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Once you and your partner have survived the proposal, it’s time to get down to the business of planning the big event. It may seem daunting and stressful, but your wedding day will be a special and fun celebration of the two of you and your love.

Begin with the big issues, the date, the venue, and of course, you will need a wedding photographer. You don’t want to rely on friends and family snapping photos with their phones. You also don’t want to hire a friend of your cousins who takes adorable photos of her pet ferret.

Here are a few tips for hiring a wedding photographer that will suit your personal tastes.

Experience

There is nothing wrong with hiring a new photographer, everyone needs to start somewhere. However, with experience comes a trust that you can rely on this person to show up, on time and ready to work. This comes with photographing years of weddings.

You may want to have a newer, unproven wedding photographer as a backup. If they are available on your date, as them if they would mind being “on call” in case something happens to your photographer. Even if you don’t end up using this wedding photographer, show them your appreciation by sending them a thank you note for agreeing to be a backup.

Research Their Body of Work

You don’t want the same photos everyone else has, although you want someone creative. Their use of color and the surrounding area is important for the best photographs.

Ask your potential photographer for references and a link to prior work. Then spend some time looking at what they have produced for other weddings. Email or call the references and ask about the photographer’s professionalism. Were they prompt, kind to the guests and wedding party and was the couple happy with their photographs.

Speak Up

First, know what you want and don’t want. Then speak up and tell the photographer. If you don’t like the traditional photo of you getting ready while looking in the mirror, tell them you don’t want this type of photo. A creative wedding photographer will come up with something different than this tried and true photo.

If you have scoured Pinterest and found some cute ideas for wedding photographs, send the pins to the photographer before the wedding and ask if they can do something similar. Be sure to give them time to adjust their schedule and gather props if needed.

Along with speaking up about what you want and don’t want, you may want to warn the photographer of any family dynamics to avoid. It is your special day, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be on their best behavior.

There are going to be individuals that may not want their photo taken with another family member for one reason or another. They may not want their photo taken at all. A heads up would be appreciated by a professional photographer.

When you sign a contract with your professional wedding photographer, make sure you are getting exactly what you want. The contract should outline the hours he or she will be at the ceremony, the number of photographs you will receive and in what form.

 

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