Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event that cannot be repeated and needs someone that can capture special memories through pictures. Before looking for a photographer, you need to sit down with your better half and decide what you would like in the way of photographs on your wedding day.
Style of photography
There are different styles of photography. For example, there are those couples who prefer candid shots that are completely unposed with no direction from the photographer, traditional photography where the photographer controls everything from posing to lighting, the uncandid style where the photographer makes the pose look natural so that it looks unposed.
Some couples even prefer a combination of all the photography styles. It is very important that you meet your wedding photographer and be clear about your preferred style of wedding photography.
When looking for a wedding photographer, request for photos from a complete wedding rather than samples from weddings. This will give you a rough idea of the style of photography a photographer prefers and also shows you the photographer’s talents and expertise in lighting.
A reputable wedding photographer usually has a physical location where you can find him or her when you need them. Brick and mortar wedding photography studios are trustworthy. It is a good idea to choose a wedding photographer with an office or studio where you can visit and find the photographer.
People will relate differently to various personality types. Choose a wedding photographer who can make you smile and one who can gauge the mood of those you invited to the wedding. This will help make the photographs look more natural and relaxed.
Have a pre-wedding shoot is a good way to understand your photographer and more importantly help the photographer understand you and how you feel in front of the camera. With the exception of your partner, you will spend more time with the photographer than anyone else on your wedding day.
A professional photographer should have a well-drafted contract/ agreement. If a photographer just promises to show up on your wedding day without signing a contract, don’t work with him or her. There are some wedding photographers who will take your deposit and then disappear.
The contract should clearly state the photographer’s responsibility, coverage time, duties, deliverables and any terms you have agreed upon. Read the contract carefully and see whether it is fair to both you and the photographer. However, do not sign any contract blindly just because a photographer tells you it is standard.
The photographer should work multiple photographers on staff
It is wise to go for a wedding photographer with multiple photographers on staff in case someone sick gets injured, sick or not able to attend because of unavoidable circumstances. One photographer can only be in one place at a certain time and cannot be able to capture events happening adequately.
A good wedding photographer will have at least one photographer to help him or her. If the photographer comes alone without anybody to help him or her, you will be missing out on important moments, opportunities and angles.