A great photographer is one of the most essential features of a wedding; after all, who else provides you with physical memories you can treasure for the rest of your life?
Although you may have to consider your budget, don’t be tempted to let a friend or relative step in and take photos, as the results won’t compare to a professional wedding album. Before making a final decision, make a list of questions to ask the photographer. Here are a few to add to your list:
How many photographs will I be able to choose?
Once you have decided on a budget, make sure you know which options are available and how many photos you will receive. Many professional photographers have a number of packages with something to suit all budgets. A photographer will take hundreds of photos on the day itself and, although this seems excessive, you will find some precious moments you may have missed on the day.
A certain style
If you want a specific theme or style for your wedding photos, make sure your chosen photographer has the skill and experience to do this. You may want a vintage theme or shots taken from unusual angles. Not all couples want a traditional setup with their photos, and you may be considering something unique to you. Ask for samples of previous work using certain styles and techniques, so that you can see how your photos will look. Not all photographers have experience in different styles, so be sure to check.
Make sure you know exactly what you will be paying for, so that you don’t end up with a final invoice way above your budget. Clarify what you are getting for your money, and be sure there are no extras to pay for. A reputable photographer will be happy to explain exactly what you are getting. Indeed, many provide a choice of inclusive packages so you can choose according to requirements and budget.
When should you book the photographer?
Once you have had a chance to identify photographers who provide the service you require, don’t leave it too long before booking. A good photographer will be in huge demand and may even be booked up for some time to come. Book your first choice photographer as soon as you can, so that you can relax knowing your photos will be a success on the day.
Why is the photographer more expensive than some others?
It is possible to find photographers who charge much less than others, but this is usually for a reason. Some photographers cut costs by transferring the photos straight to a CD without any editing or processing. Although many couples now want digital photos, most want to look their best in the wedding album too. A professional photographer will usually edit photos so that there is no bad lighting, or elements in the background that distract from the happy couple. A photographer who provides a full service will offer proofs so that you can check them first.
A photographer is responsible for providing a lifetime of memories, so don’t be afraid of asking questions before booking!