How to select a wedding photographer
Photography has come a long way on the last 20 years. anyone who can afford a DSLR thinks that this gives them the right to claim professional status in the photography world.
This of course is not the case. Though everyone can buy a DSLR camera it does not make them a pro photographer. I can buy a make up box and a pair of scissors but it does not make me a makeup artist and I would sincerely hope that you would not chose me to do your hair and make up on you special day.
I would however be happy to take photos at your and below are a few points of selecting a photographer. I hope you find them helpful in selecting a photographer for you.
Chose what style of photography you would like
There are many style of wedding photography out there today. Your first step is to select a style. do you want a wedding that is traditional, or one where the photographer stays behind the scenes more? Set up images, or candid shots?
Sorting the style will narrow down the search a great deal. You must be happy with the work (images you see) from the photographer as this will give you an idea of the end result.
Work out what your budget is
It is probably more accurate to say work a photographer into a budget. Most photographers have a starting rate or package. This works for the most past, but you may only want the photographer for a few hours and not the whole day. If you find a photographer you like but need hime for more or less time ask them what it may cost.
Decide what you need from the photographer
once you have decided on a photographer, set up a time and day to meet to talk about the requirements from them. If you want a photo of auntie Glad and uncle John make sure you tell the photographer. Never assume that they know what you want. Often photographers will have a list of photographic requirements that are agreed before the wedding.
Ask about their work history
Ask them about their experience. How did they get into photography, how long have they been doing it, do they have other samples of work? Also ask them if they have worked with other photographers or even have any qualifications in the field. this will make all the difference from someone who has just took a notion to do photography and someone who is serious and loves taking photos.
Finally don’t make the mistake of thinking cheap is good. you may find that photographer that will do your wedding for £300 but often (not always) the final product will reflect the quality of work. In truth, don’t be afraid to spend a little more on the photographer. In 40 years from now wham you look back on your special day, or show people what it was like, the photos will be all you really have.
I hope these points will help you find the photographer you are looking for. I would also be more than happy to talk with you more if you are interested in my work. Below is a vouched as a gift if you chose my service. Regardless to weather you do, have a great day, and congratulations!