Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer
Wedding photos are an important part of your wedding. However, choosing a wedding photographer is always a tricky task. You will probably worry if the photographer took the right shots or manage to capture the poignant moments? Here are 10 steps to help you narrow down the perfect photographer for your wedding.
Step 1: Pick your style
- Step 2: Research
Check out how active your potential photographers are on social media, ie. their Facebook & Instagram profiles. How are they dealing with online responses? Are the reviews positive? Are they open to criticism and do they acknowledge client’s perspective?
- Step 3: Set up interviews
Arrange for meetings with at least three short-listed photographers. Check for their availability, affordability, and then brief them about your requirements. Define the coverage you want for your wedding gown, venue, and guests.
- Step 4: View complete wedding albums
Often, the photos highlighted by the photographer are their best ones, all from different weddings, so you're seeing the best of the best. The problem with that is you won't get a well-rounded idea of their work. Go through full albums in similar settings you have in mind so you can get a better idea of what your complete collection of photos might look like after the wedding.
- Step 5: Review
Do a critical analysis of a photographer’s album. Is it the right combination of lighting, composition, and storytelling? Does he capture poignant, intimate moments between the couple or simply pick good smiling shots?
- Step 6: Personality of the wedding photographer
Choose someone who instantly puts you at ease and is a good listener. They should possess good mannerisms as you don't want the photographer to offend or annoy any guests, but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive way.
- Step 7: Select your photographer
There is a team of photographers in most photo studios. Pick someone who suits your sensibilities. You need to make sure that the one you interview and "click" with will be the one who shoots for your wedding. Hire a second shooter to cover candid shots if the main photo shoot is portrait or fine art based.
- Step 8: Pick your package wisely
It's important to find out what's included in the standard package, plus the basic range for any extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, special effects or additional coverage, so you can compare rates. List the ingredients you want in your wedding shoot and then finalize someone who confirms their availability, has a package you can afford and does not have any qualms about working overtime if the need arises.
- Step 9: Your rights
Do you grant permission to the photographer to use your photo for promotional campaigns? Can you share images without photographer’s watermark or credit? It is always best to read your contract and ask the photographer any questions before signing.
- Step 10: Post-production
How many images should I expect to receive? Do I receive all the images taken? If not, can I pick the final shots? Are the images supplies as high resolution or low resolution? Will the images I receive be edited? When can I collect the album? Again, It is always best to confirm the post-production details with the photographer before signing to prevent any dispute.