With this guide on how to choose a wedding photographer I give you tips, steps to follow and recommendations that I hope will be very useful. I don’t intend to get you to choose me as the photographer of your wedding. What I would like is to give you relevant, very important and other information that sometimes is not taken into account and may be very necessary. So I invite you to take these steps into account to choose me or any other photographer for one of the most special days you can have as a couple.
So I don’t want to make you wait any longer.
30 TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
1 # Ask for complete wedding photos, and not just the prettiest ones
It is very easy for a photographer to provide convincing photos, make the choice of the ideal photos to make a wedding couple choose their services.
When you like some photos, I would recommend that you ask for the complete wedding photos. Ask for the album you provided or even the photos you sent them.
Asking to show you complete works will help you see the quality of all your captures and it must be with that with which you must make the choice.
You can ask for more than one wedding and the delighted photographer will show you with the idea that you are able to appreciate his work and therefore you can hire him.
2 # previous meeting / s
Meet the photographer in person. You will probably have seen different options and you will have a small finalist list among which will be the photographer of your wedding.
Once you have this list, meet the person and meet him. It is important this type of hangouts so that you have a direct deal, keep in mind that you must have a good relationship. You will share the day of your party, the day of yes I want and surely you want everyone present to be of your style, of your liking.
3 # Feeling
Complicity with the photographer
In relation to the previous point is the feeling. The “good vibes” that you can have with the photographer will be essential for the sessions you do to be perfect.
Complicity between you and the photographer is one of the things you should keep in mind. Sometimes it is overlooked, but it will be necessary for the relationship to be trustworthy, fluid and very good.
So keep that in mind, get to know the person you are going to work with so that your wedding photos are amazing.
4 # solve each and every one of your doubts
Also related to the feeling, the meetings that you have with the different photographers do not remain with any doubt, that there is no question left in the bedroom. Take it all out, ask and find answers to each one of the things that are offered to you, whatever comes to mind. Let nothing remain in the air so that everything is clear and easy to understand.
Contracts, type of photo, hours of work, any questions, do it without problems!
5 # Style of photos that you like and that the photographer should take
As you have already verified, or as you will see, each photographer has a capture style, a style of photos, Look for that style that best suits your tastes and interests.
Keep this point in mind since the album will be what you will have left for the memory. The report should be ideal, appropriate to your style and should be perfect to teach, watch and reimburse as many times as you want.
6 # are you looking for naturalness or inns?
What kind of picture do you want? We had previously talked about the photographer’s style and this could be part of that point. Think carefully about the type of photo you want in order to make the choice adapted to your tastes.
There are people who look for the natural and even who do not want or do not see themselves in front of a camera doing inns. There are others who love the inns and who love to have a good time with the photographer so that the photos go their way. Any case is respectable and there is no one better than another, but you should look for a person who does it as you want.
7 # How to search
If you are reading this article, you are probably looking for how to choose the wedding photographer, but … Do you know where to look?
I would recommend you search on the Internet, in directories of photographers, on websites specializing in weddings and also to friends or acquaintances who have already married or meet professionals from this sector.
Waste time looking for a person of your style and, if you have several candidates, make a list.
8 # List the different options and compare with PROS and CONS
When you have this list done, compare all the photographers you have and that you like. You can make a small table of PROS and CONS of each of the options.
In this way, you will ensure that the option selected is the best one for your interests. Whenever you are at this point, think that the photos are one of the greatest memories you can have of your wedding, so one tip is that you think well and choose without haste but with time, since every time you tend to choose photographer with more time in advance (even 2 years before the celebration).
9 # do the search with time
Yes, as I mentioned in the previous point, together with the banquet restaurant, the photographer is one of the options that you choose first. So great advice is that you don’t start too late.
It is very difficult to make the choice so that when you have decided you no longer have your date available. Every year, unfortunately, I have to say no too many weddings due to coincidences with another celebration. Obviously, the first one who signs the contract with the professional is the one who reserves the date, so the interesting thing would be that you were the first to make the decision for your date.
10 # how does it work?
It is important that the person informs you of how it works. That is, how it will make your report spectacular and dreamlike. How will it be so that everything is captured, what it needs from you and what it will bring you.
All this information is important for everything to be perfect.
From my point of view, it is very important that I know you, that you know the distance with which you feel most comfortable, that you know your strengths, that you care well for your needs, for your concerns, … this part of the work (not so photographic) is very important and you must know it.
Extra tip: ask a lot of questions about this and eliminate any doubts.
We have already reached point 10 of this manual that will let you know how to choose a wedding photographer.
11 # Interest in your wedding, will they ask you questions before the big day?
Although this point seems a bit odd as well as difficult to know, you should find out if the photographer will know who are the relatives, friends, closer. If you have siblings, if you have a special guest, the different deals you have with people, … and questions of this style that will make the people listed, that is important to you, more or less present in the final album and in all the photos that will finally be provided by the photographer you hire.
You will know this by asking about his way of working, in case he will ask you a questionnaire, if he will ask you in writing for relevant information about the “timings” of the wedding, people, relationships, This point could enter into the section on how The photographer works. Keep it in mind and make sure everything goes as you wish.
12 # Backups
There are probably few professionals who do not, but make sure that the person you are going to hire makes backup copies. I would tell you that this should be a condition that you should put on your PROS and CONS list.
Can you imagine the big problem, not to say drama, which could mean losing such an important report for you? That this problem does not appear, this point write it down and underline it within your election process.
13 # Team
As much as you are not experts in cameras, lenses, memory cards, inform you well of all the material used. It is very important that you have alternatives in case something fails. It has never happened to me personally, but can you imagine that the camera is broken? It is as easy as asking for alternative cameras in case of breakage and, obviously, it is as good as the main one.
Wedding photos must be of quality and must be safe no matter what. So with this recommendation you will ensure that everything goes on wheels.
14 # Number of photos he will give you and how they will be
Also related to the way of working, it is important to keep this information in mind. As you can imagine, two or three thousand photos can be shot quietly at a wedding. Obviously, among these photos there will be that they are not useful but I would recommend you to look for a photographer that provides you via web or with a pen drive all the photos that have gone well, regardless of those that will appear in the album.
In addition, you should know if these photos are delivered without further ado, if they are retouched, if they are edited, this point is important, because you will go from having an album to having an immense report depending on your choice. Keep it in mind 🙂
15 # How many hours?
The times of the photographer you must know before you start. Do not let yourself be influenced for hours, whether many or few. What the experience of guests and mine as a professional in the sector allows me to ensure that the ideal is not to set a schedule.
What is due is to capture every moment, capture every detail and not miss anything about the celebration. Usually, if more is not what I do, the photographer has spent a good time dancing.
There is a time when surprises are over, everything that had to happen has already happened and when everyone wants to just enjoy the dance that is the ideal time to stop capturing images. After a lot of dancing, drinking a little or a little more, and that everything expected has happened, it is time to park the camera and allow people to enjoy and lose heart (if it is the case) without the moment being photographed . Do you think the same?
16 # Do you offer preload?
Pre-wedding day is very important, minimum from my point of view. I would advise you not to hire all those who do not offer it to you or who do not give you the option to do so.
On that day, those hours, many things happen. Among others you will be able to connect with the person behind the camera. You will lose shame, fear, and shyness and know how to enjoy a report. This will help you so that on the day of the wedding you don’t realize all the photos that will be taken. In addition, it will allow you to have more feeling and be able to enjoy more at all times. Preload advisable 100%.
17 # Delivery times
Have you wondered about the delivery times of the reports? It is important to know him. It is in the patience of each one to accept short or long times, but you must know the time it will take to have it.
Also, if it is for a better contract. In this way you will ensure that these deadlines are met and that everything will work as expected and desired.
18 # Retouched photos? If so, ask for a before and after. Make it natural!
Here everyone’s tastes come in a bit, anyway it is important to know how you want them and for the photographer to explain their way of working.
In my case, and if you have already reviewed the wedding photos on this website, you can see that I do not use photo editing programs. The only thing I can do in some cases is to put a filter or another, but I don’t modify the photos. The images are completely natural and show everything there was and everything that happened at the time of capture.
I like the naturalness, the warm colors offered by the sun, clouds and the weather in general. In addition, the photos reflect 100% what happened at the time of taking.
Anyway, there are couples who like photos with touch-ups. Whatever your case, inform them of this before hiring the person. In case you edit the photos, ask for some before and after to be able to verify that it is to your liking.
19 # Experience (recommendations and opinions of other boyfriends)
Do you know what the bride and groom who have hired each photographer think? This may be an ideal time to know. Each of the points in this manual on how to choose a wedding photographers in coimbatore is important, and this can also be very useful.
The opinions of other people who have been in your situation before can be very relevant and interesting. You can search on the networks like integral, face book or on websites such as or other sites that talk about that person.
In this way you can know the experience of others and know if everything goes as expected. In any case, you should keep in mind that all photographers do not have the same influence or are not so involved in the online world. Take into account all the information but think that not all photographers are on the Internet and therefore may not have this point greatly enhanced.
It may be that a great photographer has no opinions on the Internet (neither positive nor negative).
20 # Space known or unknown (not important)
This is a very typical question that the bride and groom ask themselves and it really does not have such great importance as you can imagine. The space can obviously be known by the photographer and everything can be more agile. In any case, you should keep in mind that a professional must adapt to any situation and location. Light, people, are things that will vary in each event, so space does not end up having the importance that other details may have.
The professionalism of each one will be what will allow the images to be ideal, whatever the place. Therefore, do not rely on the knowledge of the place since, yes or yes, it will adapt.
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21 # Papers in order
Although it seems obvious, always ask for a contract and that the person you are going to hire, is the photographer, the animator, have the papers in order. That is registered in social security that is hired by another company
That everything is in order to be able, as they say, to prevent any problem. Prevention is better than cure, and this is a clear example.
So a recommendation to keep in mind is that you ask any professional, regardless of the sector, the papers and others to guarantee that you are discharged and that you work under a completely legal contract.
22 # what does the contract include? Read it carefully! That everything is well done
Once you have secured the previous point, ensure everything that includes the contract of the photographer you have chosen for your wedding. Before signing anything, read it carefully and make sure that everything you need to appear is well specified.
Do not leave anything on the air, a contract can be adapted to the requirements of each couple so ask that it be so. Leave everything you think is necessary and speak it with total confidence with the person in front of you.
It is another case in which the phrase “prevention is better than cure” is like a ring to the finger.
23 # Price and budget
As I imagine you will know, a wedding requires a high budget . Take into account everything that each thing will cost you to know how much you want to spend at each moment and in each contract.
The price of a wedding photographer is very variable, although they always get used to moving between fairly consistent ranges. Keep in mind that many times the cheap is expensive and it is better to spend a little more than regret later to realize that the photos have not gone well.
Keep in mind the importance of having a good report of this day, in which the guests, the moments and a long etcetera take a lot of importance. When everything is over, the captures (along with the video) will be the only thing you will have, in addition to memory, to remember this great day.
Take into account this point and the budget that you really want to invest in making this contract, which, together with the restaurant, is one of the most important.
24 # is it important that you specialize in couple sessions and weddings?
Like everything in different labor sectors, a person specialized in a field will always have more experience. Just as your material will also be adapted to this type of capture.
Finding a photographer dedicated exclusively to the type of report you are looking for will help you make a good decision. Ask about their jobs and their experiences. It is possible that during the wedding months it is dedicated solely to weddings and couple photos, it will serve you, and during other times of the year it can be dedicated to other types of photos.
The experience, opinions, specialization, … is different aspects to consider when choosing the person who will make the report of your great day.
25 # Are they just photos or tell a story?
Have you already reviewed your portfolio or, in other words, your reports? Have you felt anything more than admiration for the quality of the images? There are many photographers, among which I include myself that we want to get the best out of a report. We want to tell the story of the experience this incredible day of the couple .
It is important that each image be able to capture the moment, the experience and that, moving from one to the other, we can relive that great day. This is the intention of the great majority and you should look for that style that allows you to do it. So search, search and find the ideal person for your tastes.
26 # ask to play and see the album and the quality of the photos that will be on it
The album is another thing you should think about, and “I advise you of all of them.”
A quality album is not cheap and is probably included in the price. If a photographer has a very economical cost, keep in mind that at this point you can have a lower quality product.
To go to the safe when you search, ask to play the album, see one already edited, an example or anything that allows you to play and see the quality of it. In addition, it is also recommended that you look at the quality of the photographs printed on it. All this will be very important when you sit down to remember, when you teach it to family, friends, … and to keep it in perfect condition over time.
27 # looking for a photographer who loves his job?
Have you noticed if the person in front of you is passionate about their work? Think that is the person in charge of capturing your wedding. Look for that person who gives you security and love for his work. Forget about any professional who is tired of his world, who is unmotivated, that you think only works for the money …
You need at your side a person who enjoys his day to day so that your day is reflected with the utmost respect and love for the work done.
28 # capture the moments, feelings,…
Emotions in the wedding images
Continuing with the theme of the story, in addition to knowing how to explain what happened in each moment, we must also look for photos that express the feelings of each second lived. Crying, laughter, hugs, love, passion and fun are what naturally most at weddings appears. Has the photographer been able to capture it? So, hiring that person will probably be a great choice.
29 # Amateur or professional?
If you have reached this point, you will probably have already answered this point without having to read it. There is a lot of information provided so far that will lead you to choose a professional photographer.
It is very common for friends, acquaintances, friends of friends or relatives to be the ones chosen to photograph a couple’s wedding day. It can go well, why not ?, but most of the time there is no professional work, at other times there may be some kind of problem (moments that have not been photographed, …) or in the worst case that all the celebration and there is no picture to remember.
To avoid any problem or fright, I strongly advise you to invest part of the budget in hiring a professional . As I have been telling you, the images are one of the few things that will allow you to remember and therefore it is one of the aspects to consider when budgeting a wedding.
Extra recommendation : Avoid hiring friends or family, hire a professional 🙂
30 # Final Election
Have a lot of patience, think about it, and look ahead of time. Keep in mind as many points as you can from this guide to choose your wedding photographer.
Once this is done, the choice will probably be ideal.