Choosing the Perfect Wedding Photographer

So, you are getting married and it is time to choose your wedding photographer. Before you just start randomly googling “wedding photographer chicago” you need to realize what an important decision you are about to make. Your wedding photos are meant to last beyond your lifetime. Your great grandchildren will show these photos to their grandchildren. Now do you see how important it is to choose the best photographer for your wedding? Here are five things to consider when choosing your wedding photographer:

Make Sure You Find a Photographer that Fits Your Budget

Every wedding has a budget and it is important to stick to what you can afford. That being said, if you are going to cut corners to save money, your photographer should not always be one of them. Please do not hand your next-door neighbor a cell phone and expect him to take frame worthy photos of your big day. There are other affordable ways to get quality photos that you will be proud to share for years to come. Ask around at local photography schools or put the word out on social media that you are looking for an affordable photographer. Surely you will be able to find the perfect fit for you and your budget.

Find a Photographer Who Sees and Appreciates Your Vision

Surely you have a vision for your big day, you have probably dreamed about your perfect wedding since way before you had the perfect spouse. It is so critical that your photographer knows and shares your vision so that your photographs correctly reflect your wedding day. Talk to potential photographers, interview them, and ask to see their work before you commit.

Do They Come Highly Recommended?

Social media is a beautiful thing. It is so easy to ask around to find someone who has used a certain photographer in the past. Do not be afraid to do your research and ask questions of someone who has used the photographer you are considering. Were they happy? Did they get everything they wanted? Do they have regrets? And perhaps the most important question of all; would they choose that photographer again?

What Is the Plan?

Unless you yourself are a professional wedding photographer, you probably are not real well versed in what it takes to perfectly document a wedding day. But it is important that your wedding photographer is. Make sure they have a plan. What time will they arrive? What photos will they take before the wedding? Who should arrive early? What photos will be taken afterwards? Will they travel with you to the reception? Will they be at the reception? Is all of this included in their cost? Some photographers charge by the day, other by the hour. Make sure you know what you are getting and how much it is going to cost you. If you keep these important things in mind when choosing your photographer, you should be able to find just the right person to perfectly capture your big day forever.

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