Rod Foster Photography
“Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning,” said Rod Foster, owner of Rod Foster Photography. “Make sure that you click well with them as a person; after all, the photographer may spend more time with you on your wedding day than anyone else.”
Foster thinks it’s important for today’s photographers to keep up with current trends, saying, “The days of ‘look here and smile’ are long gone. The best modern wedding photographers walk a thin line between fashion, art, photojournalism and portraiture. My style is artistic and my method journalistic. I aim to combine the beauty of fine art portraiture with the spontaneity of storytelling.”
As for his advice to brides-to-be, Foster said, “The wedding day is one of the most fast-paced and technically challenging assignments a photographer can take on, and there are no second chances to capture those priceless moments. Your investment in photography will pay increasing dividends over time.”
Listening intently to bride and grooms he meets with is important. “If I know the couple’s story, I am better attuned to those fleeting glimpses of emotion or small details that would have otherwise gone unnoticed—then I can tell the love story of their wedding through timeless photographs,” he said.
San Clemente, 949.290.5999, www.rodfoster.com
“The clients that hire me place a very high priority on their photographs,” said Joe Photo who founded his business in 1995. “I’m in the business of creating extraordinary images, and it’s been so fun to establish my brand as one of the top wedding photographers in our industry.”
Joe advises brides to choose a photographer with whom they communicate well. “The most important thing is to select a photographer that you would like to have as a friend,” he said. “I think a lot of brides would be served well to do an engagement session with their top two picks, that way you have experience in front of each photographer’s camera and you get to see how they pose you and how you feel with them—it could save you a lot of frustration later.”
Joe said he works to ensure that each bride shines on her special day. “My job is to make brides feel beautiful in front of the camera. I want my brides to have the best possible experience; I’m most satisfied when they are thrilled with their photographs,” he said.
Dana Point, 949.493.4830, www.joephoto.com
“A lot of brides get caught in the trap of using the photographer that their friend or family member used—remember they’re your wedding photographs, and you’re the one who’s going to be looking at the [photos] for the rest of your life,” said Jessica Claire, owner of Jessica Claire Photography. “Choose a photographer that fits the style and personality that works best for you.” Claire speaks from experience—in 2008, she was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine.
“My absolute, hands down favorite part of my business is getting to hear the stories of how people met. Hearing these stories helps me to find out what a couple loves about one another and helps me to find ways to capture things that are significant to them,” said Claire.
Claire said she’s committed to providing customized and superior service. “What sets me apart from my competitors is my ability to figure out what is most important to the bride about their wedding and bring that to life in my photographs,” she said. “I like to think that my responsibility as a photographer is to do the absolute best job I can to make a couple’s wedding look beautiful.”
San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.0719, www.jessicaclaire.net