Not every wedding photographer is “your photographer.” Remember, you’re not looking for anyone photographer the world over, you want to find the RIGHT photographer for you. An artist that you can really connect effectively toward with his very best work. I’m writing this post for those who don’t know how to find the right photographer.
Firstly, I want to end with a classic of wedding mistakes: your friend may come and offer you a great deal on your wedding photography on the cheap, but don’t underestimate the wedding photography that just presses the button. It’s much more than just showing up a few wedding moments with a camera. It’s all about offering a remarkable experience with images that make you feel because photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. I capture what it feels like, not what it looks like, that will make your heart go pitter-patter.
If your friend shoots your wedding you can´t ask him to do all the stuff, he kind of mingled with guests and didn’t really put as much effort into it… so you ended up missing lots of beautiful photos that you now don´t have. This is why I always recommend all couples to take as many family pictures as necessary (and to make a list of the groups they want). So this is what good photos are for, to help you remember those loved ones.
Another classic of wedding mistakes is asking for a big discount. Do you believe that a professional will put an effort to work for free or low paid package? Before you start asking for a discount, think about how much you value photography. You’ll wear the dress once but have the photos forever!
The photographer is the most important person for your special day because, at the end of it, both of you brides will look back knowing you trusted a photographer to freeze your precious moments and preserve them for generations and you can end up with the final result of the pictures. So it’s recommended before booking a professional wedding photographer ask some personal questions like:
What education has he got?
Does he have an artistic background and degree?
Does he have professional equipment- a full frame camera and professional lenses?
Can he invoice legally and do they pay all expenses as a freelancer?
Does he seem interested in getting to know you?
These also open doors to further questions which refer to art. Look at his portfolio:
Do you like his style?
How does it make you feel?
Does it look professional and artistic?
What will the photographer do to make your photos their best?
Does his work reflect consistent creativity?
Does he seem enthusiastic about the process of creating every single photograph?
Can you see his personality and enthusiasm reflected in his work?
Ask about post-processing.
This infographic tells the rest of the story. If he satisfies you with his answers and can provide you beautiful images that will make you feel them, then….
You have found the right person, your wedding photographer!