These days, anyone with a camera is a photographer. This is not meant to be a derogatory statement, as many keen amateurs take excellent pictures. However, if photographs of your big day are important to you or your family, it is worth investing in a professional wedding photographer used to working under pressure and with large crowds.
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Before booking your photographer think carefully about what the images will mean to you in years to come. If you’re simply looking for a reminder of the day there are plenty of photographers out there who will cater for your needs, and they will be able to offer a variety of packages to suit your budget. However, if you’re hoping to have pictures that will stand the test of time in terms of quality, style, composure and lighting, then it’s worth paying the extra money.
Some photographers list themselves under certain styles – reportage, contemporary, traditional, etc. Others just state that they are wedding photographers. It doesn’t really matter how they’ve labelled themselves, what is of importance to you is whether or not you like the work they produce. Take the time to view work by a number of photographers (a good place to do this is at wedding fayres), making sure you view images from several weddings that each has photographed before deciding which one best meets your requirements.
Before employing the photographer, make sure you feel comfortable with him/her; after all, if you don’t feel comfortable it will be evident in the photographs. Ask what you’ll get for your money. Compare the quality of work and what you’re getting for your money with that of other comparable photographers.
These days, many couples prefer their photographs to be supplied on DVD rather than in wedding albums. Some only require images to be uploaded to their own website so friends and family can view them on-line. Some request a combination of both prints and digital images. Ask the photographer which options are available and remember to ask if it is possible to purchase the copyright to the images, so you can print off your own copies in the future. If you do want a traditional photo album, ask to see some examples so you can approve the print finish.
Remember that there will be a lot of activity and a large crowd of people on your wedding day. Good wedding photography is often as much about crowd-control as it is about framing perfect shots. Therefore, it’s a good idea to provide the photographer with a list of the most important shots you require so you both know what’s expected from the day. A good photographer will suggest some options but they should also be able to create a bespoke package for your needs. A list will help the photographer and will also speed up the time it takes for the formal photographs, leaving you to enjoy the rest of your day.
Remember also, photographs from the day can provide a lifetime of memories but they will be so much nicer if you work with your photographer to get the best from your location.