Wedding is the beginning of spiritual and emotional journey and also creates a life-long commitment. No doubt, it is one of the most treasured occasion in your life which you will remember forever. You will never forget your wedding day.
During the preparations of your wedding ceremony, numerous important things are required like rings, attires, guest list, the location of the ceremony, and reception etc. One of the most important tasks on your wedding list is “Wedding Photography.” Photos not only allow us to capture a certain moment in time, but also preserve it for generations to come. Also. you are able to relive the wonderful memory or experience again and again. If you print them, printed pictures are shared easily with others and can be a great gift for your family. As photos connect you to your past and help you to remind you of the best feelings, places, people, and the small but incredibly important moments of your wedding day.
Bride’s makeup, hall decor, flowers, guests, and the emotions, all will become a memory. But you will always regret it if your wedding photographer is unable to capture those priceless moments and you will never be able to get those moments again. Hence, it’s necessary to hire a well-skilled wedding photographer who knows how to capture your precious moments through which you both can embrace your wedding day as long as you live.
It is a tough task for many couples to find expert wedding photographers on their budget. This checklist will help you to hire your wedding photographer and what things you should keep in mind while selecting your photographer.
View online portfolios of photographers you are hiring
If you are looking for professional photographers, probably the most important step is to look at their REAL wedding photography portfolio on their website, Instagram or Facebook. Ask to see multiple full galleries. This is where you will be able to really see the difference between fake and real photographers! The “real” is the most important word here because not all weddings are real. Review their best work from previous clients. Be very careful, a handful of great images can be very misleading. I will explain why:
I’ve noticed a growing trend of photographers where they are using workshops and styled shoots to boost their wedding portfolio. If you’re not familiar with the idea of a stylized photo shoot, or stylized session, it’s when one or more photographers pay a fee where they can take photos at a fake wedding. Florists, cake designers, dress companies, and jewelers are also involved for a fee to put together a decadent photo session, usually a mock wedding or elopement, to create portfolio images. Ordinarily stylized photoshoots are ripe with gorgeous details that wedding publications eat up to display to their audiences for magazine publishing. The difference is that at a styled shoot everything is fake. In a real wedding, at your wedding ceremony and reception, the reception tables will not, I repeat, NOT consist of perfectly tailored hydrangeas, mason jars, antique shabby chic furniture and chalkboard signs that look like they walked off a cover of Martha Stewart Living. If you hire “styled shoots photographer” you will be disappointed by the results for sure. You may receive 5% of the photos perfectly laid out details some great angles and 95% garbage. Shooting a wedding is more complex than take photos of a model who was posed for the photographer.
Also, instagram feeds and websites can be very deceiving. Anyone can take a handful of decent photos on the wedding day or at a styled shoot and curate them for a stunning Instagram feed. You want to know what a gallery from a real wedding look like? You wan to hire a photographer who delivers a completely consistent, cohesive gallery for the entire wedding day for a proven track record going back for over 10-15 years. The only way to tell how good your photographer really is is by looking at full wedding galleries.
Differentiate between photographers
Photographers specialize in different photography subject areas like architecture, fashion, wildlife, products, photojournalism, wedding photography, portraits photographers, etc. Here you have to pick out the appropriate photographer who is expert in wedding shoots. Wedding photographers specialize in engagement photography, wedding photography and / or portrait photography.
Gather best recommendations by family members
Finding the best wedding photographer is easy if you have family members who got married recently. When it comes to the recommendation, you are pretty sure that the photographer is a specialist because your friends or relatives have recommended you to him. It is good to ask the couples who are newly married, as they can surely suggest you the best wedding photographers. By asking them you will get to know about the photographer’s work and work ethic without even meeting him/her personally.
Emphasize on quality rather quantity
A large number of photos can compromise with the best quality of your wedding photos. Remember, your wedding album can not be a replica of your wedding day. Do not compromise with quality as it is a keepsake of the best moments you will have on your special day.
Beware of heavy editing
Photographers use photoshop and lightroom to enhance the quality of a photograph but it is okay till the limit. It becomes worse when they edit a photo too much and call it a stylish photo. Keep it in mind that common people can not judge the minor difference in an edited photo. Ask for a previous unedited photo with an edited version through which you can judge the major differences. In this way, you will be sure that the photographer is a professional or an amateur.
Shortlist photographers to compare the costs
Select 4 to 5 photographers and get an estimate of their price with their package and expertise. Shortlisting can help you to choose the right photographer with an appropriate photography cost. Pieces of equipment, time, photographer’s experience level, travelling costs, these things can not be neglected while hiring a photographer. It’s better to ask them before about all these costs so that you don’t have to pay the excess charges later. If you want to hire a highly professional photographer, then you should compromise with your budget because you don’t have to make this investment numerous times.
Sign a legal agreement for future evidence
Agreement papers always help us as evidence in unfortunate circumstances. The legal agreement should consider working hours of a photographer, number of images, number of people in the photography team, delivery time, payment procedures and other requirements. Whatever you discuss with your photographer, make sure to note it instantly, and don’t forget to sign it after the agreement is fixed.
Make sure you follow all these tips mentioned above. And hire a well-trained and experienced photographer who can manage everything from start to end in your decided budget.
Keep in mind, the photographer you are hiring should have expertise and types of equipment to bring the best out of your wedding ceremony. Take your wedding shoot as an investment because, after the marriage ceremony is over, you only left with the photos which will cherish your wedding stories forever.