Selecting someone for a very personal job can be a stressful chore. By taking the time and planning sufficiently, you will make sure you have done all that is logically within your ability to make the correct decision.
You only have one shot, just one day to make it all work, and it includes the photographer working with and getting the best out of a wide variety of potentially unpredictable variables like weather, location/location, visitors, and of course you and your partner!
And what variables do you, the future bride or groom need to tackle in advance, to make sure you can pick a North East Wedding Photographer who can confidently rise to the task, reward you with their service and provide you with enduring good feelings and memories of the wedding experience?
Here is a general checklist which you might want to use as a basis for your wedding photographer selection:
Initial Collection and Sweep
If you can get a recommendation from a good friend or family member, then it’s all the better. Various webpages can also give a nice way of viewing some of the work of the photographer, collecting some useful information and maybe reading some testimonies.
The main thing to remember is trying to set up a meeting where you can face-to-face ask questions and see some nice, recent examples of their work.
You’ll need to find out how long the photographer plans to stay at the wedding and reception.
It’s also worth asking how long after the wedding it will be before the proofs are ready for you to look at.
They should be supportive and available, and that you can have any kind of relationship with them-this will be important on your wedding day.
Make sure that the photographer is presentable and tidy where possible.
If you can read any references, ask to show them.
A good photographer should be forthcoming immediately on the main things you want to ask and know about the whole process-this will be a sign of experience.
Find out how long they have been in this profession and how many weddings they have been a photographer for / how often they have been. These points will provide a good indication that you are on the right track.
It is also worth finding out if they have experience of your particular wedding location and venues, and if they can work well with any other parties that might be involved, e.g. caterers or coordinators.
Shape, girth and appearance
Choose a photographer who can take a good shot in the style(s) you ‘d like, e.g. traditional or reportage. Make sure they can produce a good range of pictures within the style chosen, e.g. portraits, groups, formal, close-up, mid distance, full length etc. If you need any effects, e.g. sepia, make sure the photographer can satisfy your requests.
Find out if the prospective photographer is a member of a society/association, e.g. the Wedding Photographers’ Guild, if they have a professional qualification, any photographic awards or special recognition – these are good indications. Find out what if they can make some assurance on their jobs, too.