4 Tips For Choosing The Right Wedding Photographer
To me, there couldn't be a more stressful job than trying to capture the wedding day images. The images are ones you'll have for a lifetime, but there's so much that can go wrong. Choosing a photographer to capture your wedding day or any special occasion is an important decision and not one to make based simply on a price tag. There are more considerations to make.
A good photographer will be able to avoid those things, however, and provide you with images that you will revisit over and over! Thank goodness for these pros that capture these moments that evoke such powerful emotions!
1. Aesthetics Matter
Browse their Instagram and website and review their work. Do you like the overall style of their shots? Are the images light and airy or dark and vintage looking? Whatever it is, that's how your images are likely going to look. Are they good at styling their shots? Below is an example of two photographers and their interpretation of the same wedding.
2. Asking The Right Questions
Here are a few:
- Do they shoot film or digital or both? Many do both. Some do only film.
- If they shoot digital what type of backups do they use?
- How many weddings do they shoot each year?
- Will they be on site on your wedding day or have another shooter there in their place?
- How many shooters will be there. Some may have two or more to capture multiple scenes at once and some may go solo.
- What is their turnaround time for a preview and for the full set?
- What their pricing covers exactly? Hours, shooters, extras.
- How many hours will they be on site for your wedding day? For example, if they are there for 8 hours and your wedding starts at 6 and reception is over at 11, you'll need to account for the fact they will be there for roughly three hours before the wedding to capture some behind the scenes and your sendoff when it's all over.
- Are any extras included? Engagement session, prints, etc.
- Do they provide a contract?
- Their payment terms? Most require a deposit to reserve your date and payment due before the wedding date.
3. What you might expect them to capture
- Someone to capture you getting ready
- Some behind the scenes shots of setup, family interacting
- Your ceremony and reception details
- The ceremony
- Traditional moments: first dance, cake cutting, send-off
4. Final Thoughts
- They should provide you with a day of itinerary outlining a general overview of how the day will go and what shots they plan to capture and when. You can expect to receive this anywhere from one to two months out from your wedding date depending on your own itinerary that your trusty planner has created for you.
- Be sure to let them know any specific shots you'd like or shots that are most important to you.
- Be sure you schedule enough time to capture all of the moments you feel are important. If the package you've selected doesn't have enough time, select another or add on an hour or two to cover the extra time.
- Don't expect them to work for free. They have families to feed too!
We work with some amazing photographers and will gladly provide some referrals.
In the end, you'll be happy with lasting memories and relive the day!
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