Choosing a photographer for your wedding is just one of many things on your wedding planning to-do list, but it’s also one of the most important! Why? Because your wedding photos are capturing one of the most special moments in your life, something you will have to cherish for years to come.
You have an idea of the style of photos you want and people you absolutely have to have in some of the family shots, but how do you figure out whether your photographer will bring your vision to life? You may not be an expert photographer, but you are willing to pay for one, so here are some tips on how to find a good one!
- CHECK THE REPUTATION OF THE STUDIO. Finding out whether a photography studio has a good reputation is much easier today compared to just five years ago. Search for the company in Google, on Facebook, wedding directory websites and other wedding-related websites to find customer reviews. People often submit a review when they are either extremely happy with a service or angry about their experience. You can check out the reviews on Mike Staff Productions here.
- DOES THE PHOTOGRAPHER LISTEN TO YOU? You should always speak with the studio or photographer prior to your wedding. Blindly contracting someone for services based on images that you see online is a bad idea. It is important to get a feel for the company that you will be working with, understand their process as well discuss your vision. Do they tell you what’s going to happen before they hear your thoughts? Do they ask any questions? You will not regret hiring a photographer who will listen to you.
- KNOW WHEN YOU WILL RECEIVE THE PHOTOS. Waiting for your photos for months or even a year is the last thing you want to do after your wedding! Ask exactly when you will receive your photos and look for follow throughs of this in the reviews you read about the photographer online. Make sure the date of photo delivery is in the contract.
- KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR. The standard of what you receive from your photographer has changed drastically over the years. For example, your photographer may not provide prints. It’s becoming more common to receive the edited digital files of the photos and then handle printing the ones that you like on your own. Discuss this with your photographer and know exactly what you are paying for.
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