So you are newly engaged or starting to plan your wedding day?!?!
This is such an exciting time! It can be stressful and overwhelming but there is an abundance of information out there to help you. Helping you figure out what to ask vendors or how to find vendors in your area.
This is where I come in to help eliminate some time wasters for you and your potential vendors.
Wedding blogs and magazines in your area have a ton of information for you. This information can also be a hindrance to finding the right vendor.
Now I am going to speak solely on picking a wedding photographer and what to ask your photographer since that's what I do!
While I always recommend that bride's have a coordinator/planner to help them organize their wedding and have a real person to help them, this isn't always an option in the budget. This turns brides to the internet....
So you are trying to find a wedding photographer and you local wedding magazine has given you a list of 30 questions to ask your potential photographer.... GREAT!
Just copy and paste that list and send it off, right?? NO, PLEASE NO!!!!
While these lists are created to make you think of things that you might not have before, there are questions on those lists that are COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY!
Let me explain!
I am doing a 3 part series of how to find the right photographer, questions not to ask and why and questions that you can ask but they shouldn't be a deal breaker.
When you are choosing a photographer, there are 3 things that are important! (In no particular order)
1. Style : You want to look at the photographers website or social media and see if you even like their work. Look through their images and if you enjoy the majority of the images, it's safe to say that is a style that you like.
If you like bright and airy images but they are dark and moody, while their images may be beautiful, they are not your photographer. A photographer does not change their style for each client. A photographer has a style that attracts their ideal client. There is nothing wrong with this!
SO.... to ask a photographer what their style is really just looks like you haven't looked at their work. You can simply look at their portfolio and SEE their style. Words mean a lot of different things to a lot of people and this is especially true of artists.
2. Personality : You need to develop a relationship with the person you spend the most time with on your wedding minus your coordinator. You need to trust the person creating your images since that's what you have at the end of the day.
Start by looking at their "About Me" section on their website, see if you can click with what they are saying. Take a look at their social media and see if you can get a feel for them.
Now that you have a better idea for them as people, schedule a consultation!!!! Sit down and chat with them! See if you like who they are and feel like you would trust them. This is not something that you can figure out by emailing them 30 questions!
3. Price : Many photographers have their pricing on their website or at least a starting range. LOOK FOR IT BEFORE ASKING THEM FOR PRICING. If they don't, sure, email them about pricing and your date if you have already looked at their portfolio and about me section.
So now you have their price, either they are in your budget or they are not. Either you want them bad enough to make it work or you don't. The price is right, move forward with that sit down consultation. If the price isn't right and you have already started communication with them, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE just email them and let them know. They have taken time to respond to you and it's just common curtesy!
At the sit down consultation, you will learn everything that you need to about your potential photographer! Feel free to ask them questions! Just know that there are some questions that really shouldn't make the cut.
Most of the questions that you are being told to ask can be easily answered with a little research and thinking about what you really want. Remember, you have to trust the PROFESSIONAL that you are hiring.
Truly think about the WHY behind your question. Why do you want to know this information? Why does the answer impact your choice?
Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3