What You Need to Know When Hiring a Photographer
As we all know, the picture is worth a thousand words, so pictures of the most important day of your life need to be worth at least a novel. Those pictures are going to show your most valuable memories. To make sure that your pictures are more than just pretty, I’ve decided to create this ultimate “How not to make a mistake with choosing a photographer” guide.
Step 1: Choose the right style
Take time to think about all the possible styles of wedding photography. Surf the internet and decide what type you like best. Here are some of the most popular kinds:
For these photos, you won’t be posing at all. There will be bunch of spontaneous poses like dancing, laughing, kissing, drinking wine etc. Of course, for this you’ll need a photojournalistic photographer who will be able to capture the moments how they really happened and make a story out of them.
If you are more into classics (kind of like your parents’ wedding album classic), then this is the style for you. Basically, these are posed shots of you and your guests in front of different backgrounds. These are great if you want everything to be visible – from your makeup all the way to the venue. Find a photographer who is specialized in portraiture.
This style is similar to documentary, but here, the photographer adds a bit more of their artistic touch. Basically, the photos are reflecting the reality – but photographer’s reality. A good example is Perfect Moment Photography – you’ll end up with a bunch of high-quality shots, each telling a unique story, and you’ll feel like you could jump right into them.
Here it is all about tilted angles and unusual framing. The focus is on making the entire photo set look totally unconventional. You will think that the camera lens is focused on you, while in reality, your face takes approximately one fifth of the photo while the rest of the space is filled with objects behind you.
Step 2: Do the work
Yes, if you don’t have a great recommendation, you’ll have to warm your chair up by browsing different websites and reviewing their work, their website design, their social media and client feedbacks. This is once in a lifetime task, so be patient and choose wisely.
Step 3: Meet your artist
Just seeing a commercial isn’t enough. You should meet your potential photographer, because you’ll need to check whether they are available on your wedding day, observe their personality and tell them exactly what you want from them.
Step 4: Review their work
Don’t just take a few of their best “for the show” photos, no. Those are their best photos in which they put a lot of effort. Ask for the entire photo album to get a really well rounded idea of their work. If the entire album is as good as the highlight photos are, you are more than half way there.
However, be careful and make sure that your reviewing is critical. Look for all those key moments you want to be captured on your wedding. Carefully look at composition, crispiness, lighting and other factors that influence the overall quality of photos.
Step 5: Ask the right questions
Sometimes, it is great to have a list of important questions, so I made one for you:
How do you, and how would others describe your style?
Is there any part of the day you don’t like to take photographs? Why?
Can guests have their cameras with them?
Our wedding will be in/at the ____ . Do you have any experience with it?
How long before we receive our photos?
What are our rights to the photos? What publication rights do you retain?
As you can see, it would be best to be as specific as possible. There is no such thing as a wrong question.
Step 6: Bonding matters
This is also a really important part. Don’t underestimate the power of human connection. Your personalities have to match if you want to get what you want. Observe: do they get excited while you are describing your vision? How do you like their suggestions? Do they irritate you in any way (because if they do, tell them farewell)? Do they ask a lot of questions and are they good listeners? Think.
Remember: they are the ones who are going to capture your every move, so it is crucial that you are 100 percent relaxed. They need to be assertive enough to capture the best moments and natural smiles.
That would be it. I hope that this has been informative and that it will help you with your wedding photography issues. Have a fabulous wedding!