When I first started my photography business, I did it as a hobby. I loved to take pictures and edit photos and figured I could turn my hobby into a little extra money. Because it was not my full-time job, I was in the unique position of selectively choosing the jobs that made most sense for me, considering not only my time schedule, but also my chemistry with the couple. As a result, I have developed a list of items I consider when interviewing a potential client that ultimately will be beneficial for the bride and groom.
Check the unpublished references.
Fortunately, I have yet to encounter an unhappy client; however I still try to include my most happy clients as my website references. After all, an extremely happy client makes a better reference than someone who wasn’t overly vocal about their satisfaction with my service. Therefore, when interviewing a photographer, ask her to speak with one of her clients not listed on the website. Often times, it’s more beneficial to hear from the clients that liked the service, but had some constructive criticism.
Make sure your styles align.
Are you looking for a more natural, artistic portal of your special day? Or perhaps you want a Vogue-style wedding portrait with lots of black and white and unique backgrounds. It’s important to make sure that your photographer’s preferred theme aligns with your desire. While most good photographers can adapt to any photography style, they tend to gear toward their preferred style. Not sure what your photographer’s preferred style is? Ask her to pick ten of her favorite prints to display for you. If they all are formal portraits when you are looking for a more natural look, consider finding someone who’s style naturally aligns to yours.
Get on the same page for the services.
Everyone knows that your photographer includes the actual service of shooting your wedding, however a lot of couples don’t consider the additional elements needed for a full-package wedding photographer. These include:
- Pre-planning of required shots
- Actually photo shoot
- Post-event editing and touch-ups
- Creation of photo disk, video, album, etc.
A great wedding photographer will allow you to customize your services. Maybe you are on a budget and only want someone to capture the day and give you a slightly edited disk so you can print your own photos. Or perhaps you want a full-service, all inclusive package. Just be sure you understand exactly what your package includes so you won’t be disappointed.