How Do I Find A Wedding Photographer?
General – What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer
When you’re looking for the right photographer for your wedding, how do you avoid the ones that will just take a ton of photos with a fancy camera to cover their bases? How do you know that the person you choose will bring the creativity and enthusiasm you envisioned for your big day? By observing a professional’s soft skills during your initial meeting, you can determine this without even asking a question! In this section, you’ll learn what to look for in order to make the best decision.
Expertise – Being Technical and Creative
A professional wedding photographer must not only be completely versed in the technical side of the trade, but he must also be artistic and creative. Those are two completely opposite personality traits. How many people do you know that are very technologically savvy and artistically creative at the same time?
When a photographer has the right equipment and technical skills, you can be sure that your photos will be properly exposed and beautifully lit, regardless of the lighting situation or time constraints. On the other side, creative photographers bring a unique perspective and artistic vision that ensures you don’t just get photos, but artistic imagery. Consider to have a look at Montreal wedding photography work by Peter K.
Personality – Interpersonal Skills and Charisma
Finding a technically savvy, creative photographer is important, but you also need to ask yourself is this someone who you can spend one of the most important days of your life with? Do they have an outgoing and charismatic personality that enables them to get along well with both clients and guests?
Not including engagement shoots, bridal shoots, etc, you are going to be spending a lot of time with your photographer. When you’re interviewing perspective photographers, look for personality traits that fit with your own so that every aspect of your wedding is thoroughly enjoyable.
Quality – Quality over Quantity
It’s easy to get caught up in the amount of products each photographer is promising, especially when you’re trying to decide between an endless list of qualified candidates.
We understand that everyone has a different budget to work with so you can always purchase additional albums or prints up to 5 years after your wedding. Focus on the quality of the photos and of work the photographer is offering, since these are aspects you can’t change after the wedding day.
This is why we always suggest reducing products in your package rather than choosing a photographer with cheaper rates if you are looking for ways to save. Choose the right photographer for you first (or the right 2 photographers if you can!) then worry about getting the right number of products.
Assistants – Having More than One Photographer
We often are asked the question, “why do I need more than one wedding photographer?”
Well, a wedding isn’t actually that different from a screenplay for a movie. You have a primary story line surrounded by smaller side stories that are happening at the exact same moment. During a wedding ceremony, the main story is obviously the bride and groom. However, there can be any number of side stories occurring at the exact same moment, such as mom or dad wiping the tear from their eyes, or the flower girl sitting in the corner picking petals from a rose in her hands.
No matter how good a photographer is, he/she cannot be at all places at the same time; so we use multiple wedding photographers, each with a different focus. For example, our lead photographer focuses strictly on the bride and groom. Our second wedding photographer would focus on reaction shots from the family, guests, etc. Our third (when needed) would focus on creative imagery by constantly surveying and moving around the scene to find unique angles and compositions for our subjects.
Having multiple photographers enables our team to broaden the coverage and creative eyes at the event. While we recommend two photographers regardless of the size of your wedding, it is almost required if you have 175-300 people at the wedding.