Serious moment here, guys...
Your wedding photos will eventually become the only physical memory of your wedding day. There will come a time where you will remember your day through these images. For this reason it is so important that you hire the best photographer you can who will produce the best photographs they can.
Now it’s all well and good me telling you to choose the best photographer you can, but how do you actually do it?
There are two key things to consider.
Thing 1: Style
Thing 2: Personality
Some may argue that Cost would be Thing 3 and while it is important, all I will say on the matter is that you should pay the highest amount you can afford. Think of it as an investment in your memories.
Back to the Things.
The style of the photographer and the photos they produce should match that of yours and the beautiful wedding you’re planning. How do you know what your style is? Carefully look at examples from lots of photographers in your area via their websites. The more you look at different styles of photographs the easier it will be to find your style. It’s kind of a “gut” thing to be honest. You’ll find yourself drawn to the style you like.
The next question you may have is how do you find photographers in your area? Well besides having a chat with Mr. Google, the method I would recommend most would be to go to wedding shows and chat to some photographers. You can usually tell straight away if they are a possible candidate for your wedding. Some will be friendly and professional, others may be arrogant and some may mistake you and your soon to be stepmother for a lesbian couple (no joke, this actually happened when we were planning my dad’s wedding…). The added benefit of going to a wedding show is that you can pick up an album and physically flick through it to get an indication of the quality of the products they produce.
Like I said above, a quick enquiry to Mr. Google and you will have a long list of photographers in your area. Browse through entire albums for each wedding. You’ll get an idea of how the images come together. Do they tell a story?
So you’ve narrowed it down to a few photographers who’s style is aligned with yours. The next step is to pick up the phone and arrange meetings with them. This is where Thing 2 comes into play.
The personality of the person who will be recording one of the biggest days in your life is so important. There’s no point hiring someone who’s photos you adore but has a stinking attitude. If you don’t get on well with your photographer it will taint your wedding day. Go with someone who’s enthusiastic, friendly, professional... and talented and you won’t go far wrong.
Another way to find out what they’ll be like on the big day is to browse forums, blogs and even social media like Facebook and Twitter to see what past bride and grooms have to say.
Now for the boring, yet important, bits to consider:
- Book early to avoid disappointment
- Ensure your photographer has professional indemnity insurance
- Will there be any additional costs to the package chosen?
- Is there a pricelist for additional items added to the package? e.g. if Mum wants to buy a copy of the album.
- What is the payment schedule?
- How soon after the wedding will photographs be available?
- Is there more than one photographer working for this company? Who will be taking the shots on the day? (Make sure you meet with this person)
- To avoid disappointment/confusion on the day give the photographer a list of family shots you want.
You can read all the advice in the world when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer but at the end of the day it comes down to how you feel and what your gut is telling you. I hope this post has given you something to think about and will help you make the right decision.
What is your strategy for choosing a photographer?