An Exciting Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Photographer
Hey there, soon-to-be-wed lovebirds! Are you ready to capture and turn those magical moments into lifelong memories? Choosing the right photographer is no small task, but fear not, for I’m here to sprinkle some fun and quirky advice your way. Let’s dive into the delightful world of photography and discover the important things to consider when selecting the perfect paparazzo for your special day!
1. Syncing Styles: Picture Perfect Harmony
We all have our own unique style, and that applies when looking for your perfect match in a photographer too! Ensure you Instagram-stalk photographers and look at their shooting and editing styles before you book your preferred vendor. Are they masters of candid moments or more about posed perfection? Perhaps you are looking for clean lines or maybe a more moody editing style. Find that match made in photo heaven, and your wedding album and frame selection will be a symphony of your personalities!
2. Photographic Chemistry: Match Made Behind the Lens
You’re going to spend a significant amount of time with your photographer, so it’s essential to check if you ‘click’ (pun intended!). Schedule a meeting and see if your personalities dance harmoniously. Remember, you’re in this together to capture the joy and laughter, so make sure you’re comfortable being your fabulous selves!
3. Quality over quantity: Rank your importance
Would you prefer to have numerous photos with lower quality and less effort invested in capturing your moments, or would you rather have only the significant moments captured with high quality and a great deal of thought put into each moment? Remember that quality also takes time and impatience can sometimes be a virtue. Ensure you rank your importance between quality and quantity before deciding on your perfect match.
4. Add-ons Galore: Prints, Albums, and Beyond!
Photography packages sometimes come with tempting add-ons like prints and albums. But before you select a package with these extras, consider what you truly want and need. Perhaps you can be budget cautious and rather design your own album and print the photos you would like framed in the exact size required in your own time. This is all up to you and your preferences.
5. Picture-Perfect Dry Runs: Engagements and Practice
Before the big day arrives, why not have a “practice session” to get to know your photographer’s shooting style? An engagement shoot or pre-wedding session will make you feel like supermodels and help you build a relationship with your photographer. Let the warm-up clicks begin!
6. Budget, Budget, Budget: What are their packages?
There’s a critical question to consider: is budget and packages important to you? Wait, hold on to your camera straps! The eternal tug-of-war between the coins in your piggy bank and the desire to preserve your memories in frames of perfection. Do you need to find that elusive photographer who can freeze time in a single click without breaking the bank. Or are you free to select whomever tickles your fancy.
7. Client Reviews: Reputation is everything
Reputation is the secret sauce that adds a pinch of trust and a dash of assurance to this delectable photography stew. Reading reviews will allow you to go through other’s experiences, praises, and sometimes the occasional gentle critique. These reviews are like the compass guiding you through the long list of contenders. So are you worried about their glowing testimonials and the words of those who have walked down the aisle before you? Reputation is everything in my opinion.
8. Location: Near or far
The question arises: should you seek a photographer near or far? A local lens artist who resides in the area of your special venue. Or, perhaps, a daring adventurer from distant lands, armed with a camera and an insatiable wanderlust, turning your wedding album into a globetrotting masterpiece. You have to choose (or maybe your budget will for you)!
There are several important factors you need to discuss with your photographer once you have selected your preferred supplier. Here are a few we think is important:
1. Snap That Shot: The Not-To-Miss List
We all have those must-have photos that we absolutely can’t miss. Prepare an all-important shot list of the moments your photographer needs to capture during your wedding day. Family portraits, bridal party moments—anything you deem essential. This way, you’ll breeze through these must-click moments and avoid disappointment after your wedding day when going through your photographs!
2. Picture-Perfect Timing: The Photographer’s timeline
Discuss the photographer’s timeline for the day. What time will they arrive? Will they shoot the décor set-up or getting ready candid moments first? Do they have a second shooter to ensure no moment goes unnoticed? Know when they’ll make their grand exit and plan accordingly. Timing is everything!
3. Feeding the Creatives: Food and floor plans
Remember to accommodate your photographer in your reception floor plan. Will they bring a second shooter? Do they have specific dietary requirements or allergies? By keeping them well-fed and comfortable, you’ll ensure they stay energised and focused on capturing those picture-perfect moments.
4. Picture Privacy: To share or not to share…
Your wedding photos are precious, but not all of them are meant for the world to see. Have a chat about which photos your photographer can share on their website or social media channels. Keep your inner-bridezilla calm by ensuring your privacy preferences align!
5. Time flies: Sneak Peeks and albums
Patience is important when it comes to your wedding photographs, especially when waiting for your precious sneak peeks and full album! Usually waiting periods in season is 6-8 wees and 4-6 weeks out of season. Discuss the turnaround time with your photographer to know if they will have you swooning over glimpses of your big day within days or weeks?
Choosing a photographer is like finding the perfect wedding dress or the icing on your dream cake. Take your time, have fun, and trust your instincts. Remember, these talented individuals will help you relive the magic for years to come, so choose wisely and let the snapshots of your love story come to life!
P.S. Don’t forget to strike a Vogue-style pose whenever you spot a camera. You’re the star, after all!