The 10 Biggest Mistakes Made When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

There is one thing that every couple must do when planning a wedding, and that is finding the right photographer. This may not be as easy as you think, as a lot of things depend on the photographer. You want to make sure you make the best decision since you will only get one chance at this. Having someone who captures this priceless day is important. So make sure you do not make the mistakes listed below when you are searching for your wedding photographer.

1. Having the Thoughts that All Photographers are Equal

As you know, no one is the same as anyone else. This is especially true when it comes to photographers. To get this point through, think of your favorite sport, and now think of the top two players. Notice how these players are both great, but have their own style.

2. Choosing a Photographers Based On Their Price

Choosing the cheapest or most expensive photographer, does not guarantee you they quality. You may choose the cheapest photographer and get the best quality, or choose the most expensive and get the worse quality.

3. Thinking the Right Gear With Get Great Results

Just because the photographer you choose carries around the best equipment, does not mean they are an expert using it. These expensive cameras come with a lot of great features, but unless your photographer is skilled on the equipment, these features mean nothing,

4. Letting Friends and Relatives Take the Pictures For You, and Expecting Professional Results

It is always nice to have your friends and family take pictures at your wedding, but remember that taking professional pictures needs experience. Even if your favorite Uncle does have the best camera, if he is not experienced, these pictures will not be professional.

5. Cutting Your Photographers Time

A lot of times we want a lot in a little bit of time. If you want family pictures or pictures of the wedding party, make sure you schedule time for it. If you try to get everyone together and rush the photographer to take the pictures fast, you are more than likely going to get bad results. Know who you want pictures taken of, and make time for it. Make sure you tell your photographer the must have pictures well in advance. Having a time schedule will give your photographer and chance to organize and take great pictures.

6. You Entertain Too Many Photographers

Though price shopping with a number of different service providers is often a good idea, with photography this is not necessarily so.

A good photographer often has an already established client base and relies more on word of mouth than on advertising or on overly competitive prices. Many quality photographers will not even consider lowering rates for a price shopper. While it is important to get a good price and to stay within budget for photography services, it is even more important to have a professional experience and a high quality product.

7. You Sign the Paperwork Without Looking it Over First

It is not only one of the biggest mistakes but also one of the most commonly occurring – many people do not read the paperwork provided by their photographers. If a couple is serious about getting the best photographer, they need to take the time to read the contracts. Also, any items that are discussed between the photographer and client must appear in writing.

8. You Do Not Trust Your Own Instincts

A couple may get the feeling that an offer from a photographer is too good to be true, then will ignore that feeling in order to get a good deal. It is more important to trust those instincts; if something seems fishy, it probably is.

9. Lack of Professionalism is Ignored

A person who is planning a wedding has a long list of items to attend to, so it can be easy to ignore small things, such as a photographer who is dressed unprofessionally or behaves in any way other than a business-like fashion. It may seem unimportant how a person is dressed at the time of procuring their services, but if you attempt to picture this person in the midst of a wedding ceremony and formal reception, you may understand why professionalism is vital.

10. You Do Not Make Inquiries Into the Sample Album

Amateur photographers may attempt to piece together a sample album from multiple weddings, showing only one or two of the best shots taken at each wedding. A professional photographer will show a sample album with shots obtained at one wedding, showcasing the ability to capture multiple excellent photographs during the event.

It is also important to ask the photographer about the wedding; ask specific questions about techniques used or about the wedding itself so that you know for certain that the photographer is showing a legitimate sample album rather than one obtained from another photographer.

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.

10 Things to Look for in a Wedding Photograph

Do you find yourself asking these kinds of questions?

How can I tell which photographic style I like? The images from all wedding photographers look the same to me, how can I tell the good from the bad? I noticed I liked images if the wedding dress is beautiful, but what else should I look for?

Wedding photography may seem overwhelming at first especially if you have no experience in visual art. There is good news though, the more you look at the wedding pictures the easier it is to tell a good wedding image from a bad one. By browsing a lot of wedding photography sites you will soon become an expert at selecting a photographic style that you like.

Here are 10 very simple suggestions that will help you know what to look for when you start looking for the perfect wedding photographer for you:

Story – Can you make-up a story in your head when looking at the image? Even in a portrait your imagination should starts working. You should be trying to guess what the person is thinking by the look in their eyes. The greatest example is the famous painting of the mysterious Mona Lisa.

Emotion – Does the image make you feel something? Do you connect yourself with the characters in the picture? Do you believe that the people in the image are happy? Do they look in love or they look like they were asked to create that strange pose? Great Pictures should evoke emotions in you even though you do not know the people in them.

Dynamics – Is there movement, motion, momentum in the images or the photographer’s entire portfolio consists of static posed shots? Is there any beautiful wedding moments captured? People tend to look their best when they are in action, not thinking about posing or looking in the camera. Capturing action also makes much more interesting wedding images.

Exposure – Are there details in the wedding dress or is it just a bizarre white shape? Does everything look dark and dreary? If images do not have the correct exposure no amount of Photoshop and post processing will make the image look right. This is an easy way to separate the Pros from the beginners.

Use of Lighting – Does the photographer use lighting creatively or just blasts every image with the direct on camera flash? It is great to have interesting lighting effects in wedding images like shooting into the light, flare from the sun, shadows, dramatic cinematic lighting, etc.

People’s Expressions – Is the photographer trying to capture emotion, expression, reaction or just presses the button at the awkward moment. For example when exchanging wedding vows there is so much emotion on the faces of the couple that if nicely captured, a viewer gets involved into that image just by looking at that tear running down a the bride’s face.

Does the Bride Look Beautiful? – Was the photographer able to capture her at her best angles, with her most flattering expression? Photographing bridal portrait requires a good amount of skill and a great eye. No matter what shape or size you are it is the photographer’s duty to find ways to photograph you well.

Variety – A good combination of wedding images close-ups, half-body, full body, details and establishing ambiance shoots should be present. It should be interesting to go from one picture to the next, if you get bored looking though their gallery this would be indication that their style isn’t for you. There should be an element of surprise in every wedding image.

Artistic Elements – Look for graphical elements, creative use of light, composition, reflections, and silhouettes. The photographer should be full of creative ideas on what and how to shoot. Every wedding image should be a small piece of art.

Post Processing – Wedding images shouldn’t be overly photoshoped but rather natural looking. The photographer also shouldn’t have to spend hours and hours retouching a single image. If a picture is taken right in the first place little retouching should be needed if at all.