What qualities should you look for when seraching for a wedding photographer?
Planning a wedding is stressful enough as it is, booking the right wedding photographer shouldn’t add to the headache. So as a professional wedding photographer Myself, I wanted to share 3 major points you should see in a professional photographer before hiring them.
#1: A great Online portfolio
Just like when shopping around for any product you wanna know what you’re getting. 1st sign of a great photographer is their online presence. If they have a well layout website or online gallery that’s Clear, Straight to the point & easy to navigate then chances are this photographer is well organized & already keeping a potential client’s experience in mind before they even get booked. Besides, in some cases your first impression may be the only impression you get.
#2: Easy to Contact & Communicate With
Ok so you’ve found the work of a photographer that you absolutely love, But how easy is it to reach them? How long does it take for them to respond to your & questions? Another quality a photographer should have is AMAZING customer service. If you find it difficult to get in touch with a photographer or it takes them more than 24 hours to respond to you then chances are you should go the other way. Communication is one of the main foundations of any business, so if your photographer doesn’t demonstrate this quality in the VERY BEGINNING that’s a red flag that you shouldn’t ignore.
Now this might actually be one of the most important points i’m going to make in this post. “Your Photographer’s quality should match their price!” I can’t tell you how many photographers i’ve come across that over charge clients & the quality of their skills don’t even match the price. So if you put their work and price side by side & it doesn’t look worth it, just move on and keep searching. As a photographer Myself I must say this though, ALOT does go on behind the scenes even after the event is over. There’s a lot of shifting through photos, comparing photos and editing that takes place after the photographer gets back to their place of “Zen”. So while you’re home relaxing or out enjoying the after party your photographer is still hard at work (or at least should be). So a lot of times photographers charge one flat rate to make up for the time it would take to accomplish all of the editing, which is very time consuming. From experience I’ve left a wedding with over 2,000 photos to go through before, so nobody understands this more than Me. So before you hear their price and ultimately decide it’s not worth it; but at the same time you really want to work with this photographer, ask them about their process first, find out a estimate of how many photos you’re going to receive and how long it’s going to take them to actually finish editing them. Remember, You’re not just paying a photographer for photo’s, you’re also paying them for time out of their lives they’ll never get back just so you can cherish a time in yours.