Weddings are one of the biggest days of our lives. And with them come some of the most important and taxing planning you will likely do in your life. From flowers to the dress to photographs and cakes, every part of your big day needs to be arranged and only you have an idea of how you want your day to go.
Now I can’t really help you with the other aspects of planning your wedding but here are 5 vital things to look for in weddings photographers.
It does not matter whether you want a small and discrete occasion for a close group of family and friends or if you want a huge affair, everyone has a budget in mind. When choosing your photographer make sure they are within your budget. I do something that not many photographers do here; I have a full list of prices and packages on my website Warnock Imagery. This allows all prospective couples to see our prices and decided whether or not we fall into their budget. I am a consumer like everyone else and I really dislike a service that needs me to contact the company for a quote. I just want to see if I can afford or justify the expense not be harassed but marketing people for the next 6 weeks.
Style; Is the photographers work a style that you like? Style is and should be one of the major decision makers for your choice, after budget. With digital photography so readily accessible today there are many, many photographers to choose from but many of them have graduated past bad photoshop actions to cover up bad photography. Just have a look through FaceBook. I may be a little bias but having started my photography work back in the dark ages of film I tend to believe less is more when it comes to stylized effects. Don’t get me wrong I do use them and there are wonderful photographers out there that use them exquisitely but I much prefer to stay clear of the “FaceBook” photographer trends and concentrate on good quality images. The other thing to beware is no matter what the price, if you simply do not like a photographer’s style nothing will change that. They could be one of the most expensive on your list and everyone raves about them but photography is very personal. Nothing will change your mind if you simply don’t like their work.
Experience; experience will normally go hand in hand with cost; normally the less experienced photographers will charge less. But even if your budget denotes that you need to look at cheaper service providers it is always good to ask the question, “How long have you been doing weddings?” Experience will give you an indication on many things both during and after the wedding has taken place. An experienced photographer will know how to handle people, both in posing and just in general interaction. Simple things as having any grandparents photographed first during the family photographs is so simple but also a simple thing to overlook. Experience will show through when the photographer is posing the bridal couple, do they look at all aspects even how the couples hands fall? And experience will give you piece of mind that your images will be ready in an appropriate timeframe after the wedding and that the photographer is using adequate methods of backing up your digital images in case of computer failure.
Flexibility; every wedding is unique so how flexible is your wedding photographer? Is the final product something you want? The wedding photographer needs to be flexible both during and after the day. Will they stay a little longer if the wedding runs longer then expected? Do they charge for that? What happens if I do not part of their advertised package? Can I get high resolution images? These are all questions the photographer should answer directly or indirectly in your initial client meeting. The way that we work is simple; we are there to photograph your day. If your day runs over by an hour we will still be there and no; you will not see extra charge, we will not walk out when your time is up and if you don’t want part of the package such as the engagement session or photobook we will remove that cost for you and yes we always supply our clients with high resolution images on a disc. Our packages at Warnock Imagery are a guide and one set to help our couple choose what they want.
The last thing on my list is also the most – PERSONALITY. It is so important that you like your photographer as you are with them all day. You do not spend the day with your dressing maker or your florist or the cake maker but you spend a good portion of your wedding, which should be one of the biggest days of your life, with your photographer. So do not rush in, take your time and choose the right person for the job. It must be said that we are not rock stars although some of us may act like it, we are simply service providers. So if after the initial meeting you do not feel comfortable that your photographer will put your needs and the needs or your guest before their own then please do yourselves a favour and move onto the next name on your list.
Hopefully I have shed some light on some of the things you need to consider when choosing your wedding photographer, if anyone has any questions at all please free feel to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And even better if you want to see more of our work head over to Warnock Imagery