Unlike your other wedding service vendors— flower arrangements, visual and music, venue, and cake— photographs are something you can’t hear, smell, see, or taste at first. So, you do not really know what you are getting until after the event happens.
This means that you need to make careful research and being extremely selective when choosing your wedding photographer.
So, here are some things you need to consider to choose the best and reliable wedding photographer for your big day!
Decide on Your Style
There are various styles for wedding photography and different photographers specialize in different styles. So you need to consider what style you want in order to narrow down your list of suitable photographers.
Classic or traditional
Photographers work from a shot list in order to make sure that they capture all traditional photos and the ones that the couples specifically requested.
A more documentary-style, this is where the photographer follows you to take fewer posed pictures and try to tell the story of your wedding in a more naturalistic style.
A combination of both traditional and photojournalism style, this photography includes posed photos but are more relaxed and emphasis on informal poses.
Tend to be a bit dramatic than the rest, this style makes the subject appear more styled and glamorous.
Booking a wedding photographer needs to be the first thing you need to do after setting the wedding date. Wedding photographers tend to be in high demand, especially during the busiest year for weddings. Thus, you need to book them 6 months to a year in advance.
Check Their Work or Online Presence
Nowadays, most businesses and professionals will choose to advertise online. Here, you need to see how they present themselves. Check for any reviews from people. Also, be cautious not to be influenced by the images on their website.
Better yet. You can visit their studio and see their work. Don’t just look at the photos displayed on their studio but ask if they have a whole album to present.
After taking a peek of their work, you should interview the potential photographer in order to determine their technical skills as well as their personality.
If you think that you dislike the photographer for whatever reason, then this can create a negative atmosphere or dynamic on your big day. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable around them and your guests can relax and have a good time with them.