Wedding Photography Tips
Your wedding is one of the most important events of your lifetime. Your wedding will be a dazzling, delectable, and magnificent event and you want your memories to last a lifetime. Hiring an experienced professional photographer will be one of the most important decisions. If great wedding photography is a priority to you, consider the following tips.
- First you need to understand that what you get from your photographer is not as important as their artistic ability to create a professional finished images that you will love. One of the biggest mistakes that couples make is choosing quantity over quality. When consulting with a photographer that you might hire, it is more important to like their work, meet with them and see if personalities mesh, and understand the finished product rather than just emailing and asking about pricing. You can obtain pricing over email or telephone but that will not define if you will get quality images. All photographers are not the same. Some have more experience than others. Some edit their images to make them look great. Others do not spend the required time to take their images to the next level.
- Consider that you might want to have a future relationship with your photographer for future portraits that include maternity, baby, and family portraits.
- You might want to consider asking the following questions:
- Do you carry back up equipment?
- Do you carry liability insurance?
- How will you back up and protect my images?
- Do you accept credit cards?
- Do you have a business license?
- What is your photo selection process?
- What is your photo editing process?
- You should ask a photographer if they book more than one wedding per day and if they will be the actual photographer taking your photos. It may seem like a silly question but many photographers will double book weddings and send an associate to cover one of the weddings or show up for part of the time and then leave to go to the other wedding. You don’t want to be getting a different photographer that who you thought you were booking.
- Ask your photographer if they are a member of Professional Photographers of America. All PPA members have indemnification insurance included in their membership. This insurance will cover most things photographically if anything unforeseen happens. Normal business liability polices do not cover this type of loss. There is NO insurance available that will cover this type of loss, other than through PPA’s indemnification insurance.
- Ask any photographer you consider hiring how long they have been in business and if they have an actual place of business. Beware of meeting at the local coffee shop and doing business only by cell phone. This can cause problems if you are unable to get in touch with your photographer as you get closer to you wedding day. Since your photographer is the only wedding vendor you will continue to do business with after your wedding it is equally important that you are confident that they will still in business and available after your wedding!
- Under budgeting for a professional photographer is understandable. Most couples don’t realize the expense of the gear that a professional photographer invests in can reach $40,000. The investment in equipment does make a huge difference in the quality and final look of your images. Accordingly a more seasoned professional will certainly carry more equipment and charge accordingly than someone “taking pictures on the week end.” Many couples do not realize that a professional photographer can have in excess of 60 hours of time invested in their wedding by the time that the images are finished. The actual wedding day photography is only a small part of the service a professional will provide. When you take all of this into consideration it’s easy to understand how a true professional may cost more than you expected.
- Some photographers are happy to hand you a CD of unfinished work. A quality professional will not do that. While some brides feel this is all they want from their photographer, most do not really understand what they are ” not getting.” A CD is an unfinished product that will usually get thrown in a drawer somewhere and forgotten. 50% of what creates the look of the final image is editing. A professional photographer spends years learning how to finesse and enhance images once they have been captured. Some photographers that provide you with a CD from your wedding don’t feel obligated to archive and store your images. If your CD is lost or for some reason “doesn’t work” you often are left with nothing!
Think about it!
A true professional will welcome your questions. A true professional will edit your images to look their best. They will invest in equipment, file backup systems, and insurance. They love what they do and they appreciate being a part of your historic day!