Finding a wedding photographer is difficult. Indeed, it can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming tasks when planning your wedding. You already have so many things to do. You need to find a venue, hire a DJ, send invitations, and hire a videographer. Now, you have to sit in front of a computer screen and pore over hundreds of photographer wedding portfolios to try and find the right person for you. It can end up being pretty overwhelming.
We don’t want the bride and groom to show up at their wedding as giant balls of stress. That would be counterintuitive to having an enjoyable time. As such, here are some steps you can follow that will help ease your burden. As always, getting the most information will certainly aid you in the decision-making process. If you look at more informational sites on photography, such as the one run by David Koonar, it will certainly help you on your way.
Ask your Wedding Planner (Or Find One)
This may seem like an obvious way to start, but wedding planners are huge time-savers when you begin the journey towards your impending nuptials. In addition to helping you organize all of your tasks, they will be able to help you find all of your vendors, including wedding photographers. In addition, planners generally know these people, and will be able to get you a better deal than you would on your own.
There are a lot of people out there that like to go it alone. They believe they can do everything themselves, and refuse to spend any money up-front on someone that will help organize and schedule things. You have to ask yourself: What is more valuable? A little bit of money or a lot of time? Some people are on a budget, and cannot afford a planner. This is understandable. However, if this is not the case, it is highly recommended you get one. It will save you time and eventually, money.
Ask Your Friends and Family
Generally, when someone is getting married, they are part of an age-group within their group of friends or family where there is a tendency for a lot of people to be getting married. This can be extremely helpful in finding good vendors.
Not only does this help you build a list of contacts, it also gives you firsthand reviews and examples of a photographer’s work. If your friend or sister tells you a photographer was amazing at their wedding, and their photos absolutely blow you away, you may not even need to shop around. Don’t waste time and go with what you like!
Look at Portfolios
Build up a list of 4-5 strong candidates. Once you do, you’re going to want to go through their portfolios.
There are two things you’re looking for here: Firstly, you want to look at the quality of the images. Some photographers simply aren’t good. There could be framing or composition problems with their images. They may have problems capturing the essence of moments. This is so important. A photographer is in charge of capturing the very soul of your wedding so that you can look back at it for the rest of your life. Make certain they are up to the task!
Secondly, make certain that the photographer’s style corresponds to what you want. Sometimes, a photographer can be great, but their style can be more conservative while you want something more out there and artistic, or vice-versa. Again, you want someone that will capture the feel of your wedding and make you happy. It’s a marriage, just like the one with your future spouse (albeit more temporary).
If you can’t get firsthand information, you’re going to have to buckle down and read reviews of your candidates. You’re going to be looking for various things in this case. Pricing and punctuality are some of the obvious ones, but there are things that fly under the radar. For one, you’re going to want someone that isn’t intrusive during the ceremony and reception. You’re also going to want a photographer that is organized and structured in terms of being able to work around the schedule for the day. The more time you’re going to have to spend with them, the more everything gets pushed back.