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5 Quick Tips for Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Wedding pictures will last a life time, you may not sit down and look through the albums every year but odds are you’ll have some of the shots framed and they will be up around your home.  Picking a great photographer is a big part of the wedding planning process as you will be spending a lot of time with that person and they will be the ones capturing just how great you look on your wedding day…so you better put some research into finding them and you better make sure you get along!

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$10 says she’s asking him to delete a photo

1.) Online Research

It always seems to start with Google.  You type in “wedding photographer” and start clicking away.  So when you’re looking for your photog make sure they have a good web presence, and guys, if the email address ends in hotmail, or gmail or yahoo…just stop.  I never use people who don’t have “real” email addresses.  Looking online is a great way to check out the style of the photographer, do they shoot a candid style or is it all posed and set up.  It will give you an idea of how they will shoot your wedding so you can decide if their style fits with what you are looking for.

2.) Go Meet Them

After you have checked out the websites and you’ve decided on a few photographers you like, set up an in person meeting.  YOU HAVE TO MEET these people face to face.  You’ll be spending a lot of time with them on your wedding day so you need to make sure you’ll get along.  If you don’t like your photographer it will show in the pictures…trust me.  It never gets better than the first impression, so if you like them right off the bat, I suggest signing them right there.

3.) See What They Offer

When you’re sitting down with your photog ask them what they offer.  Some guys have a package system but others may customize a program just for you.  You may not require all the services they are offering so you may be able to work something out that reduces their services and also reduces your cost, if you don’t ask…you’ll never know.

Is your wedding photographer willing to climb a tree for you?

Is your wedding photographer willing to climb a tree for you?

4.) References, You Gotta Have ‘Em

Sure, you can get these from the website, but hey…you don’t actually know if those people are real.  I know of some planners who use stock photography on their blogs and pass it off as their own work…but I digress.  If possible get a few names and numbers from the photographer and give them a call.  Ask them how they enjoyed the experience of working with the photog and how quickly they got their prints back.  Get an overall idea of how it is to work with the guy and if the other clients had fun.  I would suggest NOT talking about money or how much they paid as that isn’t really a factor in how good the guy is and prices change all the time.

5.) Always Get A Contract

Make sure you get an honest to goodness contract, it should stipulate the date of the wedding, all the services being offered and will outline what EXACTLY the photographer is to do in regards to your event.  I know this sounds like common sense, but I think it is worth mentioning.  If you have a planner, you can have them look over the contract for you, we offer this service and it’s quick and easy for us because we deal with vendors and contracts all the time.  If you don’t have a planner, just read it over and make sure everything you want is included in the contract.

Simon’s Gutsy Groom Advice

Take time to research, meet with and really pick out your photographer.  They are the people capturing your wedding day and you want those pictures to be amazing.  Make sure you get along with them and they are fun to be around.  As I mentioned before, you’ll be spending a lot of time with them on your wedding day.

There are tons of people out the calling themselves photographers, yes, some of them are great…others are the weekend warrior type who bought a slick-ass camera but don’t know how to use it.  If you have done your research, you’ll be able to spot these people and avoid them at all costs.

So go forth and find that perfect photographer, oh and one last thing…when you meet with them, bring your Bride to be…she has to like them as well!

Simon Daykin is an award winning event designer, planner and groom stylist with Fire Fly Occasions. Simon strives to get grooms involved in the wedding planning process and have their opinions heard. He understands that grooms can get left out or pushed out of the planning process so he’s here to help. You can connect with him further on Google+.

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