When you employ a wedding photographer you should be confident that he has enough experience in the field of photography to provide you with some stunning images of your day. But, there is more to it than just taking photographs and I’ve put a ten point check together to help you get the right photographer for your special day!
1. Experience - does your photographer have experience photographing weddings? Great if he can take photographs at a friends wedding but being the primary photographer at a wedding is a different job altogether. It involves pressure, organisational skills, quick thinking and the ability to work and adjust what he is doing according to the conditions. If he doesn’t get the all important shot who is going to? An experienced photographer will know how the day can play out which is vitally important in making sure that everything runs smoothly.
2. Insurance - I know it sounds trivial, but, what happens if your photographer takes some stunning images and then his car gets broken into before he gets home? Insurance not only covers equipment costs and public liability it also provides indemnity cover to (worst case) re-shoot the wedding.
3. Full time or part time? – is he a full time photographer or does he just shoot at weekends? Again you may ask what the issue is here but what if you need to get hold of him, ask a question, or meet up through the day? After your wedding how much time will he spend processing your images and building your album? If he has a full time job besides photographing your wedding, your photographs may take a back seat whilst other more important things get done.
4. Customer service, customer service, customer service! – yes, I’m saying it three times because it’s so important that your photographer gives you impeccable service. You’ve so much to sort out during the lead up to your wedding, getting extra grief or lack of answers from your photographer won’t help in stress free planing and ultimately a stress free day.
5. Contracts – these not only serve the photographer but serve for your protection also. They should detail what happens in the event of a cancellation, what happens if your photographer is ill and what you should reasonably expect from your days shoot. It goes without saying that the contract also details and confirms the costs involved in your day.
6. Qualifications – no they aren’t that important but any qualifications gained help you to know that your photographer is serious about his business and his further commitment to constantly improving his skills. A photographer who keeps a fresh approach and learns new techniques means you won’t end up with an album lacking in imagination.
7. Images – you will find that photographers generally put their best images on their websites! So why not when you visit your photographer ask to see some example albums. OK, he may not have the actual albums to hand but should be able to show you some completed album designs along with a selection of other product samples. You should be able to see more than what’s on his website!
8. Personality – this is so important. Can you get on with your photographer, is he easy going, cheerful? Will he get on with your guests? If you can’t and he won’t then he’s not going to get the best out of you on your wedding day.
9. Type of photography – you’ve probably heard about traditional and reportage photography. What photographs do you want? When you employ your photographer you need to ensure that he can provide the type of images that you are wanting. If you want reportage photographs and all your photographer can provide is traditional photographs then you’re not going to be happy with your album!
10. Who is your photographer? - again this may sound a little daft, but is the person you met at the consultation and started to build up a relationship with the person who will actually be shooting your wedding? Does he contract work out? You spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than you do with any of your guests.
I hope that helps! Of course if you have any questions refer to point number 4 then give me a call!