Choosing a Wedding Photographer: the Complete Picture


Lots of effort and preparation goes into planning a wedding day both you and your guests will thoroughly enjoy. After the vows have been exchanged, the toasts made, and the cake finally cut, the one tangible thing you are left with, besides each other, will be the memories captured in the photos from the day. Choosing a photographer for your wedding is a crucial matter, so perform your due diligence by following these tips to ensure the sights and images of your most special day will be endure for a lifetime.


Do Your Research


There a great many wedding photographers in the world, but not all of them are created equal. When searching for the one that’s right for you, be sure to take a thorough approach by consulting everything from local listings to advertisements in wedding magazines. Consult all impartial reviews, crossing off your list anyone with a shady background or one too with many complaints, favoring word-of-mouth recommendations from people you trust. It’s ok to choose a photographer with a personal connection, as long as he or she has a sterling reputation and meets each of your other criteria.


Conduct an Interview


You can expect something of a sales presentation when meeting with professional wedding photographers. Listen closely and take notes on what they are offering you, and come prepared to turn the meeting into an interview. The goal is to be hired, so they shouldn’t have any problem with answering your questions and providing information about experience.


Like you would with any potential employees, ask to review work samples, see references, and get a feel for their personalities. Photographers are going to be at your wedding among your guests, so it’s all the more important you feel totally comfortable with them.


Set Expectations


It’s best to get everything out in the open before going any further with photographers you are impressed with. They are going to tell you what they need in terms of a down payment and when the total bill is due, and you need to be clear as to what you expect. Talk about everything from the type of photos you would like to when you need them to be there and for how long. If you have a special request or requirement, now is the time to confirm the provider can supply each and every service you desire.


Seal the Deal


When you find the photographers that match your budget, can meet your needs, and fills you with confidence, it’s time to put it all in ink. If you wait too long, they might not be available, but don’t rush when combing over the fine print either. Make sure every detail you discussed is in there, including the negotiated price, specifics of the engagement, and most importantly, the scheduled delivery of the finished products. You want to make sure you have everything you are due in writing, and you’ll want to keep a copy you can consult at any juncture leading up to, during, or after the big event.


The Last Word


Planning a wedding is all about the details, so don’t by shy about being extremely thorough when choosing something as important as a wedding photographer. You wouldn’t hesitate to point out an issue with rodent control to the caterer, so hold the individual charge with documenting one of the most important days of your life to the same scrutiny. Do your research, cover your bases, and land the best photographer to capture and preserve the memories you will cherish forever.

Byline: Michelle is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.

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