|Choosing a wedding photographer can be a confusing and daunting experience with different styles, approaches and of course prices it can be a difficult decision to make. In addition the actual photographer will be with you throughout most of the day so it is important the you have the opportunity to meet with your photographer to understand if they are someone that you will be able to get along with on the day.
|The purpose of this guide is to help you make these choices and to outline the steps involved in planning your wedding photography.
1. Surf the internet for weddings etc
There are may styles of wedding photography such as formal, portrait and reportage. Checkout the types of images that are shown on the websites. This should give you a good idea of the preference of the photographer. Do they specialise in creating portraits and posed images or natural reportage type of photography
2. Email to confirm Availability and Arrange Pre-Wedding Consultation
The first step is to check the photographer is available. Wedding photographers often get booked up over a year in advice for dates in the summer months. If the photographer is available they should offer to meet up to discuss your wedding requirements. If not ask
3. Organise a Face to Face Meeting
Your wedding photographer will be with you for most of the wedding day, including wedding preparations and throughout the ceremony. It is therefore important that you get a chance to talk and if possible meet with your photographer. That way you can decide if you will be able to get along with them on your important day.
4. Sign the Contract and Deposit
From the moment you make your enquiry your date is pencilled in to the calendar. However to make the permanent it is important to complete and return the contract with the deposit. The secures the date for you but also provide some key information for the photographer to doing the behind the scenes recons.
5. Behind the scenes venue recon and draft planning
There is fair amount of behind the scenes work the photographer may need to do once the date is set. They must be familiar with all the venues to ensure that practical locations for photographs, including those if the weather is problematic are known in advance. Often the photographer will meet up to discuss aspects of the wedding in advance.
6. Pre-Wedding Consultation
The pre-wedding consultation is key for ensuring that the wedding runs to plan. A large part of this is to go through the timeline of the wedding day and to ensure that through is given to the key photographs that are required. A list of formal family shots is also required to ensure nothing is missed on the wedding day. The pre-wedding constualtion will often helps with the general planning of your wedding day so can be done at any point before your wedding. Ideally this should be done about 4 weeks before you wedding
7. The Wedding Day
On your wedding day it is time to relax and forget about the wedding photographer.
8. Website will be available
Your images will be available to view on your own personal website. Included will be a 3-4 minutes video slideshow which if often the best way to share your images with you friends and family
9. USB/DVD of images available
You will then receive your images on with a DVD discs or a USB. There are fully edited and ready for printing
10. Album Design
If you decide on a wedding album the we can help plan the layout and the photographs within it