5 basic requirements for a photographer
The most important thing is human relationships. If a person or his work does not suit you, then no contract can protect you from possible disappointment, therefore, first of all, you must understand each other.
PORTFOLIO You have the right to familiarize yourself not only with the photographer’s portfolio (which can contain only successful shots), but also ask him to show you the series from the previous 2-3 photo shoots. Even an amateur can compose a portfolio of 20-30 photos. You need to evaluate what the photographer pays more attention to when shooting, how much the entire series meets your wishes, a full report from at least one shooting will allow you to evaluate it. If the photographer refuses to show the work, it is worth considering.
AGREEMENT You pay a person for the work, so you can safely demand a contract for the provision of services. This gives guarantees both to you that the photographer will not disappear after the wedding without providing you with a photograph, and to him that you will pay for his work. Try to come to an agreement on the amount of prepayment. A conscientious photographer who is confident in his professionalism will always go towards his clients. Working without a contract, you take some risk, but if you are confident in a person, you can do without it.
Reviews Ask for feedback from previous customers if you cannot find them on the Internet. A good photographer will surely have satisfied clients who are happy to recommend him to you, and you will not be nervous at the same time. If a person refuses to give reviews, this raises suspicions, or he did not have so many orders, or the impressions are not so good.
Do not hurry You are not obliged to give the photographer an answer whether you hire him or not immediately after the meeting. Meet a few before making a choice. If they will put pressure on you, talking about the high season, do not rush and think, you should not make a decision in a hurry. But at the same time, remember that most photographers in the season can already be booked, so do not delay with the choice.
The timing Ask the photographer when your photographs are about to be ready. Usually it takes 1-2 months to process and print photos, but if the photographer has a lot of work, it may take longer, this is absolutely normal. If you make this reservation in advance, you will not be nervous after the wedding, knowing the approximate dates.