Young man and woman taking wedding photos in front of a cathedral
Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most important days of your life, and it is only fitting to have the best photographs as visual reminders of that special day.
Practically anyone can take photographs at your wedding, especially nowadays when so many people have their own digital camera. However, you can't deny the difference in the results when you hire a professional photographer to do the job.
By hiring a professional, you can have wedding pictures fit for displaying in your house, keeping in albums and even posting on the Internet for your friends and relatives to see.
Look at the Portfolio
In order to determine if a particular wedding photographer is the perfect person for the job, the first thing you should do is look at his portfolio. The portfolio should include samples of his previous work from other people's weddings.
By looking at the lighting, clarity and artistry of the photographs, you can easily see if his style matches your expected output for your own wedding pictures.
If you do not know a lot about professional photography, you can enlist the help of a friend who does, and ask her to go with you when you interview potential photographers.
Besides the technical elements of professional photography, there are also some other features you have to observe.
For instance, you should take a close look at the poses of the people in the picture. A good photographer should be able to take pictures of people wherein they look comfortable and natural and not like they are always sitting for a portrait.
You should also notice if there is a wide variety of angles and lighting used, as opposed to only a limited style. If your wedding is going to be held outdoors, your photographer should be able to take good photos in this setting. The same goes for an indoor wedding.
While the skills of the photographer are definitely the most important basis for your decision, it is also vital to hire a photographer with whom you can get along very easily.
After all, you will be working with him or her during your wedding day, and there is definitely no sense in getting stressed out during the most important moments of your life.
It is particularly important that the wedding photographer's personality does not clash with the bride's personality since they will be spending many hours together even before the wedding, and this is the time that the bride can be quite touchy due to wedding jitters.
Once you have interviewed a number of wedding photographers, you will surely have chosen one who could work well with you. However, there is still the question of professional fees and other expenses related to processing and reproducing the photographs.
Before finalizing your deal, you should discuss with your chosen photographer the mode of payment for their services. Some photographers charge a flat fee for the entire service, with fixed inclusions. Others may charge by the hour for their services, plus an additional amount for the proofs and printouts.
Most wedding photographers are willing to work around your preferences, so feel free to discuss with them what you want. Just make sure that you include whatever it is you and the wedding photographer have agreed upon in a written and signed contract.