How to Hire a Wedding Photographer


One of the most important aspects of your wedding is its preservation. To achieve memories that will last a lifetime, you will need a professional photographer. The photographer is not an area that should be cut or trimmed down when planning your wedding budget.

This is one of the most important days of your life, and you should not leave it to amateurs to do a good job in its recording. There are many, many aspects of photography that a professional will know about and take into account but the amateur will not.


Word of Mouth

The best way to find a good wedding photographer is by word of mouth. Ask your married friends and family who they used for their pictures, and if they were happy with the results. You can also check with local business watchdogs to find out the quality of the photographer’s business.


Compare Photographers

Once you have a list of photographers you feel will do a good job, you should decide on the kind of photo package you would like to have. Then, compare the photographers on your list against each other in regards to their prices on similar packages.

You also want to keep in mind negotiating the price of both proofs and negatives, or else you will find yourself continually returning to the photographer every time you want a reprint of your pictures.

When shopping, ask to check out each photographer’s portfolio before you make your final decisions. Good photographers know exactly how to pose people, and do not mess around in the shots that they know are perfect for weddings. These will be apparent to you from their previous work.


Get to Know the Photographer

Make sure, if you are using a business, that you ask to meet the photographer before making your decision. You are going to have to spend a large portion of your special day with them. You will not want an unpleasant person lurking around on your special day.


Check the Contract

When you find your photographer, make sure to carefully peruse the contract before you sign it. You will want to take it home and read it carefully, if this in not negotiable then this is not the photographer for you. Be ready to put down a deposit once the contract has been signed.

Don't go with anyone for your wedding pictures. You wan this day to be special forever, and your photos and video are ways of doing this. Take the time and money to find the person who will do it right.