So, you've pinned hundreds of photographs on Pinterest and you can't even count how many you've added to your favorites on weddinggawker. Surely you can choose a photographer; you know exactly what you like! Then you set out to hire a photographer, one in your area and let's face it, in your price range. You get to see their BEST photographs on their website and assume all their photographs are of the same quality. Unfortunately, you are taking a leap of faith and hoping that your photographs can make the highlight reel. We've seen it time and time again; the couple expects the photography to resemble the photo the company displays so proudly on their website. They receive their photos and it looks like Aunt Sally was behind the camera all night. There is no lighting effect, no touch ups, no crispness, and you’re left with just some digital photographs of your wedding!
Here are some tips on how to avoid this happening to you:
1. Hire a PROFESSIONAL and make sure the person you speak with is the person who took the photographs you like and that they will be at your wedding taking the pictures. (Don not accept: someone from our company will be there the day of your wedding.)
2. Do an Engagement session with them months before your wedding. If you are not fully satisfied with your engagement shoot do not use them for your wedding!
3. Hire a wedding planner to help you find your perfect photographer-or at least steer you away from ones they KNOW do not produce quality photographs. (We have a list!)
4. Spend the money! It will be worth every penny. Now, don't get me wrong, I think some photographers have gone crazy and expect someone to fork over 25% of their wedding budget to
photography, but a healthy 10%-12% is worth it in the long run.
5. Ask your potential photographer to send you a link to an ENTIRE wedding's photographs. That's right; make sure you get to see a wedding he or she has done from start to finish. If you like what you see, you are in good hands.
6. Tell them EXACTLY what you want! Don’t assume they know what you want-tell them. If you want a photograph of your 98 year old grandmother watching you as you get married-ask for it!
7. And finally, never settle! There are hundreds of photographers, keep looking until you find yours!