Salem Wedding Photographers
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of your wedding, we would say your pictures are priceless. Of all of your wedding decisions and hires, this is one that you absolutely want to get right. Remember, these images will last forever and you want to be happy that they will, not sad. Photography has come such a long way in the last 20 years. The technology is absolutely phenomenal and allow some amazing things to be done in order to provide you with a professional finished product. As you search throughout the Salem area, it is important that you find the right wedding photographer for your tastes. A true professional will tastefully preserve the serious moments, the emotions, as well as the fun of your big day. We realize that this means wading through many potential candidates, but believe us when we tell you it will all be worth it if you find the right fit. To help you with your search, here are some guidelines for finding your professional wedding photographer.
You just can't beat word of mouth and first hand recommendations. So your first step should be to talk with your friends, family, coworkers. See if they have worked with a wedding photographer or have seen any albums that were top notch. You can also check out the websites of local Salem photographers. And we can't forget about your other wedding vendors, they should be able to give you a few names. Once you have accumulated a few worthy candidates, contact each one and find out if they have your wedding date available on their calendar. Once you have determined that they are available on your big day, ask them for a time and place for a face to face interview. Bring specific questions to your interview. Their answers will help you make an informed decision.
Talk for awhile about their experience. How long have they been a wedding photographer? How many weddings have they done? How did they receive their training? What kind of style do they have? Read up on photographic styles before your interviews, you want to make sure that you are getting exactly what you want. What do they think makes them different from their competitors? Look at their wedding portfolio. You have to ask for references and contact them. This will provide you with first hand information on how they operate at an actual wedding. After you have gathered some background information, talk about how they go about shooting weddings. Do they have a set shot list that they go off of? How flexible is their shot list? What is the backup plan if the photographer can't make it to your wedding? How do they feel about your guests taking photos at the same time that they are? Talk about hours of shooting. What time would you want them to start and what time would you want them to finish. Are they willing to do a site visit with you ahead of time to scope out any potential problems. This should be a given, if they say no, cross them off of your list.
They will more than likely show you package levels. Find a package you really like. What about editing services? Are they really skilled at retouching photos? How long will it take to get your proofs? Don't get discouraged at all of the footwork that you have to do in order to check out a number of candidates. It will all be worth it in the end when you find the right photographer for your wedding. But once you have all of the information you have asked about, you should be able to narrow your list down to one.