Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, but after all is said and done the most important thing you have to remind you of your special day are the photographs. Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the hardest parts of planning your wedding you don’t really know if you have made the right choice until the day is all over. Let’s look at some of the things you need to take into consideration when hiring a photographer.
Determine Your Budget
While price is always important, never make your final decision based on price alone. Cheapest isn’t your best option and it can reflect the quality of the photographer. Good photographers know their worth and will price their services accordingly. You will see photographers advertising incredibly cheap packages but be wary they either include very little in the package or they will charge extra for almost everything making it not such a bargain in the long run. You can negotiate with photographer and being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself a really great photographer.
Unless you are doing a destination wedding, then chances are you have friends or family that have gotten married and used a local photographer. If you haven’t then there are some online resources you can use to find a photographer. You can start with Google and make sure you check their reviews as well. Since you’re getting married you’re probably familiar with The Knot, it has listings for local photographers along with some ratings.
Narrow it Down
Once you have found a handful of photographers put them together in a list and check out their portfolios, check their website as well their Instagram accounts. This will give you an idea of the style of photography that they favor. If you don’t know much about photography and couldn’t tell the difference between a good photographer or a mediocre one then here is a guide.
- Are the images crisp, are they too dark or too light? Are they consistent in their quality?
- How do the bride and groom look? This is not about whether they make a handsome couple but has the photographer managed to capture the emotions of the day?
- Do the photos look Photoshopped? All photographers rely on photo editing software to some degree touch ups and editing should be part of the package but when your photos start looking fake then that is not the photographer for you.
Are the Available on Your Wedding Day
Good photographers are booked almost a year in advance, people plan their weddings well in advance so before you even start negotiating you need to make sure that the photographer is even available on the date you have picked out.
Book a Consultation
Book a consultation and get to know the photographer to make sure that they are the best choice. You need to have some kind of rapport with the photographer to make sure the day goes perfectly. Trust yourself, you will find the perfect photographer.