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What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer
21 July 2014

This is your wedding and it’s the one time when photography matters most. (Don’t let me start down the pitfalls of choosing a friend/relative with a good camera!) A quote I once saw on Facebook said something like “Can you afford not to hire a professional?” So, hopefully you’ve made the wise decision to bypass friends and relatives but what should you look for in your wedding photographer? Here are a few suggestions which you might like to consider.

1. ORIGINALITY. Well, you are an original. Your wedding photographer(s) should pick up on that and on the very unique theme which permeates your wedding and photograph accordingly. The results shouldn’t look like every other wedding they have ever shot although their portfolio should give clues as to the style of work you can expect.

2. ENTHUSIASM. Regardless of personality types, your photographer should get excited about your wedding and its own particular aspects. The photographer should be engaged with you and your wedding and have ideas to share which you may not have considered.

3. SKILLS. This is evident from a full consideration of the photographer’s portfolio and entire wedding albums. There should be a variety of interesting and dynamic poses, different forms of lighting both natural and added, faces should be well-lit. Perhaps the question to ask here is, would I see this kind of work in a magazine? If so, then your photographer is providing quality results.

4. STYLE. Having looked at the photographer’s galleries, you will have an idea of the style of photography provided. Now, it becomes personal because style is very subjective. You may see evidence of great skill, enthusiasm and originality but their style may not suit your individuality. If you could imagine yourself in a number the photographs you see or you would like to be depicted similarly, then you have found a style that will suit you. (Although your photographer will not likely try to duplicate a particular image you like, he/she will endeavour to shoot you with his/her brand style.)

5. PROFESSIONALISM. You have a right to expect high quality equipment with back-up. As with Euphoria, you may have two professional photographers at work. You also have a right to expect photographers to be fully insured, appropriately dressed (this is a wedding!) and to work really hard on the day in a friendly, polite manner. All communication should be carried out in a business-like and timely manner. You should be provided with a clear contract and, in due course, with all end products specified in that document.

You really deserve someone who will be working all-out for you on your wedding day, getting the best possible results for you to treasure forever and ever.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Norma x


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