There are a few things to take into consideration before hiring a wedding photographer. First, you should think about how many photographers you want to interview for your upcoming wedding? If you’re thinking dozens, you’re probably correct. Wedding photography is a fun and interesting line of work which means that there are many people who try to make a living this way. So when planning for your wedding how can you pick and choose between all the potential wedding photographers you meet or whose portfolios you browse through.
Keep in mind that many people call themselves wedding photographers but they don’t really need some type of special license for this work the way a mechanic or hairdresser does. If you’re thinking that a special license or certification is going to make a difference you might want to exercise caution. Some places will offer people a so-called certificate for wedding photographers but this doesn’t mean those without that certificate are less qualified or that a certificate means this other photographer knows something special.
Probably the best way to choose through wedding photographers is to study their portfolio with a critical eye. How do their wedding portraits look? Are they pale and boring and do they look like everyone else’s? Many of today’s wedding photographers use interesting poses and effects to really dress up their portraits and photos. Posing the couple in an interesting spot such as on a rock on the beach or on a small bench in a garden is very popular with brides rather than the standard studio poses. Remember that it is up to the wedding photographers to come up with these interesting and unique poses and settings and shouldn’t be up to you to suggest to anyone. Make sure they have the creative abilities to suggest such poses and settings for your own portraits.
It’s also important for wedding photographers to get a real feel for the personality of the bride and the wedding itself. Weddings can be formal and elegant or a casual beach affair or anything in between. The photographs are going to be different for the different types of settings and for the brides themselves. If you’re trying to choose between wedding photographers and one seems as if he or she isn’t listening to you or isn’t flexible about their poses and settings then perhaps you should move on. Photographs need to look as individual as you are and as your wedding will be so your photographer needs to treat you like an individual as well.
Price can be a factor when choosing between wedding photographers but remember that you should also be able to pick and choose between the final pictures you want. No photographer should just give you a set package with a “take it or leave it” attitude. Make sure they have different packages available to you and to any family members or friends who may also want to purchase certain pictures as well. If you apply all these tips when interviewing wedding photographers you’re sure to make the right decision.
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