One of the toughest aspects of hiring a wedding photographer for a bride and groom is knowing what you want. Most likely this is the first big event of your life that you are responsible for, and let’s face it, you haven’t been trained to know what to expect. For most couples, and especially the bride, it is a crash course in catering, flowers, venues, decorations, photography, planning, coordinating, dresses, and the list goes on. It is no wonder most couples do not know what they want, or need, in terms of wedding photography.
Part of my job as a wedding photographer is to help couples along with options and what they can expect in terms of photography. They are having to wade through large amounts of information along with details for numerous wedding vendors. I feel it is important to keep everything very simple and offer a good deal of flexibility in terms of packages and options. Really it boils down to the bride and groom wanting amazing photos that capture the memorable moments and emotions of their day.
Here are 3 tips that will help you make a great choice.
- What style is appealing to you? As you browse through portfolios and photographer’s work, make note of the style that catches your attention. Do posed formal images appeal, or is it the more candid shots that are full of emotion and atmosphere? Are you stopped in your tracks by beautiful black and white images? If detail shots are important look for photographers that display that in their portfolios. Remember that the photographer’s portfolio will tell you exactly what to expect. It is unreasonable for a photographer to promise a style that is not reflected in their published work.
- Don’t feel obligated to ask questions that are not important to you. Use websites and posts that list all the questions you should be asking potential photographers as a starting point. The sites may be good for giving you some ideas of what to ask, but running through the list verbatim can leave you wandering what to do with the information. When you meet with a photographer it is your opportunity to ask questions that are important to you. Don’t ask something just because a blogpost told you to ask it. If the camera that the photographer uses is important to you, then by all means ask. If it is more important how the photographer is going to treat your guests who are also trying to take photos at the same time, then ask. Any legit professional will field every question respectfully knowing that it is important to you.
- What are you going to do with the photos? Think about the final images and what you are going to do with them. Do you want a way to present them to the entire family? Will some of them go up on facebook, and the best ones go into an album? Will one be chosen as a gallery wrap or to frame for the living area? Having an idea of your final needs can help shape and define a wedding photography package that is right for you. It also gives you some ideas of the coverage you will want and what to ask for.
If you found this post helpful and would like for me to expand on any of these topics leave a comment below. Feel free to visit my website to see my work and view the collections I have to offer.