Find the Right Photographer for Your Wedding
A wedding is one of the most significant events in a person’s life; it is a precious day where you celebrate love and laughter and share good wishes for a happily ever after with family and friends. For something that only happens once in a person’s life – at least it’s supposed to – it must remain a lasting memory for decades to come.
As such, choosing the right photographer is one of the most critical aspects of planning a wedding. It’s crucial to find a photographer that you trust can deliver beautiful photos that reflect your vision of how your special day will go.
How to Find the Right Photographer for Your Wedding
Following these tips are only the beginning of the task of finding the right photographer to suit you and your partner, but they should set you on the right track!
Set Up an Interview
Before committing to anything, meeting the photographer is something you should strive to make happen. It won’t always be possible – particularly with what’s happened in the world over the past year, but usually you can invite them for coffee, or if a meet-up isn’t possible, try communicating through a video call. If they refuse to meet with you, it is most likely a bad sign!
Talking to the photographer in person will help you better assess the kind of person they are. Carefully determine if they are someone you would like to work with. A face-to-face meeting also helps in establishing the relationship between you and the photographer.
The main thing to look for is if you feel comfortable around this person – after all they will be with you pretty much all day on the most intimate days of your life!
Trust Your Instincts
How do you feel after meeting with the photographer? Do you feel at ease, or do you feel a bit unsure? Trust is essential in any relationship, and the partnership with you and your photographer is no exception.
Your photographer will be with you on the most important day of your life—they will bear witness to all the laughs, tears, vows, and speeches. If you don’t feel assured, no matter how convincing they might have been, maybe you should look for someone else. Really you’re looking for someone you would be comfortable to hang around with without them taking photos of you!
Ask the Right Questions
Before hiring the photographer, make sure that you ask them everything you’re curious about. Take a moment and think about everything you want to know; you can even make a list so you won’t forget anything. Asking them questions will help prevent any misunderstanding and surprises. Don’t be afraid of getting technical!
Here are some questions that you might want to ask your photographer:
- How many weddings have you participated in or photographed?
- What is the estimated total of your travel expenses, if any?
- Do you work alone, or do you have your own team?
- Is there a contingency plan in case you get ill?
- Do you have insurance?
- Will you retouch the photos?
- When will the wedding photos be delivered?
This is of course not an exhaustive list of questions you may like to ask your wedding photographer, but it’ a good start.
A good wedding photographer will be patient in listening to you and answering any question you may have. Meanwhile, a great wedding photographer will ensure to provide all the answers without you even having to ask.
Sign a Contract
Even if you have a good relationship with your photographer, you can’t rely on promises. You never know what might happen—something might go wrong, conditions may not be met, or worse, they might not turn up at your wedding.
Insist your photographer on signing a contract. A legally-binding contract prompts the photographer to commit to everything agreed upon and ensure that he delivers what he has promised.
A good photographer will actually insist on this themselves as they have a business and reputation to protect as well – having a client sign a contract stating they agree to terms and expectations is just common sense for all involved.
Weddings are only temporary—at the end of the day they will tear down the decorations, your bouquet will wilt, your guests will return home, and you will keep your dress in a closet. Wedding photos are the only things that will keep your wedding alive, even fifty years from now. Carefully choose the right photographer to capture your wedding, so you will always have something beautiful to look back on.
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