Wedding Planning: How To Find The Right Photographer

Let's face it: Planning a wedding is awful. There are so many different aspects, people, and feelings to consider that it quickly goes from the excitement of marriage to anxiety about getting it all done in time. You have been dreaming about this day your whole life, but the planning is becoming a nightmare. Well, take a deep breath. While it can be a hassle, someday soon it will be over, and you and your beloved will be skipping away happily feeling the love and support of those you care about.  

A major focus of your planning should be who is going to capture those pictures you are going to look back on for many years to come. While it can be tempting to save money by just having your cousin snap pictures from her little camera throughout the night, think about the quality of photos you want to receive. In order to get pictures that really personify your love, sometimes you have to pay the price. Here are a few helpful tips to finding the right wedding photographer for you and your budget.

1-Check Their Availability. The first thing to think about when considering a photographer is seeing if they are available on your big day. It really doesn't matter how much you love them or how wonderful the price is if they just can't be there. Sometimes a photographer has close associates that can make it to your wedding if they can't, but you need to be aware of who is actually going to be taking the pictures. Conversely, if you feel a photographer will make or break the wedding, it is not unheard of to change a wedding date in order to get the help you want.

2-Review Their Portfolio. In this day and age, most professional photographers have an easily accessible portfolio of pictures online. Take the time to really go through these and scrutinize their work. Do you like the poses they use? How are their editing skills? Is the quality of the pictures up to what you are seeking? If you are unsure about what you are looking at, ask a couple of friends to give their opinion on the pictures. It is likely that your wedding pictures will end up looking very similar, so be sure that you like them.

3-Agree On A Price. Make sure to be clear about how much you are willing to pay before signing on the dotted line. Some photographers come with a hefty price tag, and if you have the budget, go right ahead! However, sometimes it can be necessary to budget. Discuss different packages and options. They may have something you are comfortable with.