Without a doubt, one thing that will not bring back the best memories of you’re your beach wedding in twenty years is whether you used tropical flowers or sea shell centerpieces. Although simplicity is generally a good way to economize, penny-pinching on your choice of a wedding photographer is a mistake for a host of reasons. For this job, you’ll always be grateful that you’ve hired the professional photographer that can possibly fit your budget.
Based on the interviews that I did with some truly creative photographers before my beach wedding, these are some guidelines that they recommended.
1. Examine the photographer’s portfolio very carefully. Outdoor photography presents entirely different challenges than does work in the studio. You’ll want to see the photos he or she has taken at beach locations similar to yours. And especially for the time of day that you have in mind.
2. Negotiate in advance the amount of time the photographer will be on site and the minimum number of photographs that will be taken. The lesson is to ensure that both you and the photographer are on the same page regarding what you are expecting.
3. The photographer will be in a better position to give you a good estimate if you can provide a list of the group pictures that you have in mind (it is more involved to set up pictures with lots of people than with only a few). With this information, the photographer can advise you how much time will be required for taking these shots so that you can be prepared. A bonus is that there is likely to be fewer chances of chaos on the wedding day
4. Having decided to hire an experienced professional photographer, you’re going to be best served if you inhibit any tendency you have for being a control freak. Give the photographer the freedom to exercise her or his creativity, even if that means you might be asked to assume some pose that feels a bit awkward. Assuming that you’ve chosen the right photographer, the finished images later should dispel any doubts that you had during the photo shoot.
5. Finally, because digital cameras today are so small, inexpensive and easy to use, you’ll be amazed at the number of relatives and guests who will bring their own to capture “great shots” themselves. It’s a good idea to give them a head’s up so that they can stand clear of the professional photographer so that he or she will be able to give you everything you’ve dreamt of for your wedding album.