You just got engaged so whats next?
Any experienced wedding professional should tell you to secure your venue and date first. Afterwards, the next step is to book your photographer! I can assure you that although there are a lot of photographers out there the good ones are booked 6 months to a year in advance. Don’t wait!
A couple things to consider when selecting a photographer. One, do you want the same photos as one of your girlfriends or do you want to be different? If you are completely blown away by one of your friends wedding photos then you may want to consider booking that photographer but here are some things to remember when looking at other peoples photos and/or photographers portfolios.
What location were these pictures taken at?
If your location is exactly the same location then your headed in a good direction. However even if its similar its NOT the same. Every venue has its strengths and weaknesses and a lot of it has to do with the lighting, time of day, and the location and angle of light. If the photographer has not shot your venue its not the end of the world. Just make sure he/she is willing to visit your venue at a time when the lighting direction will be similar. Online research is NOT enough! Which leads me to what I believe to be one of the most critical elements of your day. Lighting!
Do the pictures you like cover all of the lighting possibilities of your day?
What if your day isn’t sunny? What if it is? Does your photographer have the skills to create beautiful light even if the natural light is not good? Make sure different lighting scenarios are present in their work along with rainy day shots. (Important only if the beauty of your venue is mostly outdoors!)
After you have determined that the photographer has the skills, experience, and portfolio that satisfies your concerns lets not forget personality and character. Read reviews and review responses to negative reviews. This will give you insight to the photographers. Look for reviews that highlight the character of the photographer(s). Most important thing to do is set-up a meeting, be it virtual of face to face, and get comfortable with your photographer. They will be with you and your entire family all day on the most important day of your life.
We are open to meet and discuss anything with you at anytime. Look for our upcoming blog article. An Engagement Session: Much more important then you may believe!