Tips on how to choose the perfect wedding photographer
Updated: Jun 14
Wedding photos are not just ordinary photos. They are lifelong memento of your special day. That’s why, it is very important to choose the best photographer. Our tips will help you to do that!
The rule of thumb is that you should like the photographer both as a professional and as an individual. It’s essential because you will share such a special moments of your life with this person, confide your emotions and most importantly your future memories with him.
Where to begin?
First of all, try to think about your future photos, how you see them, try to imagine yourself in the pictures. Decide for how many hours you need to book the photographer. The requirements for your wedding photographer will depend on these things. The clearer you state the role of the photographer at your wedding, the better the result - it will be easier for him to work and communicate with you, so then you will relish looking through your wedding album.
Decide on the right style
You should decide what type of photography style resonates with you. Be it traditional or contemporary and fashionable. That will help determine which kind of photographer you'll want documenting your wedding.
Where to find the perfect photographer?
Browse different social networks
This is the most popular way to find a photographer. You can examine numerous portfolios, immediately contact the photographer, discuss prices and shooting conditions, arrange a meeting with the prospect without leaving your house.
You should look beyond highlight photos that photographers post on their social media pages. Look through entire gallery to gauge how the photographer captures details and special moments at the wedding.
Check out Fearlessphotographers.com
If you want to find a truly creative and talented photographer, then you should definitely visit fearlessphotographers.com. On this site, photographers must pay membership fee, which immediately cuts off half of the amateurs. Photographers at fearlessphotographers.com are ranked by the number of awards they’ve earned. Here you can easily find real creators, who truly passionate about their job. There are a lot of specialized sites where many photographers from around the world are gathered. But sites such as theknot.com, weddingwire.com and others do not show you the rating of the best wedding photographers. They only show you those photographers who invested money in ads to have more views and be on top of the ranking. You shouldn’t consider such photographers as the best ones, because they spend thousands of dollars to be the best on these sites. Where do you think all the money comes from?
Ask for testimonials
If your friends or acquaintances have already cooperated with wedding photographers, you can ask them for recommendations. On the one hand, people you trust will recommend you professionals through personal experience, but on the other hand, you should bear in mind that everyone has different tastes.
You may not like photographer’s work style, the cost of his services, or simply you won’t mesh with him in person. So, be careful relying on someone’s recommendations and, in any case, closely examine photographers’ portfolios.
Wedding exhibitions, breakfasts for brides and other offline events in your city.
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More things to take into account while working with a photographer
Form a contract
Be sure to conclude a contract when working with a photographer and read it carefully before signing. It immediately sweeps away a large number of laymen and you will be sure that all your requirements and desires will be fulfilled.
Discuss the fee
When signing the contract, any photographer will ask you to make an advance payment in order to reserve a date for you and be certain that you will not cancel everything at the last moment. You, in turn, must also be sure that the photographer will definitely be at your wedding, the photos will be of high quality, and the work will be conscientious. Discuss the matter of payment in advance to avoid sticky situations. Do not forget to include payment and pre-payment terms in your contract. It will be a safeguard for both you and the photographer.
Communicate with your photographer
It’s important to set up in-person meeting with the photographer or, at least, facetime him. You need to get to know your photographer who will be not only a professional, but also a person who is pleasant and tolerable to you.
Book a pre-wedding photoshoot
You can get to know the photographer during the pre-wedding photoshoot. After that, it will be easier for him to work with you, because he already feels your vibe and knows how to get on the right side of you. You can read our previous article to find out why you need a pre-wedding photoshoot.
While preparing for the wedding, you and the photographer need to discuss the timing and venue of the photoshoot, think about your looks and the possible scenario. Remember that most of these issues do not require a personal meeting, they can be discussed online or over the phone, this will save both your and your photographer time.
You will find a complete list of questions for a wedding photographer to ask before signing a contract in our next article.