Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tips on Finding the Perfect Photographer

Your wedding day is the most documented day of your life so it is very important to choose the right photographer to capture your special moments. In most cases, it can be very worth it to make your photographer a budget priority but it is crucial to ask the right questions and do your research so you know that you will get what you pay for! Here are some important things to consider before choosing your photographer….
#1 Experience level
Has this person photographed many weddings? Does he/she do this as a profession or as a hobby? Have they shot at your wedding location before?
#2 Photographic Style
Does the style of your photographer reflect you and your personality? Is your style formal/traditional, classic, candid, or photojournalistic? Check out many photographers websites and blogs to see what style you like.
#3 Personality
Meet potential photographers in person before you book them to see:
Is the photographer someone you can get along with? Is this the photographer who will be actually be at your wedding or will they send who ever is available (don’t be shocked, this happens a lot!)? Do they work well with other vendors? Do they seem like the kind of person that you will direct you well and make your day easy and enjoyable?
#4 Contracts & Delivery
Whether it’s a la carte or a package, do you understand what you are getting? How much time will he/she spend with you? What if you need more time? Do you understand the contract? Do you get to keep negatives and how long does it take to get proofs back, etc? Make sure that you know what’s coming!
Remember, the photographer is a big part of your special day and the way you remember it. Finding the right photographer should be a key aspect of your wedding planning.
Hopefully these tips are a good start so you can find the perfect photographer who will make your wedding day truly unforgettable!
All photos in this post were taken by Derek Gifford, the preferred photographer at The Canterbury Place. Please see his website and blog for many more examples of his beautiful photographs.
Post by Elysha

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