Your wedding photographer is one of the most important people in your wedding- for his or her work will decide as to how you will remember this special day for your entire life. You want a photographer who understands that and captures each moment for what it really is- unique and special. Taking care of just a few things will help you ensure that you find the best photographer for your wedding.
Set up an interview
You cannot go by just looks- you have to meet your potential photographers. Begin by looking at their websites, and if you like what is in front of you, ask if the photographer will be available on your wedding date, and then call for an interview. You should interview at least 3 to 5 photographers, see their works, understand their style and check if your personalities go well together. As you set up interviews, be ready to give information including the venue, wedding theme, and what you want from your photos and recordings.
Is your photographer asking you enough questions?
Unless your photographer understands the event, your requirements and what you expect from his work, how can you even think that he will do the job the way you want to? A professional wedding photographer will ask you numerous questions, right from where you are planning to do the wedding to the number of events, the kind of photography that you want, the moments that you want to be captured and so on. You need a photographer who knows what he is doing- and the only way he can actually do that is by gathering as much information as possible.
A wedding takes just one day, but photographs keep the moments captured to be shared for a lifetime. The decorations and the food may fade away but the photographs would remain intact for years. These photographs help rekindle the spark and joy long after they were celebrated.
Wedding photography, although surrounded by happiness and smiles, is a very serious business. May photographers make a profession out of it, and it’s not just some side job you can pick up for extra pocket money. It takes more than just a nice camera to capture the truth and the emotions of a wedding. In order to immortalize the moment properly, a photographer needs a great amount of expertise in angles, framing, timing and lighting. Before hiring a photographer for your wedding day, do your homework first.
Hunt for the Photographer
Picking the perfect photographer for your special day is important. If you want your photographs to bring back pleasant memories of your wedding day. It’s important to make sure you pick the right photographer. There are several steps in choosing the right photographer. These are the most important steps that you should follow when choosing your wedding photographer.
Picking the right style that fits what you are looking for. Ask friends and family if they can recommend a photographer. This can be a starting point in trying to pick that special photographer. Trying to use a traditional style photographer to get photo journalistic results won’t work. Traditional photography is not considered a modern style. It may have been popular when your parents and grand parents got married. Traditional style is more posed with friends and family standing shoulder to shoulder.
Photo journalistic photographers capture you special day as a story. With each detail being preserved as it happens. You’ll find that some photographers have great imagination, but lack the skill to cover your wedding day properly. It takes a great eye along with the ability to the little details and stay invisible at the same time.
When choosing a wedding photographer, sometimes the options (and not to mention prices) can be overwhelming. Words like vintage, photojournalistic, contemporary and artistic seem to be thrown around a lot, and you are already beginning to see the drastic differences between the work of many wedding photographers. And you are probably thinking, “How will I ever choose a wedding photographer?!”
Well, I am writing this article to assist you in doing exactly that – I’m here to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer that will suit your individuality perfectly! My first word of advice is to visit the websites of many photographers. Get a feel for the styles that are out there. If you have friends who have used a particular wedding photographer and you loved their work, visit their website as well. Look through their galleries, read their blog. Blogs are a great insight into a photographers personality. If you are absolutely in love with the photographs on their website, then it is then time to visit their pricing page.
Wedding photography can easily be one of the priciest investments that you make in regard to your wedding day. However, once the party is over, your wedding photographs will be the only tangible product you have left to document all of the time, effort and money that you poured into your wedding. In my opinion, if you go with a photographer who cannot effectively capture the beauty of your wedding, then much of the money that you did choose to invest will not be remembered. Bottom line, your wedding is going to cost you some money, but wedding photography is not the place to cut corners. Look at your budget, decide what you are able to spend, and remember that your wedding photographer is the only one that can make your wedding day last forever – how do you want it to be remembered?
You will want to treasure your wedding photographs for years to come. You will want to look at them and show them over the years to help you recall everything – the first kiss, the first dance and all the many other things that made the day special. You will want to show your wedding photos to your children and your grandchildren, therefore selecting the wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make, and this takes time and attention.
You will not get a second chance at this and it is therefore crucial to find a reliable professional, who is in tune with your vision for the day and is confident that he or she can capture this.
It is very important to book your wedding photographer as soon as you have set the date – some popular photographers are booked out a year or more in advance, especially if you are planning a summer wedding. It would be a good idea to book your wedding and reception venue, as these may influence the style and content of your photographs. You should also set a budget for the wedding photographer – as a rule of thumb, the wedding photographs can cost around 10 per cent of the total wedding budget.