Maybe you found this blog pretty much randomly. There is a chance, though, that you ended up here because you are looking for a wedding photographer. I have heard all sorts of stories from friends and family about less than stellar experiences with wedding photographers. To help you avoid this sort of situation, I put together a list of advice to help you choose a reliable photographer that will produce images you will love.
Mainly there are three sets of questions to consider:
1- Protecting Yourself
Good wedding photographers should be offering the following:
Member of accredited association(s),
Professional equipment with appropriate back ups.
Written contracts and proper insurance protect both you and your photographer would something go wrong. Photographers who are members of professional associations have access to a network of photographers to help in the very unlikely case they can’t make it on your wedding day (heart attack, swine flu, broken legs... rare but not impossible).
2- Your Photographic Experience
Who will actually take the pictures?
Do you get along with your photographer?
Your photographer will be around you quite a lot on your big day; better choosing one you get along with! Beware that some companies will assign a photographer to you only days before the wedding...
Have you seen a complete wedding album?
Do you like your photographer’s pictures?
Choose a photographer whose style you admire; photographers can adjust their style to your preferences, but only to a point. Recommendations from family and friends are wonderful... as long as you have similar taste!
3 - Value for Money
What is included in your package?
Beware of “hidden fees”; some photographers advertise shockingly low prices but you’d probably end up paying much more than the advertised price once all the extras are added up.
Does you package include a DVD of your pictures?
How well are they edited? Up to what size can they be printed? Can you post them on social media?
Will my family and friends be able to purchase prints online after the wedding?
Although not absolutely essential, this could save you few headaches after the wedding!
Who will design your wedding album?
It’s your wedding album; it deserves professional design and printing! Photographers designing albums using templates or sending your album to high street photo printers are best avoided.
I hope this will be helpful to you!