Who knew saying ‘I do’ would lead to so many questions?
You have plenty of decisions to make that are related to your wedding, but one of the most important is choosing your photographer.
Ideally, you want a creative photographer who is professional and advocates for your best pictures.
You also want a photographer who asks plenty of questions, but as with any major purchase, you’ll also want a list of your own questions.
Here’s a few you likely won’t find on other lists:
Where do you get your creative inspiration from?
Some wedding shots are standard. The lacing of the wedding dress. The altar kiss. The first dance. But how does your photographer handle the post ceremony couple shots? What about the wedding party? How your photographer choreographs those shots is how your pictures will be different from everyone else's.
How do you communicate throughout the wedding process?
The initial consultation is the beginning of many conversations a photographer should have with the wedding couple. There’s an extra set of discussions if an engagement shoot is involved, but the photographer should have a hand in the wedding day schedule. An experienced photographer will have a good idea of how long it takes for certain pictures - and can work well with vendors.
How well do you handle stress?
Surprises happen at the best planned weddings. Relatives fight. People fall behind schedule. Vendors show up late. Equipment is damaged. Vehicles break down. I can go on and on, but while everyone else is stressing out, the photographer should be the one calming everyone down. The rest of the day - and the quality of the pictures - depends on it.
Do you have backup equipment?
The last thing you’re thinking about on your wedding day is your photographer’s equipment - until their only camera breaks. Or a flash breaks. Or a lens stops working. A professional photographer should have at least two cameras (and a third, even a fourth, in their bag). Because just as the best cared vehicle can catch a flat on the highway, a photographer’s well-checked equipment can also break down during your wedding.
How do you edit your photos?
You'll want to know ahead of time how much creativity your photographer gives to their wedding photos. Are they black and white happy? Do they wax the skin in their photos? Is there a certain filter your photographer loves to use? You’ll want to know those details ahead of time.
In conclusion, treat the wedding photographer selection process like you’re buying a washer and dryer. Do your research. Ask lots of questions. And be sure the lines of communication are always open.
Because there’s no annulments from an unprofessional photographer or bad wedding pictures.