Your wedding day will be one of the most memorably days of your lives - and you’ll want to find someone perfect to capture the big day. But how do you choose a photographer that fits your style for your wedding? In addition to searching for the perfect wedding dress, coordinating catering and decoration, selecting invitations, writing ‘thank you’ notes, and planning the honeymoon, selecting a wedding photographer is not always an easy process! Before you say “yes” to any photographer that offers a great package, here’s 7 things you absolutely have to consider. Photo Credit: Boyko Photography
1. Make sure your photographer is able to work at your wedding location.
An important part of wedding planning is also choosing an ideal location. Once you’ve nailed that down, you’ll want to choose a photographer that can work in that location! Ideally, you’ll want to choose a photographer that has the appropriate working visa and knows the location very well. For example, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is a beautiful location for a destination wedding. In this case, it would be ideal to find a professional Punta Cana photographer who knows the venues very well and can take better shots.
2. Look at the profiles of different photographers
The first step in picking a wedding photographer is to look through lists of vendors on wedding websites or online directories. These usually include different photographer profiles, and you can easily click through the portfolio to get a sense of the photographer’s aesthetic and style. Keep an eye out for someone who has the type of style that you like. Someone who shares your taste will be much easier to work with! Contact the photographers in your shortlist and have a meeting, whether over the phone or in person, to ensure you mesh well.
3. Schedule a meeting whether online or over the phone
After you have selected your photographer or have shortlisted a few, try to meet them in person. You will use this meeting as an opportunity to get to know them a bit more and see if you can work with them! Make sure you ask as many questions as possible. After all, they’re going to be handling one of the most important days of your lives. At the end of your meeting, you should be able to decide whether you will continue with them or not. It is also important to meet regularly in order to form a relationship with your photographer. The familiarity definitely helps you gain trust and comfort before your big photoshoot.
4. Discuss lighting and create a shot list for your wedding
It is important to accept the fact that the best wedding photos are taken in daylight. That being said, some couples weddings take place in a night setting (outdoors) or in darker rooms. In such cases, it is important to look for a photographer who has a lot of experience in taking pictures in these types of settings. Looking at your photographer’s portfolio for any pictures in venues with limited lighting is important. Many photographers come prepared with special equipment and have the skill to master dark lighting - just make sure your photographer is one of them.
5. Read reviews and ask around for opinions on the photographer
Every wedding photographer has a profile on some platform which has likely been reviewed. This makes it easier for individuals looking through options to make their decision. It’s also great to get recommendations from any friends who have worked with a photographer they felt satisfied with. Make sure you read every single review, positive or negative so you can get an overall feel of what it’s like to work with the particular photographer.
6. Consider the costs and think about what you really need
Looking at the rates of different photographers can make this process even easier. You’ll want to check if pricing in line with your budget. After all, one of the most important tips for choosing a wedding photographer is to look at the costs and the different package offerings, clearly understand what you are signing up for, consider the likeliness of the additional expenses, and identify and pay for the services you really need.
7. Discuss editing with the photographer
It is not wise to assume that the images put on a photographer's profile are straight from the camera. There is a lot of work that goes into making the pictures a bit more eye-catching after the wedding. Make sure you look at the post-processing or editing skills of different photographers before you pick the one you are most impressed with. You’ll need to understand what type of touch-ups are offered in the photography packages.
Choosing a wedding photographer does not have to be very difficult. All you need is a little patience and a bit of time to review as many profiles as you can! There is a photographer for everyone, and you will certainly find a photographer who will understand what you are looking for and know exactly which methods to use to capture every emotion that will make your wedding perfect.