It would be best to ask amongst friends and relatives for a list of recommendations. Many would relent. Then one can go online and look at their portfolios to assess the kind of work they have done previously. One can then shortlist and have an interview online or personally with the two or three one has appreciated.
Ask to see a complete run through of one whole marriage that he has shot. This will give you an idea whether he has taken people`s feelings into account, do the pictures speak to you or are they flat representations of reality.
Then ask these very important questions like will the photographer help you choose the final picture, will it be easy to order reprints by family and friends, what is the cost of the various levels of coverage, The style of the photographer, is it photojournalistic, traditional or mixed, how long will the photographer take in showing you the pictures for final selection for the album,, how long has the photographer been in business and what is his philosophy in photographing weddings,, how can he help make your collection a unique and special one, does he have a travel fee and does he have an assistant, what is his fee and overtime fee,, will he be using film or digital, does he have a backup, what are the chances of the pictures fading, what is the payment policy, what is the guarantee on his services. These and several other questions need to be asked before you choose your wedding photographer.
You must make sure you ask for references. A photographer who is reluctant to give references is of shady quality. You must also know if the photo package is fixed or customized. How many photos are included and what is the cost of reprints, albums and enlargements. You must also know if the photographer requires you to pitch in a deposit and how much and by what date. You could also enquire whether he will be engaging in color or black and white photography. Will the photographs be formal, informal or spontaneous ones.
You must make sure to sign a contract with him also stating policy regarding cancellation or refund in that case. It is most important to take a good reference and see the previous work or works of various photographers before you make your choice regarding the photographer you finally choose and the price is important but more important is the quality of work you expect.
It is also very important to ask all your questions and check that the photographer is committed and will be there on time and will not cancel at the last moment. That would create a lot of problems for you so besides the contract its important that you have cross-checked that he is a committed person and will turn up for the shoot.
So, such are the things you can keep in mind while choosing the best photographer for your wedding.
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Tips on Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer