How to choose the right wedding photographer is really important. No matter how lavishly you spend on the D Day, if not captured in the right way, all would be in vain. After all these How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer
Nothing can match the excitement of ‘the only big day in your life’- that very special one that’s going to reshape and recharge your future. If only we could hold on to those moments and never let them go, life will be a never ending fairy tale.
Alas! All of us know that it cannot be, but wait! There is a way that we could at least relive those precious and wonderful moments vicariously and evince the same excitement that once was. You guessed right- your wedding photographer is the magician who’s going to preserve your timeless romance, capture the charged up emotions, replay the fun and frolic and rewind the day for you in pixels.
Isn’t it important then that you choose the right wedding photographer? Given the fact that these professionals dot the landscape and tout their wares vociferously, it becomes quite a daunting task to decide ‘who’s who’ and ‘who’s how.’ No worries though, just sit back and take a look at these tips; they’re sure to help you make up your mind quicker.
Take a look at their portfolios
You want a wedding photographer who’ll cater to the kind of style you want. All photographers can click pictures (even you can) but you need to remember that each one’s style is unique- their editing techniques differ, some are indoor experts, while others revel in outdoor pictures. Their portfolios will speak for themselves- quality, tonal variation, consistency in their work is what you will need to evaluate. Do your homework well- go through their work on their website and online platforms. This is sure to give you an idea as to whether they’re heading in your direction.
Customer reviews and social media are clinchers
Whether it’s an online product that you buy or a book that you want to read, reviews give you an idea as to how good they are. The same concept holds good even while choosing a wedding photographer. After all the number of clients, the kind of clientele and the recommendations of previous clients will take you a long way. No professional is going to be considered ‘worthy of recommendation’ unless he or she does a good job and has a good record- online reviews and a social media presence are ‘trust badges’ of sorts that will help you come closer to making a final decision.
Shortlist your choices wisely
Having made that final list of what you consider to be ‘top quality wedding photographers,’ you have to delve a little deeper to find the ‘perfect fit’ in terms of budget, specific needs and their ability to perform in different settings. What’s important here is that the wedding photographers you choose must be in tune with your vision and capable of transforming it into pixels. One relevant thing to keep in mind is to choose professionals from companies who have experience in a wide range of photography- videography, cinematography, wedding films, albums and much more and also check whether they do postproduction work. You wouldn’t want them outsourcing this work!
Know more about equipment and post production
Finding out more about the equipment and camera that they’re using is a good way to show them that they cannot take you for a ride. So, do a little homework on this before you embark on the project. You know that all photographers tend to edit their shots before they release them. Each one has his/her own unique look and style and it’s the photo editing programs that retouch and give life to the images. Understanding the process and time taken for post-production is imperative.
You must connect with your wedding photographer
Striking a bond and establishing a rapport with the wedding photographer of your choice is a must if you want good, relaxed and natural images. A friendly, understanding and approachable photographer can put you at ease and capture events naturally even as they unfold. After all you want to ensure that you work with someone with whom you want to share your wedding day. The way they present themselves and the reputation that precedes them are all indicators as to how it’s going to work out for you.
Keep an eye on your budget
Knowing how good they are, really helps to hone down on to a choice but wedding photographers cost money and some of them are way beyond your reach. So keep this in mind while choosing. Remember, it’s not the number of photographs that you get that count but the quality- so if excellence translates to ‘more money but less number of photographs’, then just go with that. After all, you want the memories of that ‘special day’ to be clothed in the very best.
If you’re planning for your wedding six months in advance, then book your wedding photographer too or else you could be in for a disappointment. Like all good things in life, they are snapped up in no time and you may have to settle for the ‘second best.’ Don’t let that happen!