When it comes to wedding photography, the importance of making the right decision cannot be understated. It can be a daunting task to choose the right
photographer for your special day, as there are so many to choose from. However, there are some key things that you should consider to ensure you find the right photographer for you.
First and foremost, you should make sure that the photographer you choose is a professional. What do I mean by that? Make sure it is a legit business. If they are not, you are more likely to have a something go horribly wrong, such as loosing all images, the photographer not showing up, or loosing communication all together with them after the wedding. Yes, I have heard way too many times all of these things happing.
We all are trying to save money these days but your wedding photographer is the one area you don't want to cheap out on. Having your big day documented is an investment and the images are there to preserve the memory of the day. Please try to avoid that uncle, friend, or friend of a friend that will do it for nothing or cheap, you will regret it. Additionally, it ensures that you will receive your photos in a timely manner and that they will be of the highest quality possible with a professional.
I always recommend that you should talk with at least three different photographers before making a decision. This will allow you to compare their services, prices, and portfolios to find the best fit for you. It is also important to meet with the photographers in person to get a better sense of their personality and style, as this will help you determine which photographer is the best fit for your special day. Your photographer is with you most of the day so you want to be comfortable with them!
Three things to ask during your in person/zoom consultation if they were not already brought up by the photographer:
Ask them what is their process for recording and backing up the images they take.
Ask if you can see a "real" wedding gallery or two. Yes, you probably have already seen their work, but some wedding photographers only share styled sessions (not a real wedding, yes, there is a big difference), and unfortunately also some share other photographers work as their own.
Ask what their time frame is that you can expect to have your finished gallery / images after the wedding. Having expectations in place is important.
Ultimately, when it comes to wedding photography, doing your research and taking the time to compare several photographers is essential. By taking the time to do so, you can be sure that you will find a photographer that is the perfect fit for your special day.