May 16, 2017
1.) First thing’s first, do your research.
No two photographers are the same. Know which style you are looking for. Are you a bride/groom who favor a traditional style? Are you looking for a more modern approach? Do you want something completely different from what’s already out there? A good photographer should know how to do all of these styles, and then some.
2.) Some more specifics on the different types of styles.
- Photo Journalism: This style is specifically candid and doesn’t usually require the photographer to pose or control where the subjects are. A good photo journalist will be able to capture the right emotion and statement in the moment and tell a good story at the same time.
- Traditional: We all know the classic style of wedding photography. It’s similar to what our parents and their parents had done, and usually contain standard elements from a specific shot list
- Illustrative: Sort of a combination of different styles, the photographer usually uses the environment to help tell the story, such as the beach, a house, a garden, and uses the couple or the subjects to interact rather than just pose.
- Fine Art: A more dramatic style, where the photographer has almost complete control of what’s going on, to create a more of a stunning emotion provoking scene to tell what’s going on, usually very specific about facial expressions, placement of hands and lighting.
You want to stay within your budget, but also, if the price is too good to be true then it probably is. Stick with the professionals who do this full time and have experience rather than a “weekend warrior” who does it as a side gig.
4.) Finding the right person
Personality is important when it comes to the right photographer. There is allot of interacting between you, them and your guests. It’s usually better to choose someone outgoing, with great people skills, and who knows how to work a crowed. I’ve seen some photographers who do wonderful work, but did not get hired due to their personality. It all depends on the couple and who they get along with.
5.) Types of companies
Going through referrals and using people friends and family have used is always great! But if you’re going to do a Google search, please go passed the first results and give the later ones listed a chance. The first ones listed are pretty much ALWAYS national companies that are more about quantity over quality, although sometimes these can be good options when working on a very small budget. Also, I always advise my clients to stay away from “One stop shop” Venue, Photography, Video, DJ, Limo’s is never a good option. Although tempting due to lower prices, you never really know who you’re getting!
6.) The Packages
Always ask specifics about the packages and read the fine print. How many hours do you have your photographer? How many proofs do you get? Do they give you everything on DVD or flash drive? What kind of editing and touching up does your package come with? Allot of photographers are doing the “Shoot and burn” approach, which is basically shooting the wedding and putting everything straight online or on physical media and calling it a day. This option is always much cheaper then purchasing an album.
7.) Do I really need a second photographer?
The good thing about a second photographer is that, you are covered. With a second photographer you get a different angle, more pictures, different style, and other options to choose through. Also, in the unlikely event your photographer can’t make it to your wedding due to an emergency, you have a backup.
Thanks for reading, and I will be doing another one like this on of course what I do, which is wedding cinematography.