As a wedding photographer, I shoot lots of weddings every year, mainly in Waterford, Wexford, and Kilkenny, but I’ve also shot in the UK and was last year commissioned to shoot a wedding in Tuscany, Italy.
Needless to say, every wedding I shoot has a very different brief and subsequently, the weddings have a varied and diverse range of vibes.
It is therefore imperative that each album I create can mirror and represent the unique memories of each special day with a photographic style that embraces the ambiance of the location and personality of the guests. That is not always an easy and straightforward task.
People often contact me with queries to ensure they choose the wedding photographer that is right for them. The truth is that it’s a very personal choice and what works for you might not always work for the next person. This is why so many wedding magazines stress the importance of talking to different wedding photographers and exploring their style, before eventually making your choice.
I have compiled a list of hints and tips for choosing your wedding photographer which I think will help you make a decision that is right for you.
Tip 1: Always view a wedding photographer’s work before making the decision!
This might seem obvious, but when looking at the photographs, ask yourself is the wedding photographer displaying moments of genuine emotion? These moments are happening all the time spontaneously, but a skilled photographer will be trained to spot these moments and craft them into moving photographs. The facial expressions in the photographs can be an indication of the ambiance and mood captured or in some cases created by the wedding photographer.
A photographer’s portfolio is the best way to gauge their work, and it is the surest way to know if you will be on the same page, so to say.
Tip 2: I recommend viewing at least 2 or 3 wedding albums in their entirety
A good wedding album will take you on a journey and will give you an instinctive understanding of the feel of the day. You should like the variety in the images and remember that at inquiry stage, it is very easy for a photographer to show you 4 or 5 dazzling images, but it is very different to capture 200 excellent images at every wedding. In fact, they will need to take many more images, as not every single shot will come out perfect. You need to make sure that they are able to translate the mood of your wedding and make your wedding album one of your most cherished memories.
Tip 3: Check to make sure that the presentation of the wedding album is of excellent quality
This will again involve a bit of browsing, but don’t be afraid to look into more detail. After all, you can’t repeat your wedding if you are not completely satisfied with the photos, and spending some extra time getting to know the photographer’s work before you sign them on will be time well spent.
Tip 4: Discuss transportation in time
As silly as this may sound, ensure to the best of their ability that the photographer has suitable transport to make sure they can travel to the venue in suitable time. Waterford, Wexford, and Kilkenny may be close for me to travel to, but occasionally the journeys to other areas in Ireland can take many hours and the roads can be unpredictable. Communicate well, and make sure the photographer is aware of the amount of time it will take them to get to the venue in time, and set everything up. They are the one person you don’t want to be late on the big day.
Tip 5: Communication is key!
Discuss with your wedding photographer what you want from them on your day. Here at Infokus Studios, we always have a briefing which gives the clients and me a chance to sit down together and be clear on exactly what is to be covered on the day. At this point, the client has the chance to provide a list of essential shots, but also to discuss photographic styles to ensure that the approach is right. Good wedding photographers will listen to what you want and try to accommodate your brief as best they can. It is also important that good wedding photographers can provide advice and ideas, as often they will have insight into how to create something special which will be tailored to your needs. Listen to them, and don’t just brush their ideas off – you might be amazed by one of their suggestions.
Tip 6: Choose a wedding photographer that you can trust
You must be able to relate to the photographer you choose and have faith that they will be there for you on your big day. An experienced and committed photographer will have the ability to capture the special moments of your wedding without being invasive and by blending into the day with integrity. Even if a photographer you are considering has a great portfolio and you like their work, you need to be able to work with them on the day of. If their personality does not mesh with yours, you should keep looking. You don’t want your photographer to be someone who annoys you even slightly.
I hope these hints and tips for choosing your wedding photographer come in handy when you’re making your wedding photo package decision. I know how difficult it can be to choose the right one, and that you also feel you have other pressing matters to attend to. Devoting some time to landing the right photographer for your wedding will ensure you have the best day you could possibly have, and have amazing photos to show for it. Don’t give up after the first few you look into, and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
So whether you be from Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny or Tuscany, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at Infokus Studios with your wedding inquiry and we can start planning the day together.