If you're thinking of hiring a photographer to capture your special day, here are some tips to help you choose the right one.
- It can be helpful to ask around and get recommendations from friends or family who have had good experiences with particular Orange County photography. Look online for reviews and compare prices. You may also want to consider using a service like Google Photo Search to help you find local photographers who specialize in wedding photography.
- If you're mainly looking for traditional posed portraits, then a studio-based photographer might be more appropriate for your needs.
- If, on the other hand, you're interested in capturing candid shots of your guests during the wedding ceremony and reception, a freelance shooter may be a better fit. There are also many talented shooters who work only with natural light, so if this is a priority for you, be sure to inquire about their availability.
- Many states require professional photographers to hold licenses and/or insurance in order to legally operate as photographers. Ask about these requirements before making any commitments.
Ask your photographer for the names of some of the people he/she has worked with in the past. If a wedding is your first time using a photographer, ask for references from friends who used him/her. In any case, take note of what you like and dislike about a photographer's work as well as how he/she performs during meetings and weddings.
Ask to see their portfolio as it will give you an idea of the kind of photos they shoot and show you their style of editing. You'll also get a sense of the kind of images they prefer to photograph, along with examples that illustrate your specific event type (i.e., outdoor wedding).