How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

You have begun what is up to now the most exciting part of your life, your wedding. The planning has begun; you’ve set the date, and chosen your venue. Phew! That’s a relief, so what’s next? Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make while planning your wedding. Photography is what last’s, photography will be handed down for generations, seen by your children, and your children’s children. Your wedding photographs will become your first heirloom as you start your family. But where should I to start? How should I choose my wedding photographer? There are a ton of magazines (some good, some not so good), websites (some good…), and opinions to choose from, it can be quite mind blowing for some. I’ve written this article to help you in the search, please have a read and I hope it helps. I’ve chosen to break it down into three main criteria to consider when choosing your wedding photographer.

The Photographer: Service, Personality, Experience

Service: What is often overlooked is your wedding photographer is providing a service for you, and they must be professional in their dealings with you. I know quite a few photographers who, while they are wonderful in their craft, lack the professionalism required to make a wedding day a truly great experience for the couple. And it’s such a shame. So what can you do? Search for reviews on the photographer, this will give a hint to what experiences other brides shared with them. Weddingwire is one such site and HERE are a few reviews posted on Joe Dayian Photography.

Personality: A wedding photographer will be intimately involved with most aspects of your day. A good photographer will be with you while you begin to get ready, during the ceremony, the first dance and so much more, capturing some of the most special and intimate moments of your life. Thus it is very important to like your photographer and feel comfortable around them, and perhaps to bond with them. The more at ease and comfortable you feel around your photographer, the more natural and beautiful your wedding images will feel. This is why it is so important to meet with the photographer before you hire him/her, a face to face will give you the best feel.

Experience: I’ll be brief, let’s assume for arguments sake they have a host of weddings under their belt, the technical skill, all the pro gear, and pro gear backup needed to be chosen to capture the most important day of your life. For if we don’t the alternatives would be a catastrophe. It’s a fast paced day, and unexpected events occur all the time. And your wedding photographer better be prepared to deal with anything that is thrown at them. If you feel comfortable with and trust the photographer, get a good vibe from them, and feel they are more than competent, it’s off to the next criteria

The Photographs: Quality, Style, Product

Quality: By Quality i mean the photographers ability to capture beautiful, crisp clean images of the wedding in its entirety, the details, the pre ceremony, the ceremony, the portraits and the reception. Don’t be fooled or base your decision by a few images that show up on various websites or an album of various photos, these are their best of the best. When you meet the photographer, take the time to view a few of their albums which encompass a full wedding from start to finish.

Style: Candid, photojournalistic, documentary, traditional, natural light…are but a few catch phrases popular these days when photographers describe themselves. As for my thoughts, the photographer must be able to shoot in multiple styles. At times candid during the ceremony, reception, and the hullabaloo during the pre ceremony bridal preparations, They should have sound knowledge of portraiture while capturing the formal portraits, and show some pizzazz during the photography session following the ceremony. You can gain an insight to their style when going through their portfolio when you meet, but important though, do the images move you? How would we describe our style? 70% candid, 10% traditional, and 20% fashiony flair.

Product: Prints, Canvas, Albums, CD with high resolution images…there are many products available by wedding photographers in their various packages. Learn what is available on the market and make sure what you decide upon is a superior product made. For instance the quality of our wedding albums are one of the best on the market, made to last generations, and we stand by them, The relationship with our manufacturer is second to none and anytime there has been a problem it has been quickly resolved. So you like the Photographer, you love the Photographs, there’s one last criterion to consider.

The Budget:

Your budget is obviously an important factor while planning a wedding and choosing a wedding photographer. There are tough choices to make, and there is a lot of advice out there when it comes to how much you should spend on your wedding photography. You have to determine what is best for you and your situation. There are many options what wedding photographers throw out at you, and it can be daunting much of the time when trying to compare different collections and pricing structures. Don’t get caught up in the amount of products a photographer throws at you in their packages. Instead focus on the quality of their work. If a certain package is out of your budget then remove a few of the items, or perhaps ask if the photographer will take installed payments, but don’t go with a cheaper photographer JUST because they are offering you more. QUALITY over QUANTITY, never undervalue your wedding photography. When you do find that right person, they may very well indeed be part of your life for a long time. As your family grows, the need for professional photographs re-enters your lives once again. In the end, follow your heart, but don’t forget to take your brain.

Did I miss anything? If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch, I’m always there to assist in any way. You can contact me through the form on this site or if you wish email me at info@dayianphotography.com

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