Photo: Heather Waraksa
One of the most important wedding-planning tasks? Hiring a photographer! If you're in the midst of interviewing different photographers, here are a few ways to tell you've finally met your perfect match.
1. His/her style is exactly what you're looking for.
After checking out photographers' websites and blogs and deciding on a style — traditional/classic, documentary/photojournalistic, or fine art — you concentrated on photographers who shoot in that style and came up with a winner! The photographer's photos are clear, concise and capture the mood of the moment. And in every one, the bride looked beautiful!
2. The photographer gave you a clear idea of how your own photos will look.
Rather than rely solely on a highlight gallery — the best photos from dozens of weddings — the photographer gladly showed you several complete weddings in a similar setting to yours, from getting ready to the last dance, which is much more helpful.
3. You can afford it!
He/she didn't flinch when you revealed your budget and suggested several money-saving options you hadn't thought of!
4. The photographer is a good listener.
The photog let you do all the talking at first about what you're looking for then asked a bunch of smart questions. He/she understood your vision and made awesome suggestions on how to make it happen.
5. His/her personality doesn't annoy you.
Besides your new hubby, the person you'll be spending the most time with on your wedding day is the photographer, so you better like him/her! And you do — the photographer is easy to talk to, stays focused and exudes confidence. You feel at ease. If you're relaxed, it'll show in the photos. Whether the photographer is quiet and calm, or warm and chatty, you want to hire someone who can get all the important shots in a professional way without being off-putting or intrusive to you or your guests.
6. You've checked references.
You asked for references of recent brides the photographer has worked with and when you contacted them, you heard glowing reviews of her work. The company's Facebook and Twitter also had lots of positive comments.