Choosing a photographer for your wedding
Your wedding album in the best investment you put in for your wedding!
We all have read in newspapers or watched on TV news about the sad stories of unsatisfied couples with their wedding photography. Some had really bad images; under or over exposed, bad composition or forgetting that important mother and bride photo which means a lot to a family. The real picture is this: when the digital imaging arrived, ever-fast growing technology encouraged several hobbyists to become wedding photographers. They thought it was going to be as easy as point and shoot several images and offer these to couples for BEER MONEY. The beer may have gone down well, but the tears they left behind has been noticed by the real professionals. Nothing can bring back those special moments, a wedding day cannot be repeated. To save our precious trade and precious memories of wedding couples and families PWPN members written a short guidance for you to help to choose the right photographer for your wedding.
- Look at websites and contact photographers that are available for your date to see sample albums that include an entire wedding from start to finish, rather than just a few select shots. Try to view two or three weddings in this way.
- Look for consistent, technical quality (composition, lighting, exposure, etc.) and good variety, as well as whether the people in the photos seem at ease. Do the photos capture the excitement and emotion of the occasion and tell a good story?
- Be sure the same person you are considering hiring as your photographer did the sample work you see. Many studios have more than one photographer and the sample work doesn’t always indicate this. The PWPN only promotes individual photographers so there will be no chance of someone else turning up to photograph your wedding.
- Learn the differences between photojournalistic and traditional styles, candid and formal posed shots and select a photographer who specializes in the style you want or will do a mix of styles. The same goes for black and white versus colour photos.
- Consider both your personal taste and the type of wedding you are planning when deciding.
- Do you click? Personality is as important as anything else. The last thing you need on your wedding day is someone you and your guests don’t feel comfortable with. Make sure the person you’re speaking with is actually your photographer.
- Ask for references and call them. Past customers can give you insights you won’t get from the photo studio. Understanding how the photographer works and charges in detail is essential to effective comparison-shopping.
- How long will the photographer stay? Is backup equipment available? Can you provide a list of specific photos you want to be taken? What exactly is included in the costs quoted? What about proofs and can you view your photographs online? How long will it take to get your proofs and album back after the wedding?