Picking a photographer can be a tricky task. Unlike most things on your list of to-do, selecting a photographer requires much faith.
It’s not like selecting a menu or a cake designer where you can rely on your senses to carry you through. Picking the right person requires a lot of research because let’s face it, you won’t know what you’re going to get until you see the final product.
First start by asking yourself a couple questions. What do you want out of the day? Do you want someone who will shoot more in a documentary style, capturing moments as they happen? Is it going to be more important to you that photographer gets a shot of your family in a portrait setting or that he/she snaps that magical moment when the two of you first lock eyes in a particular light?
Depending on how you answer these questions, you’ll probably come up with a style of photography you want for your special day.Next, budget. Now that you have a style in mind, you can do your research and see who fits the bill. Compare packages and see what’s included.
Does the photographer come with a second shooter? How many hours does it include and what are the fees for any extras? We always suggest doing an engagement shoot especially if one or both of you isn’t particularly comfortable in front of the camera. This is always a great opportunity to test-drive your purchase and make sure you vibe with your photographer.
Also consider how long it takes for you to get your prints or digital copies back; if this is a hassle for the engagement shoot, they might not be the right choice. You always want to know the post production details.
Can you get prints or albums made on your own or will you need to buy the rights? Pay very close attention to the contract terms relating to post productions and retaining of rights.
Lastly, make sure you pick someone you want to spend the day with! They will be recording your every move on one of the most important days of your life.