You’re getting married! And now it’s time to plan the ceremony. There is so much to do, and so little time! While you’re planning the wedding, reception, honeymoon, and life after the honeymoon, you have started thinking about how you are going to share your future memories with others and relive them yourself.
So, how do you choose a wedding photographer? Let’s review the most critical things to consider when selecting your wedding photographer.
Pick someone that you get along with and who gets you. You will be spending a lot of time with this person before your wedding day and on your wedding day. It is much easier to work with someone you like and enjoy being around. If your wedding photographer gets you, communicating with him/her is enjoyable and enlightening.
Talk to potential photographers and learn about them and their professional style. It is also important to review samples of their work.
You must ask them which styles they prefer and enjoy. Some photographers prefer classical photos over informal photos. Others may shoot in color but not black and white. Still, you may want playful or sentimental shots, while the photographer is better at vintage shots.
You want your wedding photographer’s style to be compatible with yours. If your styles are compatible, you are more likely to be happy with the pictures.
Before the wedding, you will need to meet with your wedding photographer a few times. This means that your photographer, the person shooting your wedding, should be available to meet with you.
It is not important if your photographer has a brick and mortar business or primarily works online. What matters is that you can meet with, talk to, and address any problems that arise with the wedding photographer.
When deciding on a wedding photographer, ask to see samples of the whole package. You want to know exactly what you’re getting for the money spent on the service.
Good things to know are:
- if you get a DVD/memory stick with all the wedding shots;
- whether the photographer will edit the shots after the wedding;
- if he/she will have an assistant taking pictures with him/her; and
- if there will be someone there to help manage the equipment and shots.
Select a wedding photographer you can afford. If you have to scrimp on the decorations, wedding dress, bar – do it!
There are ways to cut corners and reduce costs and still have a great wedding. But, if you go cheap on the photographer, you don’t feel the pain until after the wedding.
Photographers can only fix so much in a photo. So, do your best to purchase the best photography services available and within your budget.
Don’t hire family and friends. While you may think it’s a good idea, bad wedding photos have destroyed good family relationships and friendships. Weddings are stressful and involve lots of planning.
Make sure everyone on your guest list enjoys the wedding. And, make sure you hire professionals who will focus on creating pictures you love.