Hey guys, and welcome back! This had been a great week sharing my quick tips with you, and today I want to go into more detail. Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is so involved and so crucial. This is not something you want to take lightly. Without further adieu, let’s talk weddings!
One of the most important topics to consider is your budget. Ultimately, photography is one of the most important expenses, if not the most important expense, of your wedding day. Long after the blur of your wedding day, the best way to look back on your day and remember it is by revisiting your wedding photographs. When considering your budget, you want to make sure you budget enough money to hire a great photographer. You also want to make sure the photographer is open, honest, and upfront about all of your investment options, as well as payment policies. Does he require the entire balance to be paid in full before your wedding? What is his policy on refund or no refunds, and why? What is included with the investment options you are considering? Make sure you are crystal clear on everything you are investing in, and make sure that everything you have discussed is in writing. Check, double check, and triple check. If the photographer seems hesitant to talk about any of these details, then it’s time to move on!
What You See:
Another important aspect to consider that I think is quite frequently glossed over is the continuity of the work. When looking through all of the photographer’s images, do they look and feel similar? Do they look like they were photographed by the same person? There should be very few variances in the quality of work the photographer is producing. Images should be clean and composed similarly. Likewise, you should be able to see a breadth of work. Upon request, you should be able to see at least one full wedding covered by your photographer. This will be a great indication of the photographer’s talent, and his ability to capture the fleeting moments everyone loves. If the photographer has very few images on his site, images that do not look consistent, and cannot produce at least one fully covered wedding when you meet with him, then it’s time to move on!
This is a great topic that brides seem to overlook. It’s all about the style! How does your photographer shoot? How does he cover weddings? What kind of coverage are you looking for? A lot of photographers are very fly-on-the-wall. They capture moments throughout your day as they unfold, instead of posing everything. Some posing comes during the session after your ceremony, but everything else is photographed as it happens. Some photographers like to pose everything, and are very noticeable throughout your day. This is your decision: Do you want everything posed, or do you want only some things posed? Do you want a photographer who will be very visible, or do you want a photographer who blends into the background? If your photographer can’t answer this question, then it’s time to move on!
This is one of my favorite things to talk about! Is your photographer willing and able to educate you about your wedding day? The wealth of knowledge that a photographer can provide based on years of experience is priceless. Does your photographer talk about details? Pricing? Ways to save money? Most importantly, does your photographer best practices and plans for your wedding day that will allow him to take the high quality of images you expect? Often times, brides are not aware of issues photographers face. Location, lighting, time of day of your ceremony, hot-spots, etc.. Your photographer should be able to fill in all of these blanks, and should be able to thoroughly explain everything to you. (Assuming they have the experience to do so, of course.) If your photographer is unable or unwilling to freely educate you about your day, then it’s time to move on!
One more topic that so many brides forget to consider is chemistry! Do you actually get along with the photographer you’re choosing? Remember, this photographer will be providing you with an engagement session, will be with you on your wedding day ALL DAY, and in some cases, will be your photographer for life. You must make sure that you get along very well with him, and it is imperative to ask yourself, “Could I hang out with this guy all day? Is he fun? Does he make me feel comfortable and at ease?” Trust your gut. If you can’t say “Yes” to these questions, then it’s time to move on!
As you can see, choosing the best fit for your wedding photographer is no easy task. You must take it seriously, and hire the best photographer for the job. The images have to be great, and you have to get along with him! Your photographer can provide you with the best experience for your wedding day, or with the worst experience on your wedding day. We all want the best experience, so choose wisely. Thanks so much for checking in and reading my space on this great thing we call the internet! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask! Thanks so much again, and happy hunting!