Choosing a the Right Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding

December 7th, 20101:55 pm

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Choosing a the Right Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding

The amount of people these days who will try to market themselves as a photographer is amazing.  Many brides have discovered that sadly, the photographer they hired who was supposed to have years of professional experience, was only a “casual” photographer who hadn’t even taken any professional wedding shots in his or her life.

To find the right photographer, follow these steps so that you know that you will end up with some beautiful pictures that you and your groom will love looking back over for years to come.

Who did your Friends Use?

Know a friend who got married lately?  Like the pictures that he or she had done?  Then why not try to book the same photographer?  Photographers thrive off of “word of mouth” marketing, especially since there is so much competition in the field.  If you know that they have done a good job before, then they will probably do a fantastic job again.

Check their Samples

Make sure that the photographer you choose actually has sample shots of wedding photos in their portfolio.  An album full of flowers and artistic photos may be nice and all, but wedding shots are a bit different than taking pictures of a lily.  Wedding shots require creativity, knowledge of positioning, and they have to have a quick eye so that they can get those impromptu wedding shots taken fast.

When do you Want the Photographer?

To pay for the photographer for the entire day will probably be quite expensive.  Some of the times in which you may want your photographer present are:

  • As the bride is getting ready
  • The ceremony, particularly the “kiss” and signing of the Marriage Certificate
  • The bride, groom, and wedding party shots after the ceremony, and before the reception (or pre-reception)
  • During the reception
  • The “after party” once the meal has been served

Read the Contract

One thing that a lot of brides and grooms don’t do is actually read through the contract.  They will take the vendor’s word for what they think they will be getting, only to then sadly discover on their wedding day that what they thought they were getting was not in the contract.

All basic contacts should include:

  • The amount of time the photographer will be at your wedding
  • If they will be at the ceremony, the reception, or both
  • How much per hour you will be paying the photographer
  • How many shots you will be receiving after the wedding, if they are color or not, and in what time frame you can expect the pictures to be delivered

If you discuss any other details, such as if they will be doing any videographer work for a reduced fee or even for free, make sure that that is penciled into the contract; otherwise there is a good chance you won’t get what you asked for.  Remember, the contract is the agreement to what services you will be getting; if the service isn’t on there, then you probably aren’t going to get what you thought you were getting.