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.

6 Ways To Get Better Wedding Photographs Without Spending More

After two decades and over 1000 events in the wedding photography business, Michael Barrett moved on to photo booths in 2011. The insights in this article come from Michael’s vast experience in and around the Kansas Metro area. Many of the points here would be what your wedding photographer would tell you if they could.

Hire the right photographer. Do not hire someone based on price and then try to turn them into someone they are not. A photographer is, or should be, an artist. Every artist has a unique style. Choose the one for you based on your budget. Then, encourage the photographer to let his or her creative juices flow! No photographer wants to see your clippings of other photographers work. This does not inspire but instead stifles the creative process.

Do an engagement sitting. If offered, always take advantage of the engagement sitting offered by your photographer. This is a great opportunity for you to get comfortable with each other and for you both to become at ease in front of the camera.. When the wedding day rolls around, you can get rolling more easily. You want your break-in time to be before the wedding. Not on the big day.

Practice your smile. Most people can not just turn on a smile on queue. Practice in front of a mirror. Find a smile that you can live with. You will be using it a lot on your wedding day. After all, it is likely the only time in your life you will be photographed several hundreds of times in a single day

Be on time on your wedding day. This is not easy. You must build in a lot of extra time into your schedule. Mishaps will happen. Hair and make up appointments almost always run late. If you start on time, your photographer will have the opportunity to photograph you and your wedding party in those unique locations that they have scouted out. They may also have time to experiment with some unique lighting or angles. If you start late, much of that goes out the window. Your photographer will have to go into catch up mode. Meaning speed becomes the most important concern. You pay the same for ordinary photographs as extraordinary. Give your photographer the chance to do their best work for you on your wedding day.

Be willing to get creative with poses and locations. If you want fresh, creative photographs, think outside the altar. Be willing to try some of those off-beat ideas presented by your photographer. Often, the photos you didn’t think you wanted turn out to be your favorite.

Be nice to your photographer. It sounds obvious but it makes a difference. Photographers feed off of positive energy. They love to feel appreciated. If you follow this simple tip, you will get their best work.

Your wedding photographs will become a cherished heirloom for your new family. Anything you can do to ensure the best possible outcome will benefit you and yours for years to come.

Your Wedding Photographer – Some Typical Questions Answered

Before deciding upon a Wedding Photographer there are several questions that you should be asking. Included here is a series of questions and the answers given by a Professional Wedding Photographer with over 15 years of experience.

1. What type of coverage are you offering and for how long? Do you charge by the hour or just for the day?

White Wedding Photographers has only one package to alleviate any confusion. It includes photos at your wedding ceremony and at the location/s of your choice. This package cost $3300 and includes 2 Professional Wedding Photographers, a DVD with all of the photos in high resolution on it, a magazine style album with 20-50 pages as well as a Pre-Wedding Photography session.

We separate the package to give maximum flexibility for all budgets. If you want further coverage say at the brides house before the ceremony or at the reception then it is charged at $275 per hour. We have found that offering this is the best way to allow our clients to decide how long they want to be photographed.

So to answer the question more concisely we charge the flat rate of $3300 for the ceremony and locations photos and $275 per hour for any additional coverage you request. If you want us for the reception or any other part not included in the package we will agree on the amount of time before the day. This stops you from looking at your watch knowing that the clock is ticking. We maintain maximum flexibility to ensure we fit every budget. This has been our winning formula for many years.

2. What is included in your coverage? Which photographer/s will attend my wedding day? What will they be wearing?

Included as mentioned above are the wedding ceremony and location/s photos, any extra coverage is at $275 per hour. I (Susan White) will be your photographer; I have over 15 years experience photographing weddings. I wear black pants and a white button up shirt. It is neat casual and fit in well with the guests. I always have an assistant with me who also takes photos and they to also wear black pants and a white shirt.

3. What style of photography are you most comfortable with? What style are you most effective at?

I love to work with children and babies and over the years I have taken some beautiful photos of these magical little people. Wedding Photography is however how I make my living; I am comfortable in a candid journalistic style standing off with my zoom sniping photos of people having the time of their lives. I am also skilled at working with people on location and positioning them for their best angles! Working at weddings for years has given me many skills, most of all the ability to anticipate what is coming next and to recorded it.

4. What type of experience has my photographer had at weddings? Can you provide some recent examples of work?

As mentioned above I have over 15 years experience photographing weddings. Sometimes the subjects are non-cooperative sometimes they are a dream to work with either way I always manage to capture the essence of their day and this is truly a gift that I possess. I would love to meet with you over a coffee and show you some work first hand but in the mean time you can see some recent photos on my web site, the details are listed in the author bio.

5. I am a little self conscious of some of my physical flaws. What can you do to make the most of my physical attributes?

I can do lots for you: If you have some attribute or something that you just dont like about yourself I cannot stress how important it is to tell me, your photographer. I want to present your memories to you in the most flattering way and the last thing I want for you to say is: Gee I really love that pic except for the ____.

You can rest assured that there is nothing to be embarrassed about when consulting me on this issue. What ever it may be we will simply position and pose you for the best angles. The most important thing however is that you speak up because without this knowledge I may take an entire wedding of something you dont like because of something trivial that you never mentioned.

6. What is included in my package?

Included is coverage of your Ceremony and Location/s photos. As mentioned above any more is charged at $275 per hour with the amount of time pre-arranged before the day to stop you worrying about the time. You receive a DVD with the proofs as well as the hi res edited ones, you also receive a magazine style album and a pre-wedding photography session.

7. If I dont like a particular element of a package can I swap it for something that I do like? How will this affect the price of my package?

Of course, however the coverage of your ceremony and location is fixed. All other elements are interchangeable without any type of penalty to you. You can find our price list on our web site, the details are listed in the author bio box.

We have found that letting the client decide what they want to be the best way to put a package together. The average cost is around the $1200 mark; this usually gets some nice framed photos and a canvas or two. We dont have set packages with this album or that; we leave it up to you to decide what you would like. We can guide you on what works well and what is popular but ultimately you have the final say and you sure wont be getting something that you never asked for.

8. I am in the process of planning my wedding day and we are thinking around (state the date). Are you available?

Yes but usually we fill up well in advance so it is a good idea to pay your deposit to ensure that you spot is not taken by another couple. Our policy is a 30% deposit with 100% paid for 6 weeks prior to your day. We have various payment methods. The most important thing to remember is to book early to be sure you get your day and not a photographer you dont want.

9. What is required of me before my wedding day?

If you decide to use White Wedding Photographers I will personally be working very closely with you.

Initially I will email you a set of questions that will help me understand your needs and desires. They are not detailed, just an overview. I usually meet my clients for coffee to put a name to a face so to speak; this gives us a chance to have a chat and talk about the emails.

I will encourage you to send me emails of photos that you like and I will send some to you doing the same. This also helps us get a better idea of what you are seeking.

If you dont know what you are seeking I will work with you to show you the different styles and types of photos you can have as well as suggesting the best location/s for wedding photos. The questionaries, emails and interaction will get us to a point where you will know exactly how you want to record your wedding.

We will have the pre-wedding photography session where we will do a dry run of your location/s and give you a good understanding of what will be required on your day. This will leave you in no doubt as to what will happen and how I personally work. It is fun and always enjoyed by the couple and we will get some stunning photos.

10. I have heard of some photographers doing a pre-wedding photo session at the bride and grooms chosen locations to make sure everything will run smoothly on the day. Do you offer this service? If not, what will you do to ensure that my chosen locations are suitable for wedding photos?

As mentioned above: We will have the pre-wedding photography session where we will do a dry run of your location/s and give you a good understanding of what will be required on your day. This will leave you in no doubt as to what will happen and how I personally work. It is always fun and always enjoyed by the couple and of course we will get some stunning photos.

If you are unavailable for this session or simply do not want it then I always attend your selected location/s before the wedding, I seek out the best positions and will have a good understanding of where we will take the photos. I never ever turn up on the day and say: that looks good there. I am always prepared and have been to your location before the wedding day. Chances are I already know your location and have worked there before. But if not I will do a little recon to be prepared.

Good luck searching for that elusive wedding photographer and may your marriage be a long and lasting one.