Wondering how to choose the best wedding photographer? Start with a professional! In our current economic environment, more and more couples are turning to a friend or family member to photograph their wedding. This is a huge mistake! Even if your friend or family member is a skilled hobby photographer, photographing a wedding is a completely different ball game. In no way similar to taking great landscape photos or photos of the kids. A skilled wedding photographer has a complete understanding of lighting & posing both of individuals, the couple and groups. The have exceptional time management skills and can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. They know how to deal with stressed out brides and put them at ease so they can enjoy this most important day. They’ve covered enough weddings to be able to anticipate the next photo so nothing is missed.
Your wedding photographs are one of the only things that last from your wedding. Keep in mind, these photographs are not just for you. They are for your current family and the family yet to come. You want to be able to someday show your wedding photographs to your children and grandchildren. That being said, below are some suggestions on how to choose the best wedding photographer..
No matter who you hire to photograph your wedding, there are three major things to consider before making that decision. Experience, Cost, Personality
#1 Experience – Find out how long they’ve been photographing weddings and, on average, how many do they photograph per year. Make sure to see some work from other weddings they’ve photographed. Ideally, you want to see a wedding in it’s entirety. Anyone can photograph a wedding and come away with a couple of good shots. You want to see everything – the formals, ceremony and reception photographs. Also, find out if they belong to any professional photographer organizations, go to conferences for regular training, and if they have won any awards.
#2 Cost – In choosing a photographer you should be able to find some one in your budget. On average, plan on spending 10%-15% of your total budget on wedding photography. It is important that you understand exactly what you are receiving in your package. Make sure you see the album or any product in your package and inquire what if any options there are. Don’t be pressured into a package with items you don’t wish to purchase. A good photographer, who wants your business, should be willing to work with you. If you’re looking to keep costs low, inquire if your photographer offers a ‘Digital Only’ package. You’ll receive just the photograph files on disk. Make sure they are high resolution and come with a license to reproduce.
#3 Personality – Unlike almost any other vendor, your wedding photographer will be with you for a large portion of your wedding day. Make sure you connect! If they irritate you in the initial meeting, he or she is likely to irritate you on the wedding day! If they seem unorganized in your initial meeting, well guess what…you don’t want them photographing your wedding. Your photographer should be easy going and flexible. Ultimately, the day is about you and your wedding, not his or her photographs.