How To Choose A Great Photographer in Raleigh
Choosing a wedding photographer is not as easy as choosing other wedding vendors. We aren’t saying that picking a caterer or wedding venue is easy in any way, but photographers aren’t things that one can smell, taste, hear or taste at first. Therefore careful research needs to be done when choosing a photographer for your wedding.
To make your life easier and the process of planning your wedding less stressful, we decided to give you some tips and recommendations on how one can choose a great photographer in Raleigh NC.
Settle on a Style
The very first thing you need to think about and decide is the type of photography style you prefer. There are a couple of different basic styles for wedding photography, such as:
– Documentary Style: This style includes capturing candid moments of the people, décor and everything happening around. The photographer will capture moments exactly how they happened and all those photographs together will tell a story. One of our vendors, Timmester Photography does very similar work.
– Children and Family Portraits: Perhaps you have a growing family and you want to capture those precious moments before time flies away. You need a photographer with years of experience and more importantly great with kids! Red Bridge Photography does family portraits super well, so do give them a shot!
– Portraiture: If you like classic photos (like something similar to your parents’ wedding album), then go for a photographer in Raleigh who specializes in this.
This is an important step; you just can’t make the decision simply by viewing the portfolio of a photographer. Meet up with 3-5 potential photographers and get to know them in person. Also, make sure you ask them if they are free on your wedding day! Don’t hesitate from talking about your wedding venue, its style and how you want your wedding photos to turn out.
Check Out Complete Wedding Albums
The portfolio on a photographer’s website will most likely showcase only the best pictures. Just like any service provider, they want their clients to see only their best work. There is nothing wrong with that, but at the same time there is nothing wrong with you asking to see some complete wedding albums. You should see complete albums that are shot in the similar setting as your wedding, for example if you are having an outdoor wedding like the image shot below by Heba Salama Photography , then look at those albums.
Make Sure Your Personalities Click
It is super important to like and bond with your wedding photographer. In order for your wedding photographs to turn out exactly like you want them, your photographer should understand your vision and be excited to bring it to life. Also, don’t forget to ensure that the person you interviewed is the one who would be photographing your wedding, and not some assistant or associate. He/she can obviously bring other people, but the person you interviewed should be the leader!
These are just a few examples how you can choose a great photographer in Raleigh. Check our Blog weekly for many more helpful tips and as always have fun on your wedding day!