Your wedding should be one of the most joyous occasions in your life and that day will be the source of memories that will last a lifetime. However, sometimes memory needs a bit of help – that’s why your choice of wedding photographer is extremely important. Here are some tips that will help you choose a wedding photographer that suits your unique requirements.
#1 Get Your Priorities Right
If you have a limited budget and want to focus on the mechanics of the wedding and entertaining guests then you may have to settle for a so so wedding photographer – this isn’t to say that your wedding photographs are going to be terrible, they may just not be the best that money can buy.
It’s important to agree of a budget for the entire wedding up front. It’s easy to start adding a little to the catering or the entertainment – but before you know it these costs start to spiral out of control. The costs to hire a professional wedding photographer can be in the region of $2000 – but for a top flight wedding photographer you can pay up to twice that amount.
#3 Do Your Research
If you are going to make the right choice of wedding photographer you need to do your research. Each photographer will have his or her unique style – and you’ll want to find one that suits you and what you want. The Internet can be a source of some great information. Most of the wedding photographers in your area will have an online portfolio – make sure that you compare a number of these so that you can be sure that you’re getting exactly what you pay for.
#4 Manage Your Expectations
When you finally select your wedding photographer you may have expectations that your wedding photos will look exactly like others you may have seen in his or her portfolio. This may not always be the case. There are a number of variables outside the control of the photographer that will dictate what your wedding photographs will look like. The venue, the lighting conditions and other factors will play a part in the final product – be ready to accept that your photographs will be unique. That is not to say that you should accept sub-standard work – but your photos will be unique.
#5 Sign a Contract
The wedding photographer will be one of the most important expenditures that you will incur on your wedding day. Make sure that you put together a contract that stipulates exactly what you expect from the photographer. The contract should stipulate exactly what you need, from the time spent at the venue to the final products that will be delivered to you and the quality of the photographs. Be sure to include a clause about overtime costs. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and the last thing that you need is a photographer that will leave before the cake cutting has commenced.