Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
"When wedding couples come in for a consultation, most of their questions pertain to how many photographers will be at the wedding or do we charge
for extra locations and time. These are important questions. What strikes me is the questions that are rarely asked. (1) Do you have liability coverage for
yourself and anyone who works with you? What most people do not realize is that without liability coverage the wedding couple can end up being liable for any
injuries the photographer sustains while photographing the wedding. Some halls I work with require proof of coverage before they will let you photograph at
their location. (2) Do you carry backup equipment? This may seem like a no brainer, but I have run into several photographers who are just starting out that
may own one pro-camera, but have a much lower quality camera as a back up, or have no back up at all. The same is true for flash units. (3) Do you belong to
any professional organizations, like PPA? Belonging to a professional organization shows a commitment to the craft and affords the photographer to stay
abreast of the latest trends and techniques."
- Will of Forever Images
Michigan City, Indiana Wedding Photographer
"When taking the time to select your wedding photographer, do just that, take your time. Start looking early, don't be rushed into picking someone you are not 100% confident in. Ask as many questions up front to your photographer. Once you have decided on one, relax. Trust yourself that you have made a great choice and just enjoy the magic of your wedding, let the professionals you've hired take care of the rest."
- Eli Murray Photography
Arkansas Wedding Photographer
"Try out your photographer with an engagement session. That way you can make sure you're a right fit for each other. Your photographer will be with you all day... make sure you like them!"
- Vivid Images Photography
Spanaway, WA Wedding Photographer
One thing that you should always ask about, and insist on, is that your photographer has sufficient backup gear should something stop working. Cameras do fail unexpectedly. Flashes do short out when you least expect them to. It'll happen to every photographer sooner or later.One of the first weddings I booked was due to a photographer that only had one camera and it broke down the week of the wedding. Any good photographer will have an absolute minimum of two camera bodies, and preferably three or more. And I don't mean one good camera and a cheap point and shoot as a backup. I mean good, sturdy cameras designed for wedding use.I've heard numerous stories over the years from brides, who had a budget photographer with no decent backup gear, and sure enough, something broke and the bride ended up with very few photographs or very poor ones because the photographer didn't have any backup gear.or cheap gear not up to the task.So make sure your photographer has back up equipment."
- Allen Hyslip Photography
North Little Rock, AR Wedding Photographer
"Your choice of a photographer should take into account how you want to spend your wedding day. How much posing do you want to do, and how much do
you prefer to simply celebrate with your loved ones and have it recorded sensitively and beautifully. Essentially, would you rather the photographs bring
back memories of a joyful day or an extended photo shoot? Ask photographers how they see the flow of the day, how they define their role in directing it,
what relative importance they give to your wishes as opposed to their ideas, and what they look for as they watch you and your guests interacting.
As many have said, it is important to have a photographer that you're comfortable spending time with, but never ask a photographer that you "really like" to
shoot in a style other than his or her own."
- Art Ferrier Creative Photography
Nashua, New Hampshire Wedding Photographer
"Hire someone that you like who shows you photos that you love. If you don't like being around your photographer, the pictures and your experience will be a disaster."
- Leslie of Photography by Leslie Anne
Sherwood, Arkansas Wedding Photographer
"Once you've found a photographer that matches your style and price-range, make sure you have a rapport with them."
- Chad of Chad Morgan Photography
Longmont, Colorado Wedding Photographer
"Make sure that you as a Client and your Photographer are on the same page about the meaning of "Photojournalistic and Documentary" style Photography. Many times there are different meanings between the two of you. :)"
- Adele of Abigail Reese Photography
Columbia, South Carolina Wedding Photographer
"In these trying times, planning a wedding can be extremely stressful. One way to relieve a small part of the burden is by asking for a guarantee. A wedding photographer who is confident in his or her skills will be happy to provide you with a guarantee that you will love your photographs. Or your money back! It might be difficult to find that perfect photographer- but when you do, a guarantee will give you peace of mind and a little less worry over forking over that extra cash for a lifetime of memories- that you cant get back if they aren't documented well."
- Jessica of Details ETC Photography
Grand Rapids, Michigan Wedding Photographer