Tips for hiring a wedding photographer
WHAT IS THE BEST FIT FOR YOU?
One of the biggest comments I get at this time of year from potential clients is about not knowing where to start when looking for a wedding photographer. Choosing your wedding photographer can be overwhelming, there so many talented photographers out there to pick from. Above that, there is similar pricing, similar packages and it’s tough to know where to even start. If this is the case for you, here are a few things that might help you find the best fit for you and your partner. In no order of importance, here are a few things to help you make an informed decision.
1.How important are photographs to you?
Photography is SO important to some people, and not so much to others (…I don’t know why, but I can respect that!). I ask this, because the value you place on photography inevitably leads to how much time and money are you willing to invest. There is no right or wrong answer. A good starting point is to compare a few prices and ask what is included (time, second shooter, and what you get when it’s all said and done). When it comes to payments, just to know, most photographers take a non refundable deposit at the time of booking. Ask what the options are for paying the rest of the balance.
2.What catches your eye?
Literally, what do you want your wedding pictures to look like? If you’re not sure, a good way to figure this out is simply by noticing how you feel when you see a photo that you like (think, Kondori method…). Seriously though, your reaction to a photo will tell you! Most photographers post their favourite work online, seeing a bit more might help you get a better idea of what you can expect from a full wedding day. For example, I rarely post posed photos of the wedding party and the pretty details, but those are always part of what you can expect in your full gallery.
Do you want to spend all day with this person…for real!! Make sure that you meet with your photographer beforehand. If they offer an engagement session, even better- it’s a preview of how you will work together. I offer an engagement session for this reason, it makes the wedding day flow so nicely because everyone is comfortable. Plus, it’s a good chance to do fun photos with no pressure.
4. The Fine Print
They may seem boring to read, but understanding what is in your contract inside and out is SO IMPORTANT. The wording in a contract sounds harsh for a reason- it will cover both of you in the event that something goes sideways. Ask about the worst case scenarios (illness, camera failure, weather…anything you can think of!). A solid contract will cover all of this. In the event that something happens, it’s reassuring to know that the ‘just in case’ scenarios taken care of.
5.One or two shooters?
People often ask about the benefit of having two shooters. Again, this is really important to some couples, not so much to others. Besides being in two different locations at the same time, having two shooters offers more variety in photos, and less of a chance of missing an important moment. Here is an example of what I would have missed without having a second photographer with me (these were taken seconds apart). Personally, I shoot about half of my weddings alone, and the rest with a second person.
6. Your gut
This should really be #1- your gut is always right. If you’re anything like me, you know right away if you love something (or don’t). When you get a good feeling, or a bad feeling- trust it!