Choosing the right wedding photographer is more important than some people think. Not only is your wedding photographer your tangible means of remembering your wedding, but he or she also represents how you are going to remember your wedding, meaning what you will remember it to be like. Of course you will have your own memories, but having photographs that really capture the beauty of certain moments will really bring your memories to life.
Now that we have established the importance of choosing the right wedding photographer, let me give you some steps to follow to ensure that you pick the right one for you.
Step #1 – Gather the contact information on at least 10 different wedding photographers in your area. You can save yourself a lot of time during this first step by using Google to find the best-rated photographers in your area.
Step #2 – Call each one and ask the following questions:
- How long have you been doing photography professionally?
- What equipment do you use? (the level of depth in their response to this question will tell you how much they know about photography)
- What system do you use to store and backup the pictures you take?
- How much are your services?
- Do you have a website where I can view your portfolio?
- Do you have any references and can I call them?
- What is your availability?
Make sure you pay careful attention to their answers to these questions. I’ve heard many horror stories of wedding photographers that lost the pictures of weddings they shot. I also cringe to think of anyone hiring a photographer who doesn’t know their camera equipment inside and out.
Step #3 – Call the references each photographer gave you. Ask those references what their experience was like with their photographer. This is a great way to quickly get a feel for what your prospective photographers are like to work with. You can also gain a feel for the personality of the photographer as you speak to them on the phone in step #2.
Step #4 – Assuming you have a final list of wedding photographers in mind, that are within your budget, the final thing to do is to go online and look at their previous work. Speaking to their referrals is great, but actually seeing some of their work is probably the best way to know if they are the right photographer for you.
Hopefully these steps will help you narrow your choices down to the perfect wedding photographer. Don’t get too stressed out over choosing a wedding photographer; the main thing I would recommend focusing on is finding a photographer that does a meticulous job of storing and backing up your photos.
This article was written by Heather Ashton, a photography enthusiast who writes for Lynn Brown Photography, a wedding photographer in Atlanta. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.lynnbrownphotography.com.