Secrets of Picking the Best Wedding Photographer
Picking of wedding photographer is probably as important as picking your spouse, so don’t make the hasty decisions. Wedding photographer is able to prolong the feeling of celebration and joy by taking beautiful pictures that will decorate your walls both in your house and on your social network page. Our simple guide will help you choose the best photographer for imprinting the happiest moments of your wedding.
How to find the right wedding photographer
Make the research. The first step in the process of finding the photographer is probably asking your friends, family members, inquiring at the bridal salons and wedding planners, asking for recommendations on thematic web sites and forums. Besides, surf bridal websites for the information on the local photographers and their web sites.
Come up with the list. Prepare the list of photographers that fit your requirements in terms of the price and skills.
Study each photographer from your list. Don’t be lazy to examine the samples of each of the photographer from your list either on the internet or live. Also don’t be afraid for asking their references about their work. Besides, don’t forget to check whether the photographer stands with the Better Business Bureau.
Remove the candidates from the list. In case in the course of the research you learn that some candidates have weak references of inappropriate style, don’t hesitate to immediately remove them from your list.
Set the phone interview with candidates. The first impression usually turns up to be the most right, so assign some time for the phone interview with each remaining candidate. You may ask whether they are available on your wedding day, how much experience they have, especially on shooting the weddings, how quickly they will give you prints or disk.
Also in the course of the interview don’t forget to ask questions regarding the liability insurance, sales tax and the availability of back up camera.
Make face-to-face appointment with left candidates. Take your groom to this final meeting. Check the samples of his work, look through the brochure that contains information about wedding packages and ask questions that bother you the most. Pay attention to the photographer’s communication skills and politeness. Decide for yourself whether you want to see this exact person around you all day long when you are totally stressed.
Discuss all the candidates with your groom. You will need to spend some time on deciding which photographer will fit your wedding requirements and expectations best. Compare the packages offered from distinct candidates, discuss their behavior and then come up with the final decision.
Book the photographer. Once you are certain about your dream photographer, call him/her and ask to pencil your date on his schedule. Don’t procrastinate since the good photographers are always very called-for.
Sign the contract. Sign the contract as soon as possible and confirm, confirm, confirm! Your wedding is the most important thing to you and your groom, but not to everyone else. That’s why you are the one who has to make sure and confirm everything starting from the appointments, plans, reservations etc and not once.
It should be done at least three times: once at the moment you sign the contract, the second time couple months prior to the actual event and finally a week before the wedding day. On the final meeting you can discuss the last minute details, adjustments and requirements.