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Things to consider before saying ‘I do’ to a wedding photographer

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By JOHN LEGASPI

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Megan Young and Mikael Daez Wedding (photo by Metrophoto)

After all the fuss of pre-wedding preparations, photographers are tasked to document all the jitters, excitement, and the first kiss shared by the newlyweds. Photographers have the ability to gift couples a piece of memory to cherish in their lifetime.

But before saying ‘I do’ to a wedding photographer, couples must:

1. Finalize their vision.

Wedding photos are forever bearers of memories. So before deciding who to get as photographer, couples must first figure out what they want.

Doing this (as a couple, of course) can make the process easier and will eliminate the pressure and confusion put on a couple. Remember that photographers can offer unlimited concepts for a wedding shoot, but the final answer will always lie on the couple. So figuring out the vision should be the first thing to consider.

2. Check the photographers’ preview works.

Upon figuring out the style of the shoot, it is important for couples to check the photographer’s portfolio to know if they can execute the chosen concept easily. There are many gifted photographers and most of them have a certain specialty. Checking their past works can assure they can produce the photographs envisioned.

3. Know their budget.

A good work of art comes with a price. Preparing a budget plan and sharing it with your photographers is the right way to do it. This helps couples manage their expenses and gives a chance to the photographers to advise you on what to do to make the most of it. Plan your budget wisely. It should be good enough to cover every request with a little room for unforeseen charges. Keep it realistic, evaluate, and don’t be afraid to adjust.

4. Consider others’ reviews.

Hearing or reading other clients’ reviews on the photographers can give an insider’s info on how they work. These reviews are based on their personal experience shooting with the photographers, which can help couples decided better. Getting recommendations from close friends and family is always good. But be sure that your decision is based on your wants and needs.

5. Set an interview.

By the end of the day, this is a job. So interviews or consultations will benefit both ends. Before tying the knot, couples should set up a meeting with their prospecting photographers. Apart from detailing what they need, their working budget, and other shoot details, meeting them offers a chance to get a glimpse of their personality. There the couple will see if they jive with their attitude and if they will feel comfortable around them. There should be trust and rapport between the soon-to-be-weds and their photographers. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event so being selective is okay. The bride and groom should feel the love on their special day and that includes the love coming from their photographers.

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