A friend of mine is getting married and we’re excited for her! They’re planning to have it in England and asked for my help in finding a wedding photographer (knowing that I am from there). And so, the pressure of searching the right one is on me! I wouldn’t want her to get disappointed with my recommendation so I had to do a good job in finding one.
Searching for a wedding photographer is not easy. There are several things to take in consideration before finally choosing one. In my friend’s case, I started my search by checking online forums and websites to look for photographers in England. I considered first the local ones in the area where the wedding will happen. I found several professional wedding photographers and created a list containing their contact info. I, then, looked for tips on what to look for in a wedding photographer
I know there are some of you who are also looking for wedding photographers so I’d like to share the tips I found on how to choose a wedding photographer.
1. Set an appointment with all candidates and ask relevant questions.
Ask for an appointment with each photographer and make sure to ask important questions to assess the skills and credibility of the photographer. Some of the questions you should ask are:
a. How many years are you in the business?
b. Do you have a second shooter or assistant during the wedding?
c. How many hours are you going to cover my wedding?
d. How many cameras are you going to use? (He should use more than one)
e. Do you have your own lighting equipment?
f. How many days will it take for you to finish the post production? (Around 4 to 6 weeks is reasonable)
2. Know the photographer’s style
Have a look at 2 or more wedding albums from past weddings he had covered to determine his style. See if you like his style and the pictures he tool and if you do, then he’s a good candidate. I got this tip from a friend who is into event photography.
3. Check photographer’s professional background
You can directly ask the photographer for contact info of his/her past clients then talk to each to ask about their experience and if they were satisfied with the photographer’s work. Get honest opinions and ask also the people he/she has worked with before to see if he is honest, trustworthy, skilled and passionate about his job.
4. Learn what devices and accessories the photographer has.
A professional photographer has more than one camera. Using one camera is not enough because if it malfunctions you’ll get stuck and end up missing special happenings during the wedding. A great wedding photographer like this Dorset wedding photographer always has an extra of every device he uses – backup cameras, extra lenses, extra batteries, memory card and other accessories.
5. Determine how proficient he is
In digital photography, most professional photographers know how to edit pictures using popular editing software tools like Photoshop. But the, there are some who have limited knowledge in editing and are not that proficient in using enhancing tools.
It is best to know how proficient the photographer is in handling the post production of photos. It is also important to know ahead on how he edits a picture. Is it only light editing for a more natural look or heavy editing for a more artistic feel?
Finding a wedding photographer for your wedding or that of your friend’s can be easy if you take it seriously and prepare early. Don’t settle for anything less than the best and most proficient. You don’t have to pick the most high-rated though, you just need to get the right one that suits your taste, your budget and of course someone that is credible and easy to get along with.