6 steps to choose a wedding photographer

After wearing the dress, the flowers die, the food is eaten and the guests leave, the photographs are the only thing left to document on their wedding day. Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most difficult wedding decisions because you cannot see the photographs you are buying until you have made up your mind. This article will help you choose the best photographer to ensure you get the wedding photos you want.

1. Price Choosing an Edmonton wedding photographer based on price may not be the best decision. The price of a photographer not only reflects the quality of her work (in general), but also reflects how that photographer values her own work. You may be able to find a photographer who advertises weddings for $ 299, but do you really think that the photographer highly values ​​artistic quality? Do you really think that they will spend hours selecting, classifying, editing and retouching your wedding images? Chances are they will shoot and burn directly to a record because frankly they are not paid enough. Do you feel like you will get beautiful photos of you and your spouse for the rest of your life, to show your children and grandchildren? As for wedding photography, you get what you pay for.

Note: Just because you're on a smaller budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your wedding photographer. Before you go ask your cousin's boyfriend to film the wedding (because she has a good camera), know this; There are many new wedding photographers who may be very talented, but don't have much wedding experience. This doesn't mean they are horrible photographers, it just means they haven't filmed many weddings. Because of this, you may be able to get reduced prices, sometimes called "portfolio creation" discounts or "introductory" prices, etc. It can be difficult to find these photographers because they may not be included in the search engines yet, as their websites may be new. So, you will have to dig a little.

2. Do some research - ask your friends and family for references. People who love their wedding photos love to talk about their photographer! Look on the Internet. Go back several pages, don't just look at the first page of search results. Consult the lists of professional organizations such as PPA - Professional Photographers of America or WPPI - Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.

3. Make a list: Once you have found 5-10 photographers that you like, make a list. Go to each photographer's website and thoroughly review their portfolio. I cannot emphasize enough; The photographs you see in the photographer's portfolio are the same types of photographs you will have of your wedding. How do you know if the photographer is good? Follow these guidelines:

Are the images too light? Too dark? If some images are too light and others too dark, or if they seem to be everywhere, that could indicate inconsistent quality.

What are the photographer's Photoshop skills like? Do the photos look "over-photoshopped"? Do you see a lot of plastic skin or strange eyes? A good rule to follow; If you can't tell that the images are Photoshopped, then the photographer has excellent photography skills. It's like makeup: the best makeup is the type that doesn't seem like you're wearing any makeup.

Do you feel emotionally moved by the photographer's images? Do they make you stop and look? Gasp? Do you feel a connection to the images? This is the most important aspect of choosing a wedding photographer. You can spend all the money in the world on the most famous photographer, but if you don't feel a connection to your images, chances are you're not going to love your wedding photos.
4. Check Availability: After you've narrowed the list down, email or call your top 5 photographers. Check if each photographer is available on your wedding date and get a quote or budget. Sending an email or calling each photographer will also give you a little idea of ​​their personality. More on that later.

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