You will want to treasure your wedding photographs for years to come. You will want to look at them and show them over the years to help you recall everything – the first kiss, the first dance and all the many other things that made the day special. You will want to show your wedding photos to your children and your grandchildren, therefore selecting the wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make, and this takes time and attention.
You will not get a second chance at this and it is therefore crucial to find a reliable professional, who is in tune with your vision for the day and is confident that he or she can capture this.
It is very important to book your wedding photographer as soon as you have set the date – some popular photographers are booked out a year or more in advance, especially if you are planning a summer wedding. It would be a good idea to book your wedding and reception venue, as these may influence the style and content of your photographs. You should also set a budget for the wedding photographer – as a rule of thumb, the wedding photographs can cost around 10 per cent of the total wedding budget.
You should give careful thought of how you want your wedding photos to look. Do you prefer posed shots or do you like the idea in images that have been captured on the spur of the moment, often with the subject being unaware that they are being photographed? A modern trend is to present the wedding and reception as a story told in sequence – the choice is entirely up to your taste and preference.
When searching for your wedding photographers Maryland you could ask recently married friends for suggestions, or you could ask your wedding planner for advice. If you cannot get a personal recommendation try the numerous wedding magazines, they all carry ads for wedding photographers. Many wedding photographers have websites where you can check out their previous work. This is particularly useful if the wedding photographer does not live near you.
After doing your research you should draw up a shortlist and contact the various photographers by phone. This will establish whether they are available on your wedding date and whether they are within your budget. Most wedding photographers will be happy to send you a portfolio of sample images, either as prints or digital files, before your first meeting. Make sure that the groupings are from recent weddings and are taken at a similar venue to yours and also that they were taken at the time of day when you are having your wedding – the light can make a huge difference to the finished shot.