5 Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

The photographer you choose for your wedding day should be one that creates the perfect snapshot of every special moment on your special day. Knowing how to find that perfect photographer involves knowing the right questions to ask. Below are five ways to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer.

Get Wedding Photographer Recommendations

Budget and style are both main factors when choosing your wedding photographer. Before you choose a photographer, be sure to ask family, friends and coworkers for recommendations. Remember that you will be spending a long day with this person, a memorable day at best, and you want to make sure that you like them. You want a personable photographer who dresses well, one that is calm and one that does not yell out orders. Ask friends who have been married who they used for their wedding and find out if the photographer was the quality photographer you are seeking.

Style of Photography

Look at the style of work the photographer produces. Think about what style you want to have at your wedding when you are photographed. Do you want a posed look? Do you want a sleek look, or a more real look? This can help you begin the process of elimination when you add or delete photographers from your list. Check out the photographer’s website, and see if their style matches what you are looking for.

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Photographer’s Website

When you go to a photographer’s website, it should be easy enough to navigate so that you see their best photographs and possibly a complete wedding picture set. You want to see photos of the getting ready process and the actual ceremony. You want to see what happens at the end of the wedding and the reception. The photographer’s website is a good reflection of what type of photography you can expect for your wedding pictures.

Ask Questions

After you narrow your list down to a few potential photographers, pick up the phone and start asking questions. You might want to ask if they shoot films or digital pictures. You want to ask them about the style of photographs they take at the wedding and what your wedding party is expected to do. If you are going to be getting ready for the wedding in one place and then going to a church, ask the photographer how they handle that circumstance. Ask them if you need more than one photographer to cover the entire wedding and reception. Another sign of a good wedding photographer is when they ask you questions about what you want and what your expectations are for your big day.

Personalized Wedding Photographer

The wedding photographer you choose should be asking questions about your wedding needs as well as how you met your fiancé and have background information on each of you. They should show interest in your lives, how you met and what you do for a living. This is the personal part that is important. This helps the photographer know both your personalities and have a better feel for what you both want on your wedding day. The questions they ask should all be about you and your wants for your special day.

Working together with a wedding photographer is the secret to any successful wedding and wedding photos. It is important that you choose someone who will make the day special and memorable for everyone attending the big event.

Lauren Spencer is a Wedding Photographer from Sydney, Australia. She became fascinated with photography the very first time she saw a digital camera and says she is very lucky to make a living from something she is truly passionate about.

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