There are thousands of great wedding photographers in the US, each of them having a unique style and approach. At first, it might seem impossible to pick the right person to document your wedding (and you only get one try!) as all of them have their pros and cons. However, if you do your homework and invest time in meeting and getting to know professional wedding photographers, we are sure that your wedding photos will look stunning.
Remember that every detail at your wedding matters, so avoid trying to save money by hiring cheaper photographers who don't know how to take the perfect angle to capture the bride throwing wood flower bouquet or the groom getting emotional during the wedding processional.
Meet at Least a Few Candidates
You only get one chance at your perfect wedding photos, so you are allowed to be picky when choosing the right person. As much as you might like the first photographer you meet, don't hesitate to talk to a few more and see how your initial thoughts stand. Also, make sure that both you and your spouse can connect to the wedding photographer on an emotional level, as you want (and need) him to understand exactly how you feel. If you like one of the candidates' portfolio, but don't feel him as a person, you probably should consider finding a better option.
Also, make sure that the photographer is disciplined and responsible. You wouldn't want them to be late for the official part and miss the confetti throwing or start flirting with one of the bridesmaids instead of taking shots of the venue, guests, and wonderful wooden wedding flowers.
Share Your Ideas and Plans
A true professional will always know how to find the right angle and surprise you. However, you should still introduce your photographer to your ideas and plans so that he could adapt and know what to expect. Let him see the timeline, show him the venue, wooden wedding flowers, and all the decorations, and most importantly, ask him if he has any suggestions on how to make the whole setting more picturesque. This way, your photographer will know that you appreciate his efforts and expertise.
Look Through His Portfolio
It is not enough to see a few good photos of your potential wedding photographer before hiring him. After all, anyone with a good camera could make a few good shots out of a thousand or a million. Your wedding photographer will be taking photos all day, so you want him to be consistent and knowledgeable of many different styles and techniques. That is why you should get familiar with at least a couple of complete wedding albums, where you can evaluate the photographer's talent to shoot pre-wedding preparations, the official ceremony, and the evening celebration.
Book in Advance
Your favorite wedding photographer can only be at one wedding at a time, no matter how professional they are. That is why once you do your homework and find the best fit, make sure to book them instantly. Otherwise, you might end up asking your amateur friend from college to take the photos, and that might not be the best idea. After all, everything at your wedding from the photographer to the venue to wooden roses bouquets to sweets should be beyond perfect! Even though it can get costly, you only get one shot at it.
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