Not everything I list here will point right to me with everyone. Choosing a photographer is just as important as choosing the right dress, and is almost as personal. Almost every wedding dress is beautiful in it’s own right, same with your photography crew. Each company offers something a little bit different so be sure you are getting what you have always wanted.
Important questions to ask yourself before hiring a photographer:
1) Do I like their pictures, i.e. quality, poses, quantity, style, etc? Don’t ask a photographer to photograph in someone else’s style, everyone will end up frustrated.
2) Do I like the album they offer? Different companies offer different albums, some big and some small. This is an easier thing to ask the company to change. Some will be willing to adjust and others won’t. Remember you will cherish your album for years to come, so be sure the album meets your expecations.
3) Does a disk come with the package? Do I need a disk of images? To some couples this is a must. They need to own and therefore be able to print each and every photo taken at the wedding whenever they want. Others think that an album and a handful of prints work fine. Where do you stand?
4) Do they offer video? Do I want video? We are the only established company in Youngstown to offer both filming and photography, they seem to be hard to find no matter where you go. The bonuses of getting a company that does both are multiple.
5) Are the prices reasonable? Just because a company is booked almost every weekend does not mean that they have reasonable prices. Shop and compare. Decide if the price difference is worth the difference in service and if it fits into your budget.
6) Do they have quality equipment? Ask what they use. Make sure you think it will get the job done. Ask if they have backup equipment in case of emergency.
7) How much experience do they have? Make sure their talk (and price) match their walk (and performance).
8) Do I like them? This may be the most important question you ask yourself. Your photographer will be with you all day. On your wedding day, you will most likely see more of them then you will your own mother. You need to choose a photographer that you enjoy being around, that will make your day go smoothly and will not drive you crazy or add stress! Make sure the person you meet with IS the person who will be at your wedding.