If you open up your search engine and look for wedding photographers in your area, there are bound to be a dizzying amount looking for work. How do you know which one to choose? You could flip a coin, but that would likely end badly. Instead, follow the tips below to find the perfect photographer for your special day.
Before Starting the Selection Process
Before you choose a photographer, it is important to be realistic about what is important to you. Are you on a limited budget, or do you want to go all-out without considering money? Do you want to get a lot of prints and special keepsake items or do you just want pictures to post on Facebook for your friends and family? What’s your style? Do you want classic portrait photography or would you rather focus on the fun parts of the event?
Have You been to a Lot of Weddings Lately?
Many photographers rely on word-of-mouth advertising to promote their services. When you attend a wedding, keep an eye on the photographer. If it seems like they were professional and spent a lot of time shooting a variety of different parts of the ceremony and reception, ask for their number. You are likely to get a discount for approaching them.
After you attend a wedding, ask the bride about the photographer she worked with. Make sure you find out what is included in the package she selected and find out what the consultation process was like.
The Consultation Process
A good wedding photographer will spend a decent amount of time with you planning what parts of the ceremony you want photographed. They will also likely give you many options for how photos will be staged, and allow you to give input on the most important aspects of your special day.
Another important part of the consultation process is planning the wedding ceremony down to the minute. Having a schedule will help your wedding party stay organized and ensure that the photographer documents each important part of the day seamlessly.
Have You Asked Your Other Vendors?