Trying to find a wedding photographer in Montreal can be a daunting task. Here are a few things to help you decide what are your deal breakers, priorities and most importantly, the best questions to ask yourselves when trying to find “THE ONE”, or at least “the one” of the wedding vendors!
Montrealers are very lucky; we’re a city with a lot of very talented professional photographers. The bonus, many of us professional photographers are friends and often work together and create incredible experiences and images for our clients, which I am lucky to do for my clients. They key is, we are professionals that come with experience, expertise and both technical understanding and cultural knowledge. Unfortunately, the onus is on the client to find the professional from the hobbyist who is having fun on someone’s wedding day.
Now, for the scary taboo subject, budget! There will be photographers that range in price and that can be for a variety of reasons; some may be just starting out in their careers and not have any experience yet, some might have been working for many years and have recently opened their own business and can offer great expertise and lower cost (which is why I can offer what I do!), some might be well into their career and are more high-end, etc. Every couple has to decide where they are comfortable and what their deal breaker will be. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true here, so it’s a place to decide if budget or quality reigns supreme, as there are options in Montreal for both.
What can help you decide? Experience. Why does experience count for so much? Wedding photography is not like anything else. As photographers we are constantly on the go, thinking of the next big moment and seeing and finding the great small moments that can’t be missed all at the same time! We help our couples schedule the day, thanks to our experience, and when that schedule sometimes doesn’t go to plan due to weather, traffic, late people in the wedding party, etc., we still are able to create those amazing, some may say epic, photos that last a lifetime. This is why experience matters. I can certainly say that my nearly 10 years as a wedding photographer has certainly helped my clients on many occasions.
When choosing your wedding photographer there are some key points you’re going to want to keep in mind.
There are many more questions you can ask, and some that will be more relevant to you personally. The most important thing is; do you like this person? Do you feel good with them? Do you like their work? And can you give them your full trust? If so… IT’S A MATCH!
I recommend starting with a phone call, even just a few minutes chat if you have time. Email is certainly efficient to see if the photographer is within the budget you have allocated, but it’s a bit impersonal (most photographers are willing to have conversations about pricing, so don’t be shy to ask, if the pricing is close, but not exactly within the budget. Odds are they can create a package for you to suit your needs).
Plan a FaceTime or Skype with them, even better, set up a meeting and meet face to face! (let’s meet you and me and see if we connect!) Get to know each other and start what may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.