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Choosing a photographer to capture your wedding is very important. Even more important is choosing a good photographer! You may be in a situation in which you are unsure how to evaluate photographers, or how to go about hiring the best one for your wedding. This write up should help provide you with helpful information to pick a good photographer for all of your wedding needs.
The first thing that you will need to do is create a list of photographers that you are interested in. Unless you have personal ties to a photographer your single most useful tool is going to be the internet. Search engines are wonderful at helping you determine good photographers from the rest of the lot. There are a wide variety of websites that allow you to see reviews of the photographers available to you. If a photographer consistently has less than stellar review you will know not to even consider them. The top of your list should be the photographers with the best reputations. The better reviews a photographer has more likely you are to receive great service.
Now you're going to want to narrow down your list. So start dialing up your potential hires. Ask about budget and availability. If the photographer doesn't have any availability on your wedding day then you know to cross them off along with any other reasons that won't work for you such as their rate. Check out the photographers websites, or ask to see a portfolio. There is no reason in which a photographer should deny letting you view their portfolios. If they will not let you see their portfolios then take your business elsewhere. It is imperative that you get a visual examples of previous works, specifically their wedding portfolios.
There are some things in which you must decide prior to hiring a photographer. First of all you will need to determine a style in which you would like your photos taken. If you are unfamiliar with photography styles, do some research. The most common styles of wedding photography are the traditional style. This is more of a staged approach. Many couples are going for a documentary style. This is when the photographer takes photos when you are not expecting it. This style is really great for capturing all the moments you never want to forget. Now you must decide how you want your prints, and how many. You can have the photographer make a photo album for you, or you can request simple prints to do with as you please.
Once you choose a photographer and agree on a package of service they will be likely to have you sign a contact and likely will also ask you for a down payment. You may wish to take it home to read over the contract before you sign. Never sign a contract that you do not understand, or disagree with. This tip goes beyond wedding planning, and applies to any situation in life in which you are required to sign a contract.
Choosing a photographer for your wedding can be overwhelming to choose the best photographer for your wedding day when you aren't very knowledgeable about how professional photographers work. These days everyone thinks they are great photographers because phone cameras keep getting better and better but there is far more involved in the process to creating amazing photographs than just pointing and shooting. The pros will give you art which you can proudly hang up and show off.