12 Tips to Find the Perfect Photographer
Understanding wedding services and the basics of the wedding photographer’s work is the first step towards making an informed decision about the choice of a particular specialist. Keeping well informed and knowing what questions to ask will help you find the right photographer for your wedding day. Below are 12 common questions to keep in mind when talking to photographers.
1. Study the market
Look through portfolios of photographers, find out their prices, read reviews on discussion boards and determine your price segment. Most likely, after careful research, you’ll understand that you do not want to save on photographer’s services, because, as a rule, low price means low quality.
2. Pick the photography style
Decide yourself which style of photography you love most: black and white reportage, gentle fine art or maybe conceptual photos with creative color correction and processing? This will influence your choice of wedding photographer.
3. Ask for advice
There are many ways to find a good specialist in wedding services: professional catalogs, advertisements, but if you liked the photographer, you will gladly recommend it to your friends and acquaintances as well. Thus, do not hesitate to ask your married friends for contact with their contractors. If there is no one who can help you with the advice, go online and look through the reviews on the sites of contractors - this will help you to find out not only the positive aspects, but possible drawbacks of working with the specialist.
4. Select several candidates
As a rule, wedding professionals have a wide range of acquaintances and know all the pitfalls of this work. Thus, if you can not find a suitable photographer or have some doubts, ask for advice of your florist or decorator - most likely they will be able to offer you some familiar photographers. Many specialists often work in a team - and if your contractors already have experience of joint projects, this will reflect on your wedding in the best way.
5. Study the specialist’s portfolio
It’s certainly not enough to see just the gallery of the best photos on their site. See the whole series from weddings - from the beginning to the final fireworks. This way you’ll see the whole picture, feel the style of work and the overall shooting mood.
6. Don’t be guided by stylized projects
Working in ideal scenery with professional models is very different from working at a wedding. Considering the photo, try to differentiate the work of the photographer from other contractors: It’s impossible to make beautiful photos of the evening ceremony without proper decor and lighting. Beautiful portraits of the bride are a merit not only of the photographer, but also the stylist, make-up artist and hairdresser.
7. Do not neglect social networks
Before making the final decision, look at the pages on social networks and photographer’s Instagram account. They are valuable as you might find recent photos and not just the best shots. In addition, it will allow you to get to know the photographer as a person.
8. Look for like-minded people
While working with a photographer, it’s so important for them to be not only a professional but a pleasant and communicative person as well. If you feel that they understand you and you’re on the same wavelength, that’s the key to successful cooperation. After all, it will be much easier for you to reveal yourself before this person on your wedding day and show your sincere emotions and feelings.
9. Make sure to meet with a potential candidate
Try to find a slot in your busy schedule and arrange for a personal meeting with the photographer. Only this way you will be able to understand how much this is your kind of person, and to what extent you feel comfortable. Do not forget that this will be the photographer throughout the whole wedding. If this person is not pleasant enough for you, this can affect the mood of the whole wedding day.
10. Prepare for the meeting
Before meeting the photographer, make sure to be prepared for this. Take a piece of paper, a pen and put down all the questions that interest you, so that when you meet, nothing flies out of your mind.
11. Know what you want
Perhaps, this is the most important thing. After all, if the couple don’t know what they want to get in the end, they will probably be disappointed. Get inspired, see the shooting of real weddings, get to know what you want this day to look like and show this to your photographer.
12. Discuss the details
There are several important things that you need to discuss with a professional before signing a contract. When will the photos be ready? Can a photographer give you a small preview within a week after the wedding? Do you need a photobook? It is also important to discuss with the photographer the timing of the day so that they understand the conditions under which the shooting will take place. Make sure to ask all of this in advance to set the right expectations.
There you go - your 12 tips on finding the best wedding photographer. Enjoy your wedding and may your photos capture the best moments.