Here are some of my tips on hiring the right photographer for your wedding:
– Sourcing- Social Media and the Internet have made it very easy to locate different photographers in your area, check out a number of photographer’s websites and reviews online before choosing your prospective list of ones to contact. After you have chosen your prospective list give these companies a call and set up a meeting with them, in order to find out the rest. You may need to go to a few consultations with a number of different companies until you find your best fit.
– Experience- make sure that this photographer has photographed previous weddings.
– Make sure the company explains to you who they will be sending in for your wedding, often time, they send in a different person then you originally had spoken to.
Personality- Make sure your personality and the photographer’s personality “clicks”, you want to make sure that you feel comfortable around this person, and your bridal party will as well. If you don’t then it may cause “awkward” smiles or postures in the photographs and you don’t want that.
-Communication- Make sure what they are offering you, you actually understand it. Whether it is a full package, or a-la-carte options, so you won’t be surprised at the end when you didn’t get something you thought you would. Make sure you understand the contract being signed, have somebody look it over or have them explain it to you thoroughly. You also want to find out about their deposits and payment procedures, as well as cancellation policy, and their policy on a photographer no-show. You also want to make sure you go over the important photographs that you want taken, and their timeline and schedule for the day.
– Price- Make sure you ask and understand what goes into the price for the package you are interested in. Ask for a detailed price structure, including prints, exposures, and so forth. You will get higher priced photographers that have been around longer, and have more experience. If you are looking to go with someone a little cheaper, yet experienced, then you would go with a smaller named photographer. The only difference between the two is the “status”.
– Bundles- If you are looking for a videographer for your wedding try sourcing out photographers that have packaged deals for video and photography. A lot of companies offer these packages and it will allow you to save money, if you booked everything separately.
Until Next Time!
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