Find the right Photographer: What you should consider when looking for the best wedding photographer
There is one problem, you will NOT have to worry about during the time of wedding planing: that you can – not find any Photographer. There are ton’s of ’em! But you and your wedding are unique. And you want to be hundred percent sure that you can rely on what you have agreed with. The best wedding photographer do not just shoot and photograph around. But prepare and support you with practical tips and accompany you in a photojournalistical way through a very important day when two families unite, and captures a series of pictures that will make your eyes sparkle and conjure your beloved ones a smile on their face. Today we are writing about how you can quickly find out if your wedding photographer will do a good job and whether he or she is the right photographer for your one and only weddingday.
Why are wedding pictures “the absolute must” on weddings? Because the Bridal couple wants to create and share eternal memories. Because it wants to show the generations to come, how “it was then” and because these are the very special moments of life that we all want to hold onto. They are not at all artificially created worlds, or blurred, unreal scenes which will remain, but magical, natural and honest moments in a delicately composed, Fine-Art weddingstory. A day in history told by perfect Photographs. But where do these Wizards hide, and capture such important seconds in a very discreet and invisible way behind their camera lenses, and nail all the beauty of this important family event for eternity? A first good point to start with is the mouth-to-mouth recommendations of friends and family or experiences you have collected as guest at other weddings. This can create a basic trust – the most important point for a successful cooperation.
Important questions to your wedding photographer
If you have no references and you have to make some research on your own, ask yourself (or the photographer) three questions:
- Are they able to?
Check your candidates – in the first step online. How do the pictures on the website look like? Do they appear professionally? Is there a wide portfolio displayed of weddingreportages? Usually the best wedding photographers and vendors finally only showcase the images that they consider to be “the best”. Ask for an insight of a complete wedding report documentary. It is understandable that newly weds do not necessarily want to have their entire wedding published on the internet. A few moments yes, but not all the discreet moments, obviously. But, certainly a service provider will have permission from a few couples to show you one or more completely documented wedding stories. We also find that the best wedding photographer have to be halfway a good psychologist. We do not work with models or Hollywood actors on your big day, but with human beings who may not face everyday into a professional camera. It requires sensitivity, a lot of skills, empathy, human knowledge, and so much more to bring out the most of a camera-shy Bride or Groom and to photograph them in the best way possible. A good photographer ensures that you are always relaxed and feel comfortable with the situation. Likewise they can explain you what makes a good photo, how it is created, and what you can do together to get the best photographed out of you on that day. We often use our slang word “photo-face” in this context; It is a kind of artificial facial expression that arises when you feel you’re photographed. Sure, this happens to almost everyone, but the best wedding photographers know the way that has to be built up and know in the same time the unpleasant moments one can avoid. The “photo-face” is also the reason that people find photos of themselfs great, of which they have not even noticed that they were captured at all. This is our secret goal, which we are not keeping too secretly: creating honest, spontaneous wedding photos.
- Do these, so called best wedding photographers match us?
You are more of a serious type of person and the photographer seems to be an extroverted jokester? You put a lot of value on etiquette and you just look at the homepage of a rebellious punk-star photographer, who wears only his torn jeans? Style breaks can have good effects on art – but the weddingday itself is not a stage for experiments. It’s clear that not every information can be concluded from the information area of a homesite of a character of the photographer, that’s why a personal meeting is inevitable by the time. If you like the first impressions of your research and it made you curious, then contact them! Ask if your day is available, and how the booking procedure will continue. A really good wedding photographer will send you pretty soon an official offer with many possibilities and prices, he will offer you different types of photo shoots, ask questions about your wedding and of course they want to get to know you, but also they want to prepare you for the upcoming time before the wedding. We always offer the best options and recommend an E-session months before the big date. It has to be important to everyone who wants to call himself, one of the best wedding photographer, to communicate clearly, and to build up trust with their future clients. In addition to the first photo shooting, the E-session, we – the photographers and you – the couple get a first impression how it is to move and behave in front of a professional camera. For this reason we offer our packages exclusively together with an E-session.
- Will I get what counts to me the most?
The most important point for outstanding photos: the trust base. You have to be enthusiastic about the work of the photographer and the wedding filmmaker, you have to be absolutely fascinated about the portfolio and the photography galleries before you shout out: “they are they best wedding photographers”. You should match each other and put your documentation of your wedding to the hands of these professionals with the deepest trust. If these prerequisites are fulfilled, we put the third point into the game: You have to get what matters you the most! Ask a question, do not worry – the best wedding photographers have experienced a lot and can be of help in many questions about all topics of wedding and photography, and this way, at the same time, you will be able to test their professionalism. A nice thing about weddings is that they show similarities in the process and yet are all so different and unique. A good photographer and videographer team always knows where and when there have to be at a weddingday – though, or just because weddings provide a quite huge variation of different scenes during the day. We, the photographers, must know all the exact procedures and timetables of the day, and each wedding section, and we also have to know by heart which moments followed by which moments and how to capture those moments the best way in a high-value photographical way by making decisions in seconds. All the moments of the day, starting in the morning with the getting-ready, the preparation and transformation from the girl to a Bride, to the last dance, are of great importance and there is never an opportunity to repeat these photos.
This entails the funny fact that besides the character of your best wedding photographer, you also put their physical condition into the test. Depending on the wedding, photographers have to be really fit and in top shape: It can be easily 14-16 hours of standing on your legs, and during this time, full concentration is required! Not anyone’s business!
Also consider what services are matter the most to you. What service do the rates of the individual packages and which are extra to pay for? What do you expect from your photographer evidentially? Your “self- evidentially” does not necessarily have to match the provided packages or offers of your weddingphotographer. Inform yourself well about the different rates that are offered to you and if none exactly fits your ideas: ask.
And finally: Check the following questions with yourself and the photographer in the beginning:
- Do we also want to have a good weddingfilm?
- Does this photographer work with a staff or alone?
- How are the wedding photos handed out: printed, or photo-book only? As digital picture files or on any other device.
- How and how many of the photos will be properly post processed, retouched?
- What costs are included in the prices and which are extra to figure out?
- The best wedding photographer and videographer will definitely be punctual with deadlines of the photos and videos after the wedding
With all these tips and tricks there should be nothing more in the way of a successful “marriage” between the best wedding photographer and you, the Bridal couple!
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