Things You Should Know When Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Weddings are ideal events for a couple and there is always an outburst of joy, a flurry of last-minute arrangements, and promises of happily ever after. To capture these moments, an established and experienced wedding photographer is often given importance to catch every scene worth remembering. Indeed, there is an abundance of wedding photographers to take shots of your special day. Each of them has their own distinctive style, gear and equipment, and varied options to satisfy even the pickiest couples.

But hiring a wedding photographer is not an easy feat. You do not just single out a photographer to take random shots of your favorite wedding scenes. You should also note what is important to you as well as do some basic research about the best wedding shutterbugs in town in order for you to find the photographer that fits your wedding needs.

There are some unique styles that plenty of photographers use and they even incorporate various approaches to make any special event grand and worth reminiscing about. You can choose from a slew of options like standard photography, documentary, photojournalism, edgy or deviant art, classic touch, and so much more.

Take a step back and think about what you really need. While professional wedding photographers can give suggestions about how to grab the precious moments in your life, it all depends on how you want your wedding to be captured on film.

For traditional wedding ceremonies, you might opt for a classic touch to your photos. You can hire a wedding photographer who specializes in snatching that pastoral magic typical of traditional weddings. Weddings in beaches require a more artsy and edgy type of images so you can secure a wedding photographer that also have experience in dealing with the outdoors.

Keep in mind that you do not have to allow the wedding venue affect your own choices about how your wedding should be. If you need some hints, you can browse through a photographers portfolio, either online or through ads so that you can get the gist of what lures you in. Once you have nailed down the kind of approach and style, you can interview the photographers that you have considered and dish out the style that you desire.

A photographers images and how they are pixilated, rendered, and captured is much more important than the kind of equipment that they use. They could have the best digital single-lens reflex camera around but how they shoot your photos is the single aspect on whether their photos are a hit or not. Indeed, digital photography replaces the method of traditional photography and enables you to have incredible options of adjusting your images. Also, never underestimate skilled photographers who can do remarkable shots with the film.

Wedding photographers provide you the options of the type of albums you want, the framing, reprints, and proof images so you have the choice of selecting what appeals to you best. Whatever your preference, talk to your photographer about your expectations and never hesitate to discuss the percentage of pictures and the pricing. Even if you choose timeless images or more deviant ones, it is really nice to have pictures that directly speak about your wedding.

Are Expensive Wedding Photographers Better Than Inexpensive Wedding Photographers?

Some brides and grooms out there pay excessive amounts for wedding photographers. There is nothing wrong with this if you know exactly the photographer you want and you fall in love with their work. It also helps if you can afford it. The question is however, is a more expensive wedding photographer a better photographer? Is an inexpensive and more affordable photographer just not as qualified? Well I know of one photographer that actually charges over $50,000 to shoot an 8 hour wedding. He sold the photos from the wedding at ridiculous prices to. Let’s just say a wallet sized photo was $60.00. And guess what? The bride & groom and their family ordered tons of pictures at those bloated prices? Do you know what the photographer paid for the photo?

Let us just say he made out like a bandit. Wow. So basically if that photographer shot only 2 weddings a year that would be a pretty nice income for most people. Many photographers have figured this out and created their wedding photography package prices to be high priced and bloated. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this but if you are wondering if these people that paid so much for their wedding photography got better photography coverage at their wedding because they could afford more, you are mistaken. So why did all these people pay so much money for their wedding photography? Were the photos better quality?

Were they on diamond covered photo paper? Did he have a special camera? No, no and no. This “high-end” photographer actually once worked at a regular priced photography studio. He left that studio confident that he could get a high price for his work and began marketing himself in more affluent areas with very classy looking, artsy ads. That was it. He only needed one or two weddings a year to make a good living but what he did do was change his perceived value. Perceived value when it comes to anything is a funny thing. Was his photography so amazing? He was really good as are many photographers but he also wasn’t any better than the art student that came in with photos he took from his cousins wedding. He definitely in my opinion was not worth 50k.

He shot weddings in the same nice attire that all the other photographers shot in, he had the same photography equipment as most of them… so what it comes down to is how he marketed himself and what his perceived value was. Word of mouth among the affluent about this “high-end” photographer allowed him to do very well in his business but behind the scenes, he was laughing all the way to the bank. A good photographer is a good photographer. You can change his/her perceived value around with a twist of marketing and words. The thing is, many photographers are not always great business people. If they were, they would open up their own studios and charge whatever they like. In fact, often inexpensive photographers can be true artists.

They prefer to focus more on their passion of photography & shooting weddings rather than being businessmen & women. This I believe shows in their work. So basically what it boils down to is this; Decide what you are willing to spend on your wedding photography, visit only the studios that are in your wedding budget and then look at a sample wedding of the photographers work. This is the most important part. You have to like the style that you see in the photographers sample work. Look for testimonials and make sure that they promise you a backup photographer if something goes wrong. If you like what you see and the price is right then you can be assured that you are making the correct decision.

Choosing the RIGHT Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding

Here are a few tips I’ve put together on choosing the right wedding photographer.

Always ask to see a completed wedding album. It’s easy for any wedding photographer to show you a ‘Best Of…’ image selection but this could only be 20-30 images taken from 20-30 weddings. It’s easy for anybody to get one good photo from each wedding but it takes a quality photographer to provide consistent results throughout the whole day. Having said that, also ask to see an album of their best work, it also gives you a good idea of what they are capable of!

Are they qualified? With more and more wedding photographers entering the market it can be very hard to select the right one for you. A good judgement is to see whether their peers are willing to give them acknowledgment for their work too. With a highly qualified wedding photographer you know you are getting someone who takes pride in their work and wants the letters after their name to show this.

Do I like this guy? You’re not just asking someone to take some photos; you’re asking someone to also be a part of your special day. They can be the greatest photographer in the world but if they have no personality then you’re not going to enjoy the time you spend with them. Making sure you have good rapport with your photographer is essential for providing good expressions in the photos.

Do they offer a pre-wedding shoot?

This is always a nice extra to add to your wedding package. Throughout all the hustle and bustle of preparing for your wedding day it is easy to forget that the engagement is also a special time that should be celebrated and captured forever. A nice spring Sunday afternoon with your photographer taking some relaxed photos of the 2 of you will also help build that all important rapport with your photographer before your special day.