Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions that you’ll ever make in your wedding planning since unlike choosing a dress or sampling the food, there is no dress rehearsal, and depending upon your choice you’ll either end up with photos that you will cherish for ever or you’ll end up as one unhappy newly wed couple.
So with this in mind, how can you choose your photographer with confidence?
Word of mouth is one of the best ways of choosing a photographer so ask around family and friends for any recommendations.
Short List a Set of Candidates
Browse online and look at different photographer’s websites and take a look at their portfolios. Like artists, they will all have very different styles, so only choose those whose style of photography appeals to you.
Meet With The Candidates
Set up meetings with the prospective candidates whose work really bowled you over. Check for chemistry with the photographer since they are going to be following you around for the best part of the day. If there’s any awkwardness or feelings of unease between you, then there’s no way your photographer will be able to produce images similar to those that he has shown you in his portfolio.
Ask to See Their Portfolio for a Complete Wedding Day
The portfolio should in essence contain the best of the best and in asking to see a complete day’s images of a wedding, you should be able to gauge how the different stages of the day have been portrayed and whether the quality is still as good.
Only hire who you trust
Make sure that not only are you happy with your choice of photographer but that you feel that you trust them. It’s a bit like giving carte blanche to your hair stylist and leaving them to create a style for you that they think will enhance your look. Give your photographer some artistic freedom, as you’ll never get to see the best of his work if you try to manage him throughout the day.
Finally, never commit to a photographer unless you are 100% certain that you have found the right one and are happy with your choice. Once you’re confident that you’re both understanding of the types of shots that you are hoping for, step back and let him work his magic.