HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
If you are a couple that really values photography, then the thought of picking a wedding photographer might be a bit daunting because you really know they will the the ones responsible for capturing your wedding day and they only get one shot to do so! You are spending a lot of money, and you need to trust this person with the memories of one of the most important days in your life...Scary! I get it, I was there once too, and it was a pretty daunting task. Back then, I was young and not in the photography industry so I made the mistake of hiring based on price rather than experience, and I really regret it as I only have a few photos I like from my wedding! In addition to my story, as a professional photographer, I've heard horror stories of "photographers" not delivering as they should and couples being left hanging. I don't want the same to happen to you, so I've compiled my top pieces of advice so that you are packed with the necessary information to make the best decision.
1. MAKE SURE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHY SPEAKS TO YOU
When viewing their photos make sure their photography speaks to you and makes you "feel something". A photographer's eye is one of the things that distinguishes a photographer from a person holding a camera. Does their photography and view of the world around them resonate with what you like? If they can make you feel something and your views are aligned, then most likely you will love what they capture for you.
2. MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THEIR PERSONALITY
Do you like them as a person? The photographer is one of the few vendors at a wedding that will be with you most of the day, so you need to make sure you are comfortable around them and that you like their personality. It's really uncomfortable to have to spend a whole day with someone you don't enjoy being around, so I recommend setting aside some time to chat with them and make sure they are someone you like.
3. MAKE SURE YOU SEE A FULL WEDDING DAY
It is one thing to see a select amount of photos from a wedding on a photographer's website than to actually see a whole wedding gallery. Any photographer can show you a selection of their best photos and you can be impressed. When choosing a wedding photographer, I suggest you ask them to see a full wedding gallery that way you make sure they have good quality photos and a consistent look throughout the wedding day.
4. MAKE SURE THEY ARE EXPERIENCED AND PROFESSIONAL
Experience and professionalism are the difference between something going horribly wrong on your wedding day and something being seamlessly taken care of. I recommend you focus on the experience of the professional and the quality of their services.
If you make your choice for a photographer based on the above criteria more so than based on price, you greatly increase your chances of being thrilled with the result of this once-in-a-lifetime decision!
Ly Sué (Leesway)