Helpful Tips For Deciding on a Professional
After the wedding is over, the caterers have cleaned up, the DJ
has packed up his gear and moved on to the next wedding, after
the tuxedo's have been returned, the gown cleaned and stored and
after the flowers have been preserved, What is the one thing
that you will always have to remember the day?
where should you invest the most money?
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Over the years, your
photographs will continue to refresh your memories of this special day.
The following are a number of helpful hints to keep in mind when selecting a
Don't make a snap
decision on a photographer.
After your decision to marry, this is probably one of the most important and
lasting decisions you will make. Take your time and choose well.
Most good photographers are booked nine to fifteen months in advance.
Make sure you are
comfortable with the style of
photography that the photographer can provide. The two main styles are
traditional and photojournalism (the more candid, unposed type of photography)
and most photographers will specialize in one, but provide some amount of the
other. When choosing, think about the style that you prefer, but also think
about what types of photographs you would like to give to your parents, and
what you would like to show to your children years from now.
When you are
looking at a studio's work,
make sure that you are looking at the work of the photographer that will be
doing your wedding. Some studios have multiple photographers and the work you
see could be some other photographer's.
Make sure you are
comfortable with your photographer.
Photography is, by nature, intrusive. You will be spending a large amount of
time in front of a camera on your wedding day. If you are not 100% comfortable
with the photographer your discomfort will show in your photographs, and more
important, you will be detracting from your happiness on your special day.
photographer seem to be genuinely interested
in your wedding, or is it just another job. Photographers who have a love of
weddings tend to specialize in them, and in turn, will provide a better
quality of service and finished product.
Once you have
decided on a studio and a photographer,
get the name of the photographer written into your contract. It is an
unpleasant experience to have the photographer switched at the last minute.
especially during busy months,
will book a photographer for more than one wedding per day. Ask if the studio
you are considering has this policy, and if they do, decide if you are
comfortable with it. This could remove some possibility for flexibility on the
part of your photographer for last minute changes to plans.
will limit the number of hours
that they will provide service. There are pro's and con's to this approach.
While, on one hand, you only pay for the time you require, you also run the
risk of either rushing to get images completed, having the photographer leave
early and missing some images, or negotiating commercial arrangements on your
wedding day. Understand the options that you have and make sure that you are
comfortable with these.
Pay attention to
the terms of the contract. Some
photographers require full payment before they provide any wedding day
services. Make sure you are comfortable with this. Ask about cancellation
policies and satisfaction guarantees.
prices, make sure you
understand what is included in the price quoted. What may seem like a low
price initially may escalate quickly when you add in the extras you feel you
will want. Make sure you understand what the additional costs will be.
Black & White
photography has recently become
popular again. If you are interested in having some portraits done in black &
white, ask to see samples of the photographers work and if there is any
additional charge for black & white. Also ask if the photographer uses black
and white film or simply converts color photographs.
Photography is quickly becoming popular
with professional wedding photographers. Ask your photographer if he uses
film or digital to shoot your wedding. If he uses digital make sure that he
is using professional level equipment. Small, inexpensive digital cameras may
be fine for quick snapshots; however, enlargements from these cheaper cameras
usually prove less than satisfactory. When is doubt, remember this; film
If you like a
photographer, but you don't
like any of the packages they offer, ask if they will be willing to customize
a package for you. Most photographers will be happy to do this.
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