How to choose your wedding photographer

Once your wedding day is booked, the room, the car and all the good things that make your wedding day a day to remember, and on this list, one of the most important things to remember to do is book the photographer. It is his or her duty to capture the precious moments in your wedding photographs that you will have for the rest of your life. But when it comes to choosing your photographer, how can you be sure you have found the right one?

Interview your wedding photographers

A good photographer will know how to get the best out of the married couple and their guests, and will be able to choose the best light and backgrounds for the photographs. When you meet a photographer who may be the photographer for your wedding, ask about creativity and his or her proposal for creating the wedding album in terms of image style. The photographer you choose has a role that goes beyond just taking pictures. A good photographer will know how to create opportunities and scenarios that will create interesting and fun images. Remember, your idea of ​​fun may not be the same as your photographer. For example, at a recent wedding I photographed, the bride was picked up and held by the groom and groom's men and the father of the bride and groom while she rested in their arms. This is a plain picture, but not one that I personally would ever suggest, as it just is not my idea of ​​either a good picture or a fun thing to do. However, that's what they wanted and I was happy to go along with the show.

Your photographer's personality

This brings me to the next important thing to remember, the wedding is your day, not the photographers, this is a day for you to have fun and have a good time. People relate differently to different personality types. Choose a friendly wedding photographer who can make you smile, someone who can feel the mood of the guests and let things flow naturally and with a sense of joy for the occasion. This makes photographs look more natural and relaxed.

Try to take a photo shoot before the wedding, this will help you understand your photographer and more importantly him to understand you and how you feel in front of the camera. With the exception of your partner, you will spend more time with the photographer than with anyone else on the day of your wedding, so make sure you can get along well with him or her.

Evaluate portfolios

What is the most beautiful picture in the world? You may have an answer, but another person may disagree with you because the answer is subjective. The old adage is true, 'beauty is in the beholder.' The portfolio of any good wedding photographer will look great for most people; you need to make sure it looks good for you. Look at their portfolio to make sure the photographer's style reflects your own style and creativity. If a set of photos or a copy album looks good, ask to see all the photos from this wedding. If the photographer has visited you at home and this requires a posted visit, then so be it.

Get estimates

Most wedding photographers suggest different "packages" so you can choose an appointment that best suits your budget. Compare price packages from multiple photographers to find the best opportunity to evaluate the price along with all the other factors, including the quality of their work, reviews from other clients, their flexibility and personality. Also, do not just go for cheap and cheerful option; you pay for talent and abilities.

A flexible approach

A photographer needs to be flexible with their schedule for the day. Make sure they will be around through both the wedding and reception if you need them. A good photographer will only book a wedding in one day as he or she will know that things can go wrong and the photographer may stay a little longer.

As a photographer, I have taken guests to the reception because the taxi has not arrived. Gone and collected gas and balloons to decorate the hall, was later than expected (recently by six hours) because there has been a problem with guests or family and the pictures would not have been taken if we had stuck to the original appointment . For all of these things, there was no extra cost as it is all part of the service that a photographer must provide if he or she is both flexible and personable.

Author's Bio: 

Ray Santana is recognized as one of Miami top wedding photographers. Specialized in wedding and engagement photography for over 15 years.