Getting married is the easy part. Finding a photographer is a bit of a different game. You need someone capable of capturing the moment while telling a story. If that sounds easy, then picture this. Your photographer needs to snap hundreds of images from beginning to end. They need to identify the most important guests, and they need to make sure that in the end, they are able to string all of your photos together to tell the story of your wedding day. Reportage wedding photography is much better than the standard formal shots, but before you settle on just any photographer, you need to pay mind to the following tips: |
1. Check their Experience
How much experience does the photographer in question have? What are they able to do? Your first action should be to take a look at their portfolio and determine whether or not they really have a chance of giving you a proper photo set.
2. Check their Availability
Is the photographer available when you need them? Check their website and then talk to them about your schedule.
3. Find out Who the Photographer is
In some cases, the person you talk to over the phone or in person might not be the photographer at your wedding. This does happen, and you may want to meet the person you will be dealing with.
4. Ask About Fees
What are their fees like? A good wedding photographer is going to be expensive, undoubtedly, but do their fees actually fit into your budget? It’s not always necessary to pay sky-high prices to get a good photographer but paying budget prices almost always guarantees you’ll also get budget results. Remember: you always get what you pay for.
5. Talk to your Friends
If you have friends that have been married, they more than likely know of a good wedding photographer. This is a great way to find good photographers, and is much more reliable than going out on your own. The best part about reportage photography is that you will never know the photographer is there unless you specifically ask for a formal photo. The photographer will blend in with the rest of your guests, and only the wedding party will know he or she is there. What does this mean for you exactly?
It means a lot of things, but the most important is that you will have the ability to enjoy your day without any particular interruption from your photographer. From cutting the cake to that first wedding dance, the day is yours, even while it is being documented one photograph at a time. You do have the option for formal photos of course, and you will need to discuss these with your photographer before the wedding commences.
Start planning your wedding today, and start interviewing prospective photographers. You have a lot to do, and while it might see you have all the time in the world to do it, that special day will come before you know it! It’s a long road to wedding perfection, but with the right photographer and a fair amount of planning, you might just get there.
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.
Or just call for a chat about your special day: 01252 835 981
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