Chances are you’ve spent a lot of time, effort and money to make your wedding day perfect. The memory of this special day will be captured in the photos, so choosing a good photographer is essential.
Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the first things you should do when planning your wedding. The best professional photographers are booked way in advance, their busiest season during the spring when most couples are getting married. Get your photographer booked at least six to twelve months in advance.
Start your search by asking for recommendations. Ask your family, friends or your other wedding vendors, such as your wedding planner, venue manager, baker, caterer, etc.
Once you have a list of photographers to choose from, pursue their web sites to begin eliminating candidates from your list. Try to concentrate on their photos and not their website design. Anyone can create or pay to have a nice looking web template.
You will first need to determine which photographer will meet your budget and needs. Do you like their style? Do you want traditional photos, or something more playful? Once you’ve made a decision, set up an interview and ask to see samples of past work. They should have sample wedding albums available for show. And ask a lot of questions! Find out what type of equipment they’ll be using, how long they’ve been in business, how the photos will be available for show, if he/she will have an assistant, and so on.
Remember, the photographer that you choose will be an integral part of one of the most important days of your life, so personality is important too. Be sure to find someone that you and your guests will be comfortable around.