It’s the wedding photographer’s job to capture priceless moments throughout your wedding day in pictures that you can cherish for years to come. For this reason, it’s important to start searching for your photographer early on in your planning process. Use the following 5 tips to help you with your search.
1. Consider Your (and the Photographer’s) Style
First, think about your own style. Do you like candid photos (Documentary) or creative and artistic (Fine art) or maybe traditional and posed photos (Classic/Portraits)? If you have a publisher’s taste, maybe you want a magazine-like or editorial feel (Photojournalistic). Do you have a wedding theme that you would like illustrated in your pictures?
Once you have a better grasp on your own style, you should start looking for a photographer that matches your style. Start by checking out photographer’s portfolios, and determine whether or not they can help you achieve the style you want for your pictures.
2. Review Your Budget
Weddings are expensive. As such, you may find yourself cutting corners to save money. You don’t want to waste time contacting and researching photographers completely out of your price range. You also don’t want to hire a photographer who cuts corners. When you notice that one photographer is substantially cheaper than another, you should ask yourself what corners are they cutting to get that price for you.
3. Compare Pricing and Services
Make sure that you understand what packages are available and how pricing works. Questions to answer include:
- Does the package include an engagement shoot?
- How many hours will they cover on the day of the wedding?
- Will there be two photographers?
- Will it include editing?
- Will it include a completed album?
- Find out if you will own the rights to the pictures, so you can print them on your own.
Bottom line: know exactly what you’re paying for. Yes, weddings are expensive and you want to save money, but you don’t want to sacrifice your keepsakes in order to save a few bucks.
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4. Ask About the Equipment
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when choosing a wedding photographer is that they hire Uncle Jed or College Roommate Justin instead of a professional. These individuals may take a great picture, but they may lack the equipment and experience required to capture the shots that you want.
Make sure that whoever you hire will have a high quality camera with various lenses. It would also be important to have editing software and connections with an online proofing site and album creation company. Checking the photographer’s online portfolio will help you find out whether or not he or she knows how to use all of this equipment, too.
Don’t fall into the trap of hiring a friend or a photographer that your co-worker loves. Choose someone that you mesh with and feel confident in his or her abilities to get the shots that you want to be viewing on your walls and in your albums for many, many years to come.
5. Familiarize Yourself with the Photographer’s Personality
What is the photographer like? Is he someone you would enjoy? Is she someone who seems professional? You need to consider the person’s likeability, because you’re going to spend your entire wedding day being followed around by this person. You can get to know the photographer’s personality by reading his or her blog and social media postings or by scheduling an interview with him or her.
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