One thing that tends to be overlooked in the busy beginnings of planning a wedding is the photographer. While you may be able to find one to work for you last minute, often times the fees may be higher for a last minute booking and you may not have time to do the research required when it comes to picking the right photographer for your wedding.
Having a photographer at your wedding isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity and it’s just as important as the rings and the dress. It can also be just as hard to choose a photographer as it is the aforementioned items.
Don’t forget to take a good long look at their portfolios. You don’t want to have your photos not taken well or over-edited in post processing. Many photographers, if they haven’t gone to school to hone their craft (and they don’t need to in order to produce brilliant results), have trained with other photographers or have years of experience. A wedding is not the ideal time to hire an amateur photographer just to save some money.
Another important detail is what kind of wedding you are having; if it is not a traditional wedding, you’ll need a photographer who has experience with different aspects of cultural weddings. This is important because you don’t want the photographer to miss any details of the wedding. If you are working with a photographer whose work you really like but who doesn’t have non-traditional wedding experience, it’s best to give the photographer a copy of the schedule of events for your wedding day or a breakdown of moments you won’t want them to miss.
Furthermore, you need to make sure your wedding photographer can snap all of the great photos that you want in your scrapbook. For instance, if you want pictures of wedding sparklers at your reception, they will need the right type of lens and know how to set their camera properly. There’s nothing worse than waiting to see a cool picture that you requested at your wedding only to find that the photographer couldn’t deliver on the goods.
Most important of all, if you are booking a photographer and they have a contract (most professionals do) make sure you read it thoroughly and ask any questions in case you don’t understand. Signing the contract and paying a deposit will reserve your photographer for your date: don’t be stuck looking for one last minute.