1. Love Their Style & Approach
One of the most important steps in choosing your photographer is to make sure you love their images. Each photographer is going to have their own style of shooting and editing. If you love their portfolio and albums and can imagine yourself in their images then it is probably a great fit.
Style should also include the photographer’s workflow and approach to shooting image on the day of the wedding. Some photographers will spend more time posing and lighting a scene and others will work more with natural light and simply capture a more candid style of images. When you sit down to chat, ask your photographer what the normal wedding day includes and how they work with their clients.
2. Get Along & Trust Your Photographer
The second most important step in choosing your photographer is making sure you get along! Your wedding photographer is going to be around all day and is pretty much an un-official wedding party member. Having someone around all day that is fun, calm, and professional makes life that much easier the day of. Also, the more relaxed you are with your photographer the better your images will be. You will be able to really be yourself. In our opinion, the way a photographer conducts themselves is just as important as the photos they take on the day of the wedding. An experienced pro will be great at both!
It’s also important to make sure you trust your photographer. A great photographer should make you feel at ease about every aspect of your day and be able to answer all your questions easily.
3. Make Sure the Price is Right
I think this goes without saying, but make sure the photographer fits into your budget. Some photographers do not show you their pricing beforehand, but it is probably a good idea to get a ballpark number before taking a meeting so you are not caught off guard.
4. The Right Package
Make sure you are getting everything you want in the your photography package. These can include hours of coverage, second shooter, high resolution images, albums etc. Most photographers will have a full price list for you to look at, but do not be afraid to ask for a custom package of everything you are looking for.
Some photographers may offer more services than others (i.e. video or a photo booth) that could end up saving you money with bulk pricing.
Your wedding photographer has experienced 100’s of wedding by this time in his/her career. Although you have already started the planning process, you should always feel comfortable asking your photographer for help with your itinerary, locations and potential vendors. They should be able to tell you exactly how much time you will need to make sure everything runs smoothly and recommend some awesome vendors that they have had the chance to work with in the past. This is not to say they can plan your whole wedding for you though or take the place of a wedding planner :)
6. Background Check
It’s always a good idea to take a look and read reviews about the photographer(s) you are interested in. A great photographer will not only provide their clients with timeless memories but also be a pleasure to work with, and that should be evident in the reviews! I always feel like we have made some friends by the time we have finished shooting each wedding or engagement session.
7. Second Shooter
Not all photographers require a second shooter, but it is definitely a bonus. Having a trusted or dedicated second shooter or team of two photographers will allow them to split up for coverage during the getting ready part of the day without having any impact on the itinerary. A good team will divide up the workload and be able to capture more quality images than a single photographer would have time for.
8. Check out a Full Album
Anyone can get a few good shots on a wedding day, a professional will get you hundreds. It’s always a good idea to ask to see a full wedding album or two when you meet for the first time.
9. Test Drive
If you are not fully sure, you can always hire a wedding photographer to shoot your engagement photos first. It’s a great way to really get to know the photographer and spend an afternoon with them. I’ll do this with clients and then have them to pick a package that includes engagement photos if they decide to move forward.
At the end of the day, if you have picked someone you really get along with and whose style you love you should be able to rest easy on your wedding day. Just sit back and relax as they do their thing!
If you’re interested in chatting more about your wedding day or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch HERE.
Nick Ghattas Photography is an Ottawa based photography team consisting of Nick Ghattas & Jen Bernard. If you have an extra minute, please check out some of our galleries…Thanks!