The biggest challenge about finding a photographer for your big day is that you really can’t be sure of what to expect until the results are out. Unlike a wedding cake vendor who can make you the exact sample of the wedding cake you want so you can taste, there is little you can do to weigh how suitable the photographer is for the wedding. Luckily, even with fewer checks before hiring you increase your chances of having the best moments of the day captured in the best way possible for you to relive them all over again years to come.
1. Know the photography type and style that you prefer
Professional shooting comes in different styles with the most common being documentary, fine art, portraiture and edgy bold. If you care about the style, then you should get familiar with the options available so you are able to get yourself a photographer who can deliver exactly what you are looking for. You can always ask your photographer in advance which styles they can handle beforehand so you avoid wasting too much time on a photographer who doesn’t have what it takes to shoot and tell a story like you want with your wedding photos.
2. Read through reviews from recent brides and grooms
It is one of the best ways of getting to know the potential of your photographer. Because most professionals have blogs and websites, you will not only have the chance to check out some photos they have shot, but you also get an idea of what style they apply in the shooting. Reviews on such pages from recent customers can also help you decide whether to go to the next step of contacting the photographer or not. If any negative comments are given, find out how the photographer has responded before jumping into any conclusion.
3. Review several full wedding albums
Photographer use portfolios of the best pictures they have ever taken and you should dig deeper if you want to be sure of what they can do. Instead of relying only on the portfolio offered on the website, ask to see a few wedding albums of real weddings they have actually shot before. A full gallery is always better because you get to see even the not very good shots too. When reviewing the albums, pay attention to photo crispness, lighting and angles too. A good wedding photographer should be in a position to also capture emotions.
4. Confirm shooters
When dealing with larger photo studios, there are chances that you could end up being allocated a specific photographer and probably not the lead photographer. It helps to ensure that the photographer you interview is the one who ends up shooting your wedding and not any other photographer. It is also important to remember that some photographers come with assistants hence the need to confirm and also get to know the assistant and what their presence means to you and the budget too.