Finding the Right Photographer
Google search: Local Wedding Photographer and you are going to be overloaded with hundreds of local photographers. Ask on your local Facebook group for recommendations for a photographer and you are going to be overwhelmed with the never ending comments and private messages you will receive. Everyone with a camera is calling themselves a photographer but do they really have what it takes to capture the important moments of your wedding day and know how to juggle all the many things that come up on a wedding day? Are you comfortable trusting just any average Joe to capture one of the most important moments of your life? If you want to have amazing wedding portraits and you want to be confident in the photographer, here are 5 tips that will help you find the right fit.
Meet with your Photographer
Meeting with your photographer is just a genuinely good practice. You want to know if you can even get a long with this person in the first place. Some people like myself are sensitive and kind, if I were to have a sarcastic and straight forward wedding photographer I would have been miserable and probably cried. I really didn't want to be crying during my wedding pictures so I knew I had to find a photographer that was kind and gentle. Make sure you request a meeting with your photographer before you book your session or at the very least a phone call or Skype meeting. This will remove all the pre-wedding anxiety and give you one less thing to stress over.
Meet with your photographer
First of all, meeting with your photographer is just a genuinely good practice. You want to know if you can even get a long with this person in the first place. Some people like myself are sensitive and kind, if I were to have a sarcastic and straight forward wedding photographer I would have been miserable and probably cried. I really didn't want to be crying during my wedding pictures so I knew I had to find a photographer that was kind and gentle. Make sure you request a meeting with your photographer before you book your session or at the very least a phone call or Skype meeting. This will remove all the pre-wedding anxiety and give you one less thing to stress over.
Have your engagement session with your photographer
Similar to the reasons above, you should always try to have your engagement session done with the wedding photographer you have chosen. This allows your photographer to get to understand you and your fiance and how you flow together during your photo experience. A lot of times the men are reluctant to have their pictures taken but if you get them use to the person behind the camera, they are a little less camera shy. Also your photographer will be able to learn what helps make you and your fiance open up and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Most photographers offer engagement sessions with their wedding packages.
Sign a Contract
Please please please sign a contract. Chances are if your photographer doesn't have a contract they are not a professional photographer. You want to steer clear of someone who just walks around with a camera taking pictures and calling themselves a professional. First I want to say that I am not in any way bashing amateur photographers who are just starting out. We all start somewhere and there is a place for us to start, experimenting with a wedding isn't one of them. Your wedding day is so incredibly special. This is the one day you will never get to have a redo of so please please please make sure the photographer you hire has a contract to protect both the company and you!
Ask to see samples of their work
Every professional wedding photographer should have a website where you can view their work. You should never hire a photographer without knowing if you like their style. Every photographer has their own signature style that they have worked hard to perfect. We are not offended if you don't enjoy our art work as much as the next person but please make sure when you hire your photographer that the work they are putting out is the work you are wanting to receive. If you are looking for Light & Airy images don't hire a moody photographer just because they are $500 cheaper! Make sure you are in love with the images you see from your photographer and don't be afraid to ask for a recent wedding gallery to ensure that they samples they have on their website is up to date.
One of the biggest disappointments I see from other women is they are not satisfied with their wedding images. They were on a tight budget and decided to cut costs and settle on a photographer. I'm just going to say it, your photographers & videographers are the most important vendor you will work with throughout your wedding experience. This is the only thing you get to take home from your wedding (besides your husband and wedding bands) and cherish for the rest of your lives. But even greater than that, your children and grandchildren and great children will be enjoying these images as well so really they will outlive you and your husband! Everything else is a one time deal. If you are on a budget and you must cut costs, find others ways to do so but for the love of Pete don't skimp on your photographer. When Josh and I got married the most important part of our wedding (other than eachother) was our photographers and videographer. We found the photographers we loved, planned our entire day (our date, times, location, etc.) around them and fit the rest of the wedding into what was left in our budget. This was by far the best decision I made for our wedding day and I don't regret it at all. I promise, if you pick the right photographer, the one that makes you cry every time you see her pictures, the one that makes you squeal inside like a little girl at a Beiber concert, you will not regret spending the extra money on her (or him)!