Although there is a certain ring of truth to the statement that the wedding photography niche is somewhat already saturated and literally swarming with wedding photographers left and right, it is also true that you have to be picky with the photographer that you should allow to immortalize your wedding photos. You have to zero back to the fact that your wedding day will never happen again. It only happens once to most people. You also have to remember that moments are usually fleeting and if by the bad chance that you get a photographer who is not very skilled, you may lose those moments forever. Memories fade but photographs – especially digital ones – don’t. So how do you go about accomplishing this mammoth task?
First and foremost, do your research
Hit up your social media profiles and check out friends and relatives who may have recently been married. Check the quality of their photos and feel free to ask about how satisfied they are with the coverage that they were able to get. A glowing recommendation is something that should not go unnoticed. Also go through the motions of really looking at whatever they have posted online. Read up a little on their blogs and see what their take is on certain wedding photography related topics. If you like their style, it should speak volumes with regards to what they will be able to accomplish in your wedding. Scrutinize their online portfolios relentlessly. Professional wedding photographers will always make sure that their portfolios are flawless and of the highest possible quality.
Ask your prospective wedding photographer if he has a team
A team will serve as his fallback in the event that something happens to him during the actual wedding day. Weddings are huge and the responsibilities are countless and somewhat scattered. It will not be humanly possible for a wedding photographer to get to cover all possible grounds and angles without a competent working team by his side. If you are paying top dollar for coverage like this, it is well within your rights to require a team to cover your wedding.
Look at your wedding photographer’s gear
Do not be mediocre with the kind and quality of cameras that you can pass off as good enough to cover your wedding. Remember, you are a paying customer and you should make sure that you get nothing but the highest quality of photos as much as possible. Ask your photographer what format they are filming in. What you’re looking for is an event photographer who films in RAW, and not in JPEG format. JPEG formats are only great for your usual run-of-the-mill selfies. Be wise enough to remember that. Also make sure that he has backup cameras just in case something happens to his primary one.
Ask for the tiered price packages that they have to offer you
Review the services that they come along with. It may sound crass at first but if you would like to make sure that you are getting the most value out of your money, compare different wedding photographers’ price packages against the quality of their works and against the amount of hours you will be getting.