Choosing a wedding photographer can be one of the more difficult aspects to navigate when you are planning a wedding. It is definiteIy worth being thorough in researching, but it doesn't have to be too time consuming or hard. I have compiled a few hints and a list of questions to help guide you in working out who it is you would like to work with, to help you on your way!
1) Get in there ASAP! Lots of photographers book up a year in advance, so get in quickly to start you enquiries.
2) Explore your options. Viewing images on websites and social media will give you an insight into the photographer's style. Ask your recently married friends for recommendations, visit wedding expos, utilise Google, ask your venue and celebrant.
3) Narrow them down. You can narrow them down by working out which images really speak to you. Your grandbabies may one day be holding on of these photos telling their children, "This was your great grandparents on their wedding day!" Once you have a shortlist, it will be less overwhelming to find out who will be the best fit for you.
4) Consider your budget. Some photographers have their prices on their website, others don't. Some will share them when you enquire, others would rather share with with you in a free consultation.
5) Contact them. Ask them if they have your date available.
From here, it's a great idea to meet with them in person to have a chat and see if you hit it off. They will be near you for most of your wedding day, they have to be pretty fabulous as people!
1) Are you the photographer that will be shooting my wedding? Some larger establishments have multiple photographers, you will want to view images from your specific photographer rather than from the umbrella company.
2) What procedures do you have in place for keeping files and images safe? Stories of lost wedding images are heartbreaking. One backup is not enough. Backup equipment is also important on the day.
3) Can I see a full wedding you have shot recently? This gives you a more realistic overview of their work.
4) What do I need to know in regards to your contract/deposit/terms of booking? Wedding photography contracts are long and boring and maybe a little intimidating, but they are very important in protecting you both and making expectations crystal clear.
5) What is included in the package? It helps to know what you are after, photographers deal in digitals, prints, albums, and/or wall art. Many people choose digitals but it is definitely worth considering albums too - some photographers have special access to professional labs that output phenomenal quality products.
6) Will you bring a second shooter? Seconds are great, I won't shoot without one now, they bring the benefit of a second pair of eyes and can solve the age old problem of being in two places at once.
I hope that was helpful. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Connect Photography is a Taupo Wedding Photographer