Basic Requirements Of Wedding Photographers
November 28, 2017
It might sound strange, but not all wedding photographers are the same and not all photographers are a good fit for every client. If your wedding photographer meets you and finds out about what you are looking for and then tells you that they don’t think they would be a good fit for you, it might be surprising, but it’s nothing personal. Photographers don’t want to make you unhappy, and if a wedding photographer thinks you might be happier with a different style of photography or with a different situation, we will tell you before you book, so you are not disappointed later. A good wedding photographer should help make your day go more smoothly. Aside from a dedicated wedding planner, your photographer is the only vendor who is going to be spending the entire day with you. A good wedding photographer should make things easier for you.
Your wedding photographer should have backup equipment and a backup plan. If your photographer only has one camera, it’s not enough. Camera equipment is expensive and you should make sure your photographer is fully insured by a reputable insurance company to make sure you are protected. Many photographers are just individuals with cameras and maybe a slick website. Make sure your photographer is backed by a legal, legitimate business. Price is NOT the most important factor when choosing a wedding photographer: You get what you pay. Photographers who charge more are usually backed by their reputation, their brand, and their experience. You will look at your wedding photographs regularly – perhaps even every day – for the rest of your life. Your wedding photographer should be knowledgeable and helpful. A good photographer is big in planning. Your photographer should work with you before an engagement session to select clothing and location.
Your wedding photographer should provide value-add services and products after your wedding day – for example, photo books or albums, photo prints, and wall art. A photographer that shoots photos for a disc is going to give you a result that is a completely different set of photos than a photographer who is shooting with an album in mind or creating artwork. Make sure your photographer provides you with personal usage rights for the images, but you do not need raw files or ultra-high resolution photos if your wedding photographer designs for you an amazing photo album, gives you a disc of JPG digital negatives, and offers print, artwork, and design options after the wedding. If you choose a wedding photographer who you get along with, whose portfolio or example photographs you enjoy, who offers products you want, and whom you feel you can trust, your wedding photography experience should be a positive one.
Photography is one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding, and you owe it to yourself and your future legacy to invest in selecting a good wedding photographer instead of just the cheapest photographer you can find. It is very important that you make your selection of photographer early on in your wedding plans. Once you have set your date and arranged the wedding venue, the next thing on your list should be your photographer.