Capturing Pictures to Last a Lifetime
We’ve all heard the saying, “you get what you pay for.” This wise advice is extremely relevant when you’re booking a wedding photographer. Experience and excellence come at a price and hiring a quality photographer is one wedding must-have that’s worthy of a splurge. Remember, there are no do-overs or picture retake days like in high school. You’ve got one shot to get it right and you’re putting your complete faith in this person to get the job done.
Here’s a collection of expert advice to guide you along your search for a wedding photographer.
Settle on a Style
Two common styles of wedding photography are documentary and portraiture. A photographer who takes a documentary approach to weddings captures candid moments from your day. Portraiture is the classic style reminiscent of the photos in your parent’s wedding album – the bride and groom, wedding party and family posed in front of a backdrop.
Do Your Homework
Create a short list of potential photographers and set up interviews. Compare rates and packages. Ask for references and follow up on them. Most importantly, review the photographer’s work – and not just their portfolio. The portfolio is like a highlight reel – the best of the best. You’ll want to dig a little deeper and review a complete wedding set to get the full picture of a photographer’s style.
Chemistry is Crucial
You and your photographer have to click. Do you have complementary personalities? Does he or she make you feel comfortable? How do you think they would handle challenges like poor weather or your rambunctious nephew? Your photographer will be by your side throughout your wedding day, so make sure you enjoy their company.
Read the Fine Print
Once you’ve selected a photographer, review the contract carefully and ensure you understand exactly what you’re getting. Be specific about hours of service, post-production work, album options and proof ownership/rights. Will there be one photographer shooting your event or multiple? And don’t confuse a photographer’s assistant with a second shooter – the former supports the lead photographer at all times, while the latter is out capturing more precious moments of your day.