1. Ask yourself what your value is and what type of photos you like.
There are thousands of beautiful photos on Pinterest, but it is important to know what you like instead of what the trend is. The best way to discover yourself is to know what part of the photo you like. Is it what they are doing? Is it the editing? Is it the natural lighting or the studio flashes — or studio flashes that looks like natural lighting?
2. Make sure there is an alignment of style and importance between you and your story tellers.
After knowing why you love what you love, it’s time to find and meet the photographers that also love the same thing. When you meet, make sure your importance aligns and find a mutual ground. It is also important to ask how they created certain photos so that you have an idea whether you would enjoy working with the photographer.
3. Timelessness beats short-lived trends.
Are the photos going to be timeless and appreciated 50 years later? Or is it going to be a 2~5 years trend? Simply asked, would your grandchild appreciate it as much as you do?
4. Take a look at the full client gallery and not just the portfolio photos.
The highlights and albums are important, which is how the photographers aim to achieve in showing their artistic style of their photography. However, it is also important to ask for a client gallery so you know how they capture the full day. Are the parents captured? Do they have detail shots of the venue? It is a good idea to be especially mindful of how well the photographers perform during indoor reception when there is no natural light.
5. Look for quality work, rather than merchandise that is designed to upsell you.
Companies may try to add more value by offering more albums, prints, or canvases. These are wonderful as long as you love their photos! Products could be purchased later in the future; however. the quality of photos that is captured at a specific moment can never be changed. Thus, we suggest prioritizing the quality of work more than how many products you get.