From selecting cake flavors to picking out a perfect venue, you’re tasked with making a lot of big decisions while planning your wedding. Choosing your wedding photographer is arguably the biggest decision of all! With the months of hard work that go into your special day, it’s important to document every last detail. Be sure you’ve picked a pro who can deliver the shots you’re seeking by following these tips:
- Ask for recommendations. Online reviews can be difficult to wade through, so check with the newlyweds you know for wedding photographer references. Recently married couples will keep it real when it comes to the pros and cons of their hired shutterbugs.
- Make a list of must-shoot moments. It helps to envision the photos you would want to include when creating a wedding Photo Book. Jot down the moments you absolutely want captured, and share them with potential wedding photographers. Some snappers prefer a candid style over a planned timeline, so ask candidates if they’re willing and able to get every shot on your list.
- Consider hiring two photographers. When meeting with potential pros, find out how many photographers they will send to cover your event. For some companies, it’s standard practice to send two, but others will provide just one person. It could cost more to have two photographers, but if you want to be sure that every single shot is captured, it might be worth the extra money.
- Try out your favorite candidate. Once you’ve found a pro you think you’d like to hire for your wedding, do a test run with an engagement photo shoot. You’ll get a sense of the photographer’s personality, and you can decide if his or her style suits you. Consider the personalities of your bridal party members when making your evaluation. If it turns out you aren’t crazy about the experience or the results, you can look elsewhere for the big day.
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