How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Pinkchic18 By Pinkchic18, 30th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Planning a wedding is a challenging task! Staying on budget while getting the best deal is a very tricky job. So when it comes to choosing one of the most important elements on your wedding day, you may want a few tips on choosing a great photographer for the big day!

Budget, Meet Photographer

Wedding photographs are treasured not because they document the big day step-by-hectic-step, but because they bring the fantasy of the perfect wedding day to life. When we look at the photos of the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids, we think of the happiness and chatter, not worrying about mascara and if our hair will hold up. When we see the picture of the bride and groom dancing their first dance, we think about the smiles, not about the groom stepping on his bride’s foot. The photographs tell the story in a way that helps us remember all the special moments. Choosing the right wedding photographer is absolutely essential.

Ask Your Friends, Family and Coworkers

Have you seen friends’ or family members’ photo frame wedding favors with pictures that you’ve loved? This is the best way to find a qualified photographer – and equally important, how to avoid an unqualified one. Ask your friend questions about the photographer, her professionalism, creativity, demeanor, rates, and more. A friend and former client will give the most honest, relevant review to help you make your decision. Ask friends, family, coworkers, and others for suggestions. This doesn’t mean you have to use a particular photographer, but it does give you a good starting point.

Look Online

You can also find ads and photography websites online; look at Craigslist.org and other resources, as well as in the phone book. This is just a preliminary step, though. You will want to interview any photographer before you hire them, and certainly before you pay the deposit!

Determining if They're "The One"

Whether you have a referral or you are finding a photographer on your own, interviews are crucial. Schedule three to five so you have an opportunity to see different styles and portfolios. When speaking to the photographer, ask to see samples of their work. They will typically have an album, or a website, ready to show you. After you peruse these, ask for more. They’ll have to get out the photos in the back, which will give you an even better overview of their work.

Questions to Ask

• What type of equipment do you use?
• How do you approach wedding photography? You may love the formal group shots, or you may want a more creative angle, like photojournalistic shots. Is this photographer going to be a good match for your own style?
• How many weddings have you done? What other types of events do you photograph? Should you hire someone with little experience in exchange for a much lower price? Hiring a novice can be a terrible decision – or it can be the best for both your budget and your wedding album. If you are considering hiring someone who has never shot a wedding, ask to see a lot of other work samples. Ask what ideas she has for interesting shots, what type of equipment she uses, how she will shoot in low light situations, and other pertinent questions.
• I need photo direction – will you provide it so we can get the best shots?
• I want to give you photo direction – will you follow my lead?
• How many photos will you take?
• What do you do if your battery runs low? What if a piece of equipment gets damaged or broken? What if you cannot make it to the wedding?
• Do you have insurance?
• Do you have an assistant? Will he/she being taking photos?
• What if I am not satisfied with the photos?
• How will I get my pictures? Do you post proofs online or do you have negatives from which I choose? Do I print my photos or do you?
• Can I see an entire wedding you have shot?
• What are your rates?

The Photography is Essential for The Memories

You’ll likely think of many more questions as you’re speaking with the photographer, and this is fine. In fact, you can judge their patience, the clarity of their explanations, and even just whether or not you enjoy his or her personality. Once you feel comfortable with a photographer, book them as soon as possible.

Weddings are magical days, and it helps to have a magician behind the lens. Creativity and a good eye can transform even ordinary shots into exquisite memories.

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Wedding Advice, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Planning, Wedding Tips, Weddings

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author avatar Pinkchic18
I'm a fashionista with a passion for style. I love bright colors and new trends. Other things I enjoy are creative weddings, events, and other fun stuff.

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author avatar LOVERME
2nd Oct 2010 (#)

my cell serves all purposes soon i shall post some classic photos of the beaches and sun rises
so mg is just okay for me

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Oct 2010 (#)

Wonderful Article.
Congrats on the star, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar rajaryanme
30th Oct 2010 (#)

Wonderful tips about choosing a wedding photographer.

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author avatar Humza
30th Aug 2011 (#)

greatt work pink!
thnx for sharing!

I guess instead of searching and deciding the best one for me, I would be giving this job to u :P

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author avatar Rose*
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Definitely get a referral, and look at the pictures the photographer has done to see if you like his style

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