Photographs are one of the most important parts of a wedding day. They let you preserve all the good memories of your special day in a tangible form. You can always look back at these pictures and feel happy about your magical wedding day. If you want all the special moments of your wedding to be preserved through photos then it is very important for you to choose a professional wedding photographer for your special day. Many people make the mistake of not researching wedding photographers. They just tend to hire a generic photographer who can take good photos but not capture the true essence of the special moments of your wedding day. Let’s take a look at a few tips that can help you in hiring the perfect photographer for your special day.
Do Your Research
Choosing the right photographer for your wedding day is very important. The ideal way to choose a photographer for your wedding is to perform extensive research on wedding photographers. The best wedding photographer does not have to be one that is nearest to you. So don’t be afraid of hiring photographers from other cities. Your research would help you narrow down your choices and once you have a small number of photographers in mind, you can compare their portfolios, photography style, personality, cost and services to choose the perfect photographer for the job.
Check The Photographer’s Portfolio
A photographer’s portfolio tells a lot about the quality of services he/she provides. A photographer with a strong portfolio can always be trusted to capture amazing photographs on your wedding day. Always prefer photographers with a diverse portfolio instead of one with a large portfolio.
Avoid Using Your Cousin As A Photographer
In this day and age, everyone has smart phones with cameras in them. Most people tend to ask their cousins or other family members to act as a photographer for their special day. This is a grave mistake that should be avoided at all costs. Unless your family member is a professional photographer, you should never delegate the task of photography to them. Asking your family members to take photos at your wedding might be economical but you would be left with blurry and unprofessional photos that wouldn't capture the true essence of the wedding event. It can also make family relations a bit difficult if you don't like the images.
Analyze The Photographers Personality
You will have to deal with the photographer for the entire wedding day so it is crucial that you hire someone who has a calm and decent personality. The photographer should give you suggestions but at the end of the day, she/he should do as you ask her/him to. Some photographers can also get annoyed by excessive instructions from the couple or their family so it is important to find someone who would calmly listen to your instructions and perform his duties professionally.
Keep It In The Budget
Planning a wedding requires a lot of decisions and a lot of money. You should set a budget for each aspect of the wedding including the photography. Once you have decided the budget you should stick to it. Weddings are costly and if you go above the budget in one department you might be tempted to go above the budget in the rest as well. So the best way to tackle this is to set a relatively high initial budget for photography so that you have a cushion to hire an expensive photographer for your wedding.
Even if you have a certain photographer in mind for your big day, you should still ask for recommendations from other people. One of the best ways to find an amazing photographer for your wedding is to ask other married people about their experience and you never know you might find yourself a world class photographer.
Look for the following clues in the photographers portfolio to see if they have variety and high end equipment, or go ahead and ask. Nowadays technology makes big difference when it comes to high quality images and effects. Look for wide angle images, candid images will hint you about the zoom lenses they own, good quality images in low light without the use of flash, bokeh effect (blurry fore/background).
Study The Photography Style
You should definitely ask the photographer to show you some of his previous work. This would help you get an idea of the skills and photography style of the photographer. The style of photography is very important when it comes to such important e events. The photography style of the photographer should resonate with your preferences and personal choice.
The way I work:
- Unobtrusive (to achieve candid results)
My photo/video editing style:
*Not trendy filters only realistic images that are true to the feelings of that magic day
Compare Products and Services
While checking out different photographers, you should check the different products and services that each photographer offers. Most of the wedding photographers offer photography, videos and even high quality albums for your big day. You might have to pay a little extra for the album but at the end of the day, you’ll realize that all these extra services are worth it.
Book At The Right Time
It is crucial to book your photographer at the right time. Chances are that if a photographer is experienced and well respected then he would be booked for the year to come. So even if your marriage is after a few months, it is preferred to get in touch with your desired photographer and book a deal for your wedding day.
These are a few tips that would help you enjoy a perfect photography experience for your wedding day 😊