Three Tips When Looking for a Photographer
I love bridal shows. Heck, I still go once in awhile just to get free cupcakes (sorry vendors). It did make me think about how could I help couples navigate all their options and these tips even apply to searching clients online and give you a good foothold on what to ask during in-person or over the phone meeting!
NICE PHOTOS! BUT WERE THEY AN ACTUAL CLIENT?
Over the past few years, there has been a huge surge in photographers being less than honest by passing off staged model shoots as client photos on websites and bridal shows. I see it almost everyday on social media and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
While it may not seem like a very big deal, it’s important that your photographer is showing you client photos. They need to be images that they can confidently produce during the hectic environment of a real wedding day and not just a controlled situation when they have all the time in the world to get that single photo.
Don't get me wrong, this won't apply to every gorgeous image you see and every photographer you meet. There are some very talented photographers out there who really know how to get want they want quickly on a wedding day.
So what should you do? You shouldn’t shy away from asking if the images shown to you are from paying clients or from stylized shoots. You can also request to see other images from throughout that day to prove that the images are real.
You have to ask yourself if you are dealing with an experienced professional photographer trying you earn your business, shouldn’t they have more than enough awesome client images in their portfolio to show you that they wouldn’t have to resort to creating a lot of fake ones? If they don’t, then that speaks volumes of the types of images you’ll actually get on your wedding day.
BUT CAN I SEE A FULL GALLERY?
All photographers are going to show their best work or at least their favorite images on their website and on display at bridal shows. It’s only natural. But there is also so much more to the day than these hero shots we all love and show.
Your wedding can be a long day and there are tons of different parts that make up your particular story. From the couple getting ready, all those little details and decorations at your reception, those candid moments that tug at your heart, and those crazy photos during the reception that the groomsmen are really hoping you deleted.
All of these make up your wedding story and your photography and go towards what you’ll later use for designing you wedding album and wall art. All of your images need to be awesome and not just the one they posted on Facebook for likes!
If your potential photographer refuses to show you full wedding galleries then take that as a huge red flag!
HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU CAPTURED AS THE MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER?
Don't underestimate this question. It's not all about how nice of a photo the photographer can take but how many adverse conditions they've had to deal with over their career as a professional photographer. Being a wedding photographer can sometimes be a never-ending cycle of problem solving. From bizarre lighting conditions to dealing with the occasional equipment problem, and it's important when the going get's tough, you'll never even know about it and your photogrpaher will be able to deliver for you as planned!
This can also lead into whether or not they have photographed your particular type of wedding. Has the photographer had experience in capturing a Catholic, or Jewish, or Indian wedding can mean quite a bit if they are not use to it and they could have now idea what they should expect on your big day. It could also have bearing on how many additional photographers may be required to capture your wedding the way you want.
I'D LOVE TO CHAT MORE WITH YOU!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and you'd like to chat about what's most important to you to be photographed on your wedding day, please contact me for more information. I would love hear and see if I can help make it a reality for you!
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