Choosing a wedding photographer is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your wedding. What they provide will be your only anchor to that day. Your only means of remembering the special moments, people and feelings that can only come together on your wedding day. And choosing a wedding photographer can be overwhelming. There are many people in the profession, ranging from amateurs to professionals and the price point (for wedding photographers in particular) tends to be higher than most brides and grooms expect.
So, how do you pick the perfect wedding photographer for your big day? Here are a few tips you’ll find helpful:
Ask Friends & Family
If you’re getting married, you likely have friends or family members who might have recently tied the knot. Ask them who their wedding photographer was and if they had a positive experience. You can even ask to take a peak at the wedding photos to see how they turned out. Most people are happy to share their photographers name, especially if they had a great outcome.
Visit Their Website
Once you’ve got a list of possible wedding photographers, be sure to visit their websites and take a close look at their portfolio. Have they included their recent work? Do you like their style? You’ll save time by narrowing down your choices based on the portfolio presented on their sites. The most important factor here is to make sure you love what you see.
Give Them A Call
Before making an appointment, give each photographer a call or send an email. You’ll be able to gather some key information like availability, their specialty (i.e. candid, traditional, photojournalism, combination, etc.), and price range.
Face To Face
Book appointments with the photographers who sound promising so you can view their portfolios and discuss details. Ideally, the bride and groom (and anyone else that might be paying for the wedding) should be there so they’re in on the details. Here’s a list of questions to start with:
- How will you show me pictures for selection (e.g., electronic, proofs, contact sheets, online gallery, etc.)?
- How will you make it easy for friends and family to order reprints?
- What are the costs of the different packages and what’s included?
- How much for the duplicate prints, albums, enlargements, etc.,?
- Is an engagement session included?
- How long do I have to make up my mind as to which pictures I want and how many?
- Are there any additional fees for overtime, an assistant or travel?
- Will you use film or digital?
- Who will I be dealing with after the wedding?
- What’s your payment policy?
- Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs?
- What is the possibility of the pictures fading?
The Final Decision
Once you’ve met with the photographers on your short list, you’re probably ready to make a decision. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that you’re choosing someone you feel good about. They should be professional, easy to work with, provide the packages and quality that you’re looking for… and above all, someone you like!
Don’t Forget About The Rest!
While a wedding photographer is a must have, be sure to include a way for your friends and family to contribute the photos they take at your wedding. A wedding photo app is the perfect solution, allowing your wedding guests to instantly upload the photos they take into an online album you’ve created. Between your wedding photographer and your guests, you’ll have a complete picture of your wedding day!
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