Choosing The Perfect Wedding Photographer by Joseph Miceli

Choosing The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Finding a photographer who'll capture everlasting memories from your special day is one of the most important decisions you'll make for your wedding. These cherished moments can be relived over and over again after the ceremony, ESPECIALLY if snapped by a talented photo maestro. 

We tapped the mind of Ontario-based photographer and frequent Edge Hospitality collaborator Mike Streeter to learn more about this carefully tailored craft.  Personally photographing over 450 weddings himself, Mike's attention to detail and wonderful relationship with brides and grooms is something we wanted to learn a bit more about this month.  Buckle up; it's time to learn everything there is to know about choosing your wedding photographer!

EDGE: What factors do you think a bride or groom should take into consideration when doing their homework to research wedding photographers?

MIKE: When starting your search for a wedding photographer, it's important to realize the main governing factor to what qualifies for you. Are you willing to take the risk of sacrificing quality, reliability and professional integrity in order to save money and find a low-cost photographer? This gives you a clear starting point for your search.

There are low-cost photographers that can provide some amazing images. However, it's likely that they are entry level and have not yet realized the true value of what they are offering or the amount of work that they have ahead of them. They may not be properly equipped to continue to operate in the event of a camera malfunction, or they may not realize the importance of quickly securing multiple back-ups of wedding images across different data storage devices.m These are just a few important points.

EDGE: How early before the wedding should brides and grooms start seeking a photographer?

MIKE: This depends on how important a certain photographer or style is to your wedding vendor team. In my experience, the more sought after wedding photographers get booked quickly, 9 months to 18 months before the wedding date. It always makes sense to book secure any vendor early to avoid disappointment. Have everyone booked within 3 to 6 months before your wedding date to alleviate unnecessary stress.

EDGE: Should brides and grooms have a specific checklist of what they want to be captured? If so, what are some things that often get overlooked?

MIKE: An experienced professional photographer will not need a checklist of shots, If you like the photographer's style and hired him/her based on what you want then you should let them do what they do best. One exception would be to have a list of groups of family photos listed out so that nobody important gets overlooked or missed in the commotion. As the photographer is unlikely to know everyone by name, you could assign a family member to round up the groups of people required for each listed photo.

EDGE: Would you say that there are different styles that wedding photography can be done, or is there a traditional format for capturing the highest quality images at events?

MIKE: There are many different styles of wedding photography, and this is another thing you should have researched before beginning your search. There are photographers that deliver a very traditional style of photography, there are photographers that deliver a very editorial style and others that offer a photo-journalistic style. And after you have chosen which you want for your big day you need to find one that utilizes an editing style that pleases you. There is lots of homework to do before you start to meet with your favourites.

EDGE: I want to talk about the presentation once the wedding gallery is completed as well. What factors should brides and grooms take into consideration as far deliverables?

MIKE: This is more research. What do they want at the end? Do they want something physical to hold in their hands, hang on their walls and have their visitors leaf through while in their home? Or do they want high-resolution digital images to use when creating their own albums or prints? Most photographers offer all these options and more.

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THESE ARE THE TOP HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS OF 2019 by Joseph Miceli

These Are The Top Honeymoon Destinations of 2019

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While you're meticulously confirming ceremony location, thoughtfully booking a photographer, and carefully choosing your gown, the question of where to head after your wedding is going to come up! Troubled about where to spend your honeymoon this year? Edge Hospitality has made a list of this year's top destinations categorized by; Most Exotic, Best Adventure, Best City, Best Beaches, and Most Romantic

MOST EXOTIC

MAURITIUS
Mauritius isn’t just another island country with sandy beaches and blue waters, it’s much more! Whether travelers are into history, nature, adventure or food; the tiny island will not let you down. Indulging in water sports, seeing local ocean life or touring Ile Aux Aigrettes are some of the exotic highlights of this East African destination.

Things to do:
Swim with Dolphins
Day Cruises

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FIJI, POLYNESIA
Fiji’s 333 islands rank among the must-see natural attractions of the South Pacific Ocean, a combination of fabulous beachfront resorts and oodles of private islands. Simply, the name Fiji sounds exotic. And it is! There are very few locales that offer such a captivating and vibrant mosaic.

Things to do:
Swim with Sharks
Beach Club Day Trip

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BEST ADVENTURE

ICELAND
Don’t count out an adventure on the cooler side. Nothing compares to this solitary island situated just below the Arctic Circle. Due to some unorthodox daylight hours, endless days are at one’s fingertips for going sightseeing late at night. What’s more romantic than being captivated together by the Northen Lights while relaxing in a geothermal pool?

Things to do:

Game of Thrones Filming Locations
Steam Lagoon Half Day Trip

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BALI, INDONESIA
Out of the more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali still stands as the best of them all in terms of tourism. Idyllic beaches converge with luxury at the tropical paradise and in many cases hidden and remote places to relax. Temple tours are especially favored with tourists, not only for the religious value but also for cultural insights and aesthetic enjoyment overlooking the sea.

Things to do:
Traditional Village Full Day Trip
Monkey Forest

BEST CITY

VENICE, ITALY
Entering this ancient town built on a lagoon is like taking a trip back in time. Historically preserved thanks to extremely strict laws, Venice is a see-it-to-believe-it city that encompasses a robust cafe and bar culture, tantalizing eats and some of the most romantic urban vantages one can encounter. Some of the greatest minds from the past called Venice home, and you’ll believe that same sentiment once you step foot in the city.

Things to do:
Dolomite Mountains
Self Guided Tours

KYOTO, JAPAN
Hop on a bullet train and discover one of the globe’s most diverse metropolitan areas. Let the let the visual storytelling of Kyoto amaze you while traversing authentic markets, historic city streets and artistic points of interest. Above all else, fly there just for the food.

Things to do:
Fushimi Inari Shrine
A Walking Food Tour

BEST BEACH

KOH TAO, THAILAND
While Bangkok is the primary focus of most tourists traversing Thailand, Koh Tao is the bustling city’s more picturesque sibling. Visit some of the most picturesque beaches on the planet, experience some of the most scenic ocean views you can imagine, and try your hand at diving in this more remote village alternative to the city.

Things to do:
Muay Thai
Scuba Diving Trip

THE MALDIVES
The southwest of the southern tip of India is such an enchanting spot. The Maldives is a gathering of wondrous coral islands that offer a fascinating host of tropical adventures.


Things to do:
Snorkel Safari

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MOST ROMANTIC

BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Need any more reason to travel than some romantic solitude? The whole of French Polynesia draws as many visitors in within 12 months as Hawaii does in a week. Said by many to be the most beautiful island in the world, Bora Bora sports the most uniquely turquoise water you will ever see from the comfort of your decadent resort.  

Things to do:
Sunset Cruise and Dinner
Sunset Catamaran Sailing

GREECE
Let’s admit it, the sensational Greek Islands offer some of the most Isntagrammable opportunities out there! Whether its the nightlife, the food or the general affordability, the historical significance of the entire country feels like a storybook adventure made for honeymoons.


Things to do:
Delphi and Meteora Tour from Athens