We've photographed in a lot of places. I honestly don't know how many different locations we've been to in the past five years. Trust me, it's a lot.
So when you ask if we've ever photographed at your venue before, chances are we have. We've been everywhere from the Finger Lakes, to wedding venues in Syracuse and Buffalo. We've even photographed in venues in other states like Colorado, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
However, whether we've been there or not really shouldn't matter when you're selecting your wedding photographer - and here's a few reasons why:
1) It's all about the light AND knowing how to use it!
Locations like the Avon Century Barn and the Hyatt Regency in downtown Rochester are two VERY different locations. Barn weddings can be tough to light properly, especially after night falls. And big ballrooms often don't have natural light. So consider that if you're picking a photographer with tons of natural light, airy outdoor images in their portfolio.
In the end, being fast, portable and knowing how to add light when it's needed guarantees we can light any venue properly.
2) We like to have a plan
I don't know about you, but I don't like to take a test without studying. So if we haven't shot there and we have the opportunity, we like to look around first so we can know what we're working with – indoors and out. Whether in advance with you, or even getting to the venue extra early that day to scope it out.
3) Being different is fun
Finally, if we haven't been there before, we're seeing things around us as brand new. A wedding photographer who has worked at your venue dozens of times might not. I wouldn't say that's necessarily a bad thing, but when we get the chance to work somewhere new, inspiration strikes. Then we can really give you some unique images, something that's just for you and no one else has.
So as you're planning your big day, and researching your wedding photographers - make sure you think about ALL the angles (ba dum dum). If the photographer you're hiring is a professional, whether they've shot there before or not really shouldn't matter in the end. Just a little food for thought!