Questions to Ask When Hiring a Photographer
If you've started your search for the perfect photographer, you've probably laid eyes on some type of list that covers specific questions you "need" to as potential photographers. Those are all fine and great to consider, but honestly, it doesn't matter what type of equipment they use.
From my perspective, you should definitely do your research and make sure you ask all the questions you need to ask to ensure you feel confident in whoever you hire. But, more important than how long a photographer has been in business or what kind of flash they use, you should consider what type of connection you have to them as a person and to their work.
You might not realize it now, but your photographer will be with you all day on your wedding. You can gauge a lot from following them on social media, shooting them an email or setting up a meeting/Skype call. It's an obvious statement, but different photographers have different personalities. If you find a photographer on Instagram who is always wearing bright colors and is a chatter box and is super extroverted, don't expect to hire them and then have them lay low and blend into the wall on your wedding day. They will probably become BFFs with your whole wedding party and be hugging your grandma by the end of the night. You don't need to be best friends with your photographer, but it is important you hire someone you are excited to work with. When I hired our wedding photographer, connection points that were important to me were that she was from the Midwest, a Christian, she posted DIY projects on her blog that looked right up my ally and OF COURSE I loved, loved, loved the photos she posted on her social media and website.
Which brings me to...
CONNECTION WITH THE WORK
You know when you find a photographer's website and you're reading about them and scrolling through the photos and your heart beats faster and faster... and then you start imagining yourself and your man in their photos? Yeah, that's called connection. Don't ignore that tug! You need to reach out to that person!
Find someone you find a personal connection with and who's work you are head over heels for. Inquire about date availability and any questions you are curious about. But please, don't ask every question you find floating around on the internet. Trust that if you like what you see in their galleries, it doesn't matter what program they use to edit images. Trust that if you love the personality they show on their website, blog or social media, it doesn't matter what kind of camera they shoot on.
What is most important to you when looking for a photographer? Let me know!