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One of the best ways to tell if you click with someone you might hire is by contrast.
Plan to meet with at least five photographers. Don’t worry about the details — albums, timelines, deposits. Save those for later. Be open to digital meetings, using Skype or FaceTime to save time and eliminate unnecessary travel. When you meet, there are only two key things you need to know. First: Is this person able and willing to give you what you want? And second: Do you sense that, as people, you click? Once you’ve met with enough photographers, those who feel right will be clear. Use these opportunities to see how well you communicate with each other as you narrow the field.
Ask your potential photographers to show you images from entire weddings they’ve shot.
It helps clarify their ability and gives a more complete sense of their style. But just seeing isn’t enough. You should discuss the photographs. Ask each pro to talk about some images and to explain the context, the choices he or she made, and likes and dislikes. Express your opinion and weigh each response. Does it feel right? If you felt eager for the meeting to end, you probably weren’t clicking, and it probably doesn’t matter how good the photography was for another couple.
There are incredible photographers in both categories, and the two are not mutually exclusive. What matters is what resonates with you. An art-oriented photographer might take longer on your wedding day and cause schedule delays in order to get the perfect shot or the right light. But couples that click with that will treasure the results. A customer-service-oriented photographer, on the other hand, will be prompt and have a streamlined process that helps your big day run smoothly. There is a chance, however, that a great photo could be missed. There is no right or wrong here; there is only what feels right to you. As you review potential photographers’ wedding portfolios, asking about the logistics and backstories behind select shots will reveal which way your photographer leans. Ask yourself: Which would be better on your wedding day?
Once you’ve met with enough photographers, the one who feels right should be a clear standout.
This photographer makes you feel comfortable and confident, and you’re commun
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