10 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
There is so much detail and love that goes into planning a wedding. One of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is hiring a wedding photographer. The imagery from your special day will be what you go to when you want to relive your union. When choosing a wedding photographer, there are some key things you want to look for. It is essential to look for a style you not only love but a photographer's personality that will put you at ease.
IV. KNOW YOUR BUDGET AND COMPARE PACKAGES
Finding a wedding photographer doesn't have to be hard, one of the things that help make the search easier is knowing your budget to avoid disappointments. It's important to have a clear understanding what is included in your wedding package. For example, some photographers include all images in your final wedding gallery and other photographers only promise a certain amount of wedding images. Another option to consider is the photographer offering one or two photographers with their wedding collections. Do you like the idea of having two photographers? For example, your doing a first look and we want to capture both of your reactions. Having two photographers will make that go more smoothly than just having one photographer. Plus, as a wedding photographer myself, I love having a second shooter to capture special moments from different angles and perspectives. Are you open to just allowing one photographer to capture your day in detail? These are questions that you want to ask yourself to help you narrow down what your looking for. If your photographer includes an engagement session in your wedding package that is a BIG plus. Photographers that include engagement sessions in their packages truly want to get to know you before your big day. They want to learn how you love story, the unique connection the two of you have and all your best angles. This helps your wedding day to run smoothly - because they already know you.
V. READ THEIR REVIEWS
You have found a photographer who you like, you love their style, and now it's time to do some research. Take the time to read through their reviews. It is important to read the experiences of people who have worked with them in the past. Most photographers will have reviews on their websites from real clients but you can see if they have been reviewed on google, facebook, wedding wire, or other platforms.
VI. FIND SOMEONE WHO ISN'T AFRAID TO TAKE CHARGE
Wedding days tend to go by faster than you may think and sometimes you have those strict timelines to follow. Every loved one is filled with an enourmous amount of joy that sometimes it can get difficult to get people to listen and follow directions because there is so much going on. I am not saying you are looking for someone who is going to be rude but you want a photographer who is able to command a room, being assertive but polite. This is why I find no-obligation consultations important, they give you an opportunity to get to know the photographer and their personality. You can ask questions and how they would handle the situation.
VII. Wedding Collections + Packages
What do you want to be included in your wedding packages? Not all photographers offer the same things. Some offer just digital images, some offer prints and albums, or both.