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Choosing the right wedding photographer may be a little more challenging than you think if you haven’t put any thought into the selection process. It sounds like it should be simple enough, right?
Finding the perfect photographer should take some research on your end. The worst case scenario is that you booked the first photographer who fit the wedding budget, only to find that the style of photography, their personality, and overall experience didn’t mesh with your wedding vision.
Your search for the right person to fit your vision doesn’t have to be painful. Something as simple as jotting down a list of questions can make the choosing experience a lot more pleasant. So what types of questions should you be asking your wedding photographer?
It’s important to know if your photographer has taken into consideration that accidents happen and equipment can fail. Not only that – there is a higher chance that your photographer will miss something important if they are trying to switch lenses in the middle of your ceremony because they only have one camera.
Some wedding photographers are amazing at flying solo. It’s not necessary in all cases, especially for small, intimate weddings, but if you know you’re working up a crowd, make sure your photographer can accommodate.
As a professional wedding photographer, knowing how to work with all variations of light is a must. For weddings in churches or when the lights dim for your reception, it’s important to know if your photographer has the equipment to capture those moments properly, whether it be with off camera flash or low aperture lenses. A wedding photographer who doesn’t provide additional light options should raise warning flags.
Any photographer who is confident in their work and skill set will be happy to provide you a full capture of a sample wedding by them from start to finish. Why might this be important? Because the portfolio will only showcase the BEST work, and it would be a real shame to find out that only 5-10 photos from your entire wedding day are the only “frame-worthy” images. See how your photographer will tackle the day as a whole.
This seems like an obvious question, but it’s worth asking. Remember that the portfolio is a showcase of a photographer’s style. Assume that if you aren’t blown away by the photos on a photographers portfolio, you won’t be blown away by your wedding pictures.
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