When it comes to picking a photographer for your wedding, making sure you find exactly the right match for you and your soon-to-be spouse is extremely important. Who is taking the pictures on your big day can truly affect the joy and fun of this momentous occasion personally and for your guests. The photographer can be too intrusive or not intrusive enough.
It all depends upon what you and your loved one want, so taking the time to research and make a good, educated decision is paramount. After all, there’s never an exact “do over” of the big day again, so getting it right matters so much.
Below are five tips for selecting the best wedding photographer for your nuptials.
Style. Image quality and style are the first things that should jump out to you when choosing a photographer. Each photographer should be able to offer a variety of styles to the bride and groom so that their personalities shine through on their big day and capture the joy of the event. Ask to view all of a photographer’s images, not just the ones they have selected for their websites, so you can be certain the image quality is consistent. Also, look for editing techniques used that may be overused in an attempt to cover up poor quality images. Most importantly, the style of the images should speak to you both as a couple and encapsulate everything you want so you can treasure them always. Be it relaxed, informal photography or a more modern, contemporary style, make it your own!
Personality. The personality of your photographer can make or break the day for you, your loved one, and your guests. It’s so important for you to feel comfortable around your chosen photographer and many times that is discovered right when you first meet. An instant connection and bond between you two will show in natural, unforced photographs. An approachable, friendly, down-to-earth, easy-going photographer will be sure to capture the day organically and beautifully. Meeting with your selected photographer a few times before the big day will also help you both feel at ease around one another and result in amazing pictures.
Value. Often a deciding factor for many brides and grooms, the cost of the photographer is a key factor. However, the nickels and dimes can sometimes get in the way of the overall understanding of the photographer’s value. Expensive pricing does not guarantee the highest quality and reasonable costs does not mean low quality. Most photographers offer a variety of packages to suit all different budgets and are flexible with pricing to meet your expectations and needs. And don’t forget to ask about hidden extra costs, such as for editing, album artwork, and even sometimes travel and food expenses. A detailed quote ahead of time will keep everything transparent, so there are no unwelcome surprises.
Experience. The organization and structure of the day can often depend on the expertise of your photographer. The job can sometimes include coordinating the bridal party, acting as master of ceremonies, and even entertainer for children. The photographer’s ability to perform under constant pressure can make the difference in catching special moments during the day. If possible, it’s always nice to hire a photographer who is familiar with your wedding venue. Although not necessary, a willingness to meet ahead of time to explore the location and plan shots ahead of time can keep everyone calm, cool, and collected throughout. A prepared photographer is a good photographer. Also, finding out how long your photographer has been in business can ensure confidence in abilities on the big day. Just make sure a seasoned photographer stays up on the latest trends of modern weddings, and a newer photographer has enough experience under his belt to do a top-notch job.
Recommendations. A good photographer is always able to provide testimonials from happy and satisfied customers, but often word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and families can be powerfully useful tools. Do your research and due diligence, and you will find the perfect photographer for your special day.
A combination of all of these helpful hints will ensure you find the best photographer for your wedding day. John Saponara Photography meets and exceeds all of your criteria and then some. Trust us for exquisite photographs that you will treasure forever—along with special memories of your big day. Contact us today to set up an appointment to meet in person.