The wedding industry is a busy and competitive market and the same can also be said when it comes to wedding photography, there is a huge choice, different styles, different prices and packages, and different people. So once you have decided on a style and your budget, you will be able to narrow down who you would shortlist to capture your wedding day. Assuming you love their work, they match what you are looking for and they have a package that suits what you have in mind, how do you know you’ve found your perfect wedding photographer ?
1 – You feel at ease
An often over looked part of hiring a wedding photographer is how you feel around them. You might love their work and they can be the best photographer in the world, however if you just can’t feel relaxed around them then it really will show in your photos. When meeting up with and chatting with a photographer, you want to feel relaxed and and at ease, just like you were chatting to a friend over coffee. If you are just not feeling it then maybe you should get in touch with someone else. If you are feeling like you could chat all day and night to them about your wedding, then that is pretty good sign they could be the one to capture your wedding day!
2 – You Trust them
You are spending a large slice of your budget on photography so you want to trust the person who is in charge of capturing all those special moments. You don’t want to be worrying about what they are doing or have or haven’t done, you want to trust them and let them do the job they have years of experience in. You want to go away with a positive feeling and having no doubts. As before, you want to feel at ease with them but never be afraid to go with your gut instinct, if you don’t feel right then get in touch with someone else. Your photographer should answer any question you have and be able to put your mind at rest, even better they should have already answered most questions you may have just in a verbal chat. If they ask if you have any questions and you struggle to think of anything that hasn’t been covered then that is always a good sign!
3 – They share your passion
You have been planning your wedding and all of those little details, you are excited and can’t wait, you’ve told all your friends, family and even the lovely lady at the bus stop. The wedding industry is a creative and passionate industry, if you feel the excitement, passion and love from your photographer for your wedding day then this is a perfect sign. Sharing your ideas and asking for their input is another great way to see if you are like minded. You want to chat away with them and feel like they are part of the day, they will have seen a lot of different things and a lot of different wedding styles so don’t be afraid to tap into their wedding inspiration and experience.
4 – You would recommend them
That’s right, even before they have taken a shot, you may want to recommend them to your other friends who are also getting married. You have come away with no doubts about their work and how good they are and you would happily tell your friends about them right now. This is a great sign of trust and a sure way to tell you are happy with them.
5 – You are looking forward to them being there
If you come away feeling excited and looking forward to them capturing your day then it is safe to say you have found your perfect wedding photographer. Yes they are there to do a job but if you feel at ease and they feel at ease then it makes it so much more fun. Everyone is relaxed and it makes for wonderful wedding photos with your photographer ending up feeling more like a guest which allows for lots of beautiful, relaxed moments to be captured.