Careful research and selectiveness is needed regarding professional skills and artistic style when choosing your wedding photographer. You need to decide on what type of photography style you prefer. This may vary from documentary and spontaneous shots to classic traditional portraits or fine art dramatic photography i.e. subject in focus and the background blurred.
Many wedding photographers can do a blend of the styles above and do a mix of black-and-white and colour images.
Carefully, review potential photographers’ websites, check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too, if possible. See your potential photographers in person. Be prepared to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you fancy for your wedding photo results. Ask to see a full wedding gallery so you can get a better idea of what has been achieved on other occasions.
The wedding photographers checklist should be reviewed and time slots agreed so you make sure the photographer covers photos of the following at least: invitation suite, family, ring shots, bouquet, alter and backdrop, shoes of the bride, groom getting ready and “being nervous” waiting for the bride, the dress of the bride, the bride getting ready, bride with bridesmaids, make up and beauty moment, getting dolled up, moments before first look, ceremony, exchanges vows, first kiss, first dance, guests fun moments, decoration, meals, table setting, cake and least but not last photo booth sessions for all.
Look for crispness of images, thoughtful compositions, lighting, capturing people’s emotions and the vibe of the event. Shooting raw files gives the photographer greater ability to correct the photo, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit all those files. Do ask how many images should you expect? Will you be able to get prints made yourself, ask about retouching options and special effects etc. And enjoy your day !