1. Research a wide variety of photographers: |
All wedding photographers are not created equally. These are your wedding photos, and they have far more staying power than many of the other elements planned for that day. Wedding photographers will vary substantially in their level of experience, outlook, rates, clientele, and many other factors. Choosing the first photographer you find, even if friends and family recommended them to you personally, may prevent you from finding the perfect wedding photographer for you.
2. Look for a good professional portfolio:
Anyone in any artistic profession has a portfolio, whether they are gifted amateurs, experienced professionals, or both. Even photographers fresh out of college will probably have the portfolio the used when applying, or the work that they generated while they were there. Seeing the photographer’s portfolio gives you a good idea of how your own pictures are going to turn out. Photography is an art like any other, and artists have different styles and approaches. Finding the one that works for you is of utmost importance. Professionals with a large portfolio will also often have substantial experience. Some of them have been at it for over twenty years.
3. Look at their setup:
Some photographers work for agencies or companies, and some are self-employed. One way or another, clients need to talk directly to whoever it is actually snapping the photographs. Sometimes, photographers themselves work in groups, and it is important to know what to expect. They will be able to answer more relevant questions, from how much time they will spend taking pictures, to what layouts they use.
4. Evaluate their level of professionalism:
Professionalism does not always mean affiliation with a large company, since many self-employed or amateur photographers can still turn in a good finished product. However, all photographers should have organization skills and a plan. They should discuss options for photographs with you, and try to confirm all of the details. These photographers usually handle themselves well during the ceremony, and build a good relationship with their clients.
5. Familiarize yourself with what equipment they will be using:
Clients may vary in their priorities with their photographs. Some people may want photos they can enlarge; others may want photos that transfer well to wallet sizes. Digital photographs have their strengths, as do other varieties. Asking about photography equipment is also useful in establishing a good relationship with the photographer, which is always useful.
6. Get an idea of their philosophy and ideas toward photography:
All art is heavily mood dependent, and small variations can make all the difference in quality. Some photographers may emphasize certain aspects in their work. Some care more about technical proficiency. Some are more interested in working with clients to get the best overall product. Establishing a good relationship with your photographer is a good way to get the answers you need. It is important to feel comfortable with the photographer overall. They will be taking snapshots of all the guests at the wedding as well as the married couple; most likely, it will include most or all of the clients’ friends. They have an important task, and there are many professionals out there who are perfect for the job. It is all a matter of finding them.
Richard Galloway is an award-winning professional photographer and considered one of the best reportage wedding photographers in Surrey. Creating “story-telling” photographs since 2007, he specialises in documentary (reportage) wedding photography.
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