Along with picking out a gorgeous dress and booking the venue of your dreams, hiring a stellar photographer is one of the most important parts of planning your wedding. After all, when else will you get the chance to marry the love of your life with all of your family and friends gathered together in one place?
1. When should couples start looking for a wedding photographer?
After they’ve booked their ceremony and reception venues. You don’t want to book your wedding photographer without having done this first. If you do, and you can’t secure your venue for the same date, there’s a high probability that your photographer may not be available for the new date, and your retainer fee will be forfeited. Also understand that most highly sought wedding photographers are booked 12-18 months in advance. Couples who start looking early have a better chance of getting the photographer they want.
2. What should couples look for when checking out photographers’ websites, and how many photographers would you recommend they talk with or meet with in person?
You should narrow your choice to two or three photographers, then meet with each one in person. I know a lot of people like to do things by text and email, but this is one thing that can’t be done that way. When viewing a photographer’s website, look for consistency. You want to make sure their style is not all over the map.
3. You’ve been shooting professionally for 20 years. What role does experience play in a photographer’s ability to capture awesome photos?
Experience plays the most important role. All the creativity in the world is useless without the experience to bring it to fruition.
4. Along with experience, what are the other essential qualities of a good wedding photographer?
Being a good communicator and, as I mentioned before, consistency. You want to look for a photographer whose work is very consistent. That way, you’ll have a clear idea of what you’ll be receiving.