Ok, you did it! You're engaged! Now it's time to get to work, and choosing your vendors can be a daunting task. But there are things you can do, and important steps to follow so that you don't get overwhelmed. Follow these 4 steps to finding the perfect wedding photographer....for you!
Tip 2: Budget
This one seems simple, but there are many factors to consider before just slapping a random figure on what you are willing to spend. A good wedding photographer is going to run you anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on a number of factors. You should be aware of what it is you are paying for and what is important to you. Some factors to consider... How long will the photographer be at your wedding? Will he/she be working with an assistant? How many proofs will you be getting back, and what form will they be in? Will you be getting digital copies of all your photos or will they come in a hard copy? Do you get all of the photos back or just some? These factors and many others are important to consider when setting your budget. They say you get what you pay for , so do your research!
Tip 1: Finding Your Style
This is definitely one of the most important choices you have to make. Do you prefer more posed shots, or candid shots? Are you partial to an artistic look and feel, or more traditional? These and many others are the questions you need to be asking yourself to find out what you like. We all have different preferences, and it's very important that you find yours early on.
Tip 3: Personality
You should think of finding your wedding photographer like hiring a new employee for the company you work for. You wouldn't hire someone that you just didn't mesh with. Taking phenomenal photos is just not enough. You need to get along and have a good report with your photographer at your wedding. Speaking with the photographer in person is an excellent start. If you are impressed with a photographer, read some of their reviews online either confirm or deny your inclinations about your potential photographer.
Tip 4: Be Thorough
There is nothing wrong with booking the first photographer that you interview. That being said, always make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision. If you know he/she is the one, then that's the end of it. Hire them, and be confident in that. But, by the time you make that decision, at a minimum, you should have scoured the internet looking at different photographers, their styles, and price points to know what you are getting into before you sign the wedding contract.