When you're getting married there are lots of things you'll need to arrange before the big day, one of which is the wedding photographer. Though some may see it as simply another job to cross off the to do list, you will probably be looking at your wedding photographs for countless years to come, therefore it's well worth taking the time to make sure you pick the right wedding photographer for your special day. Here are a few tips which could help.
Do your research - The internet is a fantastic place to start if you're wanting to find a really good photographer in the local area. Many will have their own web site offering plenty of examples of their past work, so you can get a feel for their style and how well it matches up to what you're expecting. You should also talk to friends and relatives who've got married recently and see what they thought of their photographer - personal endorsements can be an excellent way to get a hold of the ideal photographer for your big day.
Make sure you meet them - You might be hiring them to deliver a service, but you want to make sure that you and your photographer are going to get along. It's essential that they grasp your personality, and therefore the kind of photography you're going to be looking for, and pictures of your wedding ceremony are likely to be better when there's some chemistry between you and your photographer, and they are the kind of person that you and your guests will feel comfortable with. They need to be able to control the photography throughout the day without being too assertive or overbearing, but also be able to stay in the background, so you can get on with making the most of your day.
Quality of the pictures - The majority of photographers' web sites are great but try and see examples of their work in the flesh so you can properly check the quality of the pictures. If they're using digital equipment make sure the resolution is high enough so that there won't be any restrictions on the size of the print you can have. Also, ask your photographer to show you a complete set of wedding photographs, since some might only let you see a collection of their very best shots from the wedding ceremonies they've worked at, and you need to ensure they're consistently good through the whole day.
Budget - Cost can often be a consideration, seeing that really good wedding photographers are hardly ever cheap. This is going to be a special day and while it's almost never a great idea to choose a photographer solely on price, you do need to make sure you're getting good value. ensure you appreciate exactly what you will be getting for your money and that there aren't going to be any unanticipated extras. When you need to try and save some money, June and the rest of the months of summer are popular for weddings, therefore if you are getting married in the winter, or even on a week day, you may be in a position to negotiate a discount.
Outline the photos you want - Lots of photographers offer special deals that have a schedule of the pictures they'll take during the day. You shouldn't be scared to ask for flexibility if you want something different. Make sure your wedding photographer realises what pictures you want taken at the different points throughout the day. This will help them to appreciate exactly what's expected from them and it can also help the formal photographs to go a lot more smoothly.
Before the wedding - A pre-wedding shoot, in most cases at the venue, offers you and your photographer an opportunity to appreciate the best way you will be able to make the most of the setting you have picked, so that the wedding day goes a lot more smoothly and your photographs will be just what you wanted. It's also a really good idea if you're a bit camera shy, allowing you to overcome your nerves and get used to posing for photographs.
Once the wedding's over - Ensure you are aware of how long it will take to have the photos delivered, and also what format they'll be provided in. Conventional wedding albums are not as popular as they used to be, and the more common use of digital equipment means that pictures can easily be provided on a disc, meaning you're free to do whatever you want to with them - just make sure that you will own all the copyright to them and that there'll be no watermarks on them.