When you’re right in the middle of wedding planning madness and the focal point of so many pictures on the big day itself, it can be hard to remember your special day. It all goes by in such a blur and as time marches on, even that blur can begin to fade.
That’s why finding a wedding photographer to capture the behind the scenes shots as well as the more formal and informal shots is key. You’re not just looking for any photographer, you’re looking for the right photographer. If you’ve spent any time at a wedding fair, you’ll know that there will be plenty out there vying for your custom.
In this blog we take a look at what makes a great wedding photographer and how you can ensure you find one who captures all the best parts of your day as keepsakes for years to come.
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Key to choosing the right person is the portfolio. From their website alone you should be able to get a feel of the quality of the photographer. Take a look at how they compose and structure shots. Some may be more formal than others but has the photographer used their creative instincts and captured the personality of the bride and groom? Do the shots look effortless or stiff and posed?
You’re also looking at the processing. Has the photographer used filters and different techniques to enhance the images? Not too much that the photos look strange, unnatural and forced but some variety in tone and style for you to choose from.
When you meet your photographer face to face are you able to connect right away? Do they listen to what you’re saying and respect your ideas and styles? With wedding photography, each day is as unique as the people involved so a one size fits all approach simply won’t work. If you feel you’ve been listened to and had some creative suggestions given to you as well, you’ve made a great start.
You should be clear from the start what your budget limitations are and have the photographer offer you what they can for the money you want to spend. Don’t be afraid to go away and think about the offer and ask around for quotes. Professional photography doesn’t come cheap and when you’re already on a budget you need to make sure that every penny you spend is on the right choice.
On the big day itself the right photographer will make himself unobtrusive while carefully capturing all the candid, as well as all the formal shots that you’ve asked for. Then all you have to do is choose the shots you love the most and that will make treasured and special memories for many years to come. Whether in a photo album or on framed and hung on the wall, you’ll be glad you spent the time, money and effort choosing a photographer who was as good as his or her portfolio.