Picking the right photographer for your event is one of the most important vendor decisions you will make. The images your photographer captures are the memories you will share for a lifetime. Here are a few tips for selecting your perfect photographer.
Getting a feel for the photographer’s personality. You will be spending most of your day with your photographers so it would be a good idea if you liked them! Do they make you feel comfortable and relaxed? Your photographer should be able to meld in with their environment; whether you are getting ready with your close friends or sharing a loving look with your partner. Your photographer shouldn’t be a strong force, but capture the moment without disturbing it.
How many photographers do I need? - If it’s in your budget, you should have two shooters. With two shooters they will be able to capture both parties getting ready at different locations. You will also be able to capture the individual reaction of the couple when they first see each other and are experiencing the emotions of their ceremony. In my opinion this is priceless!
How many hours of photography do I need? You need 7 hours of photography to cover your event - don't think you can get away with 6 and take on a lower price, you will end up adding on the additional time later on.
Image sharing - You will want to make sure you will have access to the digital images your photographer takes, even if it's for a limited time. Make sure to verify with your photographer about sharing the images they have taken, especially on social media. They may request that you use a branded version for platforms such as FB.
To purchase an album or not to purchase an album…? Talk to your photographer about the types of albums they have to offer - ask where they are made, materials used, and how environmentally conscious they are. Ask about the longevity of the binding and the effect of the paper on the prints. Your wedding album is a family heirloom for many generations to enjoy. Albums are a great item to put on your gift registry too. If you are undecided about the investment, see if there is a time limit. Can you order your album for your anniversary gift to each other? The first year is paper after all!
Shot List template - Your photographer should be able to provide you with a simple shot list to help you identify the important people you wish to capture. Get them to show you an example photo list - will they provide you with a template to work from, how will they insure to capture all the photos (specific family members) you need? And don’t forget the little details! Make sure to have your invitation on hand for them to capture, let them know if the cake knife or topper is a family heirloom you wish to remember.
What if your photographer can’t be on site? Ask about their back up plan if for some unforeseen reason they can't be at your wedding - people get sick, have babies, family issues. Who would be taking your photos if they are not there? If needs be, will they still be editing the images?