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Selecting the Right Photographer for Your Wedding

Selecting the right photographer for your wedding is probably more important than you might think. If you choose a photographer without considering certain details, you can end up with a real nightmare rather than the happiest day of your life. The whole idea of hiring a wedding photographer is to preserve memories of the happiest day of your life, so it behooves you to do a little research, ask questions, and make sure you understand exactly what each photographer you interview has to offer. If you do this, then you will get the kind of photographer that will have the proper skills to preserve your most cherished day.

Here are some things to keep in mind when working towards selecting the right photographer for you.

  1. Ask every photographer that you interview to bring examples of other weddings he/she has photographed. If the photographer has not photographed a wedding before, don't despair. If you really like then ask the photographer to bring examples of pictures he/she has taken of couples. This will still give you a great idea of how he/she would be as a wedding photographer. If the photographer has taken wonderful, well lit, and candid shots of couples and you like his/her style, then by all means if at the end of your interiviewing process you want that photographer, then go for it!
  2. Ask how much the photographer charges by the hour, and if he/she charges a base fee simply for attending the wedding. Many photographers do this, and it is best to find out up front rather than finding out later when you get the bill. Nothing is more upsetting than getting a bill that is higher than you thought you had contracted for, so find out this information up front.
  3. Ask any photographer that you are considering for your wedding how many hours he/she considers to make up a standard day. Many photographers make the majority of their money by charging their clients for work done after what they consider to be their standard day. This is another way that your bill could end up larger than you felt you had contracted for. So find this information out up front and you will save yourself a lot of headaches!
  4. Read any contract a photographer would like you to sign before signing. Make sure that everything in the contract agrees with everything the photographer has told you. Do not let a photographer try to talk to you into signing something that doesn't agree with what he/she told you to begin with when you were asking your intial questions. They may use phrases such as "this is just a standard contract" etcetera, but don't let that convince you to sign it. Any real photographer is going to have a contract that matches 100% with what he/she is telling you. The problem with signing something that does not match with what the photographer has said is that if things were to turn litigious, in most cases while a verbal contract is legal, if you have signed something that may be what holds sway in a court of law.
  5. Ask how long it will take to get your proofs and photographs back. Some photographers don't process their film themselves, but rather send it out to be developed. This can make for longer waiting periods for both you and your guests. We all know that the longer you have to wait to see pictures the less enthusiasm you or anyone else will have about seeing them. So when interviewing photographers, take that into account when you are making your final decision. You really should not have to wait longer than a week, maybe two to get your photographs and proofs back. If it is longer than that, then you may want to choose a different photographer.
  6. Find out what kind of camera the photographer is going to use. Some photographers choose to use a 35 mm camera to take candid shots at weddings. However, those photographers that really see it as a profession use a type of camera called a Hasselblad. While this camera is more expensive and can be a bit bulky, it takes really wonderful pictures of any occasion. Because of this if you choose a photographer that uses this type of camera, you can be assured that your photographs will be very high quality. Even if a photographer who uses this kind of camera costs a bit more, it will be worth it, and you should consider him/her.

These are only a few of the main things that you should keep in mind when selecting the right photographer for your wedding. Another thing to remember is to begin looking several months in advance, particularly if your wedding is during a time when a lot of people get married such as in June for example. Also, if you are getting married on a day or at a time when a lot of couples choose to get married, this can play a part as well in your decision. You want to make sure you get the photographer you want, so begin interviewing early.

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