You have chosen the style of photography that you want for your wedding day, decided on a budget and researched the options, but now it is time to contact your prospective photographers and arrange meetings.
You can usually get a fairly thorough feel for what the photographer has to offer from his or her website. However, it isn’t until you actually meet them in person that you are going to know if they are right for your special day. It might be a good idea to set up meetings with between three to five prospective photographers that you have your eye on.
How should the meeting go?
Not only should you be able to view the photographer’s work in more detail during the meeting and ask important questions, but you should also gauge whether or not your personalities mesh. Finding a photographer who you like alongside with their work is more significant than what many people think.
You are probably going to be spending a lot of time with this person on the wedding day, so you need to ensure that you hire someone who makes you feel at ease. A wedding photographer should also have a good grasp of social graces, while being confident enough to seek out those special, memorable shots.
What to ask?
It is important to consider what questions you want to ask the photographer before the meeting. Writing them down in advance is a good idea, especially if you are worried that you might forget them. Here are some important questions you might want to consider:
“How far in advance do we need to book with you?”
It is usually the case that the earlier you book, the more likely you are to get your first pick photographer. However, don’t feel under pressure to go with the first one you meet with just because they say they will hold the date for you. Most photographers require a deposit before they will actually confirm your booking, so it’s best to check what their policies are.
“How many weddings have you photographed?”
The answer does not guarantee the quality of photos that will be produced, but it does help you to have an idea of the photographer’s experience.
“Can we see a complete wedding overview?”
Some photographers only post a few of the best photos from certain weddings on their websites. If the professional has a blog then this is likely to give you a better overview, but don’t be afraid to ask to see an online proofing gallery example as well.