Wedding Show season is upon us friends and with that comes the mad rush of brides clamoring to get all of their important vendors booked. The stress of it all starts to take its toll and you may start to feel pressured to make this decision or that based on the fear that every vendor is going to get booked up and you’re not going to get anyone for your wedding at all. STOP!!! This is not true.
It is true that you do need to be on your game and start getting your favorite vendors booked as soon as you can, but it’s not worth panicking and just picking the first person that comes along with the right price. This is the easy way to wind up with miscommunications and disappointments.
Here is a list of the top 3 things you need to do when looking in to photographers:
1 – Ask to see a FULL wedding gallery.
This is the most important piece of advice I can give anyone looking for a photographer!! The reason behind this is most photographers only put their best of the best work on their websites and social media pages. You want to double check to make sure that they are equipped to tackle any difficult lighting situation that come their way. Wedding days are hectic and never go the way ANYONE has planned. Check to see how they shoot getting ready photos in church basements or receptions in church gyms when the lighting isn’t ideal. If their outdoor photos look great, but their indoor images look sketchy, you may want to reconsider your choice.
2 – If the price is too good to be true….it probably is.
I tried several times to write an in-depth explanation here, but in the hopes of not offending anyone I think it’s best to just keep it as that simple sentence. If the price is too good to be true…it probably is. Which is good advice for anything, not just looking for a photographer.
3 – Do they bring back up gear?
Wedding days aren’t something that can be rescheduled and if a photographer’s gear goes down (which happens), you need to know that they are still going to be able to do their job the rest of the day.
Contracts/agreements are a MUST HAVE!!
They not only protect the photographer but they protect you. So make sure there is some kind of agreement and that you have read and understood the terms. If your photographer does not have a contract that is a HUGE red flag!
I hope this helps!! Happy wedding planning!! Remember to breathe, DON’T PANIC and try to enjoy the journey!!
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