You definitely would want your wedding to be perfect in all the aspects. Whether it’s your wedding dress or table settings at the venue, you want everything to be perfect that day. So is the case with your wedding photographer. Photographers are like magicians who capture the most memorable moments of your life on a piece of paper. Here are some tips to be followed in order to find a perfect and flawless photographer for your wedding.
Familiarize Yourself With Various Styles of Wedding Photography- Wedding photography offers a wide array of styles to choose from. You can choose from traditional, classic, journalistic and many more styles. It’s better to have a look at some of the wedding photographs of your friends. You can also have some suggestions from the internet. Google is the best way to reach any kind of information these days. It’s better to contact a photographer after finalizing the style you want to go with. However, if you want to consult it with your photographer, having some information beforehand will be better.
Define Your Budget Considerations- If you don’t want to waste your time in a professional which later turns out to be out of your reach, you should start only after defining your budget. Searching a photographer without knowing your budget capacities will include lots of unsuitable options in your list unnecessarily which will waste your precious time.
Collect Some References- The first step towards a good professional is to collect a few references. There are lots of ways to collect references. The first one is to consult your friends, colleagues and neighbors. They may be of great help in such a situation. If you don’t get much of references through the, you can also have help of the internet. There are lots of sites which provide such references with contact details of the photographers. Yellow pages may also be viewed to collect such references.
Have a Look at the Website of the Photographer- You can visit the website of the photographer to have an idea about his work. But remember, you don’t have to be impressed by the grandeur of the website. Go to the page which features the portfolio of the photographer. Observe all the photos carefully to ascertain the quality of the work of the professional. Other pages of the websites may be accessed to know other things about the photographer.
Go Through Online Reviews- If the professional you are considering is proposed by some of your friends, you can skip this part but if you have got the references from the internet or yellow pages, it’s imperative to have some reviews about them. The most convenient place to have such reviews is the internet. Scads of review websites are there to assist you. But don’t consider the reviews and testimonials on the sites of the photographers. They are not as reliable as reviews posted on review sites.
Select a Full Time Photographer- The world of photography keeps on changing continuously. So you would want to deal with a photographer who is completely aware of all the recent changes in photography. So it’s always advisable to hire a professional which is a full time photographer. Such photographers keep in regular touch with the other professionals of the industry and acquaint with all the changes instantly. A part time photographer will not be so aware of the latest trends. Hiring a full time photographer means you will have superior quality due to the use of the latest techniques and a wide range of options to choose from.
Ask Him for Some Samples- You must ask the wedding photographer to show you some samples of his work. Here we are not talking about a few masterpieces created by the photographer. They can be seen in the portfolio also. This time you should ask the professional to provide you a complete album of a wedding. It will let you have a better idea about the quality of the professional. If you find that just some main photos are shot and developed beautifully and the other ones are not that good, then you know what to do. Enter the contract with a photographer only after being absolutely satisfied with his quality.
Ask for Some Customers References- No good professional will deter from providing references of his old or existing customers to new ones. If he knows that he is providing efficient services, he will find no problem with it. You must ask the photographer you are considering about some of the customers references. If the photographer refuses to do so, you shouldn’t consider him anymore. And if he provides the references, contact some of the customers and try to find out how satisfied are they with the services of the professional.
Confirm the Contents of the Package- You must be aware of all the things you are to receive in the package of wedding photographs. Various photographers offer different packages to their customers. You must make sure that you receive all that you want in your wedding photography package. If you are planning to have a grand and large wedding, maybe you have to hire two photographers for thorough coverage.
Going through all the above steps can make you reach a good wedding photographer. You definitely will not want to compromise with the quality of the photographs of this special day of your life. So make your selection wisely.
Article by Yon Rolf
Yon Rolf is a professional photographer in Las Vegas who likes to share his knowledge about photography with all those who are interested in it. He is also writer for Sarah Timmins Photography. Being a veteran of the industry, he has every that information about photography that can turn even a layman into a professional. No change in photography world can go unnoticed by him.