Eventective (an event search engine) lists 92 wedding photographers in Winnipeg. It’s a mind-boggling number to consider when thinking about finding a photographer for your wedding.
How do you choose just one out of 92?
I have a few suggestions.
- First of all, I would suggest browsing some of those 92 portfolios and making a short list. Check out the photographers’ styles and see if it matches what you are looking for. Ask yourself if the images in the portfolio move you and if they are creative and artistic.
- Have meetings with those on your short list and ask questions such as:
- Can we see an example of the full coverage of one wedding including the reception?
- Describe your style.
- Questions about equipment and experience
- What happens if the photographer is sick or injured on your wedding day?
- How long after the wedding will it take to get the digital images or the albums?
You can find my answers to those questions and more here:
3. Consider value when comparing quotes. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. A recent survey conducted by Shutterfly asked wedding couples about their wedding expenses. This is what wedding couples stated on the survey questionnaire:
Should’ve spent less on the dress; more on the memories. Of survey respondents married within 12 months prior to the survey, 28 percent felt they didn’t spend enough money on the honeymoon; 22 percent felt the same about the photographer. 19 percent of the same sample reported spending too much on the bridal gown and food.
22% felt that they should have spent more on the photographer! That is one fifth of the brides out there.
There are a ton of stories of botched wedding photos on the internet. I included one in this blog post:
4. Most importantly, hire someone that you trust, feel comfortable and like. A good question to ask yourself is whether or not you would invite this person to your wedding. You could find the Ansel Adams of wedding photographers, but if he or she annoys you in any way and you are determined to politely overlook that fact, the only person who is going to suffer is you. The bottom line is, if you don’t like your photographer for any reason it will show in your images.
Why do I love to shoot weddings?
First and foremost, I love capturing the emotion and the beauty of the day: your dad walking you proudly down the aisle, the little kids who will grow up so quickly. Your grandmother who will pass away in the winter, your first kiss as husband and wife. The list could go on and on. Weddings are emotional events and your photos should reflect those emotions.
I love the beauty of weddings; the people attending who all look their best, the reception room with gorgeous table settings, the little flower girl in her princess dress and the tiny ring bearer in his tux. And of course, the beautiful bride and her handsome groom. It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to capture all of that.
Finally, I really enjoy getting to know the wedding couple and all the other people involved in a wedding. I often feel like my assistant and myself are members of your wedding party as we share the anticipation, the joy and the fun of your special day.
Good luck in your search through those 92 wedding photographers.
You can see my own wedding gallery here:
If you like my style and are interested in setting up a meeting give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!