How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

November 27th, 201010:30 am

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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Your wedding may only last for one day, but photographs last a lifetime. This is why it is important that you choose the best photographer that you can find (and that fits in your budget!).  Seemingly everyone is a “photographer” these days, but very few will produce quality pictures that you will be proud of years down the road.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of photographers there are to choose from, here are some things to bear in mind when choosing one:

Experience:  Just what is this photographer’s experience level?  Not only that, but you will also want to know what their experience level with weddings is.  Is this something that the photographer does for fun?  Or is it how they support themselves?  This will help you determine just how serious they are about their craft.

Personality:  Once you speak to or meet the photographer, what did you think of the photographer? It’s important that you choose one that shares your vision and that you know will capture images that you will want to keep.

Style of Photography: Some photographers do a whole array of different styles, while others only specialize in black and white, or color.  Make sure that if you want black and white, color, or a mix of both that you specify this when you contact the photographer. They will be able to tell you exactly what their style is, and hopefully show you a portfolio of their work as well.

Dress:  It’s important to have the people who are working at your wedding appear professional.  The photographer probably does not need to wear a tuxedo or a fancy dress, but it would be nice for them to be wearing professional attire.

Delivery Time: Another thing you have to consider is just how long it may take to have your photos back.  Ask them how long it would take for any proofs that you may want, especially if you plan on using them for thank you cards. Some photographers will have top quality photos to you within a week or two whereas others who do this more casually may take up to three months or even a year!

The Package:  Most wedding photographers offer some sort of package.  Do you actually understand the package that they are offering?  If not, ask for clarification.  If you want something that isn’t included in the package, or if you feeling that something that is in the package is unnecessary, then see if you can make substitutions or receive that package at a reduced price.

The Price: Though no one enjoys talking about budget, when it comes to your wedding you must take budget into strong consideration so that you can be sure you do not end up in debt at the end of your wedding.  If the photographer you love is within your budget, there isn’t a problem.  If they charge too much, see if there is any way you can have them lower the costs and still get what you both want and need.