Here are a few tips to ensure that you find the right wedding photographer for you:
Every single time I get a wedding inquiry, I always ask to meet for coffee…or ice cream…or anything that sounds delicious at the moment. In our world of texting and email, we lose sight of the importance of finding time for an in-person conversation. So much can be said about whether you click with someone that’s impossible to figure out via text or email. Out of all of the vendors that you hire, your photographer will be with you for most of your wedding day. I urge you to make sure that you have a connection and feel comfortable with that person.
Does your wedding photographer have a specific set of packages that you can choose from that are easily understandable and clearly laid out? A photographer that advertises “All Day Coverage” may not necessarily mean literally all day. Ask questions and make sure that what you’re hiring them for is clearly laid out in a legally binding contract so that they are held accountable for what they are hired to do. In my opinion, your coverage should not be something that you skimp on. When your day feels rushed, it will add to the stress of making sure that everything is photographed in a timely fashion. Trust me, it is so much nicer to feel completely at ease and be able to truly enjoy your day and be present in the moment instead of making sure that you have enough time for things.
After everything is all said and done, chances are if you have digital negatives from your big day, if they’re just on a disk or USB they will just sit in a drawer for years to come. What you choose to do with your images is one of the most important things. Will you decide to get them printed in a beautiful album which will end up being a family heirloom to be cherished for generations to come? Will you get your favorite image blown up on a beautiful canvas to show off the beauty of the most important day of your life in art form? Or will you just get a couple of 4×6’s printed at Meijer? All of those are very real options when you receive your wedding images in digital format and being able to talk over the options of how to preserve your images is a great conversation to have with your photographer. Wedding photography is truly an investment and I strive to make sure that you get the best possible product after everything is said and done.
Does your photographer shoot alone or is there the option of adding on a second shooter to your package? A lot of brides opt to add a second shooter to their package to get more pictures from different angles, different areas of the room, or heck, it even gives the option of photographer coverage of more than one location at the same time! This is a great way to get more bang for your buck and to ensure added coverage.
I kid you not, as sad as it is, with photographers popping up everywhere, this is a legitimate question. Do they pay taxes? Do they have insurance on their gear and themselves? Make sure that you are hiring someone that is operating a legal and legitimate business.
I say this a lot and I really think that sometimes as much as you can research and make pros and cons lists of every wedding photographer that you’ve interviewed, sometimes you just have to go with your instincts! More often than not, they will lead you in the right direction!