How to select a good Wedding Photographer?

How soon before your wedding should you hire a photographer?
In most cases you should start looking for a photographer almost as soon as you book your other major wedding arrangements like Venue, Hotel and wedding planner. Keep in mind most of the better photographers are taken a year or more in advance.

What is the advantage of hiring a professional?
A professional takes photographs for a living. As a professional, you can be assured of receiving the highest quality in service and photographs. A professional photographer uses the best equipment and labs to assure your satisfaction. Photojournalist approach of a Wedding eveny has gained lot of popularity in India as well and its not very difficult to locate a Photojournalist in India.

What questions should I be asking?
After you have established that your date is available, be sure to ask these questions:

– How long they have been in business?
– Who will be photographing my wedding?
– What kind of packages and pricing are they offering?
– How soon after my wedding will my photos be ready?
– How much time will you be spending at my wedding?
– What style of photography do they use?

Are my wedding photos available online?
Many photographers have website that allow you to view your complete wedding online .These should be password protected and also allow friends and relatives to view and purchase photos from the site safely. If Photographer is not doing it, your Wedding Planner may know options to have Digital Album designed and uploaded on your Wedsite. See a sample Wedding Storybook here

Do you feel comfortable with this photographer?
It is important that after speaking to the photographer that you feel confident in their ability to work with individuals and groups. A professional photographer can make the day go smoothly and help even in a crisis.

Examine the photographer’s work carefully…take note of the little things:
– do the photos or album tell a story of the entire wedding day or just a series of pictures?
– is there a good mixture of portraits and groups?
– has the photographer captured facial expressions well? Photojournalist do this best!
– do the photos capture the detail of the faces and dresses, or is there too much background detail?

Collaborating with the photographer.
Brief the Photographer About the Wedding
Once you have decided to hire the photographer, briefly outline the details of the wedding such as location, date, time, sequence of events, and other aspects that the photographer needs to know. This will give him/ her time to plan his/ her activities as well as come up with creative and innovative ideas or ways in which he/ she can present your wedding with elegance, grace, and charm. You Wedding Planner must be helping you on this aspect.

What about price?
Prices can start from $700 up into the thousands!! Everything depends on what services you require, and the finished products you will receive. If you want good photographs and albums, then be prepared to spend more. Album quality and picture quality are relevant. Research shows that good photographs runs between 10-15% or the wedding budget. Most couples underestimate the cost of a good photographer by as much as 40-50%. Also remember, the photographs are only a portion of the services you receive from a professional photographer.

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  • Uttam Pegu March 13, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Nice Article about choosing Wedding Photographer. I think Wedding Photography is not a job of “One Man Army” type photographer! “Different Angle” of wedding couple or the Wedding Event may give he desired immortal expressions on pictures or memories those talk!

    Just my thought!

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