The Top 10 Things Couples Look For In A Wedding Photographer

So you are getting married and there are so many things to do. You have the hall, your dress, flowers, invitations and now it comes time to hire your photographer.

After doing some research on the web and “hanging out” on different wedding sites I have found that most brides are looking for more or less the same things. What follows is sort of a wish list of things couples want from their wedding photographer.

10. Negatives/Digital Files – One thing that couples want these days is the opportunity to purchase or have included in their package the option to buy the negatives or (in the case of digital) the digital files. Many couples feel that they should be able to make as many re-prints as they would like, whenever they want. While many photographers do offer their negatives, many do not and feel that the labs that they use will be able to give a higher quality print rather than just taking a negative to the local drug store for printing. In addition, many photographers will sell their negatives after a certain amount of time, for example a year after your wedding date.

9. Black and White – Everything old is new again. Almost all couples want a mixture of color and black and white. Black and white gives that photojournalistic look to a photograph as well as a fine art look. If your photographer is shooting digital, any photograph can be converted to black and white. If your photographer is shooting film then most likely they will be shooting with B&W and color film separately.

8. Unlimited Time – When hiring a photographer couple like to have the security of someone who will be with them to capture all of the wedding moments. Having unlimited time can give you the peace of mind to know that those moments will be captured.

7. Experience – Does your photographer have the necessary experience to handle the stresses of wedding photography? There are many things going on at once during a wedding. The experienced photographer knows how to bring everything together and in an orderly fashion.

6. Price – This can vary a lot and price was not the main criteria in choosing a photographer. Prices can range from several hundred dollars to over $10,000. At the low end are usually people who do wedding photography part time. In wedding photography, you usually get what you pay for. As you go up in price, so does the “art of wedding photography”.

5. Professional – Being a professional means many different things to different people. Those photographers who didn’t respond in a timely manner and/or who were rude (and amazingly, some are) were axed off the potential list immediately. Being professional also meant that couples wanted to know the photographers “style and philosophy”. Things that also bothered couple: rudeness, disorganization, insulting comments about other brides or photographers and other unprofessional comments.

4. Flexibility – Brides put flexibility high on their list. To many flexibility is key. They said, packages are nice, but a photographer that refuses to be flexible, is not going to get very far with brides. Brides also commented that photographers get caught up in the OLD way of doing things, and never change with the times. Again, this relates to being flexible.

3. Style/Approach – Today couples are looking for something different – artsy photojournalism, not the same cheesy photos. Brides are drawn to photographers who have developed their own unique (but consistent) artistic style/approach. Details are very important to brides. They appreciate a photographer who focuses on details.

2. Personality – What can you really say about this. It is obvious. When you spend upwards of 10 hours with someone on an important day like your wedding you had better clique. Brides often said that they “just knew” when they met their photographer that they were right for each other.

1. Listen – And the number thing that kept on coming up was that brides wanted from their photographer was that they “LISTEN”.
This means that a photographer really heard what a bride said before they stated speaking about the next topic. This is really important because it is the ability to understand what a client wants that will make a photographer really deliver what a bride was expecting.

So there you have the top ten. So, when you go shopping for a photographer see how he/she measures up in each of the categories listed here. Remember, your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. Take your time, enjoy the process and you will find the perfect photographer for you.

5 Things Couples Must Consider When Choosing Their Wedding Photographer

Planning a wedding can be quite overwhelming and as your ‘to do’ list keeps growing, it is easy to make rash decisions when it comes to some of the most important aspects of your special day. Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make as it is the photographer that will capture some of the fondest memories of the big day.

There are 5 important considerations that you need to take into account when choosing your wedding photographer so that you can be assured that he or she will be there to capture every moment of this big day and provide you with quality photographs.

The Experience and Portfolio of the Photographer

Every photographer that you interview should present you with a portfolio so that you can look through the photographs of weddings that they have attended and photographed. Browsing through these portfolios will give you an idea about the style that they work with, and whether the style of photography is more or less what you are looking for in a photographer. Take your time as you go through each of the photos to get an idea about how thorough the photographer is with his or her shoots. What types of pictures were taken throughout the day? Was there a nice variety of couple shots and shots with family and friends? Did the photographer do a good job in choosing poses for the various pictures? How many of the pictures were posed and how many were candid?

Who Is Going to Be Taking the Photographs?

When couples meet with a photography agency, many of them assume that the photographer they speak to will be the one who takes their pictures on their wedding day, but this is not always true. There are many companies that work with multiple photographers, and some of them even contract work to freelance photographers, so you will need to ask your photography company about the photographer that will be working on your wedding shoot. If you are going to sign a contract, make sure they stipulate who will be taking the photos.

The Cost of the Shoot and the Printing

While some photographers charge for their services by the hour, others will charge for the entire shoot, so you need to know exactly how much you are going to pay at the end of the day to ensure that you are not overcharged. If the photographer is charging by the hour, make sure that you are aware of the cost of the printing or whether you are paying for the whole package. When I first considered starting a photography business this was the one area I personally found the most difficult to get right, as I wanted to price myself appropriately!

Candid or posed photographs

There are many photographers who are extremely flexible with their choice of styles, and they will shoot just about any types of photographs you want on your wedding day, but this is not true of all of them. There are those photographers who will refuse to take candid photographs, and if this is the style you are looking for, then you need to know what to expect before they show up with a camera in hand on your special day. Be specific about what you are looking for, and do not be afraid to disagree with a photographer when discussing your wedding photos; after all, it is going to be one of the biggest days of your life.

Deposits and Cancellations

Preparing for the worst is what wedding planning is all about and this is no different when it comes to your photographer. Read the fine print of the contract and make sure that you are aware of the procedures if the photographer fails to show up on the day of the wedding, especially if you are going to be paying a deposit. In the event that your chosen photographer cancels on the last minute, make sure that you are aware of who will be taking their place, or if there will be a replacement at all. Never rely on promises or spoken agreements between you and your photographer, because courts will only be interested in what was written in the contract.

How Can You Look For The Best Wedding Photographers?

It is easy to find the best of everything on the internet and if you are looking for the best wedding photographers, you can use some of the search engines online and you will find many. You can also get a lot of tips online to know how you can choose one of the best photographers, but make sure when you do, you find one within your area. It will be best for you to look for a photographer in your own area because this will make it easy for the photographer to reach and depart from the venue in time. Here are a few things you can do to distinguish the best photographer from the rest:

A Good Photographer Will Have Reasons for His/Her Photography Rates

Some people just love to take advantage of the area and market. You might find many photographers who are new but have very high charges for wedding photography, just because the market for wedding photography in that area is high. However, high prices never guarantee a good quality service or product. When you talk to the best wedding photographers, they will have their fair reasons for whatever prices they are charging to the customers. Most of the times, it should be their experience and success rate or artistic style of wedding photography. They will back their pricing with some authentic proofs instead of just talking.

They Will Keep Things Clear

Pricing is a matter that is discussed between a customer and a seller all the time. When you talk to a photographer, you will definitely look into the pricing and discuss your options, which is a good practice. However, there are things that often get overlooked when you are laying too much stress on pricing only. To distinguish betweenthe best wedding photographers and the rest, always keep an eye on what information is you being provided to you. A truly professional photographer will tell you clearly about the fees, additional fees, his equipment, terms, conditions and his compliance to your requirements. You don’t want to know that you can’t upload a picture on your public profile unless you have the photographer’s watermark on it, do you?

Will Have A Nice Portfolio

While you are looking for the best wedding photographers, let your artistic side be a little active or simply have someone along who has a little photography experience and who could help you with your decisions. You should be able to make a good decision by looking at the portfolio of the photographer, but there is a tricky and clever way of evaluating a portfolio too. Don’t go for the individual artistic shots taken by the photographer. They have probably been picked from various albums, because they were the best shots. Look for complete albums; first photo to the last in order to get an idea of focus, concentration, consistency and constancy of the pictures.