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Survive Wedding Planning: Choose Your Photographer

Survive Wedding Planning: Choose Your Photographer

In this segment of the Survive Wedding Planning series, learn how to choose the right photographer to capture wedding photos that you love from Steve and Jessica Fox of Steven F. Fox Photography.

The Team

Steve and Jessica have been photographing weddings since the spring of 2006 and love working together. Steve’s extensive training and background in commercial photography give him a modern style of portraiture that captures emotion in beautiful and creative ways. Jessica is a photojournalist who is passionate about people and relationships and enjoys capturing details and unique moments. Steven F. Fox Photography is a professional studio located in Holland and available for travel worldwide.

Steven F. Fox Photography

Steven F. Fox Photography

Your Budget and Research

Consider the importance of photographs when setting your wedding budget and selecting who will capture the moments of your day. Not only does a professional photographer have the equipment and experience needed to work in a wide variety of situations but they also know how to interact professionally with your other vendors and your guests. Keep in mind that at the end of the day when your vows have been said, the cake has been cut and the last dance has been shared you will be left with your dress, your memories and your photographs.

There are so many options out there that finding the perfect photographer can be overwhelming. It is important to take time to find out what types of photographs you like the best. I consider a photograph “good” if I want to see myself in it. Knowing what you like will help narrow down the list of options and give you a more manageable list of people to meet with.

Steven F. Fox Photography

Steven F. Fox Photography

Choosing Your Photographer

When you are meeting with photographers (or any vendor for that matter) be sure to ask questions that are important to you. There are some great lists of questions out there but if the questions don’t apply to what you want to know then the answers won’t help you decide who is a good fit for your wedding day vision. A few questions I would ask are:

1. How long have you been photographing weddings?
2. Who will photograph my wedding if you have an emergency?
3. Do you have back-up equipment?
4. Do you bring lighting for indoor portraits and the reception?
5. How would you describe your style of photography?

Steven F. Fox Photography

Steven F. Fox Photography

Your photographer is going to be with you all day long, so be sure that you are very comfortable with the person who will be your shadow on the most special day of your life. Your wedding day can also be stressful so having someone there who is calm and confident plus willing to help when needed is HUGE!

Steven F. Fox Photography

Steven F. Fox Photography

Working with Your Photographer

Have clear expectations and be sure to talk with your vendors about them. We will do everything in our power to capture beautiful, creative and memorable images but we cannot meet an expectation if we are not aware of it. If you have very specific ideas be sure to discuss them with your photographer and give them the material and the time they need to capture your vision.

Steven F. Fox Photography

Steven F. Fox Photography

For more information, visit Jessica and Steve’s website:

Email them at: or
Call them: 616-550-5661

Thanks for the great information, Steve and Jessica! Did you find your dream photographer? Were you able to use this article? Do you have a question for Steve or Jessica? Leave a comment below! We love to hear your thoughts!

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About Mara Olson

I’m addicted to dreaming! I’m also a work in progress, constantly learning and falling in love with the beautiful things in life. This blog is a snapshot of my inspirations, loves, and desire to create something beautiful and meaningful through my designs. I hope that as you join me, you will be inspired to create a wedding that truly reflects you and your hopes for that day.

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