Wedding photos are something that every couple wants to have in their home, framed beautifully and hanging on the wall for many years to come. You want stunning photos that they can share with their friends and family both in albums and online.
You want the joy of one of the most important days of your lives reflected in those photos. But how does one go about hiring a wedding photographer that will give you the wedding photos you want? Here are some helpful tips on how to choose the right wedding photographer.
1. Do Your Research
This is the most important step. Couples should go online together and find some photographers in their area. Look through their online portfolio and see if you like the photos that they have taken at other weddings in the past.
Even if the photographer comes highly recommended by a close friend or family member, if you do not like the style of photography, you may not like the end result when you get your photos back.
2. Read Testimonials
Did the photographer show up on time? Make the bride and groom feel at ease? Were they efficient in getting the photos to the couple? You can find this information and more in testimonials found on the photographers site and sometimes on sites that the photographer may advertise on, such as Wedding Wire. The photographer may also offer reference letters from past clients as well.
3. Plan a Meeting
It is always advised to meet the photographer before a wedding so that the couple knows if this is the right photographer for them. Many times, couples will book an engagement shoot with the photographer that they are interested in to see if they get along well and their ideas come across well in photos.
If there is any awkwardness between the couple and the photographer, they should consider someone else. It is noticeable in photos when someone isn’t comfortable and that is the last thing anyone would want in their wedding photos.
4. Write Down Questions to Ask
Hiring a wedding photographer is a lot like a job interview, says owner of leading wedding photography studio in Houston, TX, Eddie . Ask important questions and the so that you and your fiancee can revisit later to figure out if this certain photographer is for you. Here are some suggestions on what questions to ask:
- How would you describe your style? – Does it match what you had in mind for your wedding day
- How many years experience photographing weddings do you have?
- Inquire about problems you may encounter on your wedding day such as familiarity with the surrounding area, back up places to do photographs in case it rains, a short time to do photos with a lot of people, etc.
- The turnaround time for receiving photos back
Other questions to ask would pertain to what their package includes if it isn’t listed directly on the site. Do you have to buy all prints through the photographer or do they give you a copy of the photos for you to print at your leisure? Do they offer framing with your purchased portraits?
What about substitutions if you do not want a wedding album? The answers to these questions will help you determine if this wedding photographer is the one that you would like to have on your wedding day.
5. Consider Value
When hiring a photographer, it may be bad practice to look for under-priced vendors. Those who undercut may not value their work or their clients; this is why research and a meeting is very important.
Look at a photographers’ package rates; many of them group engagement sessions, copies of photos, framed photos or trash the dress sessions in with their package you you might not need all of that. Compare what is offered across different photographers versus what you need and go from there.
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Contributors: Pixel Studio Productions is the leading photography and videography studio in Houston, TX. They have been featured in the leading bridal journals top10weddingvendors.com and houstonweddingphotographer.net as one of the top local wedding photography and videography company. To learn more about Pixel Studio Productions, visit their official website pixelstudioproductions.com.
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