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Find Your Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer
One of the more important aspects of wedding planning is finding a professional to record the proceedings in order to have the ability to reminiscence over it. This is why so many couples hire a professional photographer to record the events of the wedding, and craft a wonderful wedding photography album which can be later perused and shared to your family. If you are in need of an experienced professional wedding photographer for your big day, Pittsburgh has plenty of reliably and proficient professionals that will be available to handle the duties. If you follow the guide, you should find the right candidate with little headache.
Starting the Search
The first objective on your list is to research and settle on a particular style of photography for your wedding album. There are various prominent styles among photographers, but the two most common styles are documentary and portraiture. The portraiture style, the photographer utilizes posed shots in front of backdrops or prearranged locations, this is a more rigid approach. For instance, picture newlyweds posed under a gazebo outside of a reception hall or a church. The documentary style features more creative shots which allows for more dramatic angles. Traditionally, this approach does not feature too many shots of people looking directly into the camera. Some couples find that hiring two photographers is the best course of action, especially if you have the budget space, as it allows you to capture more angles, or employ two different styles to have a unique wedding photograph album.
The second objective on your list now that you have researched and settled on a style is to start your search off with the recommendations of your friends, family, and trusted colleagues, in specific, anyone who has been married recently, or involved in a wedding in some facet. It is also suggested to ask your venue coordinator as some venues require you to select your vendors, including photographers, from an exclusive list. It is advisable to cross reference your candidates on a good online wedding directory. These websites are very resourceful tools as they provide users information on vendors including pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more. Be sure to study each candidate's personal website and any highlight galleries they have available online. After you have a good list, call them up, and ask them of their availability around the date of your wedding. Even if they are available, but seem too busy to handle your wedding properly, consider a different candidate. If they are not capable of spending the time you expect them to on your wedding, consider someone else.
The Interview Process
The third objective is to begin the interview process with each candidate, you will want to come prepared with plenty of questions for the candidate, and share your vision for the wedding with them. Ask each potential photographer what drove them to become one, how experienced they are, and how many weddings do they capture on average a year. You should ask the candidate if they are familiar with your venues, and if they would be willing to scope the locations out with you. Most professional photographers actually suggest it, so if they so say no, you should say no to this candidate as your potential photographer. You should ask them plenty of questions regarding logistics and labor demands, such as overtime policies and breaks. The last thing before ending each interview is ask for a sample invoice, and discuss the costs of the services. Compare all the various candidate's cost side-by-side in order to determine best dollar value.
Sealing the Deal
The biggest factor in determining your candidate besides cost and experience is how well you foresee yourself trusting this person to handle the job. You need to be able to trust your photographer not only with the quality of your wedding pictures, but also dealing with your guests, in other words, the candidate should not be intrusive or obstructive in regards to acquiring the best shots of your guest. Take some time to deliberate over all your choices with your partner, your parents, of if you have have one, a planner too. If you feel as though you have the right candidate at hand, write up a contract outlining every detail with them, and place a deposit. If you were diligent in hiring your photographer, in due time you will be moved by the album they produce for you.