How To Choose A Good Photographer

One thing a bride and groom want to make sure they get the best for their money, is choosing an experienced photographer.  This once in a life time day should not be left to “a friend of a friend” or the little cameras sitting on tables.  Your wedding ceremony will happen one time – and an experienced wedding photographer knows what moments to capture and how to do it without being IN the ceremony.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been officiating a wedding ceremony only to have a photographer get almost in between the bride and groom and the Officiant.  A good wedding photographer knows how to get the shot without becoming the primary focus of your friends and family.  YOU should be what they are looking at and not the photographer.

So, what do we look for in our wedding photographer?

  • Ask them how long and how many weddings they have photographed.

Unfortunately, there are some who “just started” the business and have no experience.  A good wedding photographer will train with an experienced wedding photographer so that they won’t be “learning” while YOU pay them.

  • Ask to see their portfolio of weddings.  (not baby pictures, families or pet pics)

Wedding photographers always have a portfolio of their past clients.  If they tell you they are “putting one together” or “don’t have it with them”, tell them you will wait to see it or find someone else.

  • Ask for referrals from brides they have done business with.

Most brides love to give referrals of people who made their day memorable.  Their wedding photographs are the memories they will keep for a lifetime and they will not hesitate to tell you how they feel about how they used.

  • Find out how they “normally” shoot a wedding.

Sometimes they will take most of the pics before the ceremony and only have a few to take after the wedding so you can get to your reception!

  • Find out in writing what to expect in your package.

Again, don’t get surprised by finding out after the wedding that they didn’t include the reception or that your package only includes 7 photos and you will be charged to get the others.  (I’ve seen this happen unfortunately.)

  • Make sure you “get along” with and “understand” your wedding photographer.

You don’t want to feel uncomfortable with someone you are entrusting your wedding memories to.  Make sure your personalities go together and you feel comfortable talking to them.

Lastly, don’t over shoot your budget – but don’t skimp on you memories either.  The old adage “You get what you pay for.” is definitely true when you choose your wedding photographer.

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