The final part of our series, I feel is the most important of all...
Last but not least, do they grasp the importance of communication?
You will probably be able to gauge early on how keen a communicator your wedding photographer is… How respondent are they to your queries? Do they offer you a direct line to be able to contact them? Do you have a phone number for them for emergencies?
Throughout what is undoubtedly one of the most stressful times of your life, you need to be able to trust that you’ll be able to get hold of your Photographer quickly and reliably should you have any questions or concerns. After all, you are paying for their services and want to feel your day is considered as important to them as it is to you, (and of course, this is their livelihood you are funding!)
Does your photographer confirm meet times/details in writing? Have they explained details of their contract with you? Are they prompt in replying and following up on promised or discussed actions?
A prompt reply to a query you may have will give a good indication of their overall manner, punctuality is obviously an important trait for whoever is capturing your big day. The last thing you need at zero hour is the added stress of not being able to find or get hold of your photographer!
Wrapping up this ultimate guide to choosing a wedding photographer.
Although not the be all and end all (and not exclusively what makes a good wedding photographer), the points I have identified in the last few weeks are things that should always be considered when choosing your photographer, or at the very least, things to expect or question when making your selection.
Of course, it will be important to establish these key points before you pay your deposit and place a booking. Therefore, on your initial contact, be sure to ask as many questions as you can and ask to see an example of their process, (initial meeting, correspondence drafts etc.) It is also a good idea at this point to try and get in touch with other couples whose weddings they have photographed so you can ask the couple directly about their experience with the photographer and whether they would recommend them. This will play a big part in informing your decision.
Organisation is a MUST have trait of any wedding photographer and it is obviously fundamental that they gain your trust to perform such an important part of one of the most special days of your life. This is a huge undertaking and you must be confident that they take it as seriously as you do.
Everyone likes to feel special and although many photographers depend on wedding photography as their profession, it is also important that you are not made to feel like just another couple in a long line of weddings that need to be photographed.
Look for that personable touch that makes you and your day feel special and unique. On your wedding day you are the two most important people and you need to make sure your photographer is capable of accomplishing all of your photography requirements.