Decide on what you want and find a photographer that can deliver that. And if you want a mix of 2 or more styles? Talk to them! Like the documentary style but want some formal photos of you and your family that’s coming from out of town? Let them know ahead of time. Communication is key. They will most likely be happy to accommodate your wishes!
After you’ve chosen your top 2 or 3 photographers, set up a meeting with them to see how your personalities fit. It is extremely important for you to bond with your photographer ahead of time. Does the photographer share your wedding vision and are they excited for your special day as much as you are? How easy is it for you to communicate with the photographer and vice versa? Do they listen well to your wishes and requirements? Are they respectful when they give you suggestions? Remember this person will be following you and your family around the entire day. Make sure you’re comfortable with them.
Here are a few questions you might want to ask them during your initial meeting:
- Will they be working independently or will there be a second or third shooter?
- How long does their post-production process take? When can you expect to receive your wedding photos?
- What exactly is included in their package? How many hours of coverage is included? What do they charge for overtime?
- What happens if they become ill? Will they provide a backup photographer?
- Have they ever shot at your chosen wedding venue before?
- Will they be photographing any other weddings or events that weekend?
So you’ve found the right photographer? Book them! You’d be surprised how quickly wedding dates fill up. You don’t want to miss out on your dream photographer simply because you decided to wait.
Closer to the date, make sure you provide your photographer with two things:
1. Your shot list. Amidst all the fun on the big day its easy to forget about all the formal photos you wanted to take with your auntie Sue, grandma Mae, and uncle Ben, so make sure your photographer has a list of “must take” photos ahead of time. The typical list includes:
- Bride + Groom with Bride’s Parents
- Bride + Groom with Groom’s Parents
- Bride + Groom with Bride’s Immediate Family
- Bride + Groom with Groom’s Immediate Family
- Bride + Groom with other special family members or friends
- Bride + Groom with Wedding Party
- Bride with Bridesmaids
- Groom with Groomsmen
2. Your wedding timeline. To ensure your photographer has enough time to capture all the magical moments of the day, it is important to provide them with a detailed schedule of the day which would help them prepare and strategize!
Let me know if you need help finding the perfect photographer, we know some AMAZING individuals!