When planning a wedding, one of the most important decisions you will make is selecting a photographer to suit all your needs. Wedding pictures are something that you will look at time and time again, so taking that extra bit of time to research photographers is time well spent. Wondering where to start? I've compiled some general guidelines to help you find a reliable photographer who will deliver exactly what you want.
Plan and Research
Decide what style of photography you would like for the big day. For example: spontaneous shots, posed shots, action shots, black and white or color, traditional or photo journalistic images and whether they use digital cameras or manual with film. Get recommendations from other brides who have had positive experiences with particular photographers. Call each photographer on your list to get an idea of what their style is, their availability and a rough idea as to how much they charge.
This will give you an idea of the photographer's personality and if they will be a good match for your needs. Also ask about time length to get your proofs back and what exactly their contract entails. Once you have narrowed your search down, make appointments so you can meet with the potential photographers and ask lots of questions as well as get a clear explanation from the photographer about what their services include and what final products you should expect. Ask to see a portfolio which includes samples of their work, go to their website if they have one and check references so you get to know their reputability. Most importantly, you will be spending the entire day with this person (a very special day to be more accurate), so make sure you enjoy their company and are completely comfortable with them.
Book Your Photographer Well In Advance
A photographer's calendar can book up to a year in advance during popular wedding months like June, so make sure you start your search well in advance to the big day. Choosing a photographer should never feel rushed.
Digital Versus Manual Photography
Nowadays, digital cameras and digital images have been the preferred choice of many- especially for wedding pictures. Not to sound biased, but digital cameras definitely exceed the capabilities of traditional manual cameras. Although wedding photographers may use a mix of digital and film cameras, most find that the film free method has way more powerful tools that film cannot provide. Recent technology has created stellar (and super expensive) digital cameras that can capture every second of an action which is crucial at weddings, as this was something they could not do before. Whichever method you choose, make sure you ask the photographer what brand and model of camera he or she will be using to get an idea of the quality of the camera, which is always half the battle!