Photography has change tremendously over the last decade, and wedding photography is no exception. Photography “businesses” are starting to pop up all over the place, and many of them are amateurs that are trying to make a quick buck off of brides and grooms. This doesn’t mean, though, that they aren’t good at photography and that they won;t be able to take the wedding photos you desire. In fact, going with an amateur can save you piles of cash. But how do you pick the right wedding photography to suit your needs?
Make a list of what you want Before you even start looking at photographers, know what you want. Interviewing wedding photographers without knowing your own wishes would be like going into a grocery store without a list- you’re going to leave something out and overspend. What styles do you like? Is there a picture you want copied? Do you want the ceremony and reception only documented in pictures, or more? Do you want video? List out each and everything you want so you;re sure to find a photographer that can meet your needs.
Build a shot list and ask the photographers to do the same
When determining your needs, build a “shot list” of photos you must have, then ask potential photographers to do the same. An example of this would be: the first dance, the flowers girls with their baskets, the new in-laws in front of the archway, the bride putting on her dress, and so on. After you have determined the photos you want, do some Internet surfing and find pictures online that fit those descriptions in styles you like. Again, ask the photographer to do the same and tell him or her your style so you can see what creative vision they’ve come up with for you. IF your styles clash, you won’t want to go with them.
Check out a sample of their work
You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, so don;t hire a photographer without knowing what they can do with a camera. Ask them to send you samples of their work to make sure you like what they’ve done. Any photographer who denies you this is not someone you want to work with.
Yes, you need to interview your potential photographer. Why? Because they will be working for you, so determine if they are the right employee for the job. Ask them about their typical wedding jobs. Do they have a partner? Are they familiar with where you’ll be married? Write down any questions you have that will determine if you want to hire them and ask them at the interview. Additionally, the interview will let you know if you like the photographer’s personality. You don’t want t hire someone you don’t click with.
Ask for a mock schedule
To get a feel for what your day will be like with this photographer, ask them for a mock schedule. If you want to change anything, discuss it with them at the interview and get a feel for how accommodating they will be with you. Also, you’ll want to know what a photography schedule is like so you can be ready for all those pictures and that tight routine.
What else would you add to the list?