How To Find A Photographer For Your Wedding
After the wedding day ends, you will only be left with your beautiful memories and photographs to keep. The decision to hire a photographer for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will need to make.
Wedding photography, no matter wherever you live, is a subject that should be researched thoroughly.
There are several things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer:
When looking for wedding photographers, first start by asking your friends and family. Your venue or wedding planner may have suggestions as well. You can also spend some time looking at posts on social media, or specific blogs to discover different photographers. This way you will soon find out what kinds of photos you like the most.
You should narrow your search down to a few photographers and then reach out to them. Don’t hesitate to set up a personal meeting, video chat, or phone conversation with them. Ask them a lot of questions in order to determine how comfortable you feel with the particular photographer.
Remember that this person will be spending many hours with you and your family, and you need to like both, their work and them.
It is important that you understand up front what will be provided to you and at what cost. You need to make sure that the photographer’s fees fit into your wedding budget. Choosing a photographer may take a significant amount of time so you need to be able to get the things that are important to you first.
Queries you will have and questions to ask your wedding photographer:
What is the number of hours and settings that you will have, based on the package you choose? You may also want to have an engagement session, hen’s party, and wedding day coverage.
It is important that you communicate what your expectations are for each of these, as everyone will have different needs. You may need more hours on the day of the wedding for the ceremony, dinner, and reception than what is included in the package.
Photographers will work around that with you. If you have a larger family, you may realize that you need more time than originally planned. It is always better to add a couple of hours than to miss out on parts of your Big Day.
You will want to know what type of images you will receive, how many there will be, and how they will be delivered to you. It is important that you hire a photographer that will do post processing for you, in other words, you want to make sure that they will edit the pictures you receive. Some may require that you purchase your prints directly from them, and will allow you to choose from proofs.
Many photographers these days deliver your images electronically and allow you to print what you want. Your photographer may also offer a printing option but will not require that you use them. Double check to see how long the images will be available for you to download. Make sure that you understand the time frames involved in completing the images prior to delivery.
Allow yourself enough time for engagements and bridals so that you have prints for invitations, or to display on your wedding day. You also need to take into consideration that your wedding day photos will take several weeks to complete.
When you have chosen a photographer to work with, be open and share the things that are important to you. A good wedding photographer can make all the difference in the way you remember your special day!