When hiring a photographer there are a few things to consider. You only have one opportunity to get it right, and if you don’t take the time to research and find the correct photographer that fits the feel your going for, than the end result can be very disappointing.
On the day of your wedding, the photographer you choose will be by your side all day, arriving bright and early to capture when you’re getting ready, and into the night.
A good photographer will capture all the details that you spent so much time planning and fussing over and you can always enjoy it through the art of these pictures.
Don’t go with the first cheap (and probably inexperienced) photographer you find; yes you will save money and you will regret it too.
A good photographer will make your wedding look and feel how you envision it. They will literally make you say, “wow”, regardless of the light or lack of light, or weather; they will know how to work in any environment.
They will turn a problem situation into a creative piece of art, and this is something you won’t have with an inexperienced photographer.
Don’t ever let a family member be your photographer! There are primarily two reasons why. First, maybe your family member is amazing at what they do, but understand that if you want them to take the job seriously then they won’t enjoy your wedding like an invited guest.
This person may want to catch up with family members and friends that are attending and this will distract them and you could end up with gaps in the photography of your wedding.
So no matter how amazing they are, be realistic and fair to them and choose to look elsewhere. Second, are they really good at what they do or is it just a hobby?
They can be good at taking pictures of landscapes for example, but what about people, moments, moods, feels, compositions?
Moreover do they really know about lighting, angles, and are that deeply invested in this profession? Remember you only get married once (hopefully ;) ).
The connection with your photographer should be great; there should be chemistry between you guys since they will probably spend more time with you on your wedding day than your own mom.
Besides “liking” each other, make sure they are outgoing, you don’t want to have a shy photographer. The photographer’s job is to tell people how to pose, and motivate people.
Remember that they have the eye of a professional person in this field. They shouldn’t be afraid of talking in public since they will have to be talking in front your family and friends and sometimes even directing them.
Make sure to check out prospect photographer’s portfolios and ask questions. Feel them out and focus on how they communicate, if you feel at ease when talking to them, and of course find out if their price matches your budget.
Basically if you are happy with them and they match all your requirements, then most likely you will have a match!
Paula Anger is a Delray Beach Certified Wedding Planner, owner of Verano Events and author of *Verano's Essential Wedding Guide*. Paula has been in the event's and fashion industry for over 10 years and has worked with well-known celebrities. Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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