As with all once-in-a-lifetime events, you’ll want to remember every moment of your wedding, but the truth is that it’ll fly by so quickly. This is where the all-important wedding photographer comes into play, one of the most important choices and investments in your wedding plans. You don’t get a second chance to document your wedding. The professional wedding photos commemorate your special day that took months of planning. You want to be able to trust that your wedding photographer will capture the beauty and range of emotions at your wedding, and visually tell the story and create a lasting memory of your special day.
Now, how would you even begin searching for the best wedding photographer?
Give Yourself Enough Time
First of all, start the planning process over a year in advance because you’ll need time to find and investigate top local wedding photographers in and around your area before you even consider interviewing and booking them. Non-winter seasons are popular for weddings and photographers will typically need to be booked at least a year in advance for weddings planned during April to October.
Your friends, relatives and coworkers will likely have personal experience with wedding photographers whether for their own weddings or for that of their own friends and family. Plan lunch dates to peruse their wedding albums and trust your initial reaction of the artistry and ability of the wedding photos to capture emotion.
Also take the time to ask for the person’s opinion about their photographer. Here are some good questions to ask:
How would you rate your photographer on customer service? Professionalism?
Did the photographer follow through with everything you discussed before the wedding?
Was the photographer responsive and punctual?
Was the photographer personable and helpful in making you feel relaxed, so you could enjoy the moment? Did you ever feel rushed by the photographer?
Was the photographer more incognito or more intrusive?
How did the photographer get along with unruly children who refused to cooperate?
Did the photographer have an assistant? What was the assistant like?
What kinds of compliments or criticisms have you received from family and friends about your photographer and your wedding photos?
It’s a mandatory step to take advantage of the wealth of information on the Internet to search for top wedding photographers in and near your area. At each photographer’s website, look through their online portfolio. Don’t forget to also take the time to check out each photographer at the Better Business Bureau and on Yelp for reviews and complaints.
Go through the same process for the photographers you’ve narrowed down based on recommendations from your contacts.