Just like choosing the perfect dress and the right flowers to walk down the aisle with, finding the perfect photographer to capture it all is equally as essential. You don’t want to get stuck with your uncle’s cousin twice removed. Instead, take the time to research, ask the right questions and really find which photographer is going to give you the very best pictures. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing a wedding photographer:

Start the search early
You don’t want to be left with only a few short months before the wedding day without a photographer. You need to give yourself time to research various photographers and ask them all the right questions in order to choose one that is going to work best for you on your big day. Searching early is also vital because the best usually book their schedules up to a year in advance – you don’t want to get stuck with the duds.

Ask for recommendations
Instead of just going by a photographer’s word that he or she is good, search out recommendations from friends, family and previous brides who have used his or her services. Good wedding photographers typically have a reputation of success.

Look at previous works
You need to decide whether or not you like the photographer’s style and the best way to do this is by looking at previous weddings he or she has done. This will help you get a good idea of what you like and what you don’t like and if this photographer’s pictures are up your alley.

Ask the right questions
By asking the right questions, you can get answers that will point you in the right direction. Before visiting with a potential photographer, write down a list of traditional questions or keep them on your smartphone to have on hand. Here are a few you should be asking:

  • Do you have my wedding date available?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you have references that I can call?
  • Who will be photographing my wedding?
  • When will my photos be available?
  • Tell me about a wedding day crisis, and how you handled that situation.
  • How many pictures will you take?
  • What products do you offer?
  • How do you provide exceptional customer service?
  • Why did you become a wedding photographer?
  • How far in advance do I need to book with you?

Do you have any more tips for fellow brides about how to choose (or how not to choose) your wedding photographer? Share your thoughts with us!

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