There are a lot of decisions to make when planning your wedding, but perhaps the most difficult decision will be choosing a Chicago wedding photographer.  Wedding photography is a very specific niche within the photography industry, and requires a very specific skill set.  For this reason, many people are often ill prepared for the process of choosing a wedding photographer.  After all, if all goes well you will only need to hire a wedding photographer once in your lifetime.  This is why I have compiled three simple tips that can help you get through the process of choosing a wedding photographer without all the stress that can typically come along with this process.

The first thing you need to remember is that while a wedding photographer may offer you a very specific service, you still need to treat them like any other professional contractor.  Be sure you get references from prior clients, and ask to see samples of their work.  Do not simply take their words at face value, check up on the promises that are made and the experience they claim to have.  The more research you do before hiring a photographer, the less likely you will make a poor choice.  Asking around about a wedding photographer on social networking sites can be a quick way of getting a lot of opinions in a short amount of time.

My second tip is to know what you want before going in for a consultation.  If you are unsure of what type of wedding photography package you are interested in, you are more likely to be convinced to buy products that you don’t really want or need.  You can find examples of the most common wedding photography packages by doing a bit of online research.  Know what kind of photography style you prefer, and whether or not you are looking for a single photographer or the perspective of multiple photographers at your wedding.  Knowing these things ahead of time will make help ensure you do not make a spur of the moment decision that you will regret down the line.

Finally, make a list of questions for your Chicago wedding photographer before you go in for a consultation.  Remember that your consultation is the photographer’s opportunity to make his or her sales pitch.  This means that they will often try to give you as much information as they can in a short period of time in order to convince you that they are the right wedding photographer for you.  It can be very easy to lose track of the questions that you wanted to ask in this type of situation, but if you have them written down ahead of time you will be able to ensure you get all of the information you need and not just the information they want you to have.  Be sure to clarify exactly what is included in the quote you are provided, as well as any additional charges which may be incurred if you later choose to change your photography package.

Written by T.L. Curmon


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