Guidelines For Hiring A Great Wedding Photographer
Hiring a wedding photographer needs a little more research than booking the other wedding vendors. The reason why, it is something that you cannot hear, smell or taste. All you can do is to analyse his/her professional skills as per your unique taste and style. In fact, you do not even get to see anything at first and do not even know what you are going to get until you receive the final product. Hence, do a little careful research and selectiveness while looking for a shutterbug.
Decide on your style
First thing first. Decide on the type of photography you want in your wedding and look for a photographer accordingly. Does any of the following photography styles appeals you?
- Documentary: If you want you and your bridesmaids’ laugh to be captured or your aunt’s twist to be shot, then go for a documentary photography. You will rarely need to pose at the camera but the moments will be captured as they happen, and at the end it will weave a story.
- Portraiture: If you want classic portraits to be shot in your wedding, then opt for a traditional photographer who specializes in portraiture. These are posed shots of you and your partner, friends, and family in front of various backdrops.
- Fine Art: This kind of photography is similar to documentary, but the former gives you a lot more artistic shoot as the photographer infuses his/her personal style into the clicks. They are more dramatic, gorgeous, dreamier and muted in appearance.
Do your research work
Do your homework properly before hiring a photographer. Visit websites and blogs of the potential photographers to check out their work that they have done before. Also, go through their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to get an in-depth insight of their style.
Meet the photographer
Sometimes it becomes difficult to decide just by looking onto it, so, you must meet the photographer in person. If you like what you see on their websites and their fees are within your budget, then fix a date. This will help you to go through more of their work and assess whether their style suits your requirements. Ask him questions about his photography style and talk about what you envision for the photographs.
Review albums with a critical eye
Just don’t flip through the albums of the photographers, rather review them with your critical eye. Look for the crispness of the images, the composition and also how the moments are being shot. Also, look into the sensitivity in capturing people’s emotions. Of course, you two are important but I am sure you would like to have the smiling faces of your closed ones in your treasure.
Check his/her style
Make sure that you and your photographer get along well. The instruction he/she gives you should be clear and easy to understand. In order to get the best photos, you should work with a pro who knows the trade well and being able to understand what you want and how you want. The more comfortable you will be with the photographer, the better the clicks will be.
Now when you know what are the things you need to keep in mind while looking for a wedding photographer, look at the list of questions that you must ask him/her.
- Are you available on my wedding date?
- How many months or days advance do I have to book with you?
- Since when are you in this business?
- How many weddings have you shot? How many similar to my wedding style and size have you shot?
- What is your photography style (documentary, portraiture, fine art)?
- How would you distinguish your work from the rest in the market?
- Do you have a portfolio that I can look into? Or, do you have any recently shot album?
- Do you shoot both in colour and black & white?
- What kind of equipment do you use?
- Can I give a list of specific shots that we want?
- What information do you need from me before my wedding?
- Do you have a backup plan if by any chance you are unable to shoot my wedding?
- If my wedding venue is far from your area then would you charge a travel fee?
- Do you have any more events to shoot on the same day of my wedding?
- Have you worked in my wedding venue before? If not, would you like to take a look at it once?
- What time will you arrive at the venue and for how long will you shoot?
- If my wedding lasts longer than the time given, then will you stay back? And if you do, will you charge extra?
Packages & prints
- What packages do you offer? Can I customize it on the basis of my requirements?
- What kind of album designs do you provide? Do you offer any assistance in creating an album?
- After how many days of the wedding will I get the proofs? Will I get them on CD or in hard copy?
- Do you provide the negatives or the digital images? If yes, do you charge for them?
Policy & contract
- After how many days of booking will I get a written contract?
- How much do I have to deposit as a booking money?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- What is the cancellation charge?