Obviously, you can and should expect your photographer to deliver quality images. What do I mean by quality? I mean that the finished product delivered to you matches the quality of their images that initially grabbed your attention. There is nothing more disappointing than hiring someone because you love what you see on their website, their Instagram profile, or another photo-sharing platform, and getting your own photos returned to you that are a completely different style or quality. It is completely reasonable to expect the same quality of images that you have seen this photographer post when you book him or her for your wedding. Consider this factor when deciding who will capture your wedding day.
To ensure that your expectations are met and you get the quality you deserve, you should also make your expectations known to your wedding photographer. If you expected a photo of your mom’s reaction to you walking down the aisle, you need to make sure your photographer knows it. If you expect a detail shot of a specific flower in your bouquet, you absolutely should tell your photographer. You hired him or her to get you the specific shots that you want—don’t be afraid to speak out and make your expectations clear. Doing this will ensure that you get the quality that you expect and, frankly, deserve.
Now, on to professionalism. I could ramble on and on about this for hours, but I’ll keep it simple: professionalism means that your photographer does what she (or he) says she is going to do. You should have no doubts that if a promise is made it is seen through. Your photographer should be responsive to your messages, clear and transparent about the services they are offering you, and if any mistake is made on their part, you should expect them to rectify the situation (whether that be through giving you a discount, a reshoot of a session, an album, or whatever the situation might call for).
It’s important to make the distinction between professionalism and formalism. It’s totally okay for a photographer’s personality to come out in what they do—in fact, their personality and individual quirkiness should shine! It’s what makes them great. Just because he or she is fairly reserved and shy, or loud and full of jokes does not mean that they are unprofessional. I’ll restate this: Professionalism means that your photographer does what she (or he) says she is going to do. You can and should expect your photographer to follow through—and show their personality as they do!
Ugh. Oh. My. Lump. PLEASE book a wedding photographer that cares about YOU. To be honest, if your photographer cares about you as much as they care about adding to their portfolio, they will deliver not only quality work, but a quality experience for you and your future spouse. You wouldn’t want to look back on your wedding day and remember how uncomfortable it was to have an apathetic stranger take your photos and feel like you’re just dollars in that person’s bank account. Choose a photographer who will truly care, make you feel valued and loved, and help you out with anything you might need on your big day. You should expect your photographer to be there for you, and to FEEL that they care about you. I guarantee that a photographer produces her (or his) best work when they feel emotionally connected to their client.
Quality, professionalism, and care. These are the things you should expect from your wedding photographer. Hopefully this little rant of mine helps steer you towards your perfect photographer as you search through Facebook, Instagram, the Knot, and WeddingWire to find her!