A picture is worth a thousand words but I think wedding photos are more than that; it consists of love, promise, passion, memory, and joy. That’s what makes them timeless and priceless at the same time. So, don’t let anyone tell you it’s worth skimping on wedding photography. After the wedding day, those photos are all that’s left to help you remember that special day.
Hence your ultimate goal has to be getting the right photographer that will capture all those important moments. As a couple, you have to consider certain steps in your quest of getting the perfect photographer for your d-day. The steps include;
Choose Your Style
The first step is to decide what you want your photographs to look like. Do you prefer candid shots and quirky set-ups? Would you rather have traditional line-up? Whatever your style, find a photographer who fits the bill. Many will be able to shoot both reportage and traditional, but it is better you go with their natural style.
Good photographers book up very fast, so confirm your photographer as soon as you have set the date- especially if you are marrying on a Saturday in summer.
Word of mouth is the best way to find a photographer. Look at friend’s wedding albums and if you like the look of one, contact their photographer.
Before meeting with your photographer, collect examples of wedding photography you love so they can get a feel for what you want. Look in Brides and at wedding blogs ideas.
Meet And Greet
It’s essential you meet with a photographer- or several- before you decide to use them, not only to see their work (complete wedding albums, not just a collection of their best shots), but also to help you get on. You’ll be spending a lot of your wedding day with them, so you should make sure you like them!
There are certain technical questions that are meant to be asked; what format do they shoot in? How many shots will you get? How long will they stay on the day? (The usual is from a couple of hours before the ceremony to after the couple’s dance.)
Get It In Writing
Ensure you get a written contract confirming all the details, including costs. Check that your photographer has professional liability and indemnity insurance, in case of damage to the venue or an accident. the indemnity cover is vital if photographers are not produced as per your contract.
Make Some Checks
Before the day, ask the person overseeing the ceremony if they allow flash photography during the service. Decide where you will take the group shots in case of rain. if your photographer is driving, check that they have a parking space. Ask your caterer to prepare a hot meal to sustain them until the first dance.
You can’t afford to get shabby photos of your wedding day, these steps will help you get pictures that will reflect your big day and of course hire the right snapper for the job.
Photo Courtesy: Akintayo Timi, Kayode, Bandele Zuberi and Wani Olatunde.
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