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Ask the Expert: Wedding Photography

Posted on January 14 by Molly

Your photographer is often one of the first—and most important—items on your wedding to-do list. Here, Daniel Nydick of Daniel Nydick Photography in Scotch Plains, known for his creativity, dramatic imagery and candid storytelling, answers questions many couples have.

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Daniel Nydick Photography

What photography style should I be looking for?

Styles go beyond light and airy and dark and moody. What would you like your memories to look like 20 years from now? My style is timeless while being vibrant and punchy. You pay a lot for your bridesmaid dresses, flowers, uplighting, etc., to look a certain way, so I deliver your visual memories to be as true to life as possible.

Daniel-Nydick
Daniel Nydick Photography

 What is the benefit of  a boutique studio?

From day one, I get to know you and build a relationship with you. You get my personal one-on-one attention throughout the process. I build your timeline with and for you, ensuring your day feels like a wedding and not a photo shoot. I edit each and every photo myself to ensure every moment captured feels authentic. With a big-box studio, you don’t get to meet your photographer until your wedding day. The editing of your photos may be incohesive because the editor is not the same person that was right there experiencing the joy and love that surrounded you.

Daniel-Nydick
Daniel Nydick Photography

 Should I look on Instagram for a photographer?

Anyone can show their greatest hits on social media, but it’s in your best interest to see complete wedding galleries. This will give you insight into the photographer’s aptitude for shooting in all types of environments: indoors, outdoors, daytime, nighttime. This will also show their vision, style and how consistent their shooting and editing is from image to image.

Daniel-Nydick
Daniel Nydick Photography

 Do I need to meet my photographer in person?

While everyone has different business models, I enjoy meeting my couples in person for our first consult. Everyone deserves to get a good feel for one another to make sure the relationship is the perfect fit. Your photographer will be the only person by your side the entire day. This is where having a great connection and vibe already established goes a long way to you feeling safe, in good hands and completely at ease.

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Daniel Nydick Photography

 How hands-on should a photographer be when planning?

I create a personalized timeline with and for my couples, ensuring the day feels like a breathable wedding, not a photoshoot. The last thing you want is your photographer to show up and ask, “Ok, what’s going on?”

Daniel-Nydick
Daniel Nydick Photography

 What questions should I ask that I may not have thought of?

  • How many cameras do you bring?
  • Do your cameras have multiple card slots? Multiple card slots ensure that each snap of the shutter is written to and saved on two separate cards; in case one card corrupts, your images are still safe on the second card.
  • How do you back up my images? Do they live on your computer (wrong answer) or do you have multiple backups in case one corrupts?
  • What happens if you get sick or hurt on our big day? This is why I personally work with second shooters who can reproduce the style of work my couples hire me for (refer again to requesting to see complete galleries, as this will obviously contain images from the second shooter as well).
  • Related to question number two, is your photographer proficient in using off-camera flash? This ensures that they can handle any lighting environment. While it does lend itself to a more specific style in some regards, being prepared to shoot and shoot well in the dark is never a bad thing.
  • What is their contingency plan for emergencies, future acts of God/pandemics, etc.?
Daniel-Nydick
Daniel Nydick Photography

 Anything else?  

Business insurance is important. Many venues will ask to be put on a photographer’s policy for the day as an additional insured. It will also hopefully ensure your photographer is a professional, not a hobbyist.

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