Wedding photographers don’t make your wedding special; they make it memorable. After all, it is the wedding photographer’s photos that you look at when celebrating your Golden Anniversary. So, to avoid any disappointments 50 years from now, it is important that you find the best wedding photographer today. And here is how to do it.
Style of Photography
Before you begin your search, it is important to know what you want from your wedding photographer. Do you want a photographer who excels in traditional or candid photography? The former requires staged or posey photography, commonly seen in weddings nowadays. All moments of the wedding are photographed. This type of photography usually costs less than candid photography but also know that the photographer is in full control of the photoshoot with you having minimum say.
Candid photography, on the other hand, is less posey and more spontaneous. Candid photography requires more skill, experience and planning as capturing people in their natural element could be challenging. It is also costlier than traditional photography.
If you’re having a hard time finding a wedding photographer, finzaling your wedding venue can help. Sometimes, the owner of the wedding hall or marquee may recommend you a photographer or forward you a list of photographers. You can then further scrutinize them based on the following:
- Checkout their previous work for quality
- What is their reputation in the market
- Do they fall within your budget
One of the best places to start searching for the wedding photographer is by asking your recently married friends or family members, etc. Reading reviews and testimonials and social media recommendations is another way to look for the wedding photographer. However, since the veracity of online statements can’t always be verified, it is therefore recommended that you go with what your friends and family members recommend.
Shortlist and Interview
By now, you would begin to have a list of potential finalists. Contact them and ask for the recent weddings in which they have covered the entire event from start to finish. Also, ask them if they have previously shot at your wedding venue.
Once satisfied with their work, ask for a meeting. During the meeting, ask who will be shooting on the wedding day. Some big name photographers have a team of photographers and they themselves may not be available on the wedding day. So, whoever will be shooting, ask for their latest work as well.
When setting a budget for the wedding, don’t forget to factor in what the photographer is offering as part of the deal. For example, some photographers may offer high resolution images, prints and albums as part of the package, while others may charge separately for each. They may also charge by the hour. So, whatever package you go for, make sure you understand what’s included in the deal.
Schedule a Test Run
Having your engagement photography done by the same photographer is one of the best ways to gauge his/her work and get comfortable with them. This is also one of the best ways for a camera shy couple to get comfortable around their photographer.
Famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld once said, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” The moment may be gone forever, but it will etch in your mind forever as a beautiful memory if you hire the best photographer for your big day.
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