The day of your wedding can be hugely affected by your choice of wedding photographer, not only in relation to wedding photographs, but in relation to the day as a whole. Judicious selection among a miriad of options can be a real challenge and a problem I’ve seen many clients deliberate over. In the mounting confusion the ability to think clearly is hampered and making the right choice becomes a burden.
Photographs you like. The single most important reason for picking a photographer should be because you like their work. The photos your photographer produces will be with you for life, as your memory fades your photos will become your document of your wedding day and liking what you see should surely be paramount.
Meet potential photographers. The right wedding photographer for you should slot unobtrusively into your day and you should feel comfortable with them as a person. Do you really wish to spend the biggest day of your life with someone whom you feel uncomfortable around?. By first meeting with potential photographers you will be better able to detect whether or not you feel comfortable with them. It is vitally important for the quality of both your day and the photographs to select someone you are comfortable to have participating in the day.
Package Options. Now it’s time for the real confusion to begin. As stated earlier one must love the work of the photographer you select. Do not be swayed by the promise of 5,000 pictures, free albums and a kitchen sink. Regardless of what is delivered it means nothing if you do not like the pictures. Are you sure you want to 5,000 photos you despise? Or would you rather have 500 photos that you adore?
Think about what you really need in a package. Is your aim to be able to print your own photos and post them to your friend on Facebook? If so you will want a photographer who delivers the images as both high and low resolution files on a disc. Perhaps you are not tech savvy, all you want is a pretty album and would like to be able to order prints direct from the photographer. Thinking about what you really want will help see through the cloud of packages.
Shooting Duration. I myself am a wedding photographer and feel the best photographs come from the incidental moments during your big day. Thus choosing a photographer who offers entire day coverage, from the moment you begin getting ready until the end of the night is really important. You will be hectic on your wedding day and potentially missing all the moments that make your day really special. You may not think you would like pictures of the preparation however imagine being able to look back and see your bridesmaids laughing as they get their makeup done, your father having a scotch to calm his neves, your future husband sculling beer with the best man and your new brother in law putting the moves on your best friend. Such photographs will mean the world when looking back at your wedding day.
Price. Of course this is an important consideration and I will assume you are looking at photographers within your general budget. However once you have narrowed down some photographers within your budget don’t be tempted to make the final decision based on price. Your memory of how much it cost will be forgotten long before your memory of how much you hated your wedding photos!
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