Choosing the right photographer for your day is a big decision.
There are so many talented photographers out there, it can be hard to choose just one! I want to help you find the best person for you and your special day. A photo is worth 1000 words and can be the deciding factor in who you are today. It's important that your senior pictures show off not only how big of a student or athlete you were, but also what kind of person they capture on film! The right photographer will do their best work for years to come with an unforgettable portrait session so choose wisely by looking at more than just pricing- find someone whose style speaks volumes about them as well as showing confidence throughout even those most unusual moments such as blushing over something embarrassing (ahem).
You'll need someone that will capture all of those important moments on camera from both perspectives of the bride and groom. You won't regret having memories of this wonderful time preserved in pictures forever! But how do you go about choosing one? Here is a list of questions you should be asking yourself to pick the right photographer for you.
Do you vibe well with your photographer?
The biggest question I as a photographer ask myself is if I vibe well with my client, and I believe this is a great place to start. Oftentimes, discomfort or conflict between client and photographer can easily show in photos. So, it is very important that you interview your photographer and see if you two click well. If not, that could show up in pictures. Not always, but quite often.
Are they available for your date and location?
All Photographers can be rather busy sometimes. Make sure the photographer you are looking to hire is available when you need it. Also, make sure they are willing to travel to where you need them or maybe have good alternate ideas.
What package would suit your needs and budget best?
Choosing the right package for your photography needs can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there that it is hard to know which one will suit your needs and budget best. Make sure to sit down with your photographer and go over what your needs are and more than likely they will be more than happy to put together a package that suits your needs. Now, keep in mind that the more you ask for, the more expensive it will become. Often times photographers will include a print rights release for those photos. That way you can print to your heart's content. However, the downside to this is that you are not helping to support your local photographer. Remember, they need to put bread on the table too.
What Type of photography do you want or need?
The type of photography you want or need is dependent on what you intend to do with it. For example, if you are a senior in high school or college. Then you will be looking for a photographer that works well with individuals and can help people pose naturally or get specific looks. Whereas if you just want some nice pictures for your private use then any amateur photographer will do.
Do you want to use a professional or amateur photographer?
Choosing a photographer can be tough, but it's important to consider what they have to offer. A professional photographer will have an established portfolio and resume while an amateur may not have much to show for themselves. Additionally, a professional photographer will have the right equipment and skillset, as well as a lot of experience with different photography styles. Consult websites like Google and Facebook for reviews of photographers near you so you can get an idea of how well they were received by their clients.
What kind of style do you want for the photos - formal, natural, candid?
The style of a photo can depend on the purpose of the photo. There are a few different styles, such as natural, candid, and formal. Natural requires less planning and often shows unposed moments in nature. Candid is when someone has been caught off-guard or not expecting to be photographed. Formal shots are planned and often include poses commonly seen in business photos or formal photos in weddings or family portraits.
Think about how much time you have to plan for your photoshoot and whether it can be done on location or needs to be scheduled ahead of time at a studio?
There are a lot of variables when it comes to scheduling a photo shoot. There can be a lot of work and require a lot of time and energy. You need to consider everything from the types of shots you want to take, the number of people in the photo, and whether or not there will be any props.
how much time are you willing to wait on photo selection and editing? who will be getting prints of these photos? Do you want prints, digital copies, or both?