Hiring the right wedding photographer

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Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. Many years down the track you’ll want to remember what a magical day it was through your photographs. So you’ll want them to look the best they possibly can, which is why you want the right wedding photographer.

But how exactly do you hire the best one? Dress shopping and venue booking is easy compared to this, because your wedding is likely to be the first time you’ve commissioned a photographer. The experience can be intimidating, even stressful.

What do you look for, how can you tell if they are good – these are thoughts that will be swimming around in your mind. This guide will hopefully answer those questions.

WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?

You should have a reasonable idea about how much you want to spend on your photography. Even though a cheap quote from someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience might be tempting, it is best to find someone higher up the professional ladder to ensure quality.

Photography prices are often broken up into labour and package. If you don’t have a lot of money, invest most of it into a photographer rather than a nice looking album. What’s the use of having a pretty package if the photos in it are ugly!

RESEARCH STYLES

Just like in any other artistic field, photographers have different styles. Broadly speaking, wedding photographs can be classified as three types – traditional, photojournalistic and classic.

Traditional – Traditional wedding photographers create images by arranging people and objects to get a specific look. Until about 20 years ago, this was the only style of wedding photography.

Photojournalistic – This style is organic, with the photographer preferring to capture real moments, instead of asking them to pose.

Classic – Classic can be seen as a combination of these two styles. They aim for a balance between creating images and capturing those happening in real time.

Look at examples of these styles online to find out which one you prefer.

REVIEW ONLINE PORTFOLIOS

Now that you have a budget and know what you are looking for in terms of style, your next step is to start looking through people’s portfolios. Because you did a little preparation, you’ll be able to narrow down the list of candidates very quick as most won’t meet your budget or stylistic requirements.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S PERSONALITY

It may seem like an odd thing to consider, but trust me, you don’t want to contract a photographer you don’t gel with, even if they take great pictures. Besides the fact you have to work with them on getting the photos you want, it’s your wedding and you don’t need someone you find annoying or irritating on your big day.

If you are thinking of hiring someone from the internet, make sure you meet them in person to gauge what they are like before going ahead.

REFERENCES

If you’re not 100 percent about a photographer, speak to past clients. If they don’t have this information available online, ask them for a list. You’ll be able to discern what this person is like to work with from the experiences of others.

MAKE A CONTRACT

Before you hire a photographer, make sure you have a written contract drawn up detailing what’s in the package, what their duties will be and how much it’s going to cost.

This will not only protect you against additional costs, but make it very clear between both parties what the expectations are.

As well as wedding photography, Squint also specialise in portraits and commercial photographs.

 

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