How to Avoid Being Disappointed With Your Wedding Photos
That said, there's a rare chance you could end up being disappointed in your wedding photos and left aching for a do-over. It's a hapless scenario, but it happens—here's how to prevent it from happening to you.
Do Your Research
It goes without saying you should do an ample amount of research on all your wedding vendors. Ask for recommendations from friends and family, read reviews and vet their style via their websites and have a phone or Skype interview.
Make sure a photographer seems respected, well reviewed and a match personality-wise, and confirm that their unique photography style—whether it's dramatic, artistic or classic—fits your vision.
Have an Engagement Shoot
Think of it as a practice round. For many photographers, an engagement shoot is part of the package—so you can use yours as a chance to test the waters.
By that, we mean you should get to know their personality, make sure you're comfortable in front of their lens and—once the photos are done and developed—like their style. If it doesn't work out, you still have plenty of time to find a new pro.
Send a Shot List
Let them know how important a shot of your first dance or a picture of your pup walking down the aisle is—you know, the candid moments you want captured. You'll be too in the moment to worry about nudging or directing your photographer—as you should be—so make sure they have a list of your most important shots.
For the most part, they should be acclimated with the basics, but it's always good to be overprepared. Find a comprehensive list of must-have shots right here.
Read the Contract
No matter how much interviewing and vetting you've done, there's a chance your photographer—especially if they're a business owner with multiple employees—might send one of their apprentices to shoot your day instead of being there personally.
They should have this information in the contract. If you're not comfortable with this, let them know—the best-case scenario is they can clear their schedule to personally shoot your wedding day if that's what makes you most comfortable. The worst-case scenario is, well, you'll need to find a different photographer. In which case, we're confident you'll find the perfect one for your preferences.