Top 3 Things to Look for in a Wedding Photographer
Booking a photographer for your wedding is a process that shouldn’t be rushed. This is the person that will be capturing every special moment of your big day so making sure that you pick just the right person should be a top priority.
As you start your search for a photographer, here are the three most important things to look out for.
Wedding photography styles that you’ll typically come across include artistic, dramatic, lifestyle, classic and diverse. I talked about this in my last post. So take the time to browse through some shots that fit into those various categories to find out what works best for you as a couple and whether the photographer you had in mind can offer you those types of shots. Take a look at their wedding albums to get a good idea on how the story of your wedding day will be told. This will show you if they offer heirloom quality albums as well. Also keep in mind how will this style look in 20-30 years? Are they using a filter on ever photo that will scream dated in 10 years?! Just think 70’s and 80’s weddings. Personality
Your wedding photographer is going to be around you and your family for most of your wedding day, so it’s important for you to feel comfortable with him or her. When a couple doesn’t feel comfortable around their wedding photographer, it will show in their photos, but the opposite holds true too. A good photographer will know how to make you feel at ease, will guide you on how to pose before and on your wedding day, and will always be willing to answer any questions that you might have. They will as communicate well and plan out the day with you.
You will of course want to know that your photographer has the relevant experience to shoot a wedding but it’s also important to know what types of weddings they have photographed. Will you have a dimly lit venue that requires someone who knows how to shoot in low light situations? Are you having an ethnic wedding and need someone who understands specific cultural traditions? Will your ceremony have special requirements such as not being able to use a flash or not being able to stand up close? Make a list of your requirements before you meet with your photographer so that you can make sure there won’t be any potential problems leading up to the wedding once the finer details are discussed. Engagement shoots are a great way to try out your photographer!
While price does play a role in choosing a photographer, basing your choice on these top three elements is far more important. Your wedding photos are something you’ll treasure for years to come so take the time to choose a photographer that can best capture these amazing memories.