Unlike other service providers, you would need to spend a considerable amount of time finding the perfect wedding photographer for your big day. You should start early enough so you can patiently sift through the many photographers in the area. The easiest way to get a good photographer is through a recommendation. Did your relative or one of your friends get married recently? Have you taken a look at their photo album and been blown away by what you see? Then you can automatically pick the photographer if they are within your budget range. However, if you do not have a recommendation the next steps involve:
Browsing the Internet
Photographers have listings on the internet. If you use your search engine to look for photographers in your area, you are definitely going to find many of them. Do not pick them on account of their websites and the photos included therein. Instead, look for reviews from couples who used the photographer on their big day. With this information, you know what to expect. Additionally, you know the photographers that you need to steer clear of because of their bad reputation.
Pick a Style
Pick the style that you would like for your wedding pictures. Would you like natural photographs caught in the moment? Would you prefer to have photographs where people pose? Would you like pictures of the décor, the cake, cars, and guests in their element, the church or any other venue used for your big day? The answers to these questions will help you to decide on the type of style that you prefer. With this, you can go through photographers’ portfolios knowing what to look on or place emphasis on.
Once you have picked your style, choose a number of photographers that you would like to consider. It is now time to have interviews. You must find out what kind of personality they have. Will this match well with yours or will you end up clashing because of differing ideas? How easy is it to talk to them? This is important because you do not want to be uptight on your wedding day. Additionally, you must ask for photos of other weddings that they have covered. This is different from the portfolio. The former will have photos from one or two weddings. A portfolio usually has the best of the photographer’s work which stops you from seeing the other photos which might not be as nice. For your wedding, you would end up with all those photos. You must therefore ensure that they are as good as the other pictures in the portfolio.
Finding a wedding photographer is one of the most important tasks in preparation of your big day. You should include a friend or two to help you make the decision and ensure that you have the right choice. You should be patient with the process and start early enough so you can increase the chances that your photographer of choice is not booked on the d-day.