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The Most Important Qualities to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

You might not realize it now, but your choice of wedding photographer is one of the most crucial wedding planning decisions you can make, as your photos will decide how you remember that special day years down the line. And if you’re hoping to choose an excellent photographer, it’s important that you thoroughly research your options until you find that is a good fit in terms of style and qualifications.

Here are some of the things you should pay special attention to.

Do You Want a Particular Style?

It’s easy to forget that there’s more than one style of photography, and that each photographer has his or her own methods. That’s why you should ask anyone you talk to what is special about their own particular style. Of course, the best way to get a feel for their style is to see their past work for yourself, perhaps by looking at their professional portfolio.

Will the Photographer Do Some Photo Editing, too?

An important detail to consider is whether they will deal any photo editing after taking the pictures. Some wedding photographers are readily able to deal with that kind of enhancement work, but for others it will be out of their expertise. So if photo editing is important to you, be certain that you find the right professionals for the job. Beyond simple airbrushing, red-eye reduction, and removal of other kinds of flaws, digital editing can also add special effects through filters or otherwise completely change the appearance of the scene.

Look for a Strong Work History

Above all, the strongest signal that a photographer you hire will produce good work for you is a consistent track record of similar work completed in the past. Again, their web presence will generally be a strong indication of their professionalism. You’ll want to make sure that they’ve not only done work that appeals to you, but that it has consistently been up to a high standard. Finally, you can consider calling up references. Clients who they’ve worked with before can let you know if they are pleasant to work with and whether they observe best practices.

Do They Have Suitable Backup Procedures

An critical detail that may not have occurred to you is the importance of having proper backups and redundant storage. For example, cameras designed to be used by professionals will typically have two memory card slots. That way, there are two copies of your photographs in case one of the cards becomes corrupt. Beyond that, backup cameras, lenses, and an effective digital backup strategy are all important to have. Avoid hiring anyone who doesn’t heed these practices.

You don’t get married every day, so a bit of diligence is necessary when you’re trying to find the right photographer for your wedding.