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How to choose a wedding photographer

washington dc wedding photographer

I know it is a daunting task in picking a photographer for your wedding day. It is one of the biggest commitment you’ll make for your wedding day, and there are so many factors out there- budget being the major factor. But there are other things you should consider as well. I will list a few below. Obviously, I’d prefer that you hire me 🙂 OBVIOUSLY! But I understand that I’m not going to be a good fit for every client. Anyway, here are some things to look out for-

  1. You should like the photographer’s work. Yes. That sounds obvious. But I know couples that look for the cheapest, without digging deeper.
  2. The honest truth is that photography is a big investment. Notice I said INVESTMENT? You have to look at it that way. So consider how big of an investment you want to make.
  3. Ask to see a wedding album and/or a full gallery. That goes back to my first point- if you like what you see, most likely you will be a good fit for that photographer.
  4. Sometimes just go with your gut feeling.

These are just a few things to look for. Wedding blogs and bridal websites will have a longer list of things for you to ask your wedding photographer (“like what type of camera do you use,” “describe your style of photography”), you can ask those questions. But they’re irrelevant if you don’t get along with your photographer. Right?

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Rabya and Boni – Washington DC Nikah Ceremony Preview




Rabya and Boni got married at an intimate and personal ceremony at a friend’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland. But before the shoot, we went around Washington, DC to do their pre-wedding/engagement shoot. Can’t wait to share more.

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101 in 1001


Those of you that have followed me for a while, remember that I attempted a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I barely made it a third of the way through. Life happens. No excuse though…I’m starting all over. I struggled with posting it here for all to see…because it’s very personal. But like I tell my clients, business and personal in my world is very intertwined. You can read more about 101 Things in 1001 Days Project Here.

Keep me in your thoughts (and maybe you can help me achieve a few of the goals???)!

Start Date:   July 1st, 2015
End Date:     March 28th, 2018

  1. Update my website
  2. Renovate my studio and consultation office
  3. Read six business books to benefit my business
  4. Start graduate classes
  5. Gallery exhibition in Nigeria with fellow artists/photographers
  6. Visit Australia
  7. Travel with photographer friends
  8. Take a road trip and stop along several stops to take photos
  9. Enter photos in print competition
  10. Take fine art images once a week for a year, plus create webpage to showcase
  11. Cook a four course meal, from scratch
  12. Watch a live soccer match in Europe
  13. Visit 10 U.S. states I have never visited before
  14. Get a wedding published in a reputable bridal magazine
  15. See a musical on Broadway in NY
  16. Create a photo book for my respective siblings and nephews.
  17. Take a yoga class for a month
  18. Meet and interview Zack Arias
  19. Go rock climbing
  20. Blog every day for an entire month
  21. Learn to play a full song on my guitar
  22. Do a ‘Gentleman Quarterly’ type shoot for friends
  23. Learn to swim
  24. Take a fun trip with my mom
  25. Read the entire bible
  26. Get a new laptop
  27. Publish a book
  28. Launch new non-photography business/non-profit with Lola
  29. Create unique way of sharing photos with clients
  30. Work on a farm
  31. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  32. Don’t drink soda for a whole month
  33. Go zip lining
  34. Learn to shoot and edit video with my 5D
  35. Write a short movie
  36. Make a short film
  37. Go to a music festival outside of DC area
  38. Take a photo of myself once a month
  39. Write a personal mission statement
  40. Take flying lessons
  41. Helicopter ride in Las Vegas
  42. Take a vacation without phone or a computer
  43. Buy a car
  44. Photograph a “birth story”
  45. Manage my time effectively/get organized
  46. Have my own photo professionally taken
  47. Print marketing materials for Wale Ariztos Photography
  48. Attend a leadership conference
  49. Get 2 assistant photographers
  50. Do an underwater photo shoot (I should learn to swim first. Lol)
  51. Get floor seats to a basketball game
  52. Join toastmasters
  53. Use new online management system, effectively (going green!)
  54. Organize my music collection
  55. Learn to DJ
  56. Visit Israel
  57. Implement a unique photo booth package
  58. Shoot a personal project with a few rolls of film, and develop them myself
  59. Visit Alaska
  60. Write the story of my mom’s life (or get someone to write it)
  61. Learn basic French
  62. Take 10 portraits of 10 strangers on the same day (on the street)
  63. Go to Carnival at Rio de Janeiro
  64. Start a watch collection
  65. Attend a film premiere
  66. Be a vegetarian for 14 days
  67. Take a bike ride around the city
  68. Write a budget (for business and personal)
  69. Visit 25 different restaurants that I’ve never been before (take pics)
  70. Learn to juggle
  71. Learn to play chess
  72. Start playing golf
  73. Be a DC tourist for a weekend
  74. Visit BMW factory in Germany
  75. Skinny Dip (there’ll be no pictures. for your own safety.)
  76. Go to ten (10) live concerts (all good seats)
  77. Write a Will
  78. Watch a sunset and sunrise on the same day.
  79. Buy a tuxedo (and hopefully start going to events that require one…hello, President Obama)
  80. Buy a new DSLR camera
  81. Volunteer 101 hours of my time
  82. Interview 10 people that I admire
  83. No TV for a week! (anything longer would be uncivilized)
  84. Visit New Zealand
  85. Start a macro-art photo project
  86. Start a free online magazine
  87. Run 10k (let’s be real…I don’t see myself doing a marathon)
  88. Take 100 pictures of Tara every quarter and post on website
  89. All-day spa treatment with wife
  90. 100 Yar’Uwa photographs
  91. Reinvent closet (get rid of old clothes and replace with new ones)
  92. Become debt-free (except for the house)
  93. Give 10 strangers $50 each
  94. Leave a 100% tip at a restaurant
  95. My day in 6 words for 6 months
  96. Don’t complain about anything for a week
  97. Lose 10 pounds (go down to 168)
  98. Write a will
  99. Don’t eat fast food for a month
  100. No social media for a week
  101. Make a video of typical day with my family.
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Adanna’s bridesmaids

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Bride + Bridal Party. More images from Adanna’s College Park, Maryland wedding is coming soon.

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