Wedding Photography – Hiring a Wedding Photographer
Ø Ask family, friends and recent newlyweds for recommendations, and set up interviews.
Ø Ask for a picture portfolio of an entire wedding for which he or she was hired.
Ø A good wedding photographer will have the best professional equipment. Don’t get fooled, a crappy lens will capture crappy photos no matter who is holding it. What are the standard equipment: Canon 5d, all lenses with a red ring around the front or it is called an “L” lens. Professional wedding photographers need several equipments for back up. Minimum of two for every equipment just in case something breaks.
Ø Which style do you prefer? A good photographer should apply all styles while covering your wedding. I use traditional, portrait, and candid/photojournalistic styles. Some photographers says that they use modern style, etc but they eventually employ all styles to cover a wedding.
Ø Consider the photographer’s personality. Check their business license to find out if they are legitimate or not. Decide if you share a vision and will get along well. Remember, the photographer will be your shadow before and during the event.
Ø Check prices, including those of packages offered and numbers of prints included. Remember, it may be worth it to invest in a good photographer if it means that the memories of the day will be captured perfectly. Also, there are many wedding photographers who includes a 2nd photographer in the package and charging for it when it fact, they got them for free. Most often time, the 2nd photographer agree to do it for free in exchange for posting the photos on their website as their portfolio.
Ø How can you tell a professional wedding photographers from the not so professional? A real professional apply
for a business license. A business license is usually the last thing that a beginning wedding photographer will do prior to going professional. No one applies for it unless they are serious since they will end up paying taxes quarterly if they do.
Ø Are your potential wedding photographer insured?
Ø Schedule a follow-up meeting to hammer out specific shots you want and don’t want, the shooting schedule on the day of the wedding, digital processing, how many shot will be taken, the number of proofs available and the negatives policy (how long they’re available and whether they’re for sale).
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