The photographs taken on your wedding day will serve as cherished mementos of your wedding day for years to come. Your wedding portrait will likely hang in a prominent location in your home. You will likely include a wedding photo with your thank you notes. Close family members may also display your wedding photo in their home. With so many people seeing these photos you want to be sure they are the very best. With so much riding on these photos it is a good idea for the couple to take this decision very seriously. This article will provide sage advice for how to select a wedding photographer.
First and foremost a couple should not even consider hiring a wedding photographer without seeing his portfolio. This is so important because the portfolio will give the couple the best indication of the quality of photographs the photographer is capable of taking. The couple should look for a number of things when viewing these photos. Obviously they should examine the pictures for clarity, lighting shadowing and other elements. The pictures should be clear, the lighting should appear natural and there should not be any shadows distracting from the subject of the picture.
The technical quality of the photos is not all the couple should look for. They should also examine the photos to see how natural the subjects of the photos look. This is important because they want themselves as well as their friends and family members to appear natural in the pictures and not overly posed. The couple should also note whether or not the photographer takes a wide range of photos in many different poses or whether he seems to have only a limited number of creative poses. The couple should also note if the photographer seems equally comfortable taking pictures in indoor settings and outdoor settings.
In addition to examining the portfolios of the wedding photographers it is also important to interview the photographer. This is important because the couple will be sharing the most important day of their lives with this person so they want to be sure it is someone they are comfortable with. The photographer will likely spend awhile with the bride in her home before the wedding where he takes a number of shots of her preparing for the wedding. He will also likely drop by the location of the ceremony to take similar shots of the groom with his groomsmen.
After the couple has had the opportunity to examine portfolios and interview the wedding photographers they should be almost ready to make a decision. The last factor they will have to consider is the price for the photographer’s services as well as the cost of the photographs. Some photographers will charge a flat rate for their services which includes an assortment of photographs. They may also have prices for additional prints. Other photographers may just charge a flat fee for their services and a set of proofs which the couple can use to order additional prints. Some couples prefer only paying for the proofs because they want to make decisions about the number and size of prints they order after they see the proofs. All of these details should be carefully detailed in the contract and the couple should be sure of these details before they make a commitment and sign the contract.