How do I choose a photographer for my wedding?
For couples-to-be who cherish the captured moments, selecting a photographer can be quite nerve-racking. There is no room for mistakes because it is only a single bullet to shoot. And missing the target can be a considerable wreckage. You won't wed twice. A poorly taken photo is not far from a no image at all. Hiring a photographer has a 50% chance of going either way, and it can be 'situation critical' for excellent photographers going to wed. Because they know what good-quality and poor-quality images are.
More often, I empathize with my clients whenever we meet to discuss their imaging needs. And I do relate with their fears as well. During my wedding preparation, I selected a colleague with a proven track record, but I still felt a bit scared. So how much scarier will it be for a bride or groom who has only interacted with the photographer on the website and is going to meet him/her with no background knowledge? Sometimes it heart-breaking to hear couples’ horrible experiences with photographers who did not deliver.
Getting professional advice on how to choose the best photographer for your wedding is, therefore, vital. As an expert, I would be glad to offer you some nuggets on how you can choose a professional who is more likely to deliver as per your expectations. Let's take a look.
View the sample photos paying attention to your feeling
Every photographer has a particular and an eye for things. The way they capture their surrounding is a significant pointer to their style and vantage. While going through the photos, evaluate whether you resonate with their style, and that will be evident from your feelings. If you fall in love with the previous bunch of wedding photos he/she shot, then it is more likely that viewing your images will be more thrilling.
Request to sample as many photos as possible
Any artist will entice you with a series of classic images they have ever shot. But you should not be too easy to convince when considering a photographer for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Request to view all the wedding photos in an album. This will eliminate any biasness allowing you to have an in-depth analysis of the photographer's skills. The more high-quality images you encounter in a collection, the higher chances of getting classic pictures for your wedding. It is the full proof of a professional's expertise.
Gauge how much you like the photographer as a person
Besides being able to deliver as a professional, it necessary that you feel at ease with the individual's personality and character. Though it may seem trivial, the photographer is going to be part of your life and your family in general for several hours on that particular day. But it will be quite numbing if you cannot trust and feel comfortable around them. They could be the mood-spoilers if it goes to the extreme.
Considering these three factors when hiring a professional for your wedding photography is more rewarding than over leaning on cost. You can break the bank and have something that will never lose value for ages.