On the web site BRIDES, author Heather Lee wrote an article outlining 7 simple steps to finding a wedding photographer. Her steps are listed and I have added my take on the steps for added information. These 7 steps are good advice and simple to follow.
- Book your venue first - You will usually select the venue about a year in advance. Sometimes venues will suggest photographers that have shot weddings at their location, or that they know well. The venue owner is a good resource for other vendors.
- Hit up your social networks for recommendations - By now you have probably been saving pins on Pintrest since you first decided to get married, maybe even since you were young. Create a board of your likes for your photographer to look at. Use this board when interviewing photographers. A good photographer would love to see your ideas and your likes. Also, reach out to your friends, ask for their experiences and what to look for etc.
- Figure out the style of photography you like - Each photographer has a style. Some are traditional, some photo journalistic, some a combination. In addition, each photographer has a look about their photos. Some shoot with an edgier style using shadows and contrast, some have a softer more whimsical style. Look around figure out what you like.
- Interview photographers - This is where you will get to know your photographer. Ask to see specific shots, whole weddings, and even photos in the venue you chose if he/she has taken photos there.
- Discuss the fee - Find out what the quoted price includes. Some photographers provide photo books and other items with certain packages. Some photographers do not. If a photographer prices are higher than others, that might mean you get more included and wont have to purchase items after the fact. Ask about add-ons, whats included, and extra time. Adding an extra hour of time might get you more of what you want without paying for a higher priced package.
- Go with your gut - After you have narrowed it down to a couple of photographers go with your gut. Your photographer has to make you feel comfortable. Your day will be a busy one and you must feel confidant that all will go well with the pictures. You should "know" you have made the right choice.
- Schedule a test run - Scheduling an engagement session is a good way to get to know the photographer. Get to know his/her style, how he/she works. If not an engagement session, maybe ask for a quick mini session to get a few pictures of you and your otehr half, or maybe just a few pics with you and your pet. Either way, consider this the same step as test driving a car before you buy it. You can always say no.
To read the full article use this link https://www.brides.com/story/find-a-great-wedding-photographer good luck.