Choosing your wedding photographer should be done soon after choosing your venue. It is also one of the major factors you have to take into account. Remember your wedding photos are among the few things you have left after your wedding - so rather spend a little bit extra on a good photographer.
When you are looking for a wedding photographer, don’t simply go with the first wedding photographer you find. You want the end product to reflect what you envision for your wedding memories. Set up meetings with a few potential photographers and find out the details of their work, their experience and the packages that they offer. Here are some pointers to follow and questions to ask to ensure that you find the best photographer for you needs…
• TRADITIONAL •
These are the typical posed pictures that we see of weddings. Even if you don’t like posed photographs you may want to at least have a few to ensure that everybody is included in the photographs and that your parents have some shots that they can send to family and friends and hang up.
• PHOTOJOURNALISTIC •
This is where the photographer aims to create a story of your wedding day through the photographs. These pictures are natural and capture the moment. Remember however that you are relying on the photographer’s instinct and experience and the results can be quite stunning if he/she knows what they are doing.
• CONTEMPORARY OR FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY •
These are photographs taken in artistic settings with interesting light. They are the type of pictures that you would find in glossy magazines and those that win awards. However, the downside is that they can become dated and look old-fashioned quite quickly. They are not necessarily for “eternity”. You will probably want to have a mixture of all three of these styles so that your final album is balanced, interesting and beautiful and captures your Wedding Day.
Do Research - before you choose your ideal wedding photographer
On your first meeting with your potential Wedding Photographer
BACKGROUND CHECKING Not that you are the CSI but you are going to pay for their service - so its just your right to know whether they are professional or not.
Good Questions to ask:
If you are finished with background checking - ask about their work and view at least one full wedding album - most photographers only put their best works on their website or portfolios
Other questions you can ask your wedding photographer
Ensure you see lots of photographs from the photographer in lots of different situations so that you know exactly what they can deliver. If your photographer can only perform well in one particular type of situation and circumstances happen to be different at your wedding you may end up with poor photos. Once you have been through the photographer’s work, it’s time to find out details about the way they work.
Ask your photographer how they approach your wedding day
Last but not the least - MONEY