One of the many things to take into consideration when planning your wedding is what photographer you are going to hire. For a lot of people, this is usually one of the first things done in the planning process.
Getting the photographer of your choice is also about timing. There is a chance that they could bail the last minute and you will be left with nothing.
It can slow you down, and so it’s important to book the right wedding photographer. Here are some tips that can help you out with that.
1. Have a specific style in mind
When deciding on which photographer to hire, ShootProof suggests having a specific photography style in mind so that you have an idea of what to look for and can more easily narrow down your options. If you want some kind of defined mood to follow in your photos, be sure to include that in your search list.
If there are other things you would like to have done specifically to your need, like whether or not you want the photos to be digital or on film, feel free to add that to your search terms.
There are a lot of photographers out there and a lot of them have a specific style that they like to go for when taking pictures or filming weddings. Some are better at some types; while others feel comfortable with all of them.
2. Get help online
Booking any kind of service can be a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As with a lot of things, you can find help online. There are websites, like Kev’s Best, that have articles about anything you might need help booking.
You can find other guides on what to look for online as well. There is a huge amount of services out there and finding the right one can be quite a long and difficult effort. So, why not get the help of somebody that specializes in helping people that are in the same situation as you.
3. Know the venue well
Before getting in touch with a photographer, you should take into consideration all the things about the venue. Whether there is natural lighting is one of the most important things to take note of. If you have a lot of natural lighting in your venue then you won’t need to worry about setting up light systems.
This can not only save you money but it can be a huge load off when it comes to planning and booking a professional light installation system. Even though the photographer should be able to work with any lighting or in any venue, you can save a lot of time and effort by knowing what kind of conditions you have at the current place.
Every venue works differently with every photographer so it is important to know your venue well and pick a photographer based on that.
4. Meet up with the photographer of your choice
While nowadays most things can be set up online with relative ease, there are still a lot of valuable things that come when meeting in person. Some advantages are gotten from an in-person meeting. Getting to know the photographer, or any similar services person, is going to lead to a better understanding of what you are specifically cooking for.
Ideally, you would want to be on a sort of friend status with the photographer. This, of course, is not necessary, and can you can just have a normal client-vendor experience. But it does help to have at least a bit of an understanding of what the photographer can do for you, and what you want the photographer to do.
Meeting with the photographer before the actual wedding can be a great way to know how smoothly the whole process will go. You don’t want to end up with someone who won’t fit in with you and the rest of the guests. Knowing the photographer on a personal level can Definity bring better results though. So even though not required, meeting in person can be very beneficial. You will have a much easier time overall with explaining what you want the photographer to do, and you will have a better view of what kind of person the photographer is.
5. Be ready to ask a lot of questions
There are some things that you will probably have to ask the photographer. Here are a few essential questions.
-Ask about the photographer’s style. Each photographer has at least a vague style that they are comfortable with. Some even specialize in one kind of style. You can have a better understanding of what to expect from the photographer if you know what the photographer would like to do.
-Be sure to ask if others are allowed to take their photos as well. This should usually not be a problem, although some photographers might get annoyed by others taking up time and distracting the groom and bride during the photo shoot.
-Ask how long it will take for you to get the photos after the wedding is over. It takes some time to edit the photos and videos of your wedding, and usually, the longer it takes the better the results. You can ask how long it would take and if it might seem like a bit too long then you would know if that’s going to work for you or not.
-Ask if the photographer plans to give you the rights to the photos or if they plan on keeping it for themselves. You would not want to get in trouble by using the images you thought you owned. Copyright laws are no joke and could put you in a ton of trouble if you break them, knowingly or not.
-Can the photographer handle a crazy wedding? If you plan to have a wild and fun day during the wedding, then its important to hire a photographer that won’t mind dealing with some enthusiastic people and wacky things happening at the event.