How to Hire the Best Photographer for Your Wedding

How to Hire the Best Photographer for Your WeddingNormally, you look for a photographer in the same city as your wedding location. For instance, if you are looking at Louisiana wedding venues such as New Orleans or Baton Rouge, you’d try to locate a good photographer in one of those cities. Let’s explore what you should look for when selecting a wedding photographer.

  1. Previous Experience: Perhaps a family member or friend was recently married and you liked the photographer’s work. That is a real quick way to zoom in on an obvious choice. You can also ask around for recommendations from friends, wedding florists, or your ex-husband.
  2. Search: In olden days, folks would look through a printed, yellow book for the names of competing wedding photographers. Today, most people prefer to use Internet search engines such as Google to find local photographers. Most photographers have websites that display sample pictures: find photographers whose work you like.
  3. Compare Prices: If you have narrowed down your candidate list to about a half-dozen wedding photographers, get the price list for each. On balance, you may find the cheapest photographer is also the best. If not, remember that the upcoming wedding will be a lifetime memory, so don’t let price override all other concerns.
  4. Interviews: Make up a list of questions and then set appointment times to meet with each candidate. Don’t show up empty-handed – a pre-written list is fairer to all candidates. At the interviews, ask deeply probing questions about:
    • Style – If you have a preference for the type of pictures you want, see if the photographer can deliver that style. For instances, some couples want many formal, posed shots while others prefer a candid camera. Remember, there are risks in adopting an informal style – the photographer may take shots that turn out to be embarrassing or even scandalous, so make sure you review each photograph carefully.
    • Color – If you want black and white photographs, find a photographer who specializes in this approach. If you prefer color photographs (as most do), do the shots in the photographer’s portfolio seem to have a color balance you find pleasing? If all the pictures look too warm or too cold, find another photographer.
    • Personality – Is the photographer pleasant, well-groomed and tidy. Does he or she make you laugh, or set your teeth on edge? Since problems always crop up, pick someone with whom you can establish a rapport.
    • Cost – Specify how many photos you want, of what kind, and how many duplicates. Find out exactly what you will pay and what you will get for your money. Also find out how long it takes to receive your wedding photos.

If you follow these suggestions, you will end up with photographers that will meet your requirements.