Hello, Bryan again. I promise you Helen is coming up very soon with a dynamite blog post that you will absolutely love but for now you are stuck with me. Today I’m going to explain the first part of how you select a wedding photographer.
Yes this is the first part of the series.
Yes I wrote it second.
Now you know why Helen is in charge of everything except photography lol.
OK this part is super easy. Really, I promise. The very first thing is to figure out HOW you want to select a photographer. I know that seems a little odd since I’m supposed to tell you how right? Work with me and we will get there.
When I say HOW, what I mean is what is important about the photographer to you? Is it the cost, experience level, existing galleries/pictures, equipment, LGBTQ friendliness, how the photographer will dress on your wedding day, whatever you like. You should pick 3-5 aspects and rank them in order of importance to you. Some ideas of things you can score on include but are not limited to:
This list is by no means all inclusive. You and your partner should select the 3-5 things that are most important to you and use those to make your selection. Why only 3-5 things? Because the more criteria you select the less important each one becomes.
Helen and I selected
Those are the four areas we chose and we put them in order from most important to least (the order they are in above.) From there, in each area as we interviewed vendors we gave them a score of 0 in an area if they were not what we were looking for, a 1 if they seemed to be a good fit and a 2 if we felt really good about that vendor in that area. So a vendor would end up with a first scoring pass that looked like this:
We’d then eliminate any vendor that had a zero in a category. After all there were only 4 categories so they are all important, you can’t be unable to meet a core requirement and still be selected. Since there were 4 categories we gave the most important category a multiplier of 4, second most important 3 and so on. Like so:
And we found out right away that we could both easily and quickly agree on which vendor we preferred.
It doesn’t really matter what areas you base your decision on or what multiplier you use to get to the answer you want. The key here is that before you make a decision that you plan HOW you will make a decision and stick to it. It will be much easier to stay on track and not be sold on bells and whistles that you don't need or want. And by the way, Helen and I are only an example here because for our shoot, we selected a photographer from those who already work for us.