When you look back on your wedding day after the magic has happened, you’ll typically flip through your amazing wedding albums and relive the day over and over again! Your day is going to fly by and when you need to recall the incredible evening you’ll turn to your wedding album, video, and other photos.
Your ability to remember the day forever is not where you should be cutting your budget. Making sure you have the best photographer for your budget is one of the best ways to ensure your memories will be captured perfectly.
You’ll have eternally captured memories of your vows, the toasts, your first glance together. Those are some of the most important moments that will take place at your wedding. Being able to watch them again and appreciate the experiences is absolutely something you will treasure. Your photographer will capture these special moments, but you’ll also want to see them unfold in real time and watch the day preserved in video.
When you’re selecting a photographer and videographer one of the most important things to be aware of is their personality. Does their temperament complement your own? Are they laid back and calm or do they take charge and command the situation? They’ll be with you for most of your wedding day, and being posed by someone you’re not comfortable with inevitably ends with awkward wedding photos.
Here’s a list of questions to ask when you’re selecting your photographer and videographer:
- What’s your favorite shooting style? (Formal, Relaxed and Creative, Photojournalistic, Candid)
- May we see your portfolio or albums of your work? (Always look for work that matches your wedding vision.)
- Are the photos in their albums taken by the same photographer?
- Will you be the one working with me personally on our day? If not, can we meet the person who will be? Do you bring an assistant or another photographer with you?
- Can we give you a shot list to work from? (This ensure you’ll be able to get the shots that you really want.)
- How many weddings do you typically shoot per year?
- How many of these were similar in size to my wedding?
- What types of packages do you have? Are they customizable? (This is where budget comes in.)
- Will you be capturing any other events over the weekend? (Many great photographers have no issue with multiple events in a weekend)
- What kind of equipment will you bring? Do you have backup equipment available? (This question will also give you a good idea of how much space is needed. Which is important to know when they’re shooting the ceremony.)
After your meeting, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I like this person? Can I see spending the entire day with them and enjoying myself?
- Do I like their work as a wedding photo/videographer? How is the lighting? Do they frame their work in an appealing way?