One’s wedding is one of the greatest moments in anyone’s life 😇. So, you must ensure that you find a perfect wedding photographer who can capture those beautiful moments. I recommend going for the best photographer in your area to get the job done. Now, the question is, how will you find the perfect wedding photographer? 🤔
It can get really tricky since you will be looking for one for the first time. Don’t worry, I will share the best tips that will help you select the best photographer for your wedding.
Wedding Photographer Selection Checklist 📖
1. Collect the Details of Wedding Photographers 📷
The first thing to do is to collect the details of all the good local wedding photographers in your area. You can also get the details of good wedding photographers who are not in your area but are ready to come to your place for wedding photography.
You can check with your friends and relatives. They might have used the service of a wedding photographer recently. Their feedback on the photographer can really help. To get good recommendations, you can also give a shout-out on your social media profiles.
The other best way to collect the details is online. You can search in Google to find some. You will be able to see the reviews about them on Google. These reviews will really help.
2. Go through Their Previous Wedding Work 😎
It is essential to go through the previous wedding works of all the photographers. This will help you check whether their style of shooting matches your taste.
Nowadays, you can easily view their works online. All the good wedding photographers will have a portfolio website where they will share some of their best wedding photoshoots.
These photographers will definitely have their photography pages on social media accounts (Facebook page and Instagram page). You can check in these places, too. I also advise checking customer feedbacks and reviews.
Check all these photos.
3. Shortlist Few Photographers ✔️
Now comes the shortlisting part. You have viewed the photos from all the wedding photographers and it’s high time you shortlist a few from these.
I strongly recommend shortlisting at least 5 photographers initially so that the process will become easy for you later.
4. Discuss With The Shortlisted Photographers 💁🏻♀️
Once the shortlisting process is complete, you must arrange a meeting with each of these photographers.
In the meeting, you must discuss your interest and the style that you prefer. The photographer will be giving their feedback for your inputs.
You can ask about the gear that they are going to use for the shoot.
While discussing with the photographers, ask for some printed copy of their previous wedding shoots. This will give you a better idea of how the final pictures will look after printing.
You must also ask for previous wedding albums for review purposes. If you have any preferred style of design for the wedding album, you must discuss with the photographer to know his opinion and thoughts.
You must also get a costing quote for the package offered by the photographer.
5. Compare Costing & Package 💵
Once all the interviews are completed, you need to compare all the quotes to see which will meet your budget.
Different wedding photographers offer different types of packages. So, when you are comparing, make sure that you include everything.
If you are not interested in receiving some of the elements mentioned in the package, then you can check with the photographer to remove that part and share the new costing.
You must also ensure that the package offered is really worth it when compared to the quality of the photographs.
6. Finalize the Photographer 💃🏻🕺🏼
Now, you can finalize the photographer based on all the information you have collected so far.
You can also check with your friends and relatives about their feedback about the selected photographer.
BONUS TIP 😇 : You can book him for your engagement photo shoot. Doing so will help develop a good understanding between you and the photographer. Additionally, you will get used to the instructions from the photographer. This will help you become more comfortable with the camera and the cameraman. Hence, you will be able to pose better during the wedding, allowing the photographer to capture the best shots of your wedding.
You may find it difficult to execute this process, but this is the best way to find the perfect wedding photographer. So, this extra effort can really help.