Unfortunately anybody who owns a DSLR camera who has built a website can all themselves a photographer, but that isn’t necessarily the guy that you want shooting your wedding photos. This makes it really hard to tell the good photographers from the bad. You need to take care hiring a potential photographer, these are the things you need to know before you hire a photographer so you get the perfect pictures.
Photographers are creative people by nature so if you’re expecting to meet a photographer wearing formal business clothes that probably isn’t going to happen. However if you are booking a photographer for your wedding you want them to blend in so they aren’t taking attention away from the wedding itself. Most will do this without issue, they understand the seriousness of the occasion.
Just like any other industry when it comes to photography there are specialists and generalists. For instance some specialize in real estate photography while others specialize in just weddings. While you can appreciate a talented photograph trying to get some experience do you really want your wedding to be the first time he takes wedding pictures? You want someone with far more experience than that.
Each photographer really has their own style and by looking at their portfolio you can determine if that is a style that works for you. If the portfolio is not to your taste then you might want to keep searching for a photographer.
The Interview Process
During the interview process it shouldn’t just be you asking questions, the photographer should be asking them too. They should be asking you about the venue, the type of shoot you want to book and the type of photographs that you need. If they are unfamiliar with the venue you have booked they should want to see it beforehand to determine the availability of light and where they can set up for the shoot.
Making the Shoot a Success
There are legitimate concerns when it comes to a photo-shoot and you are spending a lot of money to get the right pictures. Getting the image right during the shoot is far easier and better than trying to fix it later with Photoshop. You want images that are color correct, no red eyes. Digital photography today is fairly technical so you need to make sure they understand the software involved.
Before you commit to a photographer ask the right questions, it will help you make sure that your photo-shoot is a success.