Canmore is a small mountain village, just five minutes from the gates of Banff National Park. When it comes to choosing a Canmore wedding photographer, there are some crucial details you should consider.
After the mines were shut down in the lates 1970s, this small coal-mining town struggled and simply operated as a spillover for the famous resort town of Banff. However, in recent years, the town has become a hub for winter sports. Today, it’s a hugely popular tourist destination in its own right. Canmore is generally considered a quieter alternative to the tourist hive of Banff and has quickly shot up in popularity as a wedding destination.
If you’ve been considering Canmore as a destination for your wedding, you’ll want to hire a local Canmore wedding photographer. But how can you choose the right one for you?
1. Browse their Canmore wedding photographer portfolio
Your potential Canmore wedding photographer should have a large amount of their previous work available on their website or online gallery.
Browse the shots carefully. If the style, location, and variety of shots are jumping out at you, that’s a great place to start!
Make sure you get that “wow” feeling that you want to have for your own photos.
2. Read their reviews
While the photographs may be beautiful, don’t forget that this person will be along for the ride for a big part of your big day. They need to provide a lot more than quality photographs. Your Canmore wedding photographer should also be known for an empathetic attitude and impeccable customer service.
Reading online reviews is a great way to get an idea of your potential photographer’s reputation. If you see reviews mentioning how fantastic they are to work with and how they added to people’s overall experience on the wedding day itself, you’re on to a winner!
3. Are they capturing the moments you want?
Your Pinterest boards may be full of poses and shots that you already have in mind for your own wedding album. When you’re looking through your potential photographer’s portfolio, see if they are already capturing something similar to what you had in mind.
Even if you don’t find an exact match, seeing a good amount of variety in the photographs is a good sign. It tells you that this is someone who understands how to guide their clients while also delivering what they want.
4. Are they putting in the time?
Beware the photographer who is hard to get hold of and uninterested in getting to know you before the big day. Those who care about the results of their work will understand the importance of getting to know you as a couple. It helps them to capture the unique quality of your relationship.
It also says a lot about their attitude to customer service and the type of post-wedding day service and turnaround they might provide!
5. Can they offer sound advice and a detailed plan?
While you might have your own ideas, it’s important to find a photographer who can advise you on the best course of action. Experienced photographers will do what they can to help your day run as smoothly as possible. Plus, if you’re not too familiar with the area around Canmore, you might need a lot of help with selecting the perfect location! They should be able to advise you on:
-A realistic timeline/schedule for your wedding day photoshoot
-The best time for the photographs you want
-Different locations you might like
-Any admin needed around access to those locations
They should also take the time to work out a detailed plan for the photoshoot with you so that everyone is on the same page on the day itself.
6. Do you click on a personal level?
Don’t forget that while the photos may be the end product, it’s a person that you’re hiring. They will be with you throughout the wedding day. They’ll be spending time with you as a couple, framing and capturing intimate moments between the two of you.
So you want someone that you’re really comfortable with and who will add to the experience of your wedding day, not take away from it. If you’re getting any kind of bad vibe during the planning phase, why risk it! Find someone you really click with for your own peace of mind.
At the end of the day, this is a special moment between you and the love of your life. Make sure you hire a Canmore wedding photographer who captures that with professional expertise and a kind and empathetic attitude.
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Photos by Twenty Twenty Photography | Venue: Creekside Villa Canmore | Rentals by Orange Trunk | Bridal Hair & Make Up by Avenue Beauty | Floral Design by Creative Edge Flowers | Stationery by Pink Umbrella Invites | Wedding Cake by KAKE by Darci | Bridal Boutique Novia Mia | Groom’s Suit by Ed Williams Menswear | Rings by Alberta Diamond Exchange | Jewelry by Mountainstone Jewelry