this process, we sat down with Brian Smyer, the founder of Smyer Image and a seasoned professional photographer. In this Q+A style interview, Brian shares invaluable insights and addresses the common concerns and pain points that couples face when choosing a wedding photographer. With Brian's expertise and genuine approachability, you'll gain the knowledge you need to make an informed decision and feel confident in your choice.  Brian Smyer35858Brian Smyer35858

  1. Are you available for my date? Brian: I completely understand the frustration of finding a photographer who is available on your desired date. Wedding bookings can happen well in advance, and it's not uncommon for popular dates to get booked quickly. I recommend reaching out as early as possible to secure your date.

  2. Can I see examples of weddings you've photographed from start to finish? Brian: You're absolutely right; simply seeing a few highlight images doesn't provide a complete picture of what your wedding album will look like. I encourage couples to request full wedding galleries from photographers they're considering. This way, you can see the photographer's consistent style and storytelling approach throughout an entire wedding day.                                                                                       Real wedding example 1. Charlie and Victoria's summer mountain top wedding at Snowbasin                                                 Real wedding example 2. George and Jana's whimsical goth wedding at Pierpont Place

  3. Do you have references? Brian: Of course! I understand the importance of hearing from previous clients and their experiences. I'm more than happy to provide references upon request, as well as direct you to online reviews to give you a well-rounded understanding of what it's like to work with me.

  4. Will you be the photographer shooting my wedding? Brian: Absolutely! I believe in being fully present for my clients from start to finish. When you choose me as your photographer, I'll be your main point of contact and the one capturing your wedding day memories. This personal connection ensures that your vision and preferences are understood and translated into stunning photographs.

  5. Who will edit my photos, and how do you select the ones to edit? Brian: The editing process is a crucial step in delivering a cohesive and beautifully finished collection of photos. As your dedicated photographer, I take immense pride in personally handling every aspect of the editing process. This includes careful curation and selection of the best images that capture the essence of your wedding day.

  6. Do you have liability insurance? Brian: Yes, I carry liability insurance to provide you with peace of mind. Your wedding day is an important event, and I take every precaution to ensure that both you and I are protected throughout the entire process.

  7. How many other events will you photograph on my wedding day? Brian: Your wedding day deserves undivided attention and dedication. To ensure this, I intentionally schedule only one wedding per day. Additionally, I block off a three-day period surrounding your wedding, allowing ample time for preparations, capturing moments, and post-production. This flexibility enables me to focus solely on you and your wedding, without any distractions.

  8. What will you wear to my wedding? Brian: I understand the importance of blending in seamlessly with the overall atmosphere of your wedding day. I typically dress in attire that aligns with the expected dress code for guests. This ensures that I look professional yet unobtrusive, allowing me to capture authentic moments while remaining respectful of your celebration.

  9. Is wedding photography your primary business, and how long have you been shooting weddings? Brian: Yes, wedding photography is my primary focus, and I've been capturing beautiful love stories professionally since 2008. I took a leap of faith to pursue my passion, and this journey has allowed me to continuously refine my craft. I am fully invested in providing you with an exceptional experience that captures the uniqueness of your love story.

  10. Can other people take photos while you are shooting? Brian: While I highly recommend an unplugged ceremony to create an intimate atmosphere, I understand that guests may want to capture their own memories. I embrace a friendly approach and discourage any strict regulations on guest photography. My priority is to document your wedding day authentically, regardless of guests' actions. In the end, I believe in focusing on capturing genuine moments rather than policing cameras.

  11. Can I provide you with a shot list? Brian: Absolutely! While I don't require an extensive shot list for the entire day, I highly recommend creating a shot list for family portraits. This ensures that no important combinations are missed. Additionally, if there are any specific details or sentimental elements you'd like me to capture, I welcome your input. Your wedding day is unique, and I strive to reflect your vision and desires through my photography.

  12. What happens if your equipment malfunctions at my wedding? Brian: Equipment malfunctions can be a nightmare for any wedding photographer, and that's why I take preparedness seriously. I have backup equipment for all essential gear, and in most cases, I even have backups for my backups. This level of redundancy allows me to swiftly address any technical issues without compromising the quality or flow of your wedding day coverage.

  13. Do you have a contract? Brian: Yes, I utilize a straightforward contract that serves as a valuable communication tool between us. It ensures that we are aligned on all the details and expectations, providing clarity and peace of mind for both parties involved.

  14. Do you require a down payment to secure the date? Brian: Yes, to secure your wedding date in my calendar, I request a down payment of 25 percent of the total contract. This not only confirms your reservation but also allows me to allocate the necessary time and resources to make your wedding photography experience exceptional.

  15. Will you meet with us before we book? Brian: Meeting in person is essential to establish a genuine connection and build trust. As your wedding photographer, it's crucial for us to feel comfortable working together. I highly recommend an initial meeting to discuss your wedding plans, get to know each other better, and ensure that we're the perfect fit. Additionally, I suggest a pre-wedding photos session as an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the camera and create stunning images that reflect your unique love story. I can't wait to meet you and embark on this incredible journey together!

Conclusion: Choosing the right wedding photographer goes beyond simply admiring their portfolio. By engaging in thoughtful discussions and asking the important questions, you can navigate the selection process with confidence. With Brian Smyer's professional expertise and genuine approachability, you can find a photographer who not only captures breathtaking images but also understands and fulfills your specific needs. Remember, your wedding day is an unforgettable chapter in your love story, and with the right photographer, you'll have timeless memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Are you ready to capture the essence of your special day with a talented and personable wedding photographer? Don't settle for anything less than an exceptional experience. Contact Brian Smyer of Smyer Image today to discuss your wedding photography needs, schedule a meeting, and start building a trusting relationship. Let's create memories that will last a lifetime. Book now and embark on a photography journey that truly reflects your love story.

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