Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions for any couple planning a wedding. A good photographer can capture the essence of a wedding in images that last forever.

There are two main types of wedding photography: traditional and reportage. Traditional wedding photography involves posed photos, while reportage photography is more informal, with the photographer trying to blend into events as unobtrusively as possible. This style is popular with young couples who appreciate more creativity in pictures. This style also places a greater burden on the photographer, who must still cover all of the key moments, while staying low-key and capturing some unexpected gems.

There are various ways to choose a wedding photographer. Phonebooks, the internet and newspapers all provide a good selection. The most popular way, however, to choose a wedding photographer is through personal recommendation. People trust this method because they have a good idea of the product they are going to get. A good wedding photographer will always meet the bride and groom well in advance of the wedding to discuss any special requirements and to ensure compatibility with the photographer.

The internet is increasingly popular, as more and more wedding photographers keep websites. This gives them a space to exhibit past work and have a price list. Wedding photographers also list on many directory sites, particularly those that rank well in the search engines.

Wedding photography is usually an expensive affair. The majority of weddings are at weekends over the summer months. This creates a great demand for work on the same weekends. Wedding photographers can only realistically work on one wedding each day. Any photographer who takes multiple bookings for the same day should be carefully scrutinised – what if events at the first wedding overrun?

Wedding photographers can be hired from an agency or directly. Hiring directly can prove cheaper as there are no ‘middleman’ fees, but you should be sure to enter a contract with the photographer. Less reputable wedding photographers may attempt to take a deposit without signing a contract – this should be avoided at all cost as you’ll most likely never see them again!

Taking time to consider a few different photographers is a good idea; hiring the right one for your wedding means that the day will be beautifully recorded in a style that suits you. Often, you will know when you’ve met the right photographer straight away. In these cases it’s good to go with your instinct. After all, isn’t that why you’re getting married in the first place?



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