The importance of hiring a capable professional to document your wedding via photography or videography cannot be overstated. It is an obvious premise that most couples want to be able to reminiscence on their wedding, and recount it with some form of media. It may occur to you that you want both forms of documentation, but that is up to you and your budget. If you are looking for a photographer specifically, Sacramento is a venerable gold mine of fantastic professionals dedicated to providing you with remarkable customer service. Here is a helpful guide to make the selection of the right professional that much easier.
With the first step, you should do some preliminary research on which of the prominent styles photographers employ to capture weddings utilized for your special day. The two most common styles among photographers is portraiture and documentary. The portraiture style features posed shots in front of backdrops or prearranged locations, for example, a wedding party posed in front of a reception hall fireplace or a wedding gazebo. The documentary style features more dramatic or intense shots, the subjects of each shot rarely are looking directly into the camera. Photographers often blend styles for their own unique personal brand, or upon customer request. Discuss with each candidate their stylistic strengths and weaknesses. It may be wise to hire multiple photographers for more shots, and a more diversely composed photography album.
The second step is once you have researched the various wedding photography styles is to commence your search for a candidate with the recommendations of your friends, family, and trusted colleagues, in particular, anyone who has been recently married, or anyone who has been involved in a wedding to some extent. It is also a good suggestion to ask your venue coordinator of their recommendations for photographers as they may produce a list of preferred or exclusive vendors with photographers included. You should also cross reference your candidates on online wedding directories. These websites are great sources of information on all sorts of wedding vendors, and they include information on pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, and more! Be certain to study each candidate's individual website if available so you can peruse some of their highlight galleries. Call each candidate up, and ask if they are available on the date of your wedding, book appointments with those who are available.
Now you are ready for the third step, which is the interview process, and you will want to prepare plenty of questions for each candidate. It is also important to share your vision of the wedding with the candidate, and become personally acquainted with them. You will want to trust this person implicitly with the duties of capturing your wedding, so if they do not click with you, consider an alternative. Ask them how much experience they have, and how many weddings they service on a yearly average. It is wise to see if they are familiar with your choice of venues, and if they would be willing to take a visit to the locations for a walk through with you. Ask them of their overtime and break policies, and any other labor demands that they will include in the services. The last thing you will want to do before the end of each interview is discuss their cost. Ask for a sample invoice so you can do side-by-side comparisons of each candidate, and see which one is going to be the best option for you and your budget. Once you feel as though you have found the right candidate that meshes with you and you are comfortable will handle their duties proficiently, get them to sign a contract outlining every single detail with you, and place a deposit. If you did your due diligence, your photographer will do the job without being intrusive or obstructive.