Choosing a Photographer

Your photographer is often said to be the most important professional at your wedding. When the day is over and all gone, your photographs are all you have left to remind you of this very special, and one of the most important days in your life.

Make sure you get to know your photographer. Large Studios sometimes select from a pool of photographers whom you may never see until your wedding day. Your photographer’s style as well as his/her personality is very important. Is the photographer someone who will be relaxed and make you feel comfortable throughout the day? Remember that you will be spending all day with your photographer.

How organized is the photographer? Make sure you discuss all of the events of your wedding day with your photographer. Does the photographer understand time management ? Simple items like a checklist give an indication of how organized the photographer is. Organized photographers usually check out churches, reception sites and locations they are not familiar with before your wedding day. In addition, they may also attend the rehearsal. The purpose of attending the rehearsal is not just to be acquainted with the church, but to meet with the families and the wedding party as well.

How will the photographer react when things are not going too well? How will the interaction be with not just you, but also your family, your bridal party, your priest, your DJ/Band, your caterer and your video photographer? Wedding Photography involves not just photography but public relations as well.

Does the photographer carry back-up equipment? Make sure the photographer has not just a back-up camera, but extra flashes and batteries both for the cameras and flashes as well. In today’s Digital Age, make sure the photographer does not only have extra memory cards, but back-up storage devices as well. Your photographer should be able to back-up all your digital photographs before leaving your wedding. Make sure that your photographer gives you a CD/DVD with the image files for all photos taken at your wedding. Today, some photographers will even put your wedding photos on the Internet.

Check out the number of photos and prices of each package carefully. Are the proofs, finished albums and CDs/DVDs/negatives included? Do you have to pay extra for proofs, finished albums and negatives? In choosing your photographer, make sure you compare prices, item by item.
Packages are usually different from photographer to photographer. Try converting the package of one photographer to that of another. Do not go by the ‘face’ value of packages

Your wedding album should be a storybook record of events that happened on your wedding day. Your photographs should include a balance between formal (posed) photographs and candid photographs. The formals tell you who attended your wedding, whereas the candids speak for themselves: what happened at your wedding.

When you look at the photographer’s portfolio, look at an entire wedding. This will tell you what the mixture of formals and candids is like. Will the photographer be willing to take photographs of the bride and her family as well as photographs of the groom and his family before the ceremony?
Will the photographer stay until the very end of the reception? Will the photographer leave after you dance with your parents or after you cut the cake? Some of the most exciting candids are usually shot after the parent dances and the cutting of the cake.

Remember, a good photograph is worth more than a million words. You will want to share your wedding photographs with not just your friends and present family members, but with your kids and grandkids as well.

Written by Maurice Mason from Maurice Mason Photography