Post # 1
I am in the process of booking my photographer right now. I am having a hard time feeling reassured that the photog is the best one possible. She has given me no red flags to think other wise. Its more the worry of the unknown. Bees- what reassured you when you picked your photographer or any vendor?
Post # 3
@FutureMrsMeinhardt: For the photographer, it really helped to talk to them. Ask about their style, get a feel for their personality, and a feeling for the chemistry I had with them.
I asked them if they’d shot our venue before and what other work they do. I also asked to see photos from a full wedding (i.e. a gallery that is set up for the bride and groom after the weeding) to see how many photos they took, what the ratio of posed to candids were, if they got all the “important” shots.
Another thing to note in the photos is how “camera aware” the subjects are. The candid photos should look candid, the subjects shouldn’t be camera aware because then the true emotion of the day is a little lost.
Post # 4
1. Meeting her. That first meeting was an absolute MUST because you get a sense of whether you like the photog’s personality and style.
2. Seeing pictures not on the website/blog. Ask your prospective photog to bring some albums of “regular” weddings – i.e., photographs that might not make the cut for the blog, but a good sample of what he or she would send to the couple.
Post # 5
@lilacwire: I have done both of those things and I REALLY like her alot.
What I guess I’m asking is how did/do you know that for certain 100% that the person you chose was the absolute perfect choice? I’m worried since I only get 1 chance at choosing the perfect person.
Post # 6
I feel fortunate that our photographer is a professional whom Fiance and I knew already. We set up a mini-session, which was kind of a practice run, right after our engagement. Working with him ahead of time made me more comfortable about using a personal connection and not going through a vendor. But I know my situation is atypical. I definitely with the above bees.
I think it means something if you have no red flags so far. The unknown really is scary–especially when it comes to such a huge deal like wedding photography–but your gut is a great thing to trust.
Post # 7
Hmmm, I guess for us we walked out of our meeting and liked her, liked her work, and that was good enough for me. I’m not sure how else to describe what made me think she was the right fit.
I know I didn’t have any reservations about her. I didn’t have lingering questions about how much we’d pay, or how she operated. She was open and frank about how she ran her business. I think it was that I could trust her, and that was enough for me.