How to Choose the Best Wedding Photographer
Many engaged couples spend most of their energy organizing the perfect wedding well in advance of their big day. From renting the right venue and buying the wedding gown, to ordering invitations, decorations and wedding favors, they might forget all the effort needed to find a quality wedding photographer. They must remember that the one they choose will be responsible for creating the memories they can keep forever and look back on as time goes by. Getting quality wedding photographs is one of the most important aspects of planning a special marriage ceremony and reception. There are no second chances, so hiring the best photographer available is paramount.
Great wedding photography carries more challenge than other types of professional photo-shooting. Everyone must be made to look their best and the photographer does not have the benefit of studio lighting or backdrops to work his or her magic. There will be multiple locations with different light sources, perhaps varied weather conditions and different types of photographs to take too: candid color snaps to elegant black and white portraits.
Where should the bride and groom start their search?
It’s always great to begin by seeking out referrals from trusted friends and family members who had professional photography done for their special occasions. While online ratings may be helpful, someone you know can tell you more about the photographer’s personality and give a more honest overview.
Compile a list of possibilities and check out the online portfolios of each photographer. These should include multiple wedding pictures in all different circumstances. They can give you the best overview of the types of photography this person is skilled at and what options are available to you. If they seem like a good fit for your requirements, call to set up an appointment. Face-to face meetings are to discuss particulars about your job, availability and prices for different wedding photography packages.
What are the best questions to ask a wedding photographer?
Write down a list of questions to ask before you head out to the appointments with potential wedding photographers you might hire. The more willing they are to share information with you about all aspects of their business, the more confident you can be in hiring them for your special day.
- How long have you been in business?
- What kind of experience do you and your assistant have with weddings?
- What type of pictures do you take? Color, black and white, journalistic?
- How will I choose which pictures I want to keep?
- How long will it take to get the proofs to me, and how long do I have to choose?
- What are the costs for different levels of coverage?
- Do you charge extra from travel time and expenses?
- Do you have backup equipment and extra memory or film?
- Do you offer guarantees on your work?
- How can you make my wedding photographs unique and personal for me?
Professional wedding photographers often cost over $1,000, but discount packages may be available. Use digital photography and you will probably get more for your money as it is cheaper to take and store a digital photo than it is a traditional one. Cut down on the time you expect the photographer to cover. Perhaps you really only need family portraits after the ceremony and some traditional shots like the cake cutting at the reception.
After all this research, the bride and groom should have a great idea about which wedding photographer is right for them. Relax and sign the carefully-reviewed contract to ensure you will have the best photographer capturing memories on your special wedding day.