June 28th, 2012

A picture says a thousand words. And thanks to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook your wedding pictures will be seen (and judged) by all of your family and friends and your guests’ family and friends. Which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is vital.

This is one aspect of your wedding day where you do want to splurge.  You want the photographer to capture the bride and groom’s personality and ambiance throughout the day. You want to be so proud of your photos that you want to show them off to everyone (even if they didn’t ask to see them)!

Here are 5 tips to remember when hiring a photographer

Never assume- Just because you’ve looked at the photographer’s portfolio don’t assume that he/she will know what style you want him/her to capture. Look through the photographer’s portfolio and set up a meeting to discuss what you expect him/her to capture on your wedding day.

Personality matters- If you don’t like the photographer on a personal basis don’t hire him/her! It doesn’t matter that the photographer has the ability to capture amazing photographs if you’re not comfortable with the photographer your photos will reflect that.

Experience doesn’t always matter- Don’t get me wrong experience definitely matters, but previous customer experience also counts. You want to be comfortable knowing other couples have absolutely loved their experience with this photographer. Ask the photographer for previous clients’ contact information and don’t be shy about giving them a quick call.

Try and tray again- If you’re not 100% ecstatic with the first photographer meeting don’t worry, there are plenty of photographers to choose from. Meet and interview as many photographers as it takes for you to be completely satisfied with your decision.

Make a list-  Once you’ve hired a photographer create a list of shots you want the photographer to capture. This will help you to create a visual story you want the photographer to tell with the photos. From hanging the dress on the bedpost to a back shot of the two walking hand in hand, make sure to be specific on what you want.

Make sure to follow our Creative wedding photography board on Pinterest to get inspired for your big day!

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