So you just got engaged, and now you have the daunting task of creating your perfect wedding day. You search the web and find that weddings are much more complicated than you thought. You have to find a venue, a photographer, the perfect cake, the best DJ, and of course the PERFECT dress! Where do you start?? Our recommendation is to start with your venue, and then book your photographer. The great ones book up fast, and you want your first choice. If you do a quick search on Google you will quickly learn that there are a lot of wedding photographers. So, how do you choose the best one for you?
First, look at their style. Take the time to go through their portfolio. Do you love what you see? If not, then keep looking. If you like what you see on their website, then meet with them in person. This will give you the opportunity to discuss their style with them. Which leads us to point number two; personality. You should not only like their images, but you should like the photographer as well. This is someone who is going to be around you the entire day. You have enough stress to worry about on the day of your wedding, you shouldn't have to worry about whether or not you are going to get along with your photographer.
Once you find someone who matches your style, and personality you are going to want to ask them about their qualifications. Here are just a few things you may want to ask your potential photographer:
How long have they been in business, or how many weddings have they photographed? This will tell you if they are going to be able to handle unexpected situations. Such as equipment malfunction, difficult lighting, or venue restrictions.
What happens if the photographer gets sick? Do they have a back-up photographer they can turn to?
Do they belong to any associations? This not only adds to their credibility, but it will also give you a great resource for finding other credible vendors.
Do they have an assistant, or a second photographer? Assistants allow the photographer to focus on capturing your special day and not on setting up equipment.
Now, it is time to talk expense. Yes, photographers are a big part of the wedding day budget. According to wedding planners, couples can expect to pay between 10% and 15% of their budget on their photography. Investing a couple thousand dollars may sound like a lot, but what you are getting in return is priceless. After your big day, the flowers, the food, the decoration...etc...is all gone and all that you get to keep is your ring, your spouse and your photographs. You want to be able to share your beautiful memories with your future grandkids, so be sure to choose a photographer who has quality that will last a lifetime.