I think as photographers we all know this. We all also want you to book us, obviously. So here’s my attempt at helping you weed out the competition (be it mine or someone else you have in mind) and be neutral to help you love your photographer on your day.
3. Ask to see full galleries. I have two on hand at all times for anyone who asks, and normally when someone inquires, I send them 2 weddings + an engagement/sweetheart session. Why would you want to look through hundreds of someone else’s photos? Ask yourself if you can see yourself in their work. Is the posing/lighting/coloring something that intrigues you? Lighting and conditions change so wildly throughout a wedding day and if you don’t like the way family photos or something in particular looks, you may be disappointed in your final result on your day. As photographers, we get into a groove and strive for consistency from client to client so we want to make sure you’re happy with what we already provide instead of trying to make us something we’re not. This ensures everyone’s expectations are managed.
4. Read reviews! Of course, not everyone will be 100% on their game 100% of the time. Learn to read between reviews. Maybe a photographer wasn’t great at setting expectations but they’ve taken this constructive criticism and have grown/learned from it. However, if you run into a photographer with consistently poor reviews, you may find yourself in the same situation. Check Facebook, WeddingWire, Google, The Knot, anywhere you may be able to find. If you have a question about something you’ve seen in a review? Ask your photographer. Of course, anyone can twist a situation to their liking but a simple misunderstanding could always just be that.
5. Most importantly, communicate. Ask to set up a call with your wedding photographer before booking if you have questions. We can’t always meet in person, so my FaceTime or phone call sessions with brides are great. We get a chance to discuss any fears they may have. I’ve helped set up ceremony times, helped flesh out timelines, I’ve bustled dresses, we do it all. I firmly believe you cannot over communicate with me. Find someone whose communication style you gel well with. You’ll be meeting up with and talking to your photographer a LOT leading up to your day.