How to Select Your Wedding Photographer
By Carolina Hernandez
When your dream day is over and guests have gone home, you’ll have powerful memories, and pictures. Jay Pifer from EVOKE Photography and Chris Wineinger from ChrisWPhoto.com share a few important tips on selecting the right wedding photographer.
“What do I look for in a photographer?” There is no simple answer. Certainly cost and availability are good places to start. Then there is style. According to Wineinger, photographers have their own style and shoot every wedding using that style; same photos, different people. “Make sure you look through some of their recent weddings closely and completely, because your wedding should, and probably will look the same,” he says.
Once you find a photographer with your desired style, get to know them. Pifer recommends you go beyond face-to-face meetings. Spend time on their blogs and read about them to gain a sense of who they are as a person and understand their personality. Wineinger cautions, “You will be in close proximity to your photographer for seven or more hours on your wedding day! You need someone who will be a stress reliever, while still motivating you and your wedding party to get the shots needed.”
Many brides make the mistake of choosing their photographer from a website, then are disappointed with the quality of their pictures. Pifer says websites and photo albums showcase a small sampling of the photographer’s best work. “A typical wedding is usually around 1000 images so always ask to see all the images from a recent wedding! Then you will really know the quality of the photographer and what you are paying for.” He says another mistake brides make is accepting referrals without researching the photographer. “Don’t choose based off a recommendation from friends or vendors. What might have been a great fit for your friends might not be the same for you.” There are lots of important decisions made when planning a wedding. Choosing the right person to capture and preserve your memories is the decision that will be reviewed every time someone looks at your album. Do the research and pick the best fit for your wedding.