When it comes to your wedding, finding the best wedding photographer is crucial. If something goes wrong during a wedding ceremony or reception, most of the time it can be remedied (if adequate planning and preparation was done beforehand). However, when it comes to wedding photos and videos, there are no second takes.
The best wedding photographer for your wedding is not only one who specializes in weddings but one who is skilled and experienced enough with your type of wedding. So if for example, you’re going to have a beach wedding, look for a photographer who is experienced with these types of weddings. Why? Because he or she will be knowledgeable on the best times to take photos for maximum effect, best natural props to use, best poses to go for, etc.
Moreover, you have to make sure that the personality of your photographer matches yours or at least, that he or she is easy to work with. Experience and personality are very important.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, then interview photographers that have worked outdoors.
A good photographer will have a website. Check out their website and try to form a profile on that particular photographer. Is he or she someone you would feel comfortable working with on your wedding day? Don’t rely solely on their website though.
If possible, meet with the photographer personally at least twice and make sure you have compatible personalities. The last thing you want is a “prima donna” wedding photographer showing up two hours before your wedding equipped with countless orders to lash out at you!
After you have found the person you can work with, the next few steps should be done simultaneously to save time in case you uncover a problem.
Make sure they are available for the day of your wedding. Sounds obvious, but well worth clearing up before you start taking a liking to a particular photographer.
Get a clear understanding (in writing is best) of the deposits required, payment schedule, and refund policy if you need to cancel or reschedule.
Get referrals. Usually, wedding photographers will have a prepared list of clients. These will of course be the best clients they’ve had. When you contact these clients, don’t be afraid to get a little “sneaky” and ask if they know of any other clients that have used the same wedding photographer. You may be surprised at what you find out.
– Be sure the photographer you select understands current technology.
– Be sure that you both have a compatible personality.
– Be sure the person you select has experience with your type of wedding, especially if it is an outdoor, beach or destination wedding.
– Be sure your photographer is available.
– Verify all the terms and conditions and get it in writing.
– Personally make contact with past clients.
Finding the best wedding photographer takes a little bit of work, but remember that what they produce will last a lifetime!