Choosing your wedding photographer

February 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Choosing a photographer for your big day is a daunting task. There are so many out there, how do you know one is better than another. Here are some tips in helping you to decide:

  1. Choose a photographer that suits your style. Photographers will either shoot formal wedding frames, or be more like photojournalists, shooting as the event happens, or some photographers will do a mixture of both. Choose a photographer that suits your style.
  2. Every photographer has a portfolio of work. Ask to see it. Look for crisp images, good lighting, well composed foregrounds and backgrounds, ask yourself whether the photography your viewing expresses any emotion.
  3. Meet with your photographer. It is essential that you understand each other and can work together throughout the process as the character of the photographer will play an important part in the type of photo’s you end up with. No matter how technically proficient the photographer is, a personality clash with your photographer will leave you with less than desirable photographs of your special day.
  4. Ask technical questions: equipment, backups, lighting techniques. Even if you are not sure what you are asking, a professional should be able to convey enough information clearly to set your mind at ease in a friendly manner that is understood by you.
  5. Ask for References and check them out. Ask whether the photographer was punctual, friendly, assertive, worthy of recommendation?
  6. Check out the small print. Large studios may hike up the price of an estimate by sending along associates or charging you for travel time to your wedding etc. Make sure you know what your getting, and get it in writing.
  7. Ask if the photographer uses a shot list. This ensures you get the photos you want, and the photographer doesn't miss any that are important to you. There are photographers out there that will tell you they don't need a shot list, because they have done so many weddings they know it all. Shot lists are a valuable tool, and in my opinion should always be used.
  8. Ask where does the customer service end? After the bill is paid? When the prints are delivered? The minute your photographer leaves for the night? Will your photographer be accessible after the prints are delivered and the bill is paid? In my mind, once a customer, always a customer.
  9. Finally, never choose a photographer based on price. Although you may feel this is a good place to start, it simply isn't. Choose your photographer based on their work first. Love their work, enjoy their personality and then consider the cost. You are investing a great deal on your wedding day on many things, don't let the cost of your photographer be your decision maker.

The photo’s that you take away from your wedding are the only lasting impression you will have of your special day. 

Once you’ve made your choice, don’t second guess. Consider it one less thing to have to think about!


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