Choosing a Whitefish MT Wedding Photographer
So much time, emotion and money goes into planning a wedding. While it would be nice to think memories of the day are enough, many brides confess that their wedding was a blur. That’s why hiring the right wedding photographer is one of the most important choices a couple can make. How do you know which one is the right one? These days some people think becoming a professional photographer is as easy as buying a camera and posting a Facebook page. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer.
While anyone can get a couple friends to post positive reviews, the best wedding photographers often have 15+ positive reviews on wedding directories or in other search results. If they’ve done their job right, a photographer’s reviews are personal and effusive because the moments they’ve captured are so important to their clients. When it comes to wedding pictures, mediocre work is bad work. Look for a photographer with a lot of enthusiastic reviews. Reviews let you know the overall experience to expect with a photographer and can also let you know how long they’ve been in business and the other types of clients they serve.
A good wedding photographer’s website will list their relevant experience. That should include how long and where they’ve been photographing weddings. While an education related to photography is nice, that education should be backed by actual professional experience. Avoid photographers that have bad portfolios or no portfolios at all. It’s easy to see that a photographer has the relevant experience when you look at an impressive portfolio like the one by Avenue One Photography.
Speaking of portfolios, they are also a great way to get a feel for a photographer’s personal style. If you don’t like what you see in a portfolio, then you shouldn’t expect anything different for your own wedding. On the other hand, if you find yourself taking notes on the poses in a photographer’s portfolio, then you know you’ve found a good fit. (Absolutely do make note of what you like in other people’s wedding albums, and be sure to mention it to the photographer you eventually choose.)
A great photographer gets the perfect end result by working with great equipment. While this information isn’t always readily available, brides should feel free to ask any potential candidates what equipment they have. A client doesn’t have to know a lot about the technical features of a camera, but potential photographers should sound like they do. If you want a vintage look, you’ll want to make sure they can work with a film camera or that they have the appropriate lenses. It’s also important to confirm that the photographer has a good backup camera in case of an emergency.
The bride and groom put a lot of thought into their wedding party. They also put a lot of thought into their guest list and the resulting seating arrangements. It just makes sense that they should also consider the personality of their photographer. In many ways, the photographer is a guest at the wedding, but they should be the most polite and personable guest there. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but you can minimize the stress of the day itself by choosing vendors that are both professional and friendly.
You’ve already found your soulmate, but finding the right photographer requires its own special chemistry. In the same way that you enjoy going to your hairdresser, you should enjoy the prospect of working with your wedding photographer. It’s good to have a rapport, because it will help them to capture you and your partner’s unique personalities.
It’s natural to want everything to be absolutely perfect on your wedding day, but nothing is more important than the love your wedding is honoring. You are trusting your photographer to capture that love. If they succeed, you will be able to relive the most important moments of your life forever.