Your Wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and it’s essential that you choose the right photographer to capture all of your most precious memories. With so many photographers out there it can be challenging to know where to start.
Here are some tips on how to choose the best wedding photographer for your big day.
1. Determine your photography style
Before you start looking for your Wedding photographer spend some time finding a style you like. Would you prefer traditional, posed photographs or a more documentary, relaxed set of images? Are you drawn to a certain type of edit, perhaps more vibrant imagery, natural, edgy or black and white? Once you know what you are looking for it will be easier to narrow down your choices.
2. Check out portfolios
Once you’ve narrowed down to your potential list of Wedding photographers it’s time to look through their portfolios. Look for a photographer who really resonates with the style you like. A trustworthy photographer should have a comprehensive gallery of images to show you. You can always ask for full galleries so you can see what a Wedding day looks like from preparations to the evening reception and party. The photographers social media will also be a reflection of their website portfolio so be sure to check what they have been up to recently- you might also be lucky to get a sneaky peek behind the scenes into their lives to better relate to who they are as a person.
3. Read reviews and testimonials
It is important to get feedback from other couples who have worked with the photographer you are considering. Look for reviews and testimonials on the photographer’s website, social media and google listing. Reviews from other couples will give you valuable insight into what its like to work with the photographer and what you can expect on your wedding day.
Before you book your photographer it is important you meet them first either in person or over video chat so you can discuss your wedding day. This will give you the chance to get to know them and who they are as a person as well as ask any questions you may have. Your wedding photographer will be with you for most of your wedding day, so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and who has a good rapport with you and your partner. Look for a photographer who is warm, welcoming, friendly, easy to work with, and who makes you feel at ease. A good photographer should be able to anticipate your needs and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera
5. Consider experience and expertise
Wedding photography is a specialist field and its imperative that you choose someone with experience in shooting weddings. An experienced photographer will also be able to anticipate potential challenges and be prepared for anything that might happen on your wedding day. They will also know the general running order enabling things to go smoothly.
6. Discuss pricing and packages
It is important to have a clear understanding of what’s included in the photographers packages and what the pricing is before you book. Make sure you understand how many hours coverage you’ll receive, how many images you’ll get and if there are any additional fees for travel or album design. You should also ask about the photographers cancellation policy and what happens if they are unable to attend your wedding.
7. Ask about equipment and back up plans
It is important to choose a photographer who uses professional grade equipment and has back up plans in case of equipment failure. Ask the photographer what type of camera and lenses they use and what their back up options are.
8. Look for someone who is passionate about their work
A photographer who has passion and love for photographing weddings is key when looking for someone to capture your big day. Also having an eye for detail is important as you have invested so much time into making your day perfect and you want all of those extra details to be captured and included in your memories. Finally find someone who is excited about your wedding day and who is invested in not only you but making sure that you have beautiful, timeless images to remember of your magical love story.