I’m so impressed with the quick turn around of the wedding highlight photos and the modern contemporary style of the photos which really show off the couple’s personalities and many different unique aspects of the day. So much so, that it inspired me to put together my top 5 tips for finding that perfect photographer for your wedding day!
First of all, think of hiring an experienced professional photographer for your wedding day as a life long investment. Capturing the precious moments that are gone in a flash for you to re-live and look back on for the rest of your life.
If you want to make sure you find that perfect photographer for your big day, follow these simple 5 tips to make sure you’re over the moon with your photos, and don’t waste your hard earned cash on photos you aren’t happy with!
Top 5 Tips to Find That Perfect Wedding Photographer
1. Expert Experience
Yes the best photographers really can capture the emotion, your individual personalities, and the style of your day in one photo. There are natural photographers out there who were born with eye for detail, and you can be lucky getting your friend with only a couple of years experience to photograph your big day for you and still be happy; but really, nothing beats experience at the end of the day. Being able to re-live the moment in a single photo is an art which not every photographer out there can do naturally, and it takes time and experience to perfect the angles, the lighting, knowing when to snap at exactly the right moment. This ability in a photographer is what is worth paying for.
Ask professionals in the events and photography industries, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Just because a photographer’s website and facebook page looks absolutely amazing and all their blogs and images you’ve seen are perfect, doesn’t mean you will be happy with their service or your wedding photos. Of course they are going to put their absolute best work up on their websites and on social media. Going to the photographer’s studio and viewing only one wedding album also doesn’t cut it and the photographer will be turning on their charm with that all important first impression. Ask around and do your research. The best recommendations are from people who have albums who can show you the true reflection of a photographer’s work and what the end product looks like. They’ll also be able to tell you all about their opinion and experience of the photographer’s personality, turnaround time and pros and cons. Try to see a few different full wedding albums from that same photographer – especially of weddings they’ve photographed in different weather conditions if you can.
3. Query the Questions
Make sure you ask all the questions such as: 1. turnaround time for highlight photos, 2. when you will receive the disc or link to all your weddings photos, and 3. when the wedding album will be printed and sent back to you by. Your wedding photos are the most anticipated photos of your life, for not just you, but your family, friends and suppliers too! Nothing is more agonising for newlyweds than waiting for over 2 months for a sneak peak of the wedding highlights photos, or over 6 months to see all the photos! And some photographers will do that to you because they are so busy! Ask not just about prices, but also about the extra fees such as travel fees and extra photography hours. I’d also highly recommend booking a package which includes a second photographer - it ensures every angle is covered and a larger selection of your best photos to choose from!
4. Pre-wedding Photo Shoot
Locking in a good pre-wedding photo shoot (at the wedding location if you can) or engagement party photo shoot is a sure way to make sure you are comfortable with the photographer’s personality, happy with the way they direct you and their ideas, and get to see what their finished product would be like. It goes both ways too! The photographer will get to know your personalities and taste before the day, meaning they are 100% ready to shoot exactly how you like it on your all important day.
5. Assist your Photographer
If you want your photographer to completely understand your style and what you want - help them out! Don’t leave them in the dark! Email them through your favourite images of their own work, share a private Pinterest Board and pin your favourite images to it. Put together a document listing all the different photograph configurations you want on the day, email it to them the week before the wedding, then print it off to give to them when they first arrive on the day.
Cover off these 5 tips and you’re sure to be very happy newlyweds when your photos come through!
For any other tips for your big day, including wedding syling and design, don’t hesitate to send me through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonHughesWeddings/
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