Choosing the right wedding photographer is probably one of the most important vendors you’ll choose for your wedding. Wedding photos are one of those keepsakes that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Having those perfect pictures of one of the most important days of your life to look back on is priceless. These are some tips on choosing the right wedding photographer for your special day.
Do your research
Whether you are asking in your social circle, looking at reviews on social media, or looking through wedding vendor websites such as The Knot, it’s important to look at many different photographers. Do your homework ahead of time. Check out their website, their credentials, and all of their social media accounts to get a sense of their style.
Speaking of style, when you’re doing your interviews, take notice of their style. You want someone whose style matches what you’re looking for in your pictures. Do they take candids as well as portraits? Are they creative? What makes their pictures unique? Are they flexible? See that what they’re offering matches what you’re looking for.
I mentioned interviews above. Interview more than one wedding photographer. Make sure that they’re available for your wedding date, and that they don’t have more than one wedding on your day. Look at their portfolios, discuss the venue, and talk about the styles of photos you’re looking for. Having this prepared can help you narrow down the photographer you ultimately decide to go with.
Be sure that all fees are discussed up front. Will you have images on a disc or a thumb drive? When will you get the images? Some photographers take a few months, others go up to a year. Are your photos part of a package? What exactly is included in that package? How long will the photographer spend with you? If you are traveling from one location for the ceremony to another for the reception, does the photographer charge extra for travel These are all important questions to ask and have written down in a contract.
What type of experience does your potential photographer have? Are they just starting out? Is the photographer you are interviewing with the one who will be taking your photos, or will there be an apprentice there? Be sure the photographer you are hiring is the one who will be taking your photos. Are you ready to start talking to wedding photographers for your big day? Reach out to me online and let’s set up an interview.