There are lots of options out there when it comes to a photographer. Which got me thinking, how can I help couples to navigate all of those options. These tips even give you a good foothold on what to ask during an in-person or phone meeting!
Nice photos, but were they an actual client?
Over the past few years, there has been a huge surge in photographers using staged model shoots as client photos on websites. I see it almost every day 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 can show 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.
So what should you do? You shouldn’t shy away from asking if the images shown to you are from actual 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.
While this might seem like a big deal, you have to ask yourself... if you are dealing with an experienced professional photographer trying to 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. They are either not very experienced or their normal wedding images just aren't as awesome as they let on.
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 marketing events. It’s only natural and let's be honest they can't all be gems. But there is also so much more to the day than these hero shots and amazing candid photos 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 – the couple getting ready, all the 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 I deleted (I don't by the way... ever!).
All of these make up your wedding story and go toward 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 failure; it's important when the going gets tough, you'll never even know about it and your photographer will be able to still deliver for you as planned!
This can also lead into whether or not they have photographed your particular type of wedding ceremony. If the photographer has experience in capturing a Catholic, Jewish or Indian wedding it can make a big difference as they know what to expect on your big day. There are little elements of each one that can trip up someone less experienced.
Additionally, it could also have a huge bearing on how many additional photographers may be required to capture your wedding the way you want.
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