The photographer is arguably the most important vendor hired for a wedding. The moments captured by the camera from the vision of the photographer will be carried on to future generations. A bride’s wedding is a canvas portrayed in pictures. The vision of the photographer should match the vision of the bride and groom. Just because a photographer is a referral, has lots of good local reviews, or has a good reputation doesn’t mean they share the same vision.
Bride’s Tips To Wedding Photography
The photographer will most likely be spending the day with the wedding party. You may want to hire a photographer that has a pleasant personality and will have a professional demeanor throughout the day. Be sure the photographer can match personalities with the wedding party too. If the wedding party is outgoing and loud, the photographer must compliment the personality and not try to steal the show.
When hiring a photographer for the big day, consider the equipment he or she will be using drink your big day. Is extra lighting going to be required. Will the camera equipment be able to handle all of the action, and shadows? There is only one chance to get the perfect photo. Will the he or she get it right the first and only time? On trait of a professional photographer is staying up on current trends and techniques. Is he or she a member of any trade associations?
There are two general styles of photography: photojournalistic and traditional. Be sure to check a photographers work to see which style represents their primary talent. Is it the same as your desired style? Traditional is more of a posed picture. Photojournalistic photography is more of candid photos that tell a story.
What kind of lighting will be required for your event? Natural light photography can be as bright as the sun or as light through a window. Another option is flash photography when lighting is not ideal. This would include candlelight dinners. The pictures taken should not only include photos of people, the photo album should also include decor, and memorable wedding products. Be sure your photographer travels with all the necessary equipment to get all the perfect shots.
Before hiring a photographer, take a peek at their portfolio (collection of their work). Do they have a good eye for real-time pictures for live events? Are the pictures taken with the correct lighting, in focus and the correct exposure? This is were experience is irreplaceable. The photographer has seconds to get the perfect photo.
One of the best ways to capture intimate and sentimental close-ups is with the black-and-white feature. Special moments such as Dad’s first look at his daughter in her wedding dress, the first look of the groom while his soon-to-be wife walks down the aisle, and a kiss during the first dance.
The timing of the photography is crucial as it will dictate the flow of the wedding. We highly recommend getting as many photos completed as possible before the ceremony. Get all family pictures complete with the bride’s family and separately with the groom’s family. Another intimate photo moment is to have the bride and groom meet before the wedding – blind folded. Be sure to have a list of must-have shots. All the photos taken in sped positions are in the traditional style of photography. If these photos are most important to you, be sure the photographer specializes in traditional style photography.
The cost of wedding photography is more than just showing up and taking pictures. A Photographer must have the correct equipment including the camera, lighting effects, and photo editing software. Costs will range depending upon the amount of time the photographer will be hired – will it include engagement photos, bride’s preparation photos, the ceremony, the reception (until the last dance) and all in between? Keep in mind that a typical basic wedding package will be about $2,800.
All inclusive packages have all the standard needs of a bride for a wedding. All inclusive packages may include set times needed for photography, a wedding album, enlargements, framed photos and proofs. If all proofs are not part of the package, ask if they all can be purchased. May photographers take hundreds of photos during a wedding. They will pick and choose the best photos to submit to the bridal couple. Typically they will not offer all photos as their image is on the line and not all photos are perfect. If the all inclusive package does not offer all that you want, ask if the photographer offers features via a la carte.
When should you hire a photographer? As early as possible of course. However, eight to ten months is typical. Be sure when hiring a photographer, you do so in the form of a contract. The contract must state the location of the wedding, the times of hire, must have photos and all the specific details of the package purchased.
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