It’s important to remember that the photographer you choose will be responsible for capturing the moments and memories of what may be the most important day of your life! Your Wedding Day! With this in mind, you’ll want to make an informed decision in choosing a professional wedding photographer to shoot your wedding day – There are no second chances!
Many couples become so detailed in planning their wedding day such as the obvious dress, cake, the guest list, decorations, flowers etc, etc – yet they overlook the importance of selecting the right photographer to shoot their wedding day.
The Question is Where Do You Begin?
I’m sure you have all been to a wedding in the past and have seen a wedding photographer at work – Ask your friends, relatives, co-workers for suggestions on wedding photographers. You fill find people who have had positive experiences with photographers are more than willing to share that information. In addition, you’ll already have some insight about the photographer’s personality before you actually meet.
Gather all the information and visit each photographer’s web site and thoughtfully review his or her online wedding gallery portfolio. You can also enhance your searching by visiting Google and typing in wedding photographer and placing in the city with your search to narrow down your list. An example of this may be if you are looking for a Sydney based wedding photographer, then type in ” Wedding Photographer Sydney” or ” Sydney Wedding Photography” on the Google search tab.
Narrowed Down Your Wedding Photographer List?
You have viewed your list of wedding photographer’s galleries. Next step, call or email each photographer on your list. Through this initial contact, you can determine the photographer’s availability, the type of work they specialize in (candid or traditional) as well as an estimate of the cost and what you’ll receive for that fee. Start scheduling appointments and then visit each wedding photographer in their photographic studio.
Ask each of them to show you a complete portfolio of a single wedding–this will give you a much clearer sense of what you can expect than a collection of choice shots from several different events. Pay attention to whether the photographer is adept at portraying individual expressions and personalities. Keep in mind the photographer should have a personality to complement your wedding day. This is vital that you get along with the photographer so you are relaxed and assured on your wedding day.
Meeting with the Wedding Photographer!
Before you meet the professional photographer write down your questions prior and take thorough notes during the meetings. You will find that most wedding photographers will provide you with a clear outline of their services and fees prior to your meeting. Remember, the more information you have, the more confident and relaxed you’ll feel on your special day.
Typical Wedding Questions to Ask?
•What are the wedding package costs and what do you get with it?
•How will the wedding proofs be displayed for selection (e.g., electronic, proofs, contact sheets, online gallery, etc.)?
•Will you help me choose the final photos for my wedding album?
•How will you make it easy for friends and family to order reprints?
•What are the costs of the various levels of coverage?
•Are there different degrees of coverage?
•What is your photography style; photo-journalistic, traditional, mixed, etc.?
•How much for the duplicate prints, albums, folios, enlargements, thank you cards, etc.?
•What’s your time frame for preparing the wedding photos for my selection?
•How long do I have to make up my mind as to which pictures I want and how many?
•How long have you been in business?
•What kind of guarantee comes with my hiring you?
•How many photographers will shoot the day?
•Do you have travel fees?
•How much is your overtime fee?
•What do you plan to do at my wedding to make my wedding photographs unique and personal to me?
•Do you have backup cameras?
•Will you be shooting my photos personally?
•Are the images high resolution?
•What’s your payment policy?
•Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs?
•What is the possibility of the pictures fading?
•Do you need to be fed at the wedding venue?
How Much Will It Cost?
Considering wedding venues make up the significant cost on your wedding day with typical charges in excess of $130 + a head these days – From experience some wedding venues are charging $250 + a head so when you have a guest list of 250 and you are hit with a $62,500 bill just for food – Then Paying for wedding photography is priceless and will be with you for a lifetime.
Allocate a budget of $3000+ for wedding photography to ensure you have a professional wedding photographer to document your event. Ensure you know exactly what is included in the wedding package so that there are no excess charges when picking up wedding albums, wedding enlargements etc.
Made Your Decision?
You should now be ready to leave a deposit with your chosen wedding photographer and reserve the date. Some final last minute questions may be to find out what the photographer’s policy for wedding-date changes is and what the alternatives are if he or she is not available on the backup date.
Do not skimp on the wedding photography for your special day. It’s the only documented evidence that you really got married except for the signed marriage certificate and testimonials from your guests.
A great professional photographer will enjoy your wedding day. They will interact with your bridal party as friends. This will ensure you will have fun on your day and your images will reflect that on pick up!