Often, as an experienced photographer, I have come across couples who are not really informed about the world of photography, better yet how choosing the right photographer for them will play to their advantage (we not talking about budget now).
Take a second. Think about it. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime moment that you will remember for the rest of your life. Surely you wouldn't want to look back at your wedding album with a frown and regret because it’s not what you wanted.
Use the following list of questions as a guideline when deciding what photographer to choose for you wedding.
Do you have my date available?
This is the first question you should ask, hence the reason why I chose it as number one on the list. It’s one of the most important questions you should ask your photographer before going any further. If you find that the photographer you want is unavailable for your date and you are not willing to change the date of your wedding then you know what you need to do next…Keeping looking for a photographer.
What is your style in photography?
This is essential. As mentioned earlier, some people do not see the importance in photos; better yet find any fascination in the many styles of photography.
If this is you, go ahead and choose any photographer; however, have in mind that there is no turning back or redo of your wedding day once you receive your wedding album. To avoid receiving a wedding album that does not meet your expectations, take the time to ask your photographer these questions.
A quick suggestion – before you meet up with your photographer and ask them their style in photography, know what style you looking for; that means doing your research, and yes, browsing through Pinterest to get an idea of what you looking for your wedding album.
The next best – what is your work style?
What this really means is how the photographer gets their shots. This usually ties with their photography style (traditional, creative, and photojournalistic). For example, if the photographer’s shooting style is creative, their work style is more likely to be that they create shots, and choreograph the shots. Again, know exactly what you looking for and also, have in mind what you have planned for your wedding when listening to the photographer’s answers.
Do you have a portfolio I can view?
If you haven’t already stalked their website and other social media platforms, requesting to view a photographer’s portfolio is imperative. By viewing their portfolio, you can decipher how experienced they are, and if their style really fits the wedding you have planned. With the 21st century blooming as the digital age in full swing, pretty, beautiful, amazing, outstanding photos are very much important. Realise that even though you might not be a digital person, you do want to look back at the awesome wedding album and smile at every photo, than to bothered by blur, unframed, over-photoshopped (yes you get those) photos as a wedding album.
What information do you need from me before the wedding?
Ah the finally question. Usually the most obvious, but don't we always forget to ask them? Make sure that you ask your photographer this question during the conversation.This is to ensure that all grey areas are covered and that you are the same page.
I'm sure by now you have far more questions that I have listed. However, use these vital questions as a spine during your conversation with your photographer. Also, remember that choosing a photographer is more than hearing the right answers, view their portfolio, and follow your instincts.