The photographer you select will be your photo journalist and artist, so it is important to know what feeling you want conveyed in your photographs. “A picture is worth a thousand words”!
Regardless of how talented a photographer is, it is important to have a good chemistry with them; it is always a good idea to meet beforehand and chat and see if the relationship is right. Remember, this person will be a vital part of the most important day of your life, so be sure you choose someone you feel good being beside. If you don’t click with them, it will be reflected in your photos!
Worth the Price Tag
Spending money on a good photographer for your wedding may seem like a splurge but it is worth the splurge. I believe having someone who is truly talented will help capture every special detail and memory. There is nothing like looking back at your photographs and being able to re-live your special day over and over again.
What’s your style?
Your favorite photography style depends on your personality. Ask your friends whose work they like and check out photographers’ websites. You can never do too much homework! Do you like photos that look classic or formal? Are photos vintage or a little more artistic more your style? Some photographers specialize in all black-and-white images and some specialize in taking full color shots, some do both. It is important to take a moment and judge the quality of the photos in their portfolio: Are thepictures well-lit? How good is the resolution? Can you feel something through the photos? All of these are important.
A good photographer will also recommend key elements to include in your photos using a Shot List. Some of my favorite shots are the unexpected shots and the bride and groom’s first glance at each other. You may also want to request your photographer will be bringing an assistant or second shooter. This is great if you want your wedding captured from other angles, such as the bride and grooms reaction at “first reveal” whether before the ceremony or as the bride walks down the aisle.
Customize your Package
Once you narrow it down, set up a meeting to talk about the services offered. Every photographer puts their packages together differently. One might include time, materials, proofs in an album, custom prints in a custom album, and enlargements. Another might simply include his time and materials, with everything else as an add-on. The best kind of packages are when the photographer allows you to purchase things a la carte and is able to customize what you want! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For example: How many hours are included in the fee? With the cost, what are you receiving? Is there a photo album? How many photos do you get? Can you keep the proofs? Be sure to ask to see samples of these albums as well as references. Fine tune your contract so there are no surprises on your big day! It’s also a good idea to ask how long it will take to get your proofs and your finished album back so you’ll know when you can expect everything.
Take all of this into consideration.