How to Hire the Perfect Photographer for Your Wedding

051Along with booking your wedding venue well in advance and choosing a wedding dress, deciding who you’re going to have as a wedding photographer isn’t something you want to mess with. You want to find the perfect CT wedding photographer because you’ll only have one chance to get it right. Unfortunately, a lot of couples decide to have friends or family members handle taking their wedding photos in an effort to save money. Is this a risk worth taking? That would be a big “NO”!

Low quality photography is actually one of the couples biggest wedding regrets, so if at all possible, hire a professional photographer. It’s one thing to take pictures of the wedding cake and the wedding party, which an amateur might be able to pull off, but a professional photographer will know how to make everything look beautiful, capturing all the happy moments in their best light. Speaking of light, a professional will also know how to properly take photos indoors and taking the necessary, precise lighting shots inside takes real skill. If you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind that you don’t have to hire a photographer for the entire wedding. Most wedding photographers can be booked to shoot specific parts of the wedding ceremony and reception.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer Based on Style
There are three types of wedding photographers – traditional, balanced and journalistic.

Traditional wedding photographers have a tendency to “stage” their shots, focusing on classic style portraits. In addition, they typically don’t take photos without your permission which can limit their creativity.

A journalistic photographer’s specialty is candid shots, meaning that they’ll snap shots throughout the wedding of the happy couple, guests and all the important moments without asking for permission. This allows the photographer the freedom to be creative.

A balanced wedding photographer provides a combination of journalistic and traditional variations, a great combination of talents.

If you’re undecided as to which kind of photographer you need, take the time to do some research online regarding the different wedding photographer styles and look for samples of each. This is a convenient way to find a photography style that feels like it fits “you” as a couple.

Researching Wedding Photographers
This isn’t as difficult as it might sound, thanks to the internet and referrals. While personal referrals are always helpful, it’s important to keep in mind that your friends or co-workers may not have a clear picture of the difference between good and exceptional. A personal referral is still a good way to go, but ask to see their wedding photos before you decide. You can also browse through wedding photographers CT online, looking through their portfolios and reading online reviews. A professional wedding photographer will have a good web presence and portfolio. Once you’ve got a list of options at your disposal, set up a consultation with them and ask for references, even calling some of their past clients if possible.

Your wedding will be one of the most important and magical times of your life. No one can capture your special day better than a professional wedding photographer.