How to Choose Your Photographer – Part 2

Personality Type — Spend some time talking to a prospective photographer. Are you going to want this person around you all day on your big day? Do they seem interested in getting you the pictures and wedding experience that you want? If not, perhaps you should keep looking. Your wedding day is supposed to be a happy occasion after all and the last thing you want is a cranky photographer who puts everyone on edge.

Price — While not a mitigating reason, you do need to make sure you get a detailed price list from each of your prospective photographers and use it to make notes on the back. Ask about package deals on pictures, too. While a pre-fab package might not exactly fit your specific needs, it might save you some money in the long run.

Timeline — Asking when you will receive your proofs, albums, and the rest of your pictures might seem a little silly, but you should not assume that you will have the whole package in a couple of days. Most professionals are not going to use the one hour photo. Some photographers take several months to deliver your entire order.

Personal Appearance — Were not suggesting you should judge your photographer on what he wears to your informal meetings, but what they normally wear to a ceremony. It might be more comfortable for them to shoot the wedding in jeans and a t-shirt, but you might not want them wearing it to your wedding. Youll want to make sure they plan on wearing at least semi-formal attire.

By far, the best way to find a good photographer is to ask around. Ask your friends and family if they know of anyone. People who had a good experience will gladly volunteer their own photographer’s name. Beware of the photographer your friend is hesitant to tell you about. While most photographers will be more honest than not about their abilities, a friend is probably a much more reliable source.

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