Written by Barry Seaton

Mistake #1– Not meeting the photographer – in person – before booking them for your event. Many studios hire inexperienced photographers to cover their weddings for them. If it’s not the right person doing the photography, and interacting with all your family and guests, you will not likely end up with very compelling photos. Since this person will be there on one of the most emotionally charged days of your life, make sure you get along and like them. You will always should meet with the photographer directly before booking.

Magic_Vision-Total_Bridal_Show-2015-01_33Mistake #2– Not looking at samples that your specific photographer took personally. You need to not only look at their artistic and technical skills, but their ability to put a well designed album together. Photographer  should be focus only on his/her own work and that is all you need to see at their studio.

Mistake #3– Limiting the amount of time you booked the photographer. What if you don’t finish within the alloted time – do you just have to live without those photos?  When you book the full day, you should get the photographer for the entire day – morning, afternoon, evening and night!

Mistake #4– Deciding what you want before you have seen the photos. Ok, obviously some decisions have to be made in advance but having the flexibility to adjust everything about your album after the wedding, gives you the freedom to decide. Photographer should gives you the tools to decide where to put your emphasis after you have seen the photographs. This flexibility works well with a wide range of wedding sizes and budgets, while maintaining the full service quality of their studio.

Mistake #5 – Hiring a photographer that works from a checklist of photos. You never want a photographer who needs a checklist to do your wedding photography! They’ll spend their time looking at the list, and miss all the wonderful, romantic and spontaneous moments of your wedding! A good experienced photographer won’t need to follow a checklist – he or she will know all the photographs that need to be captured.