How To Choose A Wedding Photographer
When you’re planning a wedding there are an endless number of decisions to make. Flowers, music, seating, and of course, a wedding photographer. Choosing a wedding photographer isn’t a decision to make lightly, but with these tips, you can be sure that you make the right choice.
1. Speak to Your Photographer
With a million things on your To Do List, emails are a great way to confirm details, exchange information and plan your big day. What an email doesn’t do though, is give you a sense of the person you’ll be working with.
We highly recommend speaking to potential photographers either in person, or over the phone at least once prior to confirming your booking. This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about what your photographer can offer and ensure that they’re the right person for the job. Which leads us to…
2. Choose a Photographer You’re Comfortable With
A wedding day is often equal parts exciting and nerve-racking. It’s important that everything goes smoothly and that the people around you make you feel as relaxed as possible.
Your photographer will be with you while you get ready, near you during the ceremony, and will generally be a constant presence throughout your day. For this reason, it’s worth making sure that you choose a photographer who makes you feel comfortable.
3. Check Their Photo Style
You may not realize it, but there are a wide range of photography styles. Do you want photo journalistic images, classic or traditional? Choosing the right photographer involves finding someone whose style matches your own personal tastes.
While some couples want perfectly posed, timeless images, others want their photographer to blend into the background, capturing only natural moments throughout the day. Perhaps you want a combination of styles? Whatever your decision, choosing a wedding photographer who can deliver on your preferred style is key to getting what you want from your images.
4. Experience Matters
If you’ve typed “wedding photographer near me” into Google, you’ll know all too well that there are an incredible number of photographers claiming to be the best choice for your big day. With the new wave of digital technology, taking high-quality pictures has never been easier, leading many people to pick up a camera and start charging for their services.
While anyone can take a clear image, capturing an album full of beautiful wedding pictures is a skill learned through many years of practice. Understanding the way that light can impact the mood of a photo is something that no filter or preset camera-mode can replicate. Not only this, but an experienced photographer knows where to stand and at what moment in order to capture those special moments, minimising the disruption to your event.
When choosing a wedding photographer, look at how many years of experience they have. Unless you’re on an incredibly tight budget, your wedding is not the time to be helping a new photographer learn on the job.
5. Is the Photographer Flexible?
Each wedding is totally unique, and so are the requirements for wedding photography. When choosing a wedding photographer, check whether they will tailor a package to suit your needs, or if they expect you to buy an “off the shelf” set package.
While set packages are more convenient for the photographer, they can often lead to the bride and groom either paying for things they don’t need, or missing out on elements that they want included. A flexible photographer will discuss what you want from your wedding photography and create a package to suit your needs, ensuring that you only pay for what is important to you.
With all of these tips in mind, choosing a wedding photographer couldn’t be easier. If you’d like to discuss tailor-making a photography package with Memory Filming , contact us today.