Six Things You Should Think About Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

I’ve had lots of people recommended by friends, clients, family,… who wanted to hire me just because they knew me… And, although it always is nicer to work with someone you know or has been recommended by someone you know, you should always check their work first! Someone being very nice DOES NOT mean they take good (or bad) pictures!

  • If the photographer has been recommended, ask the person who recommended him how they know him: have they hired him, is he family, a friend? If they hired him did they have any kind of problem, what did they like best about his work?
  • You should also ask yourself: do you like this photographer’s style? Every one has a different “eye” and you may love images someone else won’t! They are several different wedding pictures styles: Wedding Photojournalism, with a focus on candid shots, Artsy ones, with more experimentation, or a more Classic approach, with an emphasis on photo quality and more prepared (posed shots, etc…)… Each style has its peaks, but only you can know which style represents you best!!
  • Do you think this particular photographer will be able to make you look your best? Photographs quality is one of the most important aspect of wedding photography: dark or unfocused shots are not what you should be looking at in a photographer portfolio. However, I have found myself looking at technically perfect shots, but with the bride or groom looking awful: the photographer’s interest should not only be taking beautiful photos but also to make you look your best!!
  • It also is a big plus to see at least one entire wedding sample (lots of wedding photographers have a blog or blog section on their websites where you will find them). Anyone can make a 30 pictures gallery with nice photos after having shot several weddings. But do they deliver enough good pictures for one wedding? Look for consistency, not only that one stunning shot you can see on a lot of wedding photography websites!!
  • Ask the photographer what his policy is about cancellation, delivery time, etc… And remember: it is always better to ask for a contract, even if you know the photographer: this way they will be no ambiguities about any of these questions!
  • A lot of people base their decision on the price: it is important, and will be a big part of why you picked your photographer. Just don’t let it be the main reason why you choose one photographer over the other: there is no miracle here: if you want quality you will have to pay for it… And a $300 USD price difference may also be the difference between good and bad pictures!

I hope this article will help you find your dream wedding photographer and that you will have the most beautiful images to remember your wedding day!!!

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Palm Springs Wedding Photographer

Weddings are known for being romantic and memorable. If you are planning to get married, it is likely that you would want your wedding to be that way. If so, there are a number of things that you should first consider. To forever cherish memories, pictures are used. That is why it is important to consider hiring a professional wedding photographer for your Palm Springs wedding.

When it comes to professional wedding photography, many couples wonder why they need to have it. The truth is that you do not need to have professional pictures of your wedding. However, even though it is optional, most couples make the decision to hire a professional and in the end almost all are satisfied with their decision.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you want to hire a professional wedding photographer, you are urged to examine the benefits of doing so. By closely examining the benefits of using a professional Palm Springs wedding photographer, you can easily decide whether or not it is the right decision for you and your partner.

When examining the benefits of a professional Palm Springs wedding photographer, you will likely be pleased with what they can offer you. Professional wedding photographers are not just any person with a camera. They are trained professionals, often with professional equipment. While you may not think about it, the camera used to take your wedding pictures may be more important than you know. Professional cameras, often expensive ones, tend to produce better results.

In addition to the type of equipment used, most professional photographers know what shots are the best. A friend or relative may not necessarily be aware of what pictures are important to you. Often times, without even mentioning anything, a professional photographer will know what you want. Many couples are pleased not only with the quality of the photographs, but the pictures that were taken.

To many couples, the cost of a wedding photographer seems high; however, it is important to examine what that cost includes. Many professional photographers charge a fee that includes a wide variety of different features and services. Instead of having to pay for your own film and photo developments, many photographers include them in their fees. Having to pay only one fee for your wedding photographs is nice, on a number of different levels.

While not all photographers guarantee their work, you may be able to find at least one Palm Springs wedding photographer who is willing to. This often guarantees that you will get the results that you were promised or looking for. Also, there are some professional photographers that will let you view sample prints of your photographs and then allow you to choose the ones that you want. This may end up preventing you from having to pay for pictures that you do not approve of.

As you can see, there are a number of different benefits to using the services of a professional wedding photographer. If you are interested in using a professional Palm Spring wedding photographer, you are urged to start searching well in advance. Many times, especially during certain months, it is hard to find a professional photographer with an opening.

Tips To Find Your Best Wedding Photographer

Start looking early for your wedding photographer.

Wedding photographers typically get inquiries from brides from 6-8 months prior to a bride’s wedding day. The sooner you start looking the better the chances are of hiring the best match for your style and personality. Also, booking earlier gives you more flexibility in when you will be able to shoot your engagement session. Booking late can restrict you to a season that’s either too hot or too cold.

Don’t have any idea how to start looking? Here are some ideas.

Start asking around your circle of friends that have been married recently. Referrals are the absolute best way to get true feedback for a particular photographer. Lean on Google heavily. If you’ve already booked your wedding venue, search for photographers that have blogged about weddings at that location. Make a working group of 15-20 bookmarks of favorite wedding photographer websites. Keep that group fluid, when you add one…drop someone else off. Don’t go over 20. Once you have a good list make a top 5 group from that bigger group. Contact those five photographers and start setting up consultations.

Ask the photographer about their cameras and equipment.

Ask your photographer to describe their approach to backup gear for the wedding day. Photographers love to talk about their toys and you’ll be reassured to hear about their backup plans. They should have at least two fully capable pro camera bodies and multiple lenses specialized for low light photography. Professional cameras are robust but as with anything mechanical, failure can occur. Having immediately available backup gear is essential.

Talk to the photographer about his backup methods AFTER the wedding.

Your photographer should have a strategy for backing up your digital images that includes multiple onsite and off site backups. For example, a photographer may have duplicate hard drives at their studio as well as a safe deposit box with additional backups.

Why an engagement session is so important.

The engagement session is important to create photographic record of this amazing time in your life. The time between your engagement and wedding is one of the most exciting periods of your life. beyond that, no one will be around you more than your photographer on your wedding day. The importance of personal compatibility cannot be overstated. Having spent time together as friends and photo subjects at the engagement session goes a long way towards the comfort and trust necessary on the wedding day.

Saving money by having a friend or relative that’s pretty good with a camera shoot the wedding.

If you place a high degree of importance on the photographic record of your wedding day then nothing less than a professional is acceptable. A talented friend may capture a few nice images but with the experience and training of photographing many weddings you cannot rely on them to have the consistency and control to capture the entire day. A professional photographer has shot countless weddings and worked in every possible lighting situation. These are your memories…hire a professional.

You will find that your wedding photographer choice is a very personal one. If this article plants a seed or two to help you as you begin your search the it will be a success.