In any wedding, the wedding photographer remains one of the most important people whose services should be availed. Whether the affair would be a simple or a grand one, the memories brought about by such a joyous and memorable occasion deserve to be documented the best way possible, a service only a wedding photographer can provide.
With that said, couples who are in the middle of planning their weddings face a dilemma regarding when to hire a wedding photographer’s services. What would be the ideal timeframe to do so?
Booking in advance
Weddings are usually planned a year in advance, especially if the wedding is going to be a big affair. As such, it is but proper to book the wedding photographer around that time as well as soon as you have the wedding venue booked. Usually, it would be at is 10-12 months in advance at least. This is especially true if in case you would avail the services of the more popular and “in demand” wedding photographers who are very much sought after by couples to shoot their weddings. Keep in mind that their schedules are pretty booked for most of the year so if you can have the photographer on your chosen wedding date, that would be good.
And even if you are unable to get the schedule with the first photographer of your choice, you still have many options available and the timeframe allows you to check all the options you have. If you will go with the same photographer, you can check with the photographer if he/she may have other photographers in the studio who can be at the wedding. Or you may go for the services of other wedding photographers.
If you would opt to check out other wedding photographers, you may consider going for less popular photographers who can provide quality output. These photographers have at least a less than demanding schedule that the popular photographers have, so there is a greater chance that you can avail of their services on the chosen date of the wedding. At the same time, one must remember that the earlier the booking is accomplished, the better for the wedding overall.
Where to look
Fortunately, there are a lot of sources and venues these days that are available for you to check out for a wedding photographer. Here are some places you can check out:
- Bridal fairs
Bridal fairs provide a single venue where you can get acquainted with as many photographers like Steve Jones Photography and Denise Winter Photography for instance as possible and see what they offer, providing much convenience and saving considerable time and effort on your part as well. Do take note that some participating photographers offer special discounts for those who will avail of their services during the fair. It’s something worth keeping in mind.
- Social media
Many wedding photographers have social media accounts to promote their services through paid advertising or viral marketing among others. It is also a good source of information, especially if you’re focusing your efforts online. With more photographers now having an established presence in social media, you get to save considerable time and effort in reaching out to them, not to mention being able to easily see their portfolio.
- Bridal publications and websites
There are a number of publications and websites available that are dedicated to wedding matters that you can check out. Many of these publications have a directory listing of wedding service providers like wedding photographers that you can contact.
- Classified listings
Whether online or offline, classified listings have long been a reliable source of information on wedding photographers. The downside though is that the listings do not provide much detail, at least when comes to the work they have done, unless they listed their site or online portfolio in the ads. But with the limitations of the source, what is important at least is that they have provided valid contact information and that your queries to them will be promptly answered.
- Wedding planners
Wedding planners can be very helpful in taking care of most of the wedding details for you, giving you lesser headaches and worries to mind about your wedding. In some cases, wedding planners can take care of finding a photographer for you if in case you have not found one.