You have announced your engagement chosen a venue, arranged the catering and chosen the wedding party .What could you have forgotten?
Do you want a record of this momentous event .Of course you do. Whilst some people are happy to rely on their friends and families to take photos it is a risk. What happens if the well meaning photographer cuts of heads? Or even gets so into the enjoyment of the wedding that they forget to take photos of that first dance?
The answer is to appoint a wedding photographer who is a professional and whose sole duty is to take pictures of those memorable moments.
Before deciding on which photographer you should use for your wedding there is several points to look at:
Don’t leave it too late
Many good wedding photographers are booked up months in advance .This is particularly when weddings are held “in season”
Good wedding photographers are well known. Sometimes they can even be celebrities in their own right. Begin by asking friends and family if they know of a recommended photographer. Contact married friends and ask if they were happy with their photography service. Even look at their wedding photos to get a feel for the style. Also look on Face Book and Web pages for recommendations and reviews.
Another good way to get a recommendation is talk to your wedding planner or caterers and florists. They will have good contacts .It is after all their business.
Draw up a Potential List
Once you have done the preliminary research draw up a narrowed list of which photographer you think is best for you.
Consider when making your list:
• Has the photographer worked in settings that are similar to that you will be getting married in? If you are having a Hot Air Balloon wedding then maybe look specifically at photographers who are familiar with the outdoors.
• Decide on the type of Style you would prefer. Are you a traditional couple who like serious formal photos or would you prefer a light hearted theme to your photos.
Once you have answered these questions its time to actually meet your photographers.
Make appointments to meet up with the photographers you are interested in hiring. They should bring along samples of other wedding work .Look at the style, color, quality and clarity of the photos. Do the poses feel forced or are they happy and natural.
Whilst talking to the photographer you will get a feeling as to whether their style and your personality will work together. It is important to feel comfortable on your wedding day.
A photographers charm and ability to get on with people is very important on your special day.
Discuss his or hers equipment and that it will be the right type for taking your photos.
When you are ready ask the photographer to draw up a quote. Make sure exactly which type of shots will be included, how long the photographer will stay and whether there will be an assistant.
It is very important that agreement is reached on the number of photos and which events will be highlighted on your wedding day.
Thereafter sign the contract and relax in the knowledge you have chosen the best photographer to work with you and record the special day!