Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How to find a good wedding photographer?

Caught on camera : Precious moments to last a lifetime
Photography is like making that first impression – you only get one chance to do it right. Your wedding photographs capture all the emotions, excitement and details, preserving the memories of the day you became man and wife. Needless to say, you won’t be giving this huge responsibility to your second cousin who happens to own a nice camera and loves taking photos. Good photography is an art which requires skill and planning, so choose your wedding photographer carefully.
Here are a few tips on finding the right professional :
Ask your married friends and relatives about their wedding photographer, and more importantly, ask to see their wedding albums when they rave about how “awesome” their photographer was. Actual wedding photos allow you to examine the quality and style of the photographer’s work. Word-of-mouth referrals not only promote a particular photographer’s work, but also his or her personality and work etiquette.

The personality test
Get to know your short listed photographers and see how easily they interact with you. An open-minded photographer who is interested in getting to know you and finding out what you want earns extra points! Remember that your photographer will need to bring out the best in you and your guests.
Price and timeline
Ask about the price upfront, and how the photographer’s services are charged. Some may charge by the hour, while others may offer packages.

Solo or team?
Does your photographer work alone, or does he work in a team? It is generally a good idea for you to hire a studio that provides more than one photographer to cover your wedding. The reasons :

● This prevents chaos if there are last minute no-shows or if a camera decides to quit.
● Total coverage of your wedding. Having more than one photographer means you can always have one by your side, while others can cover your party and guests.
● Beautiful, continuous photographs. One photographer will be able to stand before you as you walk down the aisle, while another may capture photographs of your train.

Let your photographer know exactly what you want and what you expect. Never assume that your photographer, given his or her experience, should know what you want. So take some time and think about what kind of photographs you want to fill your wedding album with, and write them down. Also inform your photographer about the sequence of events, duration of ceremonies and parties, travel (if any), and people to look out for during the wedding, e.g. parents, grandparents, or the granduncle who is famous for breaking into dance wherever there is a dance floor! Proper planning and successful communication with your photographer will save you the heartache of looking through your wedding photographs and not seeing what you want.

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