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Second Time, Part 21: Finding Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Posted on November 12 by Susan Brierly Bush

As New Jersey Bride’s style editor, I get to meet some of the state’s finest wedding photographers. But, when it was time to choose my own photographer, it was a difficult decision because some typical photography packages include a lot of extras – engagement photo session, honeymoon shoot and wedding album – that I really didn’t need, especially because it was my second wedding.

What Robert and I really wanted was someone who could translate our love of family and our Boho-chic bridal vibe into memorable images to share with our parents, kids and guests. I planned to create a custom album online with mypublisher.com, so I just wanted tons of happy images and all rights to reproduce those images any way we wished.

Find The Perfect Wedding Photographer New Jersey Bride

Several months before the big day, I still hadn’t decided on our wedding photographer. Robert and I were having dinner with our friends Karin and Jeff. (Karin is a stylist who assisted with our most recent New Jersey Bride fashion shoot and Jeff is a pianist and founding member of Mission Dance Band.) 

When I mentioned my dilemma over supper, Jeff – who plays a jillion wedding gigs throughout New Jersey and knows everyone in the bridal business – said, “Hey, why don’t you call my friend Lori Fleissner in Cranford? She would do a great job for you!”

Find The Perfect Wedding Photographer New Jersey Bride

So I checked out photosbylori.com and was instantly impressed by the quality of Lori’s work and I especially liked her playful style. (I was also surprised with her rates, which are super competitive.) Since we needed just one day of shooting and images on discs, Lori’s fee was easy on our budget and we immediately hired her.

Lori and I met one week before the wedding to discuss my vision and to review a bunch of favorite wedding images that I brought along with me.

This fabulous photographer exceeded all expectations on our wedding day. Lori was extremely patient (even though the bridal party was 30 minutes late getting dressed), was super professional and easy to work with, took the lead in corralling our parents, kids and rescue puppies, and shot about 2,000 images between 1:00 and 10:00 p.m. Within 10 days, Lori presented us with two discs that each held 600 of her favorite images.

Find The Perfect Wedding Photographer New Jersey Bride

Let me tell you this: A great photographer won’t mind telling your wedding party exactly where to stand and how to smile, will be willing to make silly noises to capture the attention of your pet, and will be happy to do whatever it takes to get the best party shots, even if it means standing on a ladder overlooking your raucous guests as they tear up the dance floor. And a great wedding photographer will arrive with some of her own creative ideas and be willing and able to improvise if anything (like the weather) throws you a curve.

You can find Lori Fleissner online at photosbylori.com. But don’t wait too long to book her – I have a feeling that her 2015 calendar will fill up really fast!

 

Next week, get an up close look at how Susan choreographed her darling first dance number with Broadway Bound Dance Center…

 

See all of Susan’s Second Time’s  A Charming Wedding blog posts!

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