You will be making a lot of important decisions in the run-up to your wedding day and one of the most important decisions is to choose the right wedding photographer. Your wedding day will be over in a flash and the only real tangible memories of your big day that you will cherish for life will be your wedding photographs. Madeleine Andrews from the Lisa Gill Photography offers these top 10 tips to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer for your big day.
1. Number of Weddings They Have Shot
One of the most important signs of a good photographer is their success and popularity. Shooting a certain number of weddings gives more experience to the photographer. However, you need to be careful if the photographer is shooting weddings left, right and center as they may not be able to give you the time and attention you deserve. You need a talented photographer who will put in 100% effort in photographing your wedding day after taking the time to get to know you as well as your fiance. You also need to consider the fact that photographers shooting a lot of weddings also often outsource the processing of photographs.
2. Years in Business
Andre Reichmann, a wedding photographer from Monsey in New York suggests you check out the number of weddings shot by the photographer combined with the number of years in this business will give you a good idea of their experience.
3. Customer Testimonials
Do not forget to ask potential photographer to share with you testimonials from their previous clients when you are searching for the perfect wedding photographer. The feedback given by past clients in the testimonials can tell you a lot about the photographer regarding how they work and whether their clients have been happy with the photographs.
You may also try to speak with some brides the photographer has recently clicked.
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4. Experience of Working at Your Venue or another Similar Venue
It's not a deal breaker if your photographer hasn't worked at your wedding venue but it's an added advantage as it makes sure that the photographer has previous experience and is aware of the best places to take certain wedding shots.
5. Sample Albums
Take a close look at the sample albums to find out if you like their photography style for your big day. Sample albums usually contain a wide variety of photographs from each wedding clicked by the photographer and it will give you a much better feel of the photographer’s work. It is important to ask them to show you a complete wedding and not just a few best shots. These best shots may have been taken at a training course and may not fully reflect the work of the photographer when they will be working solo all day long at the wedding.
6. Camera Equipment
You should ask the photographer about the equipment they will be using at your wedding even if you're not aware of the technical photography terms. It becomes more important in case you are planning to have outdoor wedding as you will want to make sure that the photographer has necessary equipment to capture you as well as the surroundings beautifully.
You also need to make sure that the photographer has the necessary equipment to get beautiful photographs even if your big day happens to be a grey cloudy day or if it is raining. If the photographer does not have the necessary equipment to shoot in rain or on a grey cloudy day, he or she may not be able to take many shots depending on the weather on your wedding day.
7. Number of Photographers
Find out the number of photographers who will be shooting on your big day. It's useful to have multiple photographers during the wedding ceremony as they can capture precious moments from multiple angles to get a good variety of shots. Multiple shooters also allow the bride and groom to have ‘getting ready’ shots when they are getting ready at different venues. You should meet both the photographers in case they offered two photographers as it is not preferable for the photographer to outsource the second shooter.
8. Photography Team
Your wedding photographer and their team will be with you everywhere on your wedding day and it is important for you to get along with them and enjoy working together. The job of a photographer also entails making you feel relaxed to get the best shots and a photographer who has this ability will get the best photographs of you. It makes a lot of difference if your photographer is a real pleasure to work with and you enjoy having him or her at your wedding.
9. Calm and Confident
Needless to say, there is enormous pressure on the photographer when they are shooting a wedding. Therefore, you need to make sure that the photographer remains calm and confident while shooting on your big day. They should be capable of dealing with things when something inevitably goes wrong and they should also have a backup plan. They should be flexible and not panic at the wedding.
They should also be assertive to get the attention of all the guests in the wedding and get them into position without annoying them. Do not forget that it's one of the most important days of your life and you do not need to spend time worrying about the photographer on your wedding day.
10. Gut Feeling
If you have a good feeling about a particular photographer, you should just go ahead as the gut feeling is usually right.