Make it Special
This is big (but important!) so get yourself a drink!
When choosing a photographer please don’t choose based only on the price, deals or freebies! That means nothing, you can have a really expensive photographer or a very cheap photographer and either one can disappoint you, if you don’t do your research on them.
At the end of the day people value themselves and their work however they wish but that doesn’t determine their quality or the work that you may or may not like .
Too many people book based on price (either super cheap or super expensive) which compliments their budget but never really look into the photographer and they work . Take your time to speak with the photographer and understand their passion and their work!
Just a few things to think about before booking a photographer :
Does their business look sustainable? Will they be working in years to come when you often book in advance ?
Do they have insurance? Some venues will turn them away without it.
Have you looked at multiple photographers work to consider all different styles?
Do you have a contract with them if it all goes wrong?
Have you made sure you have actually read the contract you have been given?
Do you understood exactly what you will be getting?
Do you get along with them?
Do they contact you often?
Is their style of work really for you?
Most photographers want to protect their artistic style and have a certain shooting/editing style.
We sometimes get asked if we can edit in a different style, if you are asking this then they may not be the photographer for you!
Telling a photographer how to work often crushes their creative brain, doesn’t make them perform well and hinders the images (yes I understand you want to work together but telling them exactly how to shoot and what to shoot all the time doesn’t always work) We fully understand that you would like certain shots but try not to demand too much.
Giving a photographer a list of lots of photographs(groups) doesn’t always work. Try keep it to immediate family initially and grab some other groups later in the evening this well help the day flow better.
Please don’t edit over a photographers work as it really upsets them and is often in the contract. Nobody wants a snapchat filter over their art work after they have spent so long editing the image and spending money on editing equipment!!!
Raw images (originals) will often not be handed out because its not a finished product and in the wrong hands can reflect bad on the business of the photographer.
Turn around times can take a while depending on how busy the photographer is. Some photographers shoot 3 weddings per weekend, that’s thousands of images and in the summer time we can get really busy! We also need to eat, sleep and spend time with our families hence the lack of communication sometimes.
This is not a rant or aimed to anybody, this is to help future bride and grooms to take into consideration how suppliers (in this case photographers) do work and it is essential that you do lots of research rather than just booking on deals. I’m not saying cheap means bad or good but just do your research as you could spend thousands and still be disappointed!
I hope this will help you to choose the right photographer and thanks for reading!