After planning for months, your wedding day will be here before you know it. The day will be filled with exciting events, from saying your vows to your first dance. There will be so much going on that it’ll be difficult to take it all in, which is where your wedding photographs come in. The photographs will allow you to look back and remember everything about your special day; they are like having a visual memory at your fingertips, so it’s important to choose the right wedding photographer. Here are a few tips to choose the best photographer for capturing your wedding memories.
Begin Your Search Early
You should begin your search for a wedding photographer as soon as possible following your engagement. Ask friends and family that have recently gotten married for recommendations and look through their photo albums. When doing an online search for photographers, make sure to go to the website for each one you are considering and review their online photo gallery. While on their website, keep in mind that photographers typically use their best photos for their portfolio, but you should be able to get an idea of the type of settings and poses they prefer and the quality of their work.
Schedule an In-Person Meeting
Even though a photographer does amazing work, you still not feel comfortable with the person. Your wedding photographer will be with you throughout the day, they will be interacting with your guests as well as your wedding party, so it’s important that you hire someone you are comfortable being around. So, during your initial meeting, along with discussing the price range and the wedding date, focus on how well you mesh with the photographer as an individual.
Compare Packages and Prices
You may go with your first choice, but it’s best to meet with at least 2-3 wedding photographers. Ask what is included in a standard wedding package as well as additional fees. For instance, the basic package may include 8 hours of shooting time on the wedding day, which usually includes the day’s events; from you and your wedding party getting dressed till the time you leave the reception. However, some photographers may only offer 6 hours in the basic package. Also, remember to ask how many hours they dedicate to the engagement photos and if they are willing to travel to locations outside of their studio or your home for engagement photos. Keep in mind that it’s typically better to pay more fees if you know that you’ll get the best photos possible.
Before signing a contract, make sure it includes everything you and the wedding photographer agreed on beforehand, including the price, the date of the wedding, the hours they will be available and any specific shots you want. Be sure to schedule your engagement shoot in plenty of time to use the photos for your “save-the-dates” or invitations. To make sure you are camera ready at all times, remember to pack a touch-up kit that contains items for touching up hair and makeup for both the engagement shoot and your wedding day photos. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the day.