How to Find a Wedding Photographer
You need to think about this really carefully. It is your dream day after all.
Its the day when you are wearing the most spectacular dress that you’ll ever wear. Every last detail of what you are wearing, the car that you travel in, surrounded by your close family and friends has been meticulously planned. Your day should be spent in a blissed out state where everyone you meet greets you with a shower of wonderful compliments and best wishes for your future happiness.
Essentially, the only way to bottle up and relive those magical moments you share with your partner throughout your day is through your photos and video.
Remember also, that your wedding photos are personal to you ! Not everyone enjoys being surrounded with a paparazzi flash-bulb treatment. You may feel a little shy of the camera (totally normal !) and may want a low key, almost invisible documentary style photographer who blends into the background with minimal fuss.
Either way, your wedding photos are how you document and record your most special of days to show your children and future generations.
It’s worth making sure that you’ve really considered who you want to take your pictures, how much you actually want to spend and what you expect from your wedding photographer before, on and after your wedding day.
I remember my own wedding like it was yesterday and know remember in great detail how difficult it can be to get the right person, for the right money with the right style that suited me.
Start Looking Immediately
So, you just got engaged, its time now to start looking for a wedding photographer. The truth is, the best professional photographers book their schedules out a year in advance, some up to 3 years ahead, so booking someone is one of the first things you should do after you’ve set the date.
Great wedding photographers should be the easiest to find, but that doesn’t mean they are the best fit best for you. Start your search by asking your friends and family who have planned weddings in the last few years, and ask your married friends if you can take a look at their photo albums. Visit Facebook pages and professional websites for portfolios of their work, their blogs and look closely at what their clients have said about them.
Once you have a list of your top choice photographers, take a deep dive into their services to begin striking out those who aren’t a good fit. Determine which photographer will meet your budget as well as your other needs. For example, if you are throwing an outdoor wedding in summer, it makes sense to find a photographer who is great at outdoor photography.
Think about the emotional tone that you want your photos to express. Are you and your partner serious and traditional, or do you prefer a more light-hearted and playful look ? A talented photographer will always listen to your needs and should present it perfectly.
Treat that first meeting like a mini interview. Prepare a list of questions so you don’t forget what you want to ask and most importantly, remember that 99% of us photographers are actually pretty nice people that just want to make sure that you get the best experience and service possible !
Are They Truly Professional ?
At the end of the day, the best way to guarantee that you will receive a quality wedding album is to hire a quality professional with a solid background of wedding experiences from which to draw.
Ask how many weddings the photographer has shot. Remember, wedding photography is much different than any other type of photography; the pressure is high and the pace and emotional energy is not suited for every photographer.
With such experience comes not only the knowledge of how to photograph a wedding, but also how to act during the ceremony and reception. For example, how will they dress and act around your wedding party and guests? Will their presence be an asset or a nightmare ? A wedding photographers charm and ability to help everyone relax is as important a skill as the actual photography.
Get an Agreement and Sign it !
While you want to book your photographer for the date of your wedding immediately, make sure you read over the details of exactly what you will get before signing the agreement . Ensure the photographer you meet with is the photographer who will show up on your wedding day and if you should expect a second shooter. Determine what parts of your wedding day will be covered and how many hours you have with your photographer.
With these tips, you are on your way to finding the perfect photographer to fits your wedding day’s style. If you have more questions, get in touch today to to talk some more, click here to contact Carmen