Some things to Consider when Selecting Your Wedding Photographer
One of your priorities should be to find a really good wedding photographer. Wedding photos can be one of your costlier expenses but the adage that you get what you pay for is certainly more true than not in this area. Getting good photos is important to preserve the magic of the day. If you get bad photos you will forever regret it.
Now we’ve had some people point out the fact that they could do photos at a later date. Well this might be true if you only want to get shots of the bride and groom and maybe some family, but usually your wedding party will not be available to take photos. In fact most of the groomsmen will have returned their tuxes as they usually rent their outfits whereas the women usually buy theirs. The other thing is that you want to capture the emotions of the day through the photos. If you get your photos some other time then the emotions might not be there.
We highly recommend looking at your photographers work to see if it is something that you like. One thing to make sure to ask for is how difficult it is for them to do staged shots or shots where there are some artistic aspects thrown in. This might require some props and pre-planned locations. If your photographer just shows up and then decides on the spot where to do the shots, you might miss out on some really classy shots. One of the ladies here in our group did a country theme. They got together at this old gas station and did some really neat old time shots. They had a few black and white shots where the bride and grooms family acted out a farm wedding scene. It was really neat and not cheesy at all. I especially liked the one where the groom was sitting in a chair with a glass of whiskey and his new bride was standing behind him with her hand on his shoulder. It was very well done and looked like something out of a commercial.
There are a lot of amateur photographers out there so really make sure to do your due diligence in this area. They are kind of like DJ’s. There’s really no qualification for them to do their job other than having a camera. Most photographers of course will have a website with their work. Make sure to go through it and ask them if there would be a difference in cost if you were to do some of the themed photos. Often there is but they don’t tell you. The other thing is to make sure you follow up with the reviews. Make sure to read them and make sure that they are actually real reviews. It’s easy to throw some up on a website so just make sure you can actually talk to one or two of them or at least correspond through email. If the photographer is worth their salt then they should have plenty of clients who they could call and refer them directly to you. Trust us if they are good then people will have no problem recommending them over the phone. Good wedding photos truly are something that people will remember for the rest of their lives.