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Your wedding day is filled with once-in-a-lifetime moments that will go by in a blur—which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. You shouldn’t be worrying about is whether your photographer will be able to capture your big day, or worse, wake up a few days later to find out most of your photos have something wrong with them.
The solution for this, know how to accurately evaluate the “right” photographer for you. Here are six tips to help you plan your wedding photos like a pro:
The best photographers get booked quickly — sometimes a year or more in advance, so don’t wait until a few months before the wedding to book your photographer.
Now is not the time to skimp on your photo budget. Call around and get a price range for services and remember: when the cake is long gone and the dress is stored away, your wedding photos will be the only thing left.
Only hire someone who has experience taking the style of photos you want, liability insurance, backup equipment and knows what to do when things go south. Find a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) photographer. PPA photographers have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life.
4. Request to see a full gallery of real weddings.
Ask to view some entire wedding albums to see a photographer’s true style and get a sense of how he or she might tell your “story.”
PPA wedding photographers can also help you create that shot list as they know what key moments tell a wedding story. But talk about your must-haves and walk through the entire program with your photographer ahead of time. Work together to understand one another’s needs and expectations ahead of time to ensure that your vision becomes a reality.
Almost as soon as the festivities are over, you’ll be eager to look at the photos so you can relive your big day over and over again. Ask your photographer for teasers or a “sneak peek,” and a timeline for when the rest of the pictures will be available. Make sure you know how their post processing procedure works.