Choosing a Wedding photographer is an extremely important decision. It is important not to go for the cheapest or the easiest option. This is because the photographs will be with you forever; they are the memories of the best day of your lives.
When choosing a wedding photographer it is important to have a clear idea of what type of photographs you want, do you want Reportage Wedding Photography that will report the story throughout the day or is a contemporary wedding photography more your cup of tea?
A photographer’s website is a clear indication as to what type of photographer they are. If it is a bright, attractive, clear website it is a very good indication as to how they approach their photography. On the other hand, it is a boring, cheap website with very little work being put in to it then their photography may well follow suit. Photographer’s use their website to sell their business, as with anything, follow your first instinct.
Ask the Wedding Photographer for a portfolio of work that he has done for other clients and ask for examples of the style of photography that you want. It is important to meet a few different oahu photographers to find one that you feel comfortable with, that you feel comfortable approaching with ideas and are confident that they will take the ideas on and implement them exactly how you would like. Don’t be scared to ask for some clients names and telephone numbers that the photographer has worked with before to get a good feel for how they are to work with. The photographs in their portfolio might look incredible but they could be unreliable or awkward to work with. Best to find this out in advance rather than the big day.
Once the wedding photographer has a clear idea of what you require from them it is time to discuss cost, again it is important to meet a few photographers in order to ensure that value for money is being received. Very often photographers charge based on what they think they should charge, not how much their work is worth. Once you have met with a few photographers you will have a good idea of what they charge for what standard of work you can expect.
On the big day itself if it is reportage wedding photography you are after you will want the photographer to be there from the start to report you getting ready and travelling to the venue. Sometimes two wedding photographers can be useful, one to report the bride and one to report the groom.
Regardless of what type of wedding photography you decide on it is important to keep in regular contact with the photographer, running ideas off each other and pointing out any areas that you feel they are missing, are they getting enough family shots? Are they getting up close and personal or are they standing off? Are they putting in to practice what you discussed before the wedding?
Remember, these are photographs that are going to stay with you forever. You have to make sure they are going to turn out exactly how you want them, after the wedding it is too late.
Once the Wedding Photographer has done his work and the big day is over it is now time to decide how you want to receive the photographs. The cheapest option is to have them put on a compact disc and sent to you but is this really how you want your wedding photographs to be delivered?
A great way to have this done is to get the wedding photographer to take as many photographs as he can and then send them to you. You can now go through all of the photographs and decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you don’t. The wedding photographer can now collate all the final photographs and put them in to an album that you both like.
The album might not seem like a huge deal but it will probably be the only one you will ever buy so have a look at what the photographer can offer. If they don’t have anything that you fancy you can always buy one yourself and give it to them to populate for you.
You will now get all of the photographs that you want delivered to you in the album that you want. This in my opinion is the best way to receive the photographs that tell the story of the best day of your life.