– What is important to you
– is not necessarily the same a what is important to someone else.
Finding, and choosing, the right photographer for a day as important as your wedding, can be a difficult and overwhelming task. With so many different photographers to choose from, where do you start and how can you be sure to make the right choice? Whatever decision you make, you don’t get a second chance if you are unhappy with the result.
As a photographer I will always do my utmost to live up to your expectations and your trust. In order to do this, I need to get to know you, what is important to you, how is your personality, what kind of pictures would you like.
With this post I hope I can give you some tips that can help make it easier for you to find the perfect wedding photographer for you.
Your most important picture
Considering what would be the most important picture to look back on, can help you figure out what to look for and priorities when looking for your perfect photographer. What pictures will you quickly scroll through, and what pictures will make you pause and relieve a moment. This may not be an easy question to answer, but thinking about it may help you in your choice.
Of course your wedding is ten times more important than a holiday, but still, you probably know the feeling when you look at your old vacation pictures and it takes you right back in the moment. Thinking about this may help you determine what is most important to you when it comes to your wedding photos. Maybe your most important vacation picture is the one you stood in line to get, posing for the camera with a koala bear in your arms. Maybe it is the group picture taken with Uluru og Mt. Rushmore in the background, or maybe it is the random candid picture taken in a random street by someone else without you even noticing.
What is your budget?
An important question you should ask yourselves is how much money are you prepared to spend on a photographer? Most people have a budget, big or small, and if you know you have a budget of DKK 5.000, then it wouldn’t make sense to look at portfolios of DKK 15.000 photographers when comparing portfolios and finding a style you like. If you have a small budget, consider weather you would prefer a more expensive professionel photographer for a limited time, or a cheaper amateur photographer that will stay all day and night, or something in-between. If your most important picture is from your couples shoot, and maybe individual portraits of your guests, then maybe you don’t need to prioritise a photographer that will stay until midnight. If your most important image is the documentary style shoot of your little sister trying to crash your wedding dance, then you might want to go with a cheaper photographer who will stay until midnight or longer.
When comparing prices it is important to be aware what exactly is included in the listet price, it is not always the same. Some photographers will only include a limited amount of edited photos and will charge you extra for each additional picture file you would like to get. Some photographers will include almost every image taken. Some will include physical prints, some will give you the opportunity to buy physical prints or a photobook through them, some will only deliver the digital files.
What kind of pictures do you like
Now that you know your budget, and what to prioritise in you photographer, it is time to find out what exactly you can get for that amount of money.
Comparing photographs and photographers, most people can come to some kind of agreement when it comes to the technical aspects, but taste is an individual matter. Some people like very styled, posed, and polished images, some people like relaxed, candid, documentary like images, and some people like something that falls somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. What ever your taste – formal or informal – it is important that you choose a photographer that can deliver just that. Pinteres can be a good place to start narrowing down your preferred style, and make a collection of images you like.
When you choose a photographer, pick one who has a portfolio that matches your preferred style. Of course a technically skilled photographer can deliver pictures in different styles, but we can’t all be experts in every field, so if you love the documentary look, why not choose a photographer who loves that look too.
Meet the photographer
Meeting the photographer is your chance to talk about what kind of pictures you like, and to make sure the photographer understands and is able to deliver this. A good photographer will always be prepared to step down and suggest a better match if your preferred style is too far form her/his area of expertise. This meeting also gives you the opportunity to as questions if you are unsure about what exactly is included in the price. You should also ask to see some more pictures than what is on the website, seeing all images delivered from one wedding, will give you a better idea of the overall quality of pictures you can expect.
The pre-meeting is also your chance to talk about your expectations, and the images important to you. If it is important to you to have a picture of grandma signing the guestbook, it is important for your photographer to know.
Chemistry and trust is ultimately the foundation fro great images, and for you to be able to relax and focus on enjoying your day, yet another reason to meet your potential photographer before making your final decision. If it doesn’t feel natural and comfortable at a pre-meeting, chances are it will not feel natural and comfortable at the wedding.
You can book a pre-meeting with me via my contact form, it is completely free, no strings attached.