One thing that a lot of soon-to-be brides forget, or don’t think about not long after sending out their wedding invitations, is the fact that, while your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life, it’s just one day. It’s easy to get swept up in all the details trying to make everything completely the way that you are envisioning it, but, at the end of the day, you won’t eat the food again, you probably won’t keep the flowers forever, and 99% of brides don’t wear their wedding dress again. However, there is one thing that you get from your wedding that you get to keep forever – your wedding pictures. Perhaps that is why they, and your photographer, should be the most important part of your wedding planning.
Making sure that you pick the absolutely perfect photographer is crucial to making sure you have the photos that you want, and that you will keep for years to come. As much as you have been looking forward to your wedding day, it’s going to come and go extremely fast, and most brides will tell you that it’s a bit of a blur. However, one single picture can instantly take you back to that day and help keep your wedding in your memory.
However, unlike some parts of your wedding, you don’t really get to see what your photos are going to be until afterwards. Once you find the perfect dress, you have a visual of what it is going to look like. But, with your photos, you kind of just have to wait and see. This means that you need to do a lot of research on the photographer you are considering, to make sure you aren’t disappointed afterwards. Here are a few tips to help you select the perfect person to capture your big day.
Start Looking, ASAP
Photographers book up fast, especially during the peak wedding season. Some photographers can be booked for two years in advance, so you want to make sure that you can get in with one that you like. After you have set a date and have a venue, you should really kick your search for a photographer into high gear. Start with a Google search of photographers around you or your location and see what you find. You can also ask around. Normally, photographers that are really good are going to have a reputation that you will hear about if you start asking.
Interview Your Potential Photographers
After you have narrowed down your list of potential photographers, call your favorite ones and see if you can make appointments to meet with them. You don’t want to just see some of their work online or go by a recommendation alone. During the interview, ask to see a wedding album that they have done, preferably something that is similar to your wedding. Also, make sure that you go over some of your wedding details, like your style and what you are looking for in the photos.
Make Sure You Get Along
You want to like your wedding photographer. They are going to be the ones capturing the biggest day of your life. If the two of you don’t bond and get along, it might show in the photos. You want someone who understands the vision that you have for the photos and who can help deliver. Also, don’t forget that they are going to be with you all day on your wedding. You don’t want someone annoying you throughout the whole day.
Once you have met with all of your potential photographers, make sure you get a package from each of them for comparison. There are different things to look for when discussing wedding photography packages, beyond the price. Some photographers are going to have second or third shooters that they bring in to help make sure everything is documented. If that is important to you, you want to make sure it’s in your package. You also want to know exactly how many hours that they will be there. Ideally, you want your photographer there with you all day – from wake up to the exit. Most packages range from 6 to 12 hours. Also, talk about whether you want an engagement shoot or for your photographer to be there for other activities during the wedding weekend.
Pick Your Favorite and Sign the Contract
After going over the package, the budget and the style of the photographer, it’s time to pick the one that is going to work best for you. Once you’ve decided on a photographer, let them know as soon as possible. Also, you want to make sure that you go over all details in the contract before you sign. Then, once everything is gone over, sign the contract and keep planning for the big day.