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Photography and video memories of your special day are an important element when planning for a wedding. In fact, choosing the right wedding photographer can be one of the most significant decisions you will make. It is natural to want to remember your wedding in as much colorful detail as possible for years to come and be able to share those moments with loved ones.
Choosing a Photographer
Deciding who will be your photographer can involve a lot of research, unless you already have someone in mind. For most people, the best course of action is to look at the portfolios of a selection of photographers and make a shortlist of potential candidates, considering price range, style and experience. Perhaps the first thing to decide is how much of your budget is going to be dedicated to photography.
Once you have decided on a shortlist, you should interview each photographer and review a selection of photos from past weddings that display their particular style. It is important to choose someone who is specialized in weddings or who has a lot of experience in wedding photography – you don’t want your big day to be someone’s experimental breakthrough into wedding photography. You will also want to find out what happens if the photographer is sick and if they have insurance. Make sure that any verbal agreements are finalized into a signed contract that stipulates what is included in your package, such as post production, prints, an assistant and the rights to the photographs.
Finally, don’t forget to choose someone you like, they are going to be following you around all day on the most significant event of your life – make sure it is a pleasant experience for all.
A Second Photographer
Having a second (or even third) photographer is a common option. The second photographer is usually in charge of taking pictures of the details that are often forgotten and to focus on the guests and location of the wedding. You can be a little more experimental when choosing a second photographer and this is often a good time to invite an art photographer who may not have much experience of weddings but who will produce something original. A second photographer also acts as your insurance in case something goes horribly wrong with your main photographer.
Style of Photos
There is more to wedding photography than just taking a few pictures of the bride and groom. There are also many styles that you can choose from. This needs to be discussed with your photographer before the day and certainly before they start post-processing. For this they can play with the basic light and color to produce a unique style. For example, you may like a clean look with photos receiving little processing for a nature appearance, or a matte vintage look where colors are faded for a pastel effect or indeed high contrast, where colors stand out vibrantly.
Cost of Wedding Photography
The common saying that “you get what you pay for” is very true with wedding photography, although you can find a great balance between talent and cost. Wedding photography is generally pretty expensive, although it seems like the photographer just turns up for the day to make a week’s wages. However, you have to consider the cost of their equipment, time invested in post-processing, marketing strategies, taxes and insurance etc. Having said that, expensive is not always a sign of quality. The best way to choose is to see their portfolio and past customer testimonials.