How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Photographer
Aside from your wedding date and venue, choosing a photographer will be one of the biggest decisions that you will need to make during the wedding planning process. One thing brides and grooms can all agree is important is finding a photographer that will be able to capture their wedding day perfectly. Your wedding photos should showcase not just the physical details (though you spent a lot of time planning those, so they are definitely important), but more importantly capture the emotions of your wedding day. In order to make sure that you get exactly what you want, here are a few tips on selecting the right photographer:
Call Several Photographers. Talk to them to not only get more information, but to make sure that they are the type of company that you want to work with. A simple conversation can tell you a lot, including whether the photographer will match your personality and style.
Check them out online. Visit their social media pages, website, blog and most importantly, the reviews of other brides and grooms that they have worked with. A photographer can tell you everything about how they developed their style, history of the company and other technical details, but only someone who has been where you are can truly give you an idea of what it will be like on the other side of the camera.
Be upfront and honest about what you want from your photographer. Tell them your vision, style and the plan for your wedding. Not only will this give you a chance to be clear about your expectations, but it will give the photographer the opportunity to be sure that they will be able to fulfill all of your requests. This candid conversation will help narrow down your list to find the perfect fit.
Know who your photographer is. Make sure that the person you are talking to on the phone will be the actual photographer at your wedding. It can be very stressful to have candid and detailed discussions with someone at the company, feel like they fully understand your vision, only to find out that they are not the ones that actually show up. (Note: There are occasions where something unexpected comes up and the photographer needs to provide a replacement – discuss what would happen in that situation from the beginning.)
These are just a few top hints for selecting the perfect wedding photographer, but are by no means the end all be all. What other things have you done or questions have you asked that have helped you in your selection process?