Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important things you’ll need to consider when planning your wedding. The wedding photographer is the one that’s there specifically to capture all the precious moments of your special day. They’ll snap images of the cute little flower girl, shyly walking down the aisle, scattering rose petals, your husband to be as he watches you walk down the isle, and your mother with years in her eyes as she watches her now grown up child marry. These are the special moments you’ll never want to forget and they’re the shots a professional photographer is there to capture. The following recommendations will help you choose the perfect CT wedding photographer.
Experience is Essential
The one place you don’t want to cut corners when planning your wedding is hiring the photographer. This is your special day so you shouldn’t put the huge responsibility of your wedding photos in the hands of an amateur. A professional will be able to take exceptional photos in all settings from sunny celebrations held outdoors to crowded indoor receptions; they’ll be able to orchestrate the perfect shots.
The Interview Process
Do your research, ask friends and family for referrals and when you come up with a list of photographers to interview, ask to speak with a couple of their past clients? Ask their clients if they would recommend their wedding photographer to their best friends, if they were on time, if they were personable and even how they were dressed. In addition, ask to see some of the photographer’s photo albums and not just random photos. If possible, ask to see a complete set of wedding photos so that you know you’re not simply being shown their best random shot. In addition, be sure to ask how long after your wedding you can count on receiving your photos.
In many cases, wedding photographers specialize in a specific style of photography including candid shots, portraits, photo journalistic, artistic, traditional and formal. It’s also a good idea to take a few clippings from bridal magazines that can give the photographer an idea of what you’re looking for and the styles you are leaning toward.
Choosing the Package
When it comes to your wedding photos, you don’t want any surprises. Remember, the photography is something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life so you want to make sure you clearly understand what you’re going to end up with. It’s also important to consider how many hours will be covered and whether or not you’ll need two photographers which largely depend on the size of the wedding. You’ll also want to find out how many proofs you’ll receive and if you’ll be provided with all of the images. In addition, find out how you’ll be receiving your photography; will they be downloadable, or on a thumb drive or DVD. As far as what package you should order, go for the best that you can afford on your budget.
Planning Makes Perfect
Secure your wedding photographer at least 10 months before your big day because the best photographers are usually booked out a few months.
Don’t just “wing it” with your wedding photography; one of the most important aspects of any wedding. “Cheap” definitely doesn’t add up to “good” and you don’t want to risk missing out on beautiful wedding photos because you hired an inexperienced photographer, or a buddy that happens to own a camera.