The key to finding wedding vendors you love? Interviewing them before you sign the contract. This is especially true with a photographers. You’ll be spending almost the entire day with the photographer you choose, so in addition to loving their style, having an in-person or phone interview is a great way to make sure you’ll be happy to have them around. Here are few things you should notice when you are in meeting with photographer to book them for your big day
1 Will they make you feel comfortable?
It is important to work with someone who makes you feel good about yourself. When you meet your photographer for the first time, notice whether she/he is making you feel comfortable. You should notice whether she/he is telling you each and every detail present in their package. The photographer is the only one with whom you are going to spend most of the time pre and post wedding. So if you are not getting the vibes from them, you should keep on looking for some other.
2 Do they fit your style?
When hiring a photographer, you want to make sure they are going to capture you and your style. Do you like black & white photos? Do you prefer grainy images? Do you like high contrasts in color? Are you a fan of black-and-white photos with touches of color on certain objects? Do you like photos indoors or strictly outdoors? These are the questions you need to be thinking about before booking your photographer. Picture yourself as the subjects in their portfolio. If you love the direction they're going, great. If you don't, it's time to keep searching.
3 Have you seen their work before?
Before you reach into your wallet, you need to see the photographer's work. Most photographers can send you a couple of sample images or can direct you to their social media pages for reference. If you are investing in a photographer, whether it be for your wedding or portraits, make sure you are a fan of their work. Showing them images on Pinterest that you want to recreate can be used as a guide for a photographer, but will not ensure that you will get that exact replication. If you want that same exact photo from Pinterest, then hire that same exact photographer. Do not expect them to be able to recreate it exactly. I always tell my clients that I will use the photos for reference but will not try and recreate it precisely. So look at their work and feel confident in what they can do as a photographer.
4 Does your photographer communicate well with you?
There is nothing worse then having to wait a week, a month or even two to hear back from your photographer. Purchasing any photography session is an investment. You want to see a timely turnaround for your photos alongside their craftsmanship. But often times, photographers, known for their creative brains, lose sight of the logistics of their business, causing a delay in turnaround. Make sure your photographer is catering to your needs, answering your emails and setting a clear timeline for how the shoot will go.