In short, find a photographer that you feel comfortable with, whose product offering and style you like, and who fits your budget. Sounds simple right?
But it’s just not that easy… here are some tips to help you in making your decision.
Your wedding photographer will spend more time with you on your wedding day than any other service provider or guest, even your family and friends! You’ll we working very closely throughout the day therefore it’s so important to find somebody who makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Keep in mind that the photographer will also be interacting with all of your guests so you want to pick someone professional and unobtrusive – they certainly shouldn’t be trying to steal the show on your wedding day!
Since your wedding is a once off event, you don’t get a second chance to get the photography right. Your photographer needs to capture some amazing photographs that show you and your guests at their best on your special day. For this reason, I would suggest that you invest in a professional who aside from creativity, has experience dealing with challenging lighting and weather conditions, has well-maintained professional level equipment, and has a good system in place for backing up images on (and after) the day.
One of the best ways to find great photographers is through talking to your friends. Referrals and recommendations from a friend, colleague or wedding venue is a great start in your quest to find a photographer. These reviews and recommendations will give you great insight into their experience of working with the photographer.
Most people will tell you to look at the photographer’s portfolio, which is great advice, but more importantly ask to see their real weddings. A portfolio is a selection of the photographer’s best shots – a “brag book” of sorts… when you look at a selection of their real weddings you’ll get a far better feel of what you can expect to get when they give you your wedding album.
You’ll hear of wedding photography ‘styles’ such as traditional, contemporary, photo journalistic, reportage and documentary… even hybrid styles. It can all be quite confusing. Look at as many wedding photos as you can, noting the style of photos which really appeal to you. Seek out photographers who seem to have a similar style to what appeals to you.
Shortlist the photographers you seem to like, contact them to find out if they are available for your wedding day. If they are, make an appointment to meet with them. You will often get a “gut feeling” as to whether or not you think you’ll be able to work with them.
Most importantly, before booking your photographer make sure that you feel comfortable with them. That they’re a good fit for the style of photography you’re looking for and can offer a package that suits your budget.