Your wedding photographs will hold the most treasured memories of your special day so you need to be very picky when it comes to finding the perfect photographer. You will look back on these for years to come so they need to be absolutely right.
It is so important to find a photographer who understands what you visualise for your wedding day and can record it flair. You will also want someone you click with and feel comfortable with since he or she will be by your side the whole wedding day.
Book your venue first. It's a good idea to hire your photographer after you've booked your venue. This is so you can acquire the services of someone who knows your venue and can find all the best spots for fabulous photographs. Aim to book them as soon as you can between nine to twelve months before your wedding as the best photographers will get booked up farin advance.
Do your research
Ask your married friends who they used for their wedding and where they found them. It is always good to get recommendations from people who have actually used them. Social media and online search engines are another good place to look and ask at your venue who they recommend.
Decide what style of photo's you like
Do your homework and spend some time getting to know the style of photography you like to see if it matches yours. Once you've found a few photographers whose work you like then email them to enquire about availability on your wedding date and their price list. Then book a meeting with them to see if you feel comfortable in person.
Interview the photographers
Most photographers you will be able to access their work either on line or by a link they will send you before you meet them. This should include recent weddings they has done from start to finish and not just a highlights gallery of lot's of different weddings. Also ask if the photographer has worked at your venue before and have a look at those photos too, if so ask to see those photos too. If it is a big company then they may have multiple photographers so make sure you know which one will be working at your wedding.
Discuss the fee and packages available
Some photographer's fees will include everything such as albums, prints, and images on a disc or memory card. Others have a flat fee or hourly rate then you pay for any pictures or albums you want. Many photographers offer a price list with several different packages they offer at different prices. Ensure that you understand which package you are choosing and ask how long the photographer will spend with you, seven to nine hours is usually the norm. Also will you need one or two photographers to capture everything on the big day?
Now to choose the right one...go with your gut
Once you have looked at each photographer's work and fees it is time to narrow it down and choose the right person for you. Don't forget that you will be spending the whole wedding day together so make sure you feel completely comfortable with them. You and your fiancee need to like them and find them easy to talk to and work with.
Ask for a trial or a test shoot
Having a test shoot is a good idea and even better if it can be at your wedding venue. It will give you and the photographer an idea of how you will work together and the best areas to get some greats shots.
MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN.....THE ARRANGEMENTS AND BUILD UP TO YOUR WEDDING SHOULD BE EXCITING SO MAKE SURE YOU USE SUPPLIERS THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY AND CONFIDENT!