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4 Keys & 5 Questions to hiring the right Photographer/Film Maker

So you just got engaged...congrats to you and yours! Now its time pick your wedding date and select a venue. Once those items have been squared away most people will now start working on selecting the various vendors (photo, video, DJ, band, florist, etc) that are needed. One of the first things people take care is the photography and video. So you jump online and do some quick research and schedule the face to face appointments.  

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So many times couples have come into the studio and have said the following things to me: “your our first meeting so we don't know what to ask”, “we've never done this before (being married), so we don't know what we should ask or say”...although those are fair statements...my strong recommendation to you is be prepared to have a consultation before the actual consultation.   

4 steps to take before your consultation:

Before going into a consultation with a photographer/videographer make sure that:

1. you have seen their work and love it – from their website, Facebook and Pinterest

2. Read up on any reviews...what do other couples think of the company

3. Set a budget – What is your balance between the investment and the importance of quality work

4. Have an idea of what you are looking for in terms of coverage and final product. Are you looking to keep things basic (just the files) or are you looking for albums, canvases, etc. The more focused you are the easier it will be to find the right person or company for you.

Once your at the consultation:

5 real world questions to ask during the meeting -

1. What happens in case of an emergency? Specifically what are your emergency plans? - this is important to know the company you are dealing with has thought this out and has a logical plan. If the company doesn't have a solid plan, they may not be the right one for you.

2. If photo and video come from different companies how do you work together? - I always tell people you have 1 aisle to walk down and 1 aisle to walk back and you have at least 2 people trying to get the shot...it helps if photo and video have worked together many times and can work in harmony

3. What is your turn around time for delivering the photos and video after the wedding? - Asking this will help manage your expectations on when things are delivered.

4. Have you shot at my venue and if not please tell me how you would prepare yourself for our wedding? This will help you gain some insight into experience and planning

5. How do you manage the actual day of our wedding? What is your style for managing the day? - This will help you understand the demeanor of the person or company taking the images and does that fit your personality and get the job done.

I hope this helps you out...any questions please send me a message at pclayman@nhimages.com or call 603.566.7911. Enjoy the journey of planning for your special day :)


Amanda & Brad - Stonewall Farm - Wedding Photography

Amanda & Brad were married at one of the more scenic rustic place to get married Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH.

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We had a chance to get to know Amanada & Brad before the wedding by doing their engagement images and what we learned is they are an easy going fun loving couple who just happen to appreciate great photography...near and dear to our heart! :) We covered the day from the bride and groom getting ready through the early part of the reception.

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One of the many things we appreciated is that Amanda & Brad had a nice manageable bridal party consisting of 1 maid of honor and 1 best man...and that was it...I know, I know having 10 on each side is fun, but its nice to see something more intimate from time to time.

The ceremony had an awesome fall foiliage background and was performed by a good friend of the bride and groom...even one of the readings had a personal connection with Brad's mom filling that role.  

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After the ceremony we were able to get these photos:)

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We loved the open concept of the reception room as we captured the first dance, toasts and parent dances.  Erin our day of coordinator did a great job of keeping this in order and we want to wish Amanda & Brad all the happiness in the world!!

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Wentworth By The Sea Wedding - Photography

Lauryn & Ryan were married on a glorious Sunday on the seacoast of New Hampshire.  They started the day preparing at Wentworth By The Sea in New Castle, NH...they would also have their reception at this beautiful venue.  

Lauryn wanted her father to see her in her dress for the first time so we set up a first reveal for her father as a twist and the pictures below speak for themselves.  

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The church, St. Michael's in Exeter was the ceremony location in a traditional New England setting.  After doing a few family photos at the Church we made our back via trolley to the reception.

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The reception was beautifually decorated with flowers from Jardinere and votive candles to bring out the evening ambience.  

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The band, Men In Black had everyone rocking the whole night. Amanda, the wedding coordinator at The Wentworth did an amazing job having everything flowing throughout the night.  

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50th Wedding Anniversary - Photography

What would you say to a couple that eloped 50 years ago...what would you say to that couple celebrating an anniversary party for their closest family and friends...and what would you say to that couple who were surprised by being able to have the wedding ceremony of their dreams with the proper audience...you would say congrats!...you would say awesome...and with these wedding and celebration pictures there are a thousand other words that you can say...congrats Nancy and Bob...you deserved every moment of that celebration at Church Landing in Meredith, NH.

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Wedding Photography Melissa & Bill

Hi Everyone,

I hope this blog sees you well.  Melissa & Bill were married recently and had their reception at the beautiful Sky Meadow Country Club (www.skymeadow.com) in Nashua, NH.  Check out the slideshow and let me know what you think.


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