Get that Meeting Right
Have you begun looking for a wedding photographer yet? If you have or are about to, then this article is exactly what you need!
At this stage of your wedding planning, every minute of your time is precious. That’s why you should make the most out of any meeting that you have in the pipeline. Here’s what you should know before that big wedding photography meeting.
We can’t stress on this enough. You HAVE TO know your budget before meeting any wedding photographer. If you don’t have a budget in mind yet, then it’s time to sit down and make a decision. Only once you’ve done this should you proceed.
The prevailing industry rates
You don’t want to get ripped off, do you? Before your meeting, ask your friends how much they paid for their wedding photographers. That way, at least you’ll have a relatively good idea of how much it’ll cost to hire one.
The different styles of wedding photography
Within wedding photography, there are various nuances such as photojournalism, illustrative photography, portraiture and more. If you walk into the meeting knowing which style you’re looking for, then you’re already on the right track.
What you plan on doing with the photos
At the end of the day it’s not only the photographer’s responsibility to click photographs, but also to develop them. If you already know what you plan on doing with the photographs (making albums, printing them on products etc), then you’ll be able to give the photographer a clear brief to work on.
Your wedding date and venue
This is something that you should definitely know before meeting a wedding photographer. If you don’t know your wedding date, then you won’t be able to book the photographer. Moreover, knowing the venue will help the photographer in whatever reconnaissance and planning he or she may need to do.
The wedding photographer’s past work
Most wedding photographers nowadays have their own social media pages or online portfolios. If you can’t find their past work online, then ask them to send across their portfolios beforehand. Only once you’ve seen a wedding photographer’s past work will you be able to decide whether they’re worth hiring or not.
If you follow this guide to the tee, you’ll find yourself one step closer to finding the ideal wedding photographer. You’re welcome!