I am sure some of you have heard the horror stories of "bad" wedding photography experiences? One even happened to my brother. They had a "friend" take "professional" photographs. Guess how many albums, photos, CDs, and pictures they have from their special day? Right, NONE. NONE. There were lots of excuses, lots of "I am sorry"'s BUT, the fact remains, they have nothing from their day, but what their friends happened to snap for them.
Now, I am NOT trying to scare you, but YOU REALLY need to make sure that you are dealing with professionals on your big day. 1. Make sure you are dealing with a professional. How do you do that? They should have a portfolio of photos they can show you. From school, from previous weddings, from books or online. They should be able to show you samples of their work and style. 2. Are you a traditional bride and want traditional photos? You need to look at their style, see how they shoot. See how they "look" at weddings. Will you get back 100 pictures of shoelaces, eyebrows, and rings and nothing of the faces and smiles that made up your day? 3. DO NOT trust anyone who will not provide you with references. Call, email, or text some people that have used them. Ask if they were drinking at the reception, on their phone the whole time; were they following the couple around and being bossy? You are in charge of your day, they are not. You need to hear about their personality and habits at the actual event so you can see if you fit well. 4. Just like you set up your cake testing, your food testing, and you tour your venue: set up an interview with at least 3 photographers. Talk to them, get a sense of who they are, how they shoot, and how they will hand you your photos. 5. Make sure you really look at the contract. YES, they need to have a contract. Look at packages; look at their studio; look at their albums. Look at their heart. You need to trust them. THEY are capturing your special day; you need to make sure they are the best you can afford!