Choosing your photographer can be easy, if you are prepared. I was at a wedding expo not too long ago listening to people’s sales pitch. It was an eye-opening experience. I started thinking about my own photography and how I handle clients and decided it was time I shared my years of knowledge with potential couples.
One of my biggest pet peeves is putting others down instead of building yourself up. I listened to a sales girl tell one of their potential clients, the other photographers at the expo were showing off work that wasn’t their own, they didn’t actually take those photos of the Eiffel Tower, New York, etc. What I would like to know is, how did she know if they did it or not. I, myself, have taken wedding photos all over the world and in several other states. A photographer should never put down other people’s work to make their own look good in anything in life.
Does your potential photographer have pictures in his/her portfolio that show your style? What does that mean? Do you like funny, classic, traditional, illustrative, high fashion? You don’t have to pick a style, just keep that in mind when picking your photographer.
Look at your photographer pictures closely. What they have on their website should be their best. Look at the photos closely, do you see a tag that shouldn’t be there? Do they have blemishes on the dress, grass in the train? Will this happen in your photos, it might, but if they are showing their best work, they shouldn’t be showing them off in their portfolio.
Pricing is huge, get a budget and stick to it. If your budget is $1,500 and they try to talk you into more, walk away. Only you can know what you will spend, they have no idea. When buying a car, do you go in there and get the undercoating if it doesn’t fit in your budget, treat yourself the same way.
Ask the photography company if you can meet with the photographer that will be taking your pictures. I have seen several companies use other photographers to take wedding pictures other than the one you are meeting with. I want to meet who is going to take my pictures, not someone else.
Most importantly, do you get along with your photographer? I don’t care how good they are, if you don’t have a good rapport with them you will not have a good experience. I have personally seen it.
I hope this helps with your choice of photographer. I look forward to working with you on your photography in the future.