Your wedding day is planned months in advance just to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Who doesn’t hire an army of experts for the same? Capturing the stealing glances of the couple, the joy in the eyes of the parents, the joie de vivre of the family and friends- every moment on this day is worthy of cherishing forever. Selecting the photographer to entrust with this responsibility is an important decision that takes time and attention because there are no retakes.
If you have already saved the date, here are five things you must always keep in mind before you finalize your wedding photographer.
1. Book Early
Reserve your photographer at least six months before the wedding week especially for popular months like February. Shortlist the samples and portfolios and ensure that the photographer you are hiring has a team that has covered all kinds of functions and weddings with varied shots. Also make sure the pictures are from recent weddings.
Image - King Studio, GKS Photography
2. Choose Your Style
Discuss your choice of photography style in length- do you prefer classic portrait pictures or candid prints? Review an entire wedding album from start to end- including the pre-wedding shoots and other functions.
Image - Swagat Mohanty Photography
3. Weigh Your Options
Have a detailed discussion on the photographer’s field of interest. Some photographers specialize only in still photography. You might have to hire another photographer for the wedding film story. Some cover everything including albums, prints, and a video; others are a la carte.
Image - Confetti Films
4. Vision Your Wedding
Once you have picked a photographer, discuss with him/her how you envision the wedding. Survey the venue and discuss your ceremony and reception sites, the time of day the event will take place, and when and where you might want your portraits taken.
Image - One Fine Day
5. Verify The Number of Images You Want
Confirm the number of images they will take. Ensure that they provide props and photo booths for quirky pictures. Similarly, ask them if they work on editorial style shoots or if they are inclined towards photojournalism.
Image - Photostrophe
If you decide for a destination wedding make sure the photographer is reserved at the earliest.
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