Choosing A Wedding Photographer
Planning a wedding can get very expensive, very quickly. There are many things that are added to the “must have” list. Some things are relevant and important and other things are just things.
At some point you need to look over the list and decide on where your money will be best spent and enjoyed.
When you are trying to save on costs one thing I would highly recommend is that you keep a good about of your budget to invest in a professional photographer.
A professional photographer will capture your wedding, your emotions, your thoughts and your wedding day will stand still in time – forever.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to your wedding photos. You will never regret having beautiful photos of your special day – they really do become priceless. You’re not investing in photos, you’re investing in memories.
Photo’s will live longer than the flowers and the catered food. Therefore, it’s really important you hire a photographer who understands what you want and can be relied upon to capture every minute of this special day.
Here are a few tips to help you hire a professional photographer:
- Find out how long they have been a photographer and what experience they have.
- Make sure they have current business insurance.
- Is their equipment up-to-date and well kept?
- Do they have Membership in any professional association?
- Do they have a permanent studio?
- Do they have testimonials from satisfied customers?
- Do they have albums of other weddings you can look at to get a feel for their style?
- What packages do they offer?
Things to consider:
Level of experience. Check their background and ask for names of other people they have worked photographed. Call them and ask if they were satisfied on the photographer’s work.
Personality. Are their ideas the same as yours? Can you communicate with them easily? Do they understands what you want or what is your idea regarding the style of photography that you want to be achieved.
Style of photography. Do the images that are presented appeal to you? Do you like their style?
References. Ask for references and meet with them personally so you can take a look of their work as well as ask them if they were happy with the outcome of with their work.
Packages. Ask about each package that they present to you. If you’re not comfortable with the packages, can they make one to satisfy your needs?
Accomplished work. Ask how long will it take for them to finish your album, your bridal portrait and all the photos taken during the wedding.
Price. Can you afford their services? Do you feel value from what they are offering? Take the time to ask all that you need to know and make sure you understand all services and photos include in the cost.
Payments and deposits. Should you cancel, will you receive a refund? If they, in any circumstance, does not show up, what happens? Do they have a partner to take their place just in case? Make sure you discuss all your concerns.
Contract. Check and read it carefully before signing. If there is anything that you don’t understand, ask them or ask that they leave you the contract overnight so you can read over it again. Be certain that everything you both had agreed on is in the contract.
When looking at the photographer’s work, look for the following:
- Each sample album must consist of only one wedding. Do they have a lot of sample albums?
- Study each album well and see if the album is telling the story of the wedding and not just filling the album up with similar photos.
- Are the portraits clear and did the photographer capture the mood of the event?
- Are all the photos done artistically? Is there a play of light and shadow?
- Are candid shots taken? Are they clear and well composed?
Remember photos are the one thing you have to take from your wedding that will help you relive the memories forever. They really are one of the best investments of the whole wedding.