Your wedding photographer is one of the most important people in your wedding- for his or her work will decide as to how you will remember this special day for your entire life. You want a photographer who understands that and captures each moment for what it really is- unique and special. Taking care of just a few things will help you ensure that you find the best photographer for your wedding.
Set up an interview
You cannot go by just looks- you have to meet your potential photographers. Begin by looking at their websites, and if you like what is in front of you, ask if the photographer will be available on your wedding date, and then call for an interview. You should interview at least 3 to 5 photographers, see their works, understand their style and check if your personalities go well together. As you set up interviews, be ready to give information including the venue, wedding theme, and what you want from your photos and recordings.
Is your photographer asking you enough questions?
Unless your photographer understands the event, your requirements and what you expect from his work, how can you even think that he will do the job the way you want to? A professional wedding photographer will ask you numerous questions, right from where you are planning to do the wedding to the number of events, the kind of photography that you want, the moments that you want to be captured and so on. You need a photographer who knows what he is doing- and the only way he can actually do that is by gathering as much information as possible.
Do not go by just his portfolio
A photographer will show you only his best works in a portfolio- and you can never make a choice solely based on that. It will not give you a very accurate idea of his work. You should ask for at least 2 to 3 full albums from real weddings that they shot- and not anyone else at the company. This will help you to get a more accurate idea of how your photos will look like after the big day. If the full album photos are as good as the ones shown to you in the highlights, then you are surely on the right track. You can also ask to see full-galleries of weddings that are similar to yours in terms of their setting. For instance, if yours is a wedding shot outdoors in natural light, then looking at an indoor wedding with dark lighting will not give you the best idea.
Review every album and photo as critically as you can
As you go through the albums your photographer provides you, check out the key moments that are to be captured. Did he get photos of the groom and the bride as they caught sight of each other for the first time? Look at elements such as the crispness of the shot, its lighting and so on. While the bride and the groom are the most important people at a wedding, you will want to see your loved ones and friends having a good time as well.
Know, like and bond with him
Every professional photographer has his own style, and you need to know if it goes with what you desire from your wedding photos or not. You should like and bond well with your selected wedding photographer. Does the vision of your wedding, how you describe it excite the photographer? Are his suggestions presented in a respectful and clear manner, or is he timid? You will need a professional who knows how to behave gracefully in a crowd, yet is bold enough to get what his wants-, which are the best photographs of the right moments in this case. Your photographer will shadow you every moment at the wedding, and both of you should be comfortable with him- only then will the photos turn out as good as you want them to. The photographer should be assertive for seeking out the best moments, calm enough to act as a positive force in the wedding and cajoling so that he can coax smiles from the guests.