Now that you’ve commenced wedding planning, one of the many things you will have to decide on is who should be your photographer. It’s critical to choose a trustworthy professional with years of experience under the belt. Here are ten tips to help you make the right choice.
1. Has a physical location
The first thing you should consider is if the photographer has a physical location. It is safer to choose a photographer with a brick and mortar studio over a random stranger online. You want to be able to visit the photographer at any time.
2. Friendly personality
Your photographer is going to spend a greater part of the day at your wedding venue, so it’s important to choose someone you can tolerate and maybe like. A friendly personality means the photographer will able to get along with your guests without trouble.
Your photographer should have a style that aligns with yours, There are different kinds of style: traditional, documentary, editorial, romantic, portraiture and photojournalistic among several others. Whatever your style may be, there’s a photographer out there that fits your requirements.
4. Full wedding
Don’t hire a photographer based on a few photos you see on social media. To truly gauge their work, request to see a full wedding collection that he or she has shot from start to finish.
An amateur photographer will likely deliver a bad job since he has no experience working under pressure in a wedding setting. Ask how many weddings they’ve covered and how long they’ve been in the business.
Another factor to take into consideration is the recommendation you get from previous clients of the photographer. It is an excellent way to get an unbiased review of his or her services. A great photographer should be able to provide testimonials and contacts of previous clients to that effect.
Since we are talking business stuff, ask the photographer if they’re insured and licensed as a legal business. Many venues require insurance from vendors working there to cover for unforeseen events that may occur.
8. Turnaround time
How long does it take for the photographer to deliver your photos? Be sure to ask the turnaround time so you don’t have to wait for months to receive your photographs.
Your photographer should have backup equipment in the event that something goes wrong with the main tools. If they have only one camera, it probably won’t be enough to meet your needs.
The photographer will likely charge you on the basis of the package you pick. Make sure you inquire about what’s included in the package and whether there’s a second shooter. While the price list is a factor to consider, it’s best to avoid photographers that offer ridiculously cheap packages because you will always get what you paid for.
Each of the points above is as important as the next, so be sure to consider all these factors before you commit to hiring a photographer for your perfect day.