What To Look For When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
It was the day I got married, and I can recall the frustration of looking through the photos from all the different photographers in my local area. It was impossible, and it was the only task I had to do in planning my wedding. To save you from the frustration of choosing a wedding photographer, I will share my tips to help you sort the wheat from the chaff.
1. Transparent Pricing
Pricing is definitely number one! Many photographers hide their prices to make it difficult for you to call them. This allows them to “hard sell” you. You can also expect them to add hidden fees down the road, such as extra printing charges or additional coverage for your wedding at night. You should ensure that any photographer you’re considering has a clear pricing structure and a clause that says “No hidden extras”.
2. A Portfolio From A Full Wedding
Ask your photographer for an album of a recent wedding to show you, rather than the “best of” photos you’ll see on their website. This allows you to see how the photographer can blend the various elements of your wedding to create memories that you will treasure forever. You should also ask for photos from weddings in bad weather or darkened reception halls to make sure the photographer is able to handle these situations.
3. Meet Your Shortlisted Photographers
Personality and how the happy couple gets along in each other’s company is a big part of wedding photography. It is why I recommend meeting potential photographers before you decide to hire them for their photos alone. This will allow you to meet your potential photographers in person and see if they are able to work together. It also allows you to determine if your photographer is able to manage your wedding party.
4. Word of Mouth
It is here that all the chatting on the street corners can pay off. Nearly every wedding has a photographer. Ask your friends for recommendations or if they know of any other photographers you should avoid. Word of mouth is the lifeblood of the industry. If a photographer has a poor reputation in your area, you can be sure that there is a reason. You can also search the internet for reviews about wedding photographers.
5. Your Gut is your best friend
You are familiar with the style of wedding photography you prefer. You know who you enjoy being around. You know what you want from your photography. It’s important to listen to your instincts when choosing a photographer. You should also pay more attention to the websites that grab your attention. Only you can decide, so trust your gut instincts!
This article was helpful in my search for the right wedding photographer. It is one of the most important days in your life, and you should be excited. Relax and enjoy the journey, even when you want to quit!
Stewart McKay has been covering weddings in Scotland, as well as South Korea, and is therefore well-placed to make comments on wedding photography. He uses a mixture of contemporary and classical reportage wedding photography. He prefers to keep out of the way and capture candid, natural photographs that tell the story about a wedding.
If you are looking for a Scotland Wedding Photographer [http://stewartmckayphotography.co.uk] for your wedding, take a look through Stewart’s website to see a sample of the types of photographs he creates, learns more about his style and finds out pricing information.