Tips for finding the perfect wedding photographer
Memories are your wedding photographs. True, we live in a digital era of smart phones and immediate pictures, but when you look back on your special day, nothing can replace the good old professional photographs. These photographs stand the test of time and tell the story of your special day, in detailed perfection. You owe it to yourself to ensure that this day is captured professionally. Below are some basic tips to keep in mind when searching for a wedding photographer.
Use digital to your benefit
You are lucky as today you can most often, check a photographer’s work beforehand. You can also check on sites such as Pinterest for wedding photography inspiration. Then browse through a multitude of photography options till you find a style that speaks to you. Once you have shortlisted a few options that appeal to you, then you can research further by visiting a photographer’s website or Instagram page etc. to ensure that the style is consistent.
The next step is to find out more about the photographers. As nowadays, most have their own websites or Instagram accounts you can read up on reviews and also check the photographer’s experience. Whether he/she is a full time or part time photographer, how many weddings they do a year. It is also good at this point to check how busy the photographer is likely to be, as it is important that you get the individual attention you deserve on your wedding day. Do not judge experience by the number of years in business, but rather by the number of weddings and positive feedback the photographer has received.
Set up meetings
It is advisable to have a couple of options at hand and to set up personal meetings with each. This is basically to make sure that your personalities match. This is very important because you need to be able to communicate well with the photographer so that you can find the perfect balance between his/her experience and expertise and your wishes. Meetings gives you the chance to see if the photographer is open to your suggestions while also being able to give you constructive suggestions. You should look and feel comfortable so that you can look your best in your photographs. Being placed in poses that do not feel comfortable will end with you having an album full of pictures that do not feel natural.
It is always good to compare packages and discuss possible discounts so that you can work within your budget. Afterall, the photographs are just another part of the entire wedding plans. Be thorough in your research and see how many photographs you get, how fast the digital proofs are made available to you and the quality of the album being offered to you. If you plan on filming the proceedings, then that is an area to look into as well.
Before making your final decision, discuss how the actual day will be conducted. Roughly what time the photographer would need you and your retinue by and basically how the whole day would be planned out and whether it is suitable to you. While it is your day, it is good to remember that the photographer is a professional and would have ideas and suggestions that would be beneficial to you, so always try and keep and open mind.