What to consider when hiring a wedding photographer?

 

Your wedding is one of the most important events you will ever plan. Of course you want everything to be perfect. One of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding, is who you will hire to photograph this very special day. Your photographer is the one vendor that will be with you most of the day. It is very important that you are at ease and have complete confidence in the professional you have entrusted your memories to.

 Make Sure Your Personalities Mesh

Don't underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. Is the photographer excited by your vision when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way, or are they timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting? In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces but is bold enough to go out hunting for great images and who, above all, puts you at ease and doesn't irritate you in any way. Remember: They'll be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out. Likewise, you don't want the photographer to offend or annoy any guests, but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive way. To get the best photos, your photographer needs to be assertive enough to seek out great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests and calm enough to be a positive force.

How long have they been photographing weddings?

Keep in mind that a wedding photographer is much different than a portrait, landscape, or fashion photographer ... and while it's great if they have a background in fashion or portraits, having experience as a wedding photographer is KEY! !  A wedding is a day with many ups, downs, and surprises.  You want to make sure your photographer is adept in handling anything thrown their way. Pro experienced wedding photographers also pride themselves on their equipment and generally they have the best gear available.

Consider asking them the following:

  • Do you carry back up equipment?
  • What happens if you are sick or for any reason unable to attend the wedding as planned?
  • Do you carry liability insurance?
  • Are you a member of a PPA and other professional associations?
  • How will you back up and protect my images

Photography Style

There are many different styles of wedding photography, do you prefer documentary style, traditional, contemporary? Would you prefer a photographer who combines all of these styles -a freestyle or eclectic wedding photographer? Look at their work! Ask to see a complete wedding, not just the ones they chose as their best for their portfolio. Do their images portray emotion? Are they artistic and creative, do the people look comfortable?