How to choose a wedding photographer - advice from a wedding photographer!
Posted in Wedding Planning on January 28, 2016
Today we have a guest post from Natasha Olsson who is a professional wedding photographer based on the west coast of Sweden in the city of Gothenburg, she talks us through what she would look for when you are looking to hire a wedding photographer, over to Natasha....
I got married before I became a wedding photographer. As soon as dried my tears after my future husband popped the question, we started to plan our big day. Back then I was probably like most of you and wondering where to begin and what is important. My husband and I we both were very serious about getting our wedding day documented by a professional photographer.
We started with a simple search on the Internet and after countless hours of browsing our options we had a couple of candidates. But how do you choose between all the talented, amazing and fun photographers? How do you find the one that matches you, your vision and budget? As a wedding photographer and as a former bride I rounded up my essential tips for you.
No doubt, that style, price and gut feeling all matter, but when you narrow down your choice to two or three wedding photographers these are thing you should be looking for:
- Does photographer answer your e-mails promptly? Is he or she excited to do business with you? Does he or she have reasonable answers on your questions? If they're not working hard to impress you BEFORE your wedding day, what makes you think they'd work hard after you book them?
- Look at the ENTIRE gallery of ONE wedding or ask for it if you can’t find it on their website. It is important to see what an entire wedding looks like instead of just 10 BEST images from MANY different weddings. Styled weddings are something that many wedding photographers do to build or update their portfolio (nothing bad about that) with beautiful pictures. The real wedding has a great variety of emotions, light situations, weather conditions, time pressure and other restrictions through out the day. Being able to provide continuously great images even under unexpected circumstances is what distinguishes a skilful photographer.
- Ask photographer what kind of album he or she offers. The photographer who really cares about his or her clients and preserving their memories will not just hand you over a USB flash drive with the images from your wedding day. They offer only high-quality professional albums. They will last many years and would not fall apart or fade after a couple of years
- Ask your wedding photographer for a contract and be extremely cautious if he or she won’t offer you one. What will you do if things get unexpectedly wrong? Better safe than sorry. Don’t forget to read the contract carefully and ask questions. If you are both on the same page of what to expect you will eliminate the risk of unwanted surprises and misunderstandings.
- Be sure to meet your photographer before the big day and make sure that you feel like you ”click” with each other. There is nothing worse than spending your entire wedding day with someone who bad breath or gets on your nerves. But if he or she can make you feel relaxed, gives you tips and makes you smile it is a good indicator that this photographer is for you.
BONUS TIP! If you are on a tight budget and stealing a bag full of cash from your nearest bank is the only way you can afford all day coverage of your wedding day, don’t do that. Decide what parts of the day are the most important for you and make sure you have a professional to document them for you.
I hope that these tips will help you to make the right decision about your wedding photographer and ensure that you choose the right one for you.
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You can find more of Natasha's work below, but do be sure to check her website out