Wedding photographers may be a ‘dime a dozen,’ as they say, so it’s essential that you choose wisely from the lot. Whilst there may be plenty of wedding photographers, not all of them may fit the kind of wedding photos you have in mind and, more importantly, not all of them may be a good fit for your own personality and preferences. When choosing a wedding photographer, then, what should you look for, and what steps can you take? Following are a few top tips to make looking for a wedding photographer much easier.
The style you want
The first thing you should do before you look for a photographer is to determine the style you want. There are different wedding photography styles, but there are some that are more common than most. There is the traditional style (or classic style), where the photographer focuses more on traditional shots which are posed (think of your parents’ wedding photos). Another style is the documentary or photojournalism style, where the photos are more natural and less ‘posed,’ with an emphasis on spontaneity. The third common style is the illustrative style, which is basically a combination of the traditional and documentary styles. The fashion style, on the other hand, is a much more dramatic style, with a lot of glamour and flair and lots of stylised shots as well.
Plan it as early as possible
One other way through which you can make looking for a wedding photographer easier is to take care of it early on. Never wait until the last minute when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer. In fact, it should be one of the first things you take care of as soon as you have reserved your wedding venue. It’s better to start early on so you can find your ideal photographer. If you are getting married during the peak season, look for a photographer at least a year earlier. If you are getting married during the low or lean season, look for a photographer about six months in advance. Also, it’s easier to find your ideal photographer if your wedding is scheduled on a weekday or on a Sunday.
Don’t settle for friends or family
The thing is, your wedding photographs will last for decades, as a wedding photography Hertfordshire expert such as Chuck Grosz attests. You will want to look at them when you’re old and weary, just to boost your mood and recall treasured memories. So that being said, do you really want to rely on a friend or family member to take great photos of your special day? We think not. You can save money on other matters – such as food, beverage, and what-not – but try not to be stingy with your wedding photographer. You need a professional – it’s an investment, after all.