When planning your wedding, there is so much you need to take care of – from caterers, to the venue, the honeymoon and of course the wedding photographer.
However, only one of these will produce a keepsake that will last for a lifetime, and that’s the wedding photos.
For this reason, it is crucial that you find the right photographer for you, who can capture your special day and save those memories for a lifetime.
To help you do this, I have compiled 7 questions you must ask your wedding photographer before hiring them, to help you make the right decision.
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What Experience do they have?
Wedding photography is different from a photo shoot with models. A wedding is in ‘real time’, many of the shots are only there for a split second and opportunities must be taken at the time.
Also, the photographer is not working with professionals who are used to posing for pictures, so he must be able to direct the pictures.
Can they show you examples of past wedding works?
An example of previous works will put your mind at rest as to the quality of the work you can expect at your wedding. Make sure you see previous examples of weddings they have photographed and not just their great photography skills.
As stated before, a wedding is in real time and its all about capturing moments as they happen, in the best light.
Do they have insurance?
This protects the photographer against equipment theft. It also protects all parties if a guest or member of the staff trips over the photographer’s equipment resulting in injury. That person could take legal action, an unwelcome headache for you on your wedding day.
Some venues will insist any photographer working on the premises has insurance. Not having insurance implies the person is new in the business or isn’t taking it very seriously.
What do you get for your money?
This will save you and your family a lot of disappointment if after the wedding you find out you have paid for less than you thought you were getting. Maybe you paid for only one set of pictures, or no pictures were taken in real time?
Either way, you don’t want to realize this when it’s too late!
What package is right for your wedding?
Wedding photographers normally offer different packages for your special day. It is important that you go through the packages and find out what’s right for you.
This will include things like what parts of the day do you want to be recorded, and what parts do you not want recorded? You may want pictures of the bride and her bridesmaids having their hair and makeup done, or you may want the photos to start with the bride getting into the car on her way to the ceremony.
Either way, asking about different packages will help you pick one that’s right for you.
Will you be visible at the wedding?
This question is one many forget to ask. Will your photographer be in the background, taking photos, barely noticeable to your guests, or will they be asking the guests to pose for pictures throughout the day?
A photographer running around bugging your guests for photos constantly will interfere with them enjoying the day, so clearly you don’t want this. You may however want a few pictures posed for by the guests.
Make sure you make this clear to your photographer. The more experienced the photographer the better he will be at this.
Can you give the photographer a list of the shots you want?
Everyone has an idea of at least some of the shots they want on their wedding day. You may have an image of where you want shots taken before moving on to your reception, you may want pictures in the church from a specific angle, or you may want photos of you tasting the cake.
With this in mind you must speak to your photographer and share your vision. If he doesn’t share your vision, maybe you should look elsewhere for your wedding photographer?
These seven questions will help you make the right decision for your wedding day, leaving you with pictures that you will enjoy for a lifetime.
It is important to remember that this is your day, and it’s your responsibility to make sure you get what you want, so don’t be afraid to ask the necessary questions to make that happen.
Rob Lowry specializes in making sure your big day really is the best day of your life. His expertise has been sought by brides nationwide as well as by www.personalisedweddinggifts.co.uk where he advises on creating wedding lists for themed and seasonal weddings.