Every bride and groom wants gorgeous wedding photos, so it makes sense to invest the time and effort to carefully find the right photographer. So many things on the big day will be fleeting, such as the music, the flowers, and the cake, but the photos will become a permanent reminder. Let’s look at a few useful tips for working with and finding the perfect wedding photographer:
Do your homework early and start the search to find a photographer about 12 months before the date of the wedding. Get personal referrals from other recently wed couples or browse blogs or websites online. Try to view online portfolios or picture galleries to get a full sense of the different style and quality offered. While it is nice to see a few of the highlighted pictures on a website, it is best to see a full album in person before deciding on whom to use.
In the process of looking at the review photographs it helps to think critically and decide whether the most important moments have been captured. The photos should have the people looking completely relaxed and not spooked. Everyone should be in focus and thoughtful composition used. Also, the type of shots taken or poses should match your particular needs.
Organize a meeting
It is different to fully evaluate the qualities of a photographer simply by looking at review shots. After compiling a short list of 2 or 3 people and confirming they are available for the big day and within your price range, it is time to organize a face to face meeting, However, if that isn’t possible there may be the option of having a video chat. While having the chat you should be able to feel comfortable and relaxed because this person will be around for most of the wedding day and also interacting with your guests.
Most of the photographers offer different levels of services, so it is important to check what is actually included. A major point is the number of hours the photographer will spend at the wedding and reception. A typical service is in the region of eight hours, but for those that need longer, it helps to find out if this is available.
Make a shot list
By preparing a reasonable size shot list it is possible to guarantee that the most important photographs are taken on the big day. To increase the likelihood of capturing the right shots it can benefit to have a member of the wedding party help orchestrate the guests. Also, the shot list should include things like taking the color or black and white photos, as well as the preferred background to be captured.