Your wedding photographer must be someone who can take emotional and beautiful shots, provide you with long-lasting memories of a day that will go by very very quickly and make you look great even when mascara will halfway down your face… My first suggestion is to ask your Wedding Planner. She knows you and will be really helpfull giving you the right contacts! And now let’s see these 5 points to consider before signing the contract!
- Settle on a Style
First of all, you need to decide what type of photography style you prefer…
- Documentary:Spontaneous pictures of you, your guests, decorations, etc. If you choose this kind of photos, you’ll very rarely see people staring at the camera. The pictures capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.
- Portraiture: Classic portraits (think: your parents’ wedding album). That’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity in this category. While some photographers will pose subjects in more traditional spots (like at the ceremony altar or standing as a group together), others take portraiture further into the creative realm with a more dramatic composition (the couple sitting on a chair at their reception venue, or holding hands in the middle of a nearby road with the sea in the background).
- Fine Art:Similar to documentary photography, this style gives the shooter greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs. So while the shots reflect reality, it’s the photographer’s reality. Usually the couple is in focus and the background appears to blur. Motion also looks very natural in this style of photography. The few wedding photographers who shoot only on film tend to fall into this category, and typically they shoot in black and white, though some will do a mix of both.
Many wedding photographers can do a blend of portraiture and documentary-style shots, and will do a mix of black-and-white and color images, but if there’s a special style you love, make sure to focus on photographers who specialize in it.
- Check and double check!
Start your search by reviewing potential photographers’ websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style. The design of the website may also have clues about the photographer’s personality and sensibility. Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages too, if possible.
- Set Up Interviews
If you like what you see on their site call to see if they’re available for your wedding date. If they are, meet them in person and be prepared to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you envision for your photos. If they are not, maybe they work with an associate with a similar style… how knows! And make sure your personalities mesh! Don’t underestimate this point… Remember: They’ll be with you all day long, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out.
- See a Few Full Wedding Albums
Don’t base your decision solely on what you see in a photographer’s highlights gallery or album. Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they’ve shot so you can get a better idea of what your complete collection of photos might look like after the wedding. And do not forget to check if they have captured the key moments of the wedding!
- Ask About Postproduction Details
How many images will you get? Will they be high resolution or low resolution? Will you be able to get prints made yourselves? Will the pics you see be the retouched versions, or can you select the photos before he decides? Speak about retouching, ask about everything and the additional costs.
Special Thanks to Due Still Wedding for these beautiful pictures and all my brides and grooms for allowing me to post their pictures!