Selecting Your Wedding Photographer
A. Set a realistic budget: Remember photography is not all alike. Some photographers have spent their entire lives developing their skills to a level of Excellence. Some photographers just picked up a camera and now they are an artist or think so. Photography is one of the very most important services you are contracting for the day. Always remember one gets what they pay for and there are no shortcuts to quality. After all is said and done wedding photography will be the only item left that endures the Seas of Time.
- Learn about photo styles: Think about what style of photographs you would like to have for your wedding. Don’t waste time considering photographers who don’t or can’t shoot photos in the style that you want. The three styles of photography coverage are Traditional: Formal posed portraits of the bride and groom, wedding party, and families. Photojournalistic: Candid photos that capture natural actions during important moments, with the aim of telling the story of your wedding day. Editorial: A mixture of traditional and photojournalist coverage, the featuring both posed portraiture and the moment-to-moment shots that show the wedding day unfold. Look through real wedding photo galleries to get ideas for how you want your wedding to be shot.
- Get Recommendations: Ask for recommendations for photographers from your family, friends, co-workers and anyone you know who has recently married or thrown a large party. Also, ask wedding vendors; they’re in the same business, and thus familiar with which photographers their customers liked. Check with Your Venue: Ask a representative for your venue if he has a list of photographers whose services they recommend. Go to Bridal Shows: Visit local bridal shows to find vendors such as photographers.
- Check Availability: When you call a photographer to set up an interview, the first thing you should ask is if she’s available on your wedding date.
- Conduct Interviews and look At Work Samples:
• Look through each photographer’s portfolio of best work to consider whether or not you’re thrilled with her past work.
• Also, ask if she has samples of wedding albums that she made for previous clients. Make sure to ask specific questions as you look through the album, such as: What was the couple’s personality like and how did They try to capture that in the album? Given the extent to which your photographer will be present and involved in your wedding, it’s a good idea to find someone who’s both enthusiastic about shooting weddings and a pleasure to be around.They will likely be in the dressing room with the bride and groom. They will mingle with wedding guests.
- The Final Decision Get Package Details: Discuss your photography budget with each photographer to find out whether or not you’re financially compatible. Keep in mind that, depending on what type of package you get, Photographers price their work in different ways. Make sure that you understand how each photographer comes up with her numbers. Price packages might include the hours that the photographer works at your wedding and developing prints afterward, combinations of different size and style prints and wedding albums for the bride and groom, and possibly their parents. Price compare each package against the other options but keep in mind that it’s wise to spend a little bit more to get better pictures and better service. The photographer is preserving your wedding day, and for that, you’ll want a talented, diligent professional. Check Reputation: Make sure that the photographers you’re considering are reputable. Request and check client references. Do not go with anyone who refuses to furnish at least two or three, and it’s best if the photographer can show you the wedding pictures for those clients.
6. Closure to Details of Service
Parties to the contract:
• Include the names and contact information for all parties to the agreement.
• Ensure that the photographer you’ve chosen and any assistants that you’ve requested are named in the contract. You don’t want to end up with someone you don’t know on your wedding day.
• If there are substitute photographers you would consider in the case of emergency, insist that they are named in the contract. Wedding day details:
• Detail the locations, including addresses, and hours that the photographer will be expected to be present and shooting.
• The contract should also include the details of the shot lists that you and your photographer agreed to.
Detail how many proofs and enlargements you’ve ordered. If you’re getting a wedding album, the contract should say so.
Ownership and reordering: The contract should say who owns the files (this is an important consideration because you may want to make copies of your photos later) and, if applicable, include costs for reordering prints.
Price points: The contract should include the following price points:
Total cost, which should be broken down item by item.
The deposit amount you’ll pay upon signing the contract.
The balance that you will owe once the services are rendered.
The fee schedule with the specific amount that you will owe, especially if you’re paying in installments.
Additional expenses, such as for travel, that you’ve agreed to pay.
Cancellation and Repercussions Policies: The contract should detail what happens if you or the photographer cancels the service or what happens, such as a partial refund or additional fee if one of the terms of the contract is violated.
The tiny details: Make sure that you understand the contract fully. You can even insist that you have time to take it home with you to read through it.
Sign the contract: Once you’re happy with the terms of the contract, sign it and make sure that all parties have signed it. Make a photocopy for your records.
• Hiring a wedding photographer is an important decision that requires researching local vendors, learning a bit about photo equipment and style and finding the right personality. What you spend on a photographer results in photos that highlight your wedding day. So give thorough consideration to which photographer you choose, what style of wedding photos you request and the details of the package that you order, and you’re sure to end up with photos you love!