Coming together with your partner to celebrate your love in the most traditional way possible, through the blessing of marriage, is a day that you will never forget. You have likely gone out of your way to plan your perfect wedding, organizing and fine-tuning every detail of what will go into being one of the most memorable occasions of your life.
If you are the lucky bride or husband to be, the excitement and joy of the day could have the potential to sweep you away, making you miss some of the more subtle and important moments that take place over the course of the event. If it’s your wedding, you shouldn’t miss a single moment of it, and you should be able to look back at all those moments that might have slipped you by.
When it comes to capturing the emotions and the story of the day, other than the couple to be, there’s nothing more important than wedding photography. The wedding photographer that you choose will be the one that keeps track of making sure that all the little moments aren’t lost to time and that you have something to remember them by for the rest of your life.
The Importance of a Professional
If you don’t have much of a budget left, or if you are just considering offloading this task on to a family member or an amateur, you should try to keep something in mind: A wedding photographer isn’t simply there to take a photograph. A wedding photographer is there to try and tell a story, your story. When a professional wedding photographer takes a photograph, it isn’t solely about having a photo that looks nice, it’s about adding another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of the entire day, creating a complete picture as accurately as possible of the happiness of the day. When you look back on your photo album, to show family and friends, you want to be able to tell them the story too.
Worth the Price
Although the price of some photographers may seem expensive to the uninitiated, it’s good to remember that these people are professionals who, depending on the cost, will likely have a deep well of experience to draw on throughout the day. Paying a premium price means you will get a premium service. The photographer will have costs for backup equipment, multiple days of preparation and work, then the subsequent processing of all the photographs that were taken.
When you consider all of these skills together, the value heavily outweighs the cost. If you are dealing with a cheaper alternative, or someone who is significantly less experienced, you run the risks of running into all the aforementioned problems. A well paid professional will also likely have a list of testimonials from happy couples that were satisfied with the service that was provided for their wedding. This is a great one to look out for, as it will hopefully inspire confidence that the photographer is capable and competent.
Find the Right Style
This is something that is just as important as the rest of the planning for the wedding. It’s not simply that a photographer will be ‘good’ or ‘bad’, different photographers have different skill sets and a different eye for what they think works on camera. You want your choice of wedding photographer to match up with the style of your wedding. If you are going for a more classic look, or if you are aiming for something more modern and natural, you should be diligent about looking through the portfolio of any prospective photographer that you intend on hiring. Looking through their style of photography will give you a good feeling for the kind of vibe that they can create and whether or not it will be suitable for your wedding.
Remember to Hire Early
Just because you may not have given it too much thought yet, doesn’t mean that everyone else is the same. Professional wedding photographers will often be incredibly busy with their work, and if you find a photographer whose style you think is a fit for your wedding, then you should try to jump on the opportunity as quickly as you can. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the photographer may end up having conflicting dates. This means that you’ll be left without the photographer that you wanted and having to search through a list of substitute options. You’ll have enough worries on the day; you don’t need to be worrying if the last-minute replacement you found will do a good enough job.
When you hire your wedding photographer, you will want to ask them a few important questions. This will not only help inform you more about how they will proceed during the day, but being able to establish a good rapport with the photographer will make the entire process go a lot smoother. Other than asking about availability and pricing, you should be looking to some more specific questions about their craft.
For starters, asking to see an example of a full album of photographs for a wedding, rather than just a simple portfolio of “perfect” examples is a good idea if they haven’t already made one publicly available. This will let you know how good of an eye they have for the little things that are going on during a wedding, not just a few important shots.
With regards to the photographs, you’ll want to know exactly who will own the photographs once they are taken in addition to how and where they will be available and assembled in albums for purchase.
All of this will help you keep your special day running smooth with memories that you can look back on for a lifetime.