Getting the best possible photographs from your wedding day involves much more than finding a good price with solid options. The right wedding photographer for you will be someone you can communicate with, someone who can help you plan your day, and someone you can enjoy working with. Here are some tips to get the best possible experience with your photographer on your wedding day.
Meet In Person
Your photographer is going to be with you for several hours on your special day, and since they're responsible for so much, it's a good idea to see how you feel about them when you meet in person. If you meet a photographer in person to talk about plans and options and you just don't seem to connect well with them, keep shopping around. Your ideal photographer will be someone you can communicate freely with and someone you would feel totally comfortable spending time working with. Weddings get intense and there's a lot to plan, so if something doesn't feel right, it's best to find someone else.
Meeting in person also gives you the opportunity to ask questions, talk about your own plans, discuss payment options, and do other things that can be effectively done in person. Some of your most important communication will happen before you even sign the contract, so be diligent and don't ignore any discomfort or feel like you have to settle for something you aren't completely happy with.
Talk to Them About Style
There are many different styles photographers can use for your wedding. Many photographers are versatile and are willing to give you exactly what you're looking for.
To start, look at galleries of wedding photos and pick out what you like. They don't have to be galleries of photographers you're interested in, but it does help if you see that your photographer already has experience with the look you're after. When you meet with your photographer, show them the pictures you like and explain what you want for your own wedding. If your photographer can emulate the style you want, then you can discuss how to make it work. If not, they may be able to recommend someone who can, saving you some legwork.
Either way, when meeting with photographers, it's helpful to have specific styles in mind, or at least be able to point to examples of things you like to get the best possible look for your wedding.
Find the Options You Want
Many wedding photographers offer much more than just several hours of shooting. Because your options vary depending on what photographer you choose, this is even more reason to do research into local photographers, because you may discover something you really want that's only offered by certain photographers.
What you see online may not be your only options, however, and photographers are often willing to give you custom orders based on your needs, so don't be afraid to reach out. This flexibility can apply to contracts and payment schedules as well, so if you see something that's almost perfect, don't let one or two obstacles be a deal-breaker.
Wedding photographers are professionals, so ask for their input. They can help make your timeline smoother and work with you so you get the perfect photos no matter where you are or what you're doing.