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Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Many couples get so involved with planning all of the obvious details about their wedding, such as dresses and suits, cake, invitations, decorations etc that they forget the importance of hiring a wedding photographer. It is important to remember that the photographer that you select will have full responsibility of capturing all of the special moments and memories of your perfect day. With this in mind, you will want to ensure that you select the correct wedding photographer, because there will be no second chances. If you hire a non-professional and your photographs are not satisfactory, you can’t repeat the most special day of your life, it only happens one time.

Wedding photography is one of the most demanding types of professional photography. So it is important that you select a wedding photographer who has the skills and experience to ensure that everyone looks their best on your photos and produce good quality results. Bear in mind that your photographer may be experienced, but it would be nice if he had a personality to match, after all they will be spending a considerable about of time with you on your special day.

It is always a good idea to discuss the photography of your wedding with family and friends. It is possible that they can remember a certain event where there was a particular photographer present that happened to be extremely professional and good. In this case you will already have an idea of the photographer before you actually meet him/her.

You can visit the website and view possible photographers online along with their work.

Insist on meeting the photographer and seeing a portfolio, before you commit. You can discuss details about your wedding location and what kind of photos you want to have taken etc. You will also need to inform the photographer whether you want them to be present for only the ceremony or for the wedding reception also. It is important that the photographer interacts well with you, in order to know that he will interact with your guests on your special day.

Listed below are some questions that you may wish to discuss the prospective photographer.

How will they show you the pictures for selection?

Will they help you to choose the final photographs?

Will it be easy for friends and family to order reprints?

What are the costs?

How long will you have to choose the photos that you require and how many?

How long have they been in business?

Will they have an assistant?

Do they require travel fees?

Will they be using digital or film?

Do they have any guarantees of the quality of the photographs?

What would happen if the date of the wedding had to be changed, or cancelled?

Once you have asked these relevant questions to as many prospective photographers as you wish, you should have a good idea of which photographer you want chose for your wedding. Make the commitment and be prepared to leave a deposit with the selected photographer in order to reserve your wedding date.

Professional Wedding Photographers – Advice on Choosing

Let’s face it getting married is one of the biggest and hopefully happiest days of your life. To guarantee that all goes according to plan, you want reliable professionals. Most of these wedding business exist to make sure the day itself goes well. The wedding photography, on the other hand, takes on a greater meaning in the days, weeks, month and even years that follow. It is important that your photographer is able to capture all that love and laughter and enable those happy memories to come flooding back with every turn of your wedding album page. So what are the advantages of hiring true professional wedding photographers for your marriage service and how do you tell them from the rest of the pack?

Reliability. True professional wedding photographers will have spent many years building up their reputation. Do you think they would let all that labour go to waste by being unreliable? Of course not. For a wedding photographer their number one priority should be to ensure they arrive on time. Having a fully documented “system” helps ensure that timings are known, and all photographic systems double checked. Once your memories have been captured they should be safely stored on different media, in different locations. Before booking ask your photographer when was their first wedding? How many have they photographed since then? What plans do they have in place in case of illness or transport breakdown? Finally, what do they do to ensure the safety of your images once they have been taken?

Quality. If you do something often enough, whatever that is, you should improve, makes sense, doesn’t it? But years of experience give couples like you more benefit than just better looking photographs. One benefit to you should be in the quality of wedding albums offered. The album considered by Wedding Photographers to be the best in the World is the story book album. This Album is usually hand made by craftsmen. So, before booking, be sure to ask if your photographer is a member of a professional body. In the UK this can be the M.P.A, the B.I.P.P or the S.W.P.P. Ask to see some testimonials, thank you cards or reviews on line. Ask how many years they have been using their albums for and why did they choose that particular manufacturer.

Organisation. Imagine having the best photographer in the world at your wedding. Now imagine that they have no rapport with you or your guests, so how are they going to get your guests in position for that photograph? For this reason one of the most important skills your professional wedding photographers must have is the ability to organisation. And the organisation of your guests has to be done in a respectful manner, rather than barking out orders! Being organised and efficient goes hand in hand, after all you don’t want to spend all day, away from your guests. And you certainly don’t want guests complaining about the amount of time the photographs took. Before booking did your photographer ascertain who at the wedding were the important people? Did they sort out a list of the photographs you want? Did they offer advice on how long the process would take?

Friendly. Sounds obvious, sadly, even some professional wedding photographers fail at this challenge. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is far easier to get your guests correctly positioned by asking them nicely, rather than ordering them around. Getting to know the whole bridal party and both families makes it a lot easier to get natural photographs. Who wants to be told to smile all day?! A laugh and a joke, a funny story and people smile naturally. Quite often I am asked which side does the Grooms button hole go. It’s not about being the photographer, it’s about being the go to wedding guy (or girl). Please do make sure, no matter how brilliant or how cheap your photographer is, that then have a personality that is easy to get along with.

Flexible. This indicates your photographers philosophy. Some photographers say these are my packages, pick one. Some say you can’t have a printable DVD. Some say, of course you cannot have photographs taken by your guests in my wedding album! And that hits the nail right on the head. They think it is their wedding album. A great wedding photography company should switch that around, it is your wedding and certainly your wedding album! Yes, packages should be available, but they should be more a la carte rather than fixed menu. Meaning you can swap parts around so that you get the exact service you want. Whilst you may not need this much flexibility, do make sure that your photographer is flexible enough to offer EVERYTHING you want.

Guarantee. Look for photographers that have been in business for a good number of years. Ten years of actually taking wedding photographs, easily beats 3 years doing a degree at University! Photographers with years of experience should be able to guarantee you reliability and quality. Your guarantees should even include things like turning up smartly dressed! Another important one is that your proof photographs will be ready to view in days not weeks or months!. Make sure that you have in writing, everything that you have agreed to.

Choosing the RIGHT Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding

Here are a few tips I’ve put together on choosing the right wedding photographer.

Always ask to see a completed wedding album. It’s easy for any wedding photographer to show you a ‘Best Of…’ image selection but this could only be 20-30 images taken from 20-30 weddings. It’s easy for anybody to get one good photo from each wedding but it takes a quality photographer to provide consistent results throughout the whole day. Having said that, also ask to see an album of their best work, it also gives you a good idea of what they are capable of!

Are they qualified? With more and more wedding photographers entering the market it can be very hard to select the right one for you. A good judgement is to see whether their peers are willing to give them acknowledgment for their work too. With a highly qualified wedding photographer you know you are getting someone who takes pride in their work and wants the letters after their name to show this.

Do I like this guy? You’re not just asking someone to take some photos; you’re asking someone to also be a part of your special day. They can be the greatest photographer in the world but if they have no personality then you’re not going to enjoy the time you spend with them. Making sure you have good rapport with your photographer is essential for providing good expressions in the photos.

Do they offer a pre-wedding shoot?

This is always a nice extra to add to your wedding package. Throughout all the hustle and bustle of preparing for your wedding day it is easy to forget that the engagement is also a special time that should be celebrated and captured forever. A nice spring Sunday afternoon with your photographer taking some relaxed photos of the 2 of you will also help build that all important rapport with your photographer before your special day.