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!!!

Tips for Getting the Best Wedding Photographs

Wedding photos are a permanent memory of that one special day in any couple’s lives. A huge part of the wedding budget is always reserved for the photography and the couples expect nothing but the very best shots from their service provider. But in order to get a quality wedding photographer whom you can rely on to capture the most stunning moments during the wedding, there are certain factors you must give a keen consideration to. They are as follows:

Don’t pay too much attention to the price

Other than focusing on the price that the photographer will charge, you need to focus on the package that will be best suited for your kind of wedding. You need to search for the wedding photographers that are able to offer theme based packages which will be suitable for your style, your location as well as other setups during the wedding. You should also incorporate the style of photography to be used as there are very many different styles couples can pick from.

Pick on your preferred hues

Knowing your preferred hues for the photographs will also be essential in getting the best from the photographer. Whether you want black and white hues or you simply want to go with warm tones, you should make it clear to the wedding photographer and ensure that they understand the hues and in case they don’t have them, then you can search for another service provider. If the photographer have this knowledge in advance, they can prepare well and come with the appropriate cameras and lighting equipment to enable them take the kind of shots that you desire.

Get sample poses

It is ideal that you give the wedding photographer your preferred poses that you would like them to capture. This will help a lot in helping them to understand the kind of poses to go for on the wedding such. There are several resources online where you can ideas about some of the best poses that will you can use on your wedding day.

Use a photo booth

It might not be an easy task to get the photographer to take photos of you together with all the guests on the wedding day. This can be a bit tiring and it might compromise on the quality of the shots as it will be done in a hurry. Instead, you can set up a photo booth with some nice backgrounds where the guests can take a few photos which they will use to remember your wedding.

6 Steps to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

After the dress is worn, the flowers die, the food is eaten, and the guests leave, the photographs are the only thing remaining to document your wedding day. Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the hardest wedding decisions because you can’t see the photographs you’re buying until you’ve already made the decision. This article will help you choose the best photographer to ensure you get the wedding photographs you want.

1. Price. Choosing a photographer based on price may not be the wisest decision. A photographer’s price not only reflects the quality of their work (generally), it also reflects how that photographer values their own work. You may be able to find a photographer advertising weddings for $299, but do you really believe that photographer places a high value on artistic quality? Do you really think they will spend hours culling, sorting, editing and retouching your wedding images? Chances are they will shoot and burn straight to a disk because, frankly, they’re not getting paid enough. Do you feel that you will get beautiful photos of you and your spouse to have for the rest of your life – to show your kids and grandkids? As far as wedding photography goes, you get what you pay for.

Note: Just because you have a smaller budget does not mean you have to sacrifice on your wedding photographer. Before you go asking your cousin’s boyfriend to shoot the wedding (because he has a nice camera), know this; there are many new wedding photographers who may be very talented, but do not have a lot of wedding experience. This does not mean they are horrible photographers, it just means they haven’t shot a lot of weddings. Because of this, you may be able to get reduced pricing, sometimes called “portfolio building” discounts or “introductory” pricing, etc.. It may be difficult finding these photographers because they may not be listed yet on search engines, as their websites may be brand new. So, you’ll have to do some digging.

2. Do some research: Ask your friends and family for referrals. People who love their wedding photos love to talk about their photographer! Search the internet. Go several pages back – don’t just look at the first page of search results. Check the listings of professional organizations like PPA – Professional Photographers of America or WPPI – Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.

3. Make a List: Once you’ve found 5-10 photographers that you like, make a list. Go to each photographer’s website and thoroughly review their portfolio. I cannot stress enough; the photographs you see in the photographer’s portfolio are the same types of photographs you will have of your wedding. How do you know if the photographer is any good? Follow these guidelines:

  • Are the images too light? Too dark? If the some images are too light and others too dark, or if they seem all over the place, that could indicate inconsistent quality.
  • How are the photographer’s Photoshop skills? Do the photos seem “over-photoshopped”? Do you see a lot of plastic looking skin or alien eyes? A good rule to follow; if you can’t tell the images are Photoshopped, then the photographer has excellent photoshopping skills. It’s like make-up – the best make-up is the kind that doesn’t look like you’re wearing any make-up at all.
  • Do you feel emotionally moved by the photographer’s images? Do they make you stop and stare? Gasp? Do you feel a connection with the images? This is the most important aspect of choosing a wedding photographer. You can spend all the money in the world on the most famous photographer, but if you don’t feel a connection with their images, you will most likely not love your wedding photos.

4. Check for Availability: After you’ve narrowed down the list, email or call your top 5 or so photographers. Check to see if each photographer is available on your wedding date, and get a quote or estimate. Emailing or calling each photographer will also give you a little insight into their personality. More on that later.

5. Ask for a Consultation: Your list should now be narrowed down to 2-3 photographers. Ask to meet each photographer – or at the very least, ask for a phone consultation. Talking with your photographer either in person or on the phone will also give you insight into their personality. Are they easy to get along with? Do you feel good about them? The photographer will be a big part of your wedding day and it’s important that you are comfortable with them. Some questions to ask:

  • What do you include in your wedding photography package?
  • When can I expect to receive my photos?
  • Can I review a copy of your contract?
  • Are you licensed?
  • Do you provide a second shooter?
  • Note: Be sure the photographer you hire is the same one who will shoot your wedding. Some photographers send their assistant or contract another photographer to shoot their weddings. Make sure you know who is actually photographing your wedding and ask to view their portfolio.

6. Make your Final Decision: Once you’ve talked with each photographer, you will now be armed with all sorts of information to be able to choose your wedding photographer. Remember, money comes and goes, but you can’t re-do your wedding day.