Finding the right photographer to capture your special day can be quite a task. Unlike your dress, the wedding cake, the musical entertainment, and the flower arrangements, there’s nothing for you to look at until a few days or even weeks later. The pictures or video that a photographer takes should be a beautiful and timeless reminder of the most important day of your life. Looking at the images should help you to re-live every moment and experience the excitement all over again. But how can you be sure you’ve picked the right wedding photographer? Here are some tips to help you choose the best man or woman for the job.
- Set Yourself a Budget – A good wedding photographer doesn’t come cheap, so you need to decide how much you can afford. Look for a photographer who is open about their prices, and make sure you discuss your budget from the beginning.
- Decide on a Style – Wedding photographers tend to have their own individual style, so it’s important you pick one with the same style as you. Would you prefer your wedding photographs to be more traditional, with plenty of posed photos and a pre-planned shot list? Are you looking for a record of the day that perfectly captures the energy and emotion?
- Do Some Research – The best way to find the perfect wedding photographer is to do some research of your own. You may well know a couple who have used a particular wedding photographer, so ask for recommendations. However, don’t just rely on word of mouth. Spend some time browsing local listings and reading reviews from newlyweds. Look at a range of different websites as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
- Ask for More Than a Portfolio – It is usual for photographers to have a portfolio of their work, but this is more likely to contain a selection of their best pictures. By all means look at these but also ask for two or three full galleries from real weddings. This will give you a better idea of what a complete collection of wedding photos will look like.
- Have a Trial Run – Many photographers offer an engagement photo session, so why not use this as an opportunity to see how you connect and experience their shooting style first hand? It will also be good practice for you and allow you to get used to having your photograph taken together.
- Look at the Venue – A wedding that is being held during the daytime in a location where there is the perfect natural light is easy to shoot. A location that’s a little different than average, for example, a dark church or with an outdoor evening wedding reception requires a bit more skill. If your itinerary includes Jamaica wedding plans, you need to be confident your chosen photographer has the ability to take the best photos.
- Legal Matters – Something that very few couples think about are the legal rights and permissions to your wedding photos. Make sure you clarify with the photographer exactly where you stand before signing off on the contract.
One last thing you should consider is the length of time you expect to be waiting for your wedding photos. Ask about the timeline for delivery and what products you can expect as part of your package.