You only get one shot at your wedding day, so it is vitally important that you choose the right photographer to capture all the beautiful moments throughout your special day. Here are a few tips and tricks to consider when choosing your wedding photographer, which will ensure you pick the right man/woman for the job!
1) Catch up for coffee
Before you commit to choosing a wedding photographer, invite a few of them to coffee. You can learn a lot about someone in just 10-15 minutes of casual conversation. Catching up for coffee is a great way to see if you and a potential photographer can get along and see eye to eye when it comes to your vision of the perfect wedding day.
You will probably be spending upwards of 12 hours with your photographer on your wedding day, so it is important that you can get along, crack a few jokes, and enjoy each others' company.
2) Ask to see a full album
Almost all photographers will be eager to show you their favourite wedding photos from their career, but only some offer you the opportunity to view full wedding albums. Being able to see a full album will let you know whether the photographer can consistently provide high quality photos.
If the photographer does not or will not show you a full wedding album, it may be because they don't have the ability to shoot at a high standard at all times, A good photographer will be more than happy to show you a full wedding album from one of their previous clients, or at least a large number of photos (50+) from the same wedding.
3) Ask lots of questions
Make sure you ask as many questions as possible when talking to your potential wedding photographer. It is important to know if there are any hidden costs involved in their service, such as an extra charge for receiving high resolution versions of your images. Some wedding photographers even go as far as to withhold the rights to your images, so that you are forced to buy wedding albums through them.
Ask lots questions about all the packages your photographer provides, how long they are willing to stay at your wedding, whether they bring a second photographer as an assistant, and more!
4) Gauge his enthusiasm
Point 1) of this article is additionally important as you are able to see in person how passionate and enthusiastic a photographer is about your wedding. You want to hire someone who is as excited as you about capturing your special day.
If your photographer is asking details about your venue, dress, theme, you and your partners' personality, other photographers you like, what's the most important parts of the day for you, and more, this is a good sign that he will strive to capture the best photos possible for you.
5) Ask to see other photography he does
A good photographer is a passionate photographer, and most passionate photographers do not stick to one style of photography! Ask to see some of your photographers' other work, whether it be fashion, portrait, street or music photography.
If the photographer does not have any other work to show you, this might be a red flag that they only choose to be a wedding photographer as a profession, and don't have that burning desire that separates the good from the great.