Selecting your Wedding photographer can be as important as selecting your wedding venue. Recalling your special day by memory can sometimes result in vague gaps, as you get carried away with the nervous excitement of it all and therefore, having a good photographer to capture those treasured moments can prove invaluable for future reference. Some wedding venues, may offer you the services of a professional photographer as part of an inclusive wedding package, which may eliminate some pre-wedding day stress for you and you can rest assured that only fully-qualified professionals would be provided by your venue for your big day.
Having made the biggest decision of your life in deciding to get married, selecting your wedding photographer should also be a carefully considered decision. Your wedding photographer is the person responsible for capturing your special day with all its memories and a keepsake for the rest of your lives. A first-class photographer will always put you first, as your wedding day is about you not them. They will desire to meet up with you to enable them to ask questions and to find out what would be your requirements for the day. They will also try to build a rapport with you, so that when it comes to being in the spotlight on the big day, you will feel at ease and therefore, able to smile spontaneously as you enjoy your day
When selecting your wedding photographer, there are several things to consider, including;
What style of photographs do you want? Would you prefer to have strictly formal, traditional poses or something a little more relaxed and spontaneous? Discuss this with your photographer, who should be able to put you at your ease. The photographer tells an amazing 'story' about your special day and your photographs should include close ups of special items such as your wedding rings or bouquet and there will be pictures of the various locations throughout your ceremony and reception. Everyone wants that romantic, newly-wed, bride and groom shot to be spectacular, but not everyone wants to formally pose and would rather all photographs to appear natural. Be sure to discuss all your options with your chosen photographer in detail to ensure that you are both happy.
Is your photographer available for your wedding day? Sometimes busy photographers will sub-contract their work out and if your photographer is amongst those who do, you will need to make sure that you actually get to meet the person responsible for taking your treasured photographs, prior to your big day. Also check that your photographer only has one wedding booking on the day, to avoid your precious photographs being rushed. Sometimes professional photographic studios will send out two photographers for your big day, this then has the added bonus of your photographer appearing less obtrusive, as two can take various shots throughout the day as they intermingle with your guests capturing the day's events in photographs from two different perspectives.
What experience of wedding photography has your chosen photographer? Take a look at the portfolios and, in particular, recent wedding albums, they have compiled. Ask your photographer to pre-arrange some of the family shots they are going to take and talk over the opportunities your wedding venue offers for spectacular back-drops. Nothing looks nicer in a wedding album than a photograph of the entire wedding party and your photographer should be capable of grouping everyone together and keeping them at ease, whilst taking a natural-looking photograph.
Does your photographer hold any of the acknowledged qualifications such as; 'Craftsman in Wedding Photography' by the Guild of Wedding Photographers UK; are they qualified members of the British Institute of Professional Photography, or the Master Photographers Association? If they hold any of these qualifications, you should be able to rest assured that they will be able to fulfill your needs for your big day.
Discuss your budget with your photographer, most professional photographers offer a range of wedding packages and you need to be fully aware of the cost and VAT involved in these packages. Plus, discuss with your photographer what insurance they provide, if they provide back-up equipment and if they use the latest digital technology for taking and producing your photographs.
Finally, enquire how long it will take for you to receive your photograph proofs, if the photographer will be able to re-print extra photographs/albums for you and the cost of doing such. It can take several months for your wedding album to be ready, which is quite normal, so if you do require extra re-prints, it may be best to order them at the time of selecting your proofs for your album.
For a slightly more quirky approach to capturing some of those memories, why not put a disposable camera (with operating instructions) on each table and allow your family and friends to capture those priceless moments a photographer may just miss. These can prove to be real fun when looking back at the day - you can admire your professional photographers pictures, but spontaneous pictures taken on disposable cameras can record the funnier moments from start to finish.