Category Archives: Wedding Photographers

The Magic of Making Memories Last a Lifetime

As photographers we are tasked with capturing the most intimate moments between a couple and preserving them in pictures for life. But how do you take the hectic wedding day and transform it into a beautiful serene setting where you can capture the intimacy of the couple about to be wed?


In order to get extraordinary moments the couple “needs” time alone away from the photographer and the wedding party. Sometimes five minutes make a world of difference, and the newlyweds will reward you with the best opportunities to capture truly photo-journalistic moments.  We begin the wedding photography process early in the booking stages and listen to the couple and their photography wishes for the wedding day. By doing so our photographers have a baseline of what the couple expects in terms of photo coverage on their wedding day.

Usually the word photo-journalistic is being insisted upon as a sole means of  photographic coverage, but what that usually means is that the couple does not want “to be arranged”  in the pictures . They do expect the wedding photographer to keep a certain distance, a sort of personal space which cannot be violated. The truth is that no wedding has ever been done truly in that sense of photojournalism. If you ever looked at the photographer, or asked him/her to take a picture then it is not photojournalism anymore since the simple act of posing makes it a formal /traditional rather than photo-journalistic or “hands off” approach.

Most of the couples we have discussed photography coverage for their wedding day, agree that they do want a mix of styles, usually, a blend between traditional and photo-journalistic. Both approaches have their merits, advantages and disadvantages and it is up to you to decide what coverage you really want in your wedding photography package.

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Are you getting good results from wedding planning sites?

Usually competition is a good thing, but it always comes at a price and wedding photography is no different. We all like to believe that if more people compete you get a better price and we all remember the now famous phrase “when banks compete you win”. While competition is healthy in every industry it seems like it always has a negative impact somewhere in the grand scheme of things.

When choosing a photographer or florist for your wedding you want the most expeditious way of getting information, and there are plenty of places that will match you with service providers such as florists, photographers, videographers, D J’s, gown designers, and banquet halls.

The problem is that in a race to beat the competition, wedding photographers, and other providers will usually not include a “full” package as they would otherwise, forcing you to paying more and get less.

The Internet is a great tool to find the services you need, be it your wedding or social event, but sites that offer planning and matching in one stop, do not really match you, but rather have companies compete for your business. Most of these companies pay the site for your name and e-mail after which you receive 5-10 “matches”. It is not always a win-win situation as sites vary greatly in the way they process your request for  “wedding services”. Some will have it out on a timed basis  while others will sell to a limited number of people. Usually you might end up with one or none of these matches but in the end 90% of responses are discarded. After a while when you realize you are spending more money on advertising than you bring in, you start loosing a lot of quality people or receive diminished service to compensate for the expense.

What to do? It’s not hard, but if you need a wedding photographer, look for it yourself and call him/her. Talk to them and tell them what you need and ask them to give you prices and maybe set up a meeting. Both parties need to feel comfortable with each other, and I believe that relationship building is key to a great wedding experience.

It is a  bit more work on your part but in the end it’s worth it.  You will receive more service for your money and will have a far more pleasant experience.


Religious wedding considerations

Religious weddings beg to be photographed. There is so much to learn about the way in which an ethnic minority regards the rituals of  marriage. In all of them there is a common element, respect. A wedding photographer must ask questions before the wedding and listen to the explanations provided if he is unfamiliar with the ritual. It is very important that one’s religion is respected and weddings often represent honor rituals. A photographer should present himself as not to disturb this balance. It is important that you observe the rituals and always ask permission.

How to deal with a wedding photographer

Set expectations. Be sure you know what you need for your wedding photography, portrait or whatever your photo project might be. If you don’t know exactly what you want try to talk about your wedding with your photographer. It is an important task especially if you want certain pictures and poses incorporated in you wedding day.  Make sure your photographer is aware of what you want. Repeat if necessary to make sure you are both on the same page and talking about the same thing. Have the photographer repeat what you want and consider “must take” photographs on your wedding day, I know this sounds silly, but after you had the wedding there is little point in discussing your needs.

Here the photographer should take an active roll and explain what his plan is for your wedding day, complete with details of what he knows will make a good story. After all you don’t want a bunch of wedding photographs but rather an emotional roller-coaster illustrated in pictures.

Have a list of the must take shots that you do not want him to miss but make sure he has creative leeway and do not overwhelm him to the point he’s going to miss the real important wedding photos.

Chicago Wedding Photographer

If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Chicago-land area, look no further than us.

At RJ Photo Galleries we are equipped to provide the best wedding photographic experience for our clients.  Whether you need to cover the whole wedding or just a few hours, we can accommodate your request. Packages start around $950 for 4 hours of wedding photography coverage. We have a series of albums you can choose from as well as digital frames for the “non traditional”  brides. In addition to our photojournalistic wedding services, we also offer classical photography.  We always meet with the client “before” any payment is taken in order to help aleviate any usease you may have and answer your question  face to face in an honest and open manner.